Everybody likes games and competitions, after all sports drive much of today's mainstream entertainment.
Next month in fact, we will again be witness to a massive smorgasbord of winter sports during the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.
So that got me thinking about Steampunk games and sports. There are not a lot of them out there frankly. Recently there has been interest in Tea Duelling in our area which is fun. The Honourable Association of Tea Duellists publish a lovely set of rules available at their website here. And while this is certainly a fine way to pass an evening or afternoon, I was thinking that we need something grander to sink our teeth into, so to speak.
What rules and etiquette applies to this I wondered?
Perhaps this is something that could become a "sport" with competitions and skills and stories to go along with it.
A Steampunk Sport and a fine Lady like one at that!
I have been working on a draft set of rules for Parasol Duelling. I still need to do some actual experiments to make sure it is workable, fun, and safe for Ladies and Parasols both of course. But once I have a workable scheme I will publish the rules here so others can try them out too.
Who knows, maybe sometime in the future there could be a World Championship Parasol Duelling competition at a major Steampunk event!
Stay tuned for more developments as they occur.
Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.