Last weekend was the third Wulfenbach Consulate Game Day, and it was a great deal of fun! Overall, attendance was quite good, though some events were more well-attended than others. I wish, though, that more people would view this event as it’s intended–a deliberate attempt to bring Steamlanders out of the insularity of their chosen abodes and bring them together in fun and friendly competition.
I was unable to make the planning sessions this time, so I instead attended and photographed as much as I could.
The “Day” started with the Opening Ball in a gorgeous setting that combined fire and ice. Attendees skated or danced to music provided by Mr. Otenth Paderborn. After the ball was the polar-bear riding–like bull riding, but with a more appropriate wintry animal. Most of us (and yes, I attempted it myself–three times) were thrown off in short order, but Mr. Hono Berada bested us all by managing to stay on for an amazing two-and-a-half minutes!
Sunday’s first event, which I was unable to attend, was the individual En Garde tournament. It was won by Admiral Wildstar Beaumont, who bested Miss Mary Nuyasaka. Tepic Harlequin came in third–I do wish I could have been there to cheer him on–and Miss Nika Thought-werk was fourth.
Later that afternoon was the aerial dogfight competition. I made an attempt at this myself…which only proved that I really should stay on the ground. One Mr. Bobby Troughton trounced us all, scoring twice as many points as the second-place finisher, New Babbage-newcomer Grollvurk. Miss MegAmp placed third.
Several of us cooled off afterwards with a snowball fight in Caledon. Miss Nyree Rain won the first round, and I was most thoroughly pelted. I changed my tactics in the second round, and so managed to win! My prize…was an Ornithopter from Jimmy Branagh. Given my lack of flying prowess, that probably wasn’t the best thing to give me. *chuckle*
After that was another change of venue, this time to New Toulouse for the Team Zombie Hunt. There were teams from Caledon and Armada, as well as one fielded by the staff of the Steampunk Tintype & Telegraph publication, and one comprised of miscellaneous Steamlanders. Team Armada won the event and bragging rights, scoring an astonishing 88 kills in 10 minutes! (Could New Babbage have bested them? Well, we’ll never know now, will we? *thppt*)
The evening ended with the Closing Ball in Steelhead, with music provided by Mrs. Magda Haiku. It was an enjoyable ending in a beautiful setting, and a wonderful way to broaden one’s horizons.
With the distraction of this over, though, I must admit that I’m worried about Gadget. I’ve not seen or heard from him since he came to me last month with his worries about the Van Creed’s battle clanks. I do hope he’s all right. I wonder if he’d have more information in his laboratory…
For that matter, I wonder where his laboratory is now…