Musical Guest: Marquis of Vaudeville

Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. Listeners never know what moodswung journey they’ll embark upon once these musical highwaymen hijack their consciousness. With imagination at its core, the theatrical flair and intriguing nature of …

Musical Guest: UnWoman

Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. Her sets feature stand-up electric cello with live looping. She received two Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards in 2015, for best solo musician and best album. Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, Stripmall Architecture, Vernian Process, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, and …

Musical Guest: The Nathanial Johnstone Band

Nathaniel Johnstone is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who sings about humanity, myth and whimsy. His work includes the transhumanist fantasy The Mother Matrix and the playfully audacious The Dubious Hat and Other Tales of Ineffable Horror. Steampunk-Music.com praises his “technical dexterity and emotional expressiveness” as he blends inspiration from metal, jazz, punk, folk, rock, and blues …

War Room Instructor: Jonathan Magno

As for Captain Merrill, the mysterious freelancer was born and raised in a small port town along the outskirts of the Sri Vijaya Empire. Born to a Western trader and local woman, Captain Merrill spent a childhood entranced by tales of adventure and exploration. However, the declining empire brought poverty and hardship to Merill’s village. …

War Room Instructor: David Laudenslager

David Laudenslager is a National Fight Director and Media Lead of The Saber Legion (TSL), an international LED saber combat organization. David has fought in TSL international tournaments in Minneapolis and Las Vegas, placing every year since 2017. He is currently one of the TSL Tag Team Champions. In addition to LED saber combat, David …

2023 MC: Strangely Doesburg

Strangely sings songs and tells stories, sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they are not. This past year Strangely started a podcast called Pilot House with his pal Sarah Shay, he also self-published an audiobook called “Pochemancier.” (Available wherever you get your podcasts.) Check out Patreon.com/Strangely for more art! Since there is room yet on …

War Room Instructor: Michael Kirkley

Michael Kirkley has been studying martial arts for most of his adult life. At first it started with Kempo, Aikido, Kung fu and Krav Maga. In the early 2000s he started taking his first HEMA (Historic European Martial Artes) classes. From that stemmed wrestling, knife fighting, sword fighting, axes and pugilism. One thing he will …

War Room Heads: David Dierks & Jill Gelster

David Dierks, Co-Chair of the War Room, has studied Bartitsu under Tom Badillo since 2009. He has been part of Tom’s fight team at many venues, including ones in Portland, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; and several Bay Area appearances. He has studied with Tony Wolf, one of the foremost authorities of Bartitsu in the modern …

War Room Instructor: Brooke Boyer

Maestro Boyer began fencing modern at the age of eight. The Maestro fenced competitively within the US and Europe from 1966 to 1978 and was Coach for the US Navy/Marine Corps Fencing team from 1986 to 1988. He began studying Historical Fencing in 1978 and continues today with interest in rapier, dagger, and sabre. Brooke …

War Room Instructor: Hans Ingebretsen

Professor Hans Ingebretsen has been practicing martial arts since 1974, when he began his study of Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu and Kodokan Judo with Sensei Ben Patterson at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Continuing to study with Sensei Dale Kahoun, Hans began cross-training in a variety of other styles, eventually falling in love …

War Room Instructor: Henry M. Hill IV

Martial Arts has been the focal point of Henry M. Hill IV’s life since the age of 13. He started out usingmartial arts to escape from street life in Richmond, CA. Once reaching adulthood, he joined Black Swordsin Oakland, California. This is where he trained with shanai and earned his first spot as an instructor …

Maker Guest of Honor: Steamy Tech

In 2012, Lora and Greg Price joined a maker space and discovered laser cutters.  They have both been makers since childhood – Greg with music, Lora with a variety of arts and crafts.  When they found lasers they were able to combine a love of making and an interest in high tech to create something …