April 20 to 21, 2024

DoubleTree
Baltimore North/
Pikesville

Tell-Tale Steampunk

Lights Out with Building Steam

Rue Morgue Panel Room

What's the T is a Q&A with dynamic duo makers Brian and Sheila Fradosh from Building Steam. Sip on some hot tea and pick the brains of this crafty couple! Brian and Sheila Fadrosh are the dynamic steampunk cosplay duo behind the YouTube channel Building Steam. This award-winning couple are self-taught cosplay creators and love […]

Who was Jack the Ripper really?

Main Ballroom

An interactive panel detailing the crimes of Jack the Ripper, the possible suspects. Debunking some of the rumors and how Jack the Ripper has been portrayed in media.

Ultimate Hounds of Baskerville (aka Ultimate Werewolf)

The game is certainly afoot in Devon, a small town in rural England that has seen several deaths as of late. These killings seem to be the work of wild animals of unknown origin. There are rumors that the fabled Hound of the Baskervilles from one of Sherlock Holmes' most famous cases was not killed, […]

Victorian Cane Defense

Main Ballroom

A primer on the use of the cane as a defense in the Victorian era. Victorian Cane Defense with Kevin M Houghton 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Real Steampunk: masters in metal and mayhem. A century of perfecting infernal devices

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

Want to go down a rabbit hole of technological change? My panel is for the arms enthusiasts interested in the weapons of the Victorian era. I'm a collector specialising in firearms technology and have a comprehensive collection of antiques which show that not all steampunk is just fantasy. In one century we went from flintlock […]

The Quick and the Dad

Dad, people who wish to participate will face off against each other best 2 our of 3 per round, jokes will be judged by me for fairness and by the audience for hilarity, with the winner advancing until they are deemed the top dad. The winner will receive a starboard Sky watch (to be shipped […]

“Why do you think me Mad Libs.” (Tell-Tale Heart)

Panel Room 3

Don't be nervous! Join our cast of crows (aka authors) for a madcap game of Mad Libs. The authors will take you on a wild ride of steampunk, Poe, and pure madness with stories that need some help from the audience to finish. Why do we insist they're mad? Yell out while the crazy, creative, […]

Poetry Salon

Panel Room 3

An interactive poetry reading encouraging original poetry or poetry by Poe. Arrive early to sign up and get on the schedule. Each participant will be limited to 3 poems or 5 minutes. Audience members encouraged. Come hear spoken word, it adds a new dimension to poetry if you've never experienced it.

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

Take on the role of a Bakerstreet Irregular in this mystery solving game. It is you and your fellow detectives against the mind of Sherlock himself. You will have an hour to try and solve a case, be it a murder, a theft, or one of Sherlock's many cases. If you and your team can […]

Paranormal Investigation: From Intuition to Hands-On Tools, a How-to Discussion

Join local author and paranormal investigator Lennon Gross for a discussion of the history of paranormal fascination since the rise of spiritualism as well as tips, tricks, and live demonstrations of intuitive practices. While we won't be conducting a live seance, you will leave with a firm understanding of how to improve your ghost-hunting game.

A Cry of Hounds Book Opening

Panel Room 3

The Tell-Tale Steampunk Festival and eSpec Books cordially invite you to attend the launch debut of A Cry of Hounds—centerpiece of the literary scavenger hunt—as well as Echoes of the Divine, Other Aether, The Chaos Clock, and Sherman’s Last Round-Up. Time: 7pm to 9pm Place: Panel Rooms 2 & 3 Enjoy food, fun, and prizes as our authors regale […]

Fun with Electronics

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

The panel begins with an introduction into basic electronic tools and techniques. The remainder of the panel focuses on repurposing electronics from inexpensive toys and decorations to add LED lights and easily-programmed LED arrays to props and costumes.

COMICS: Getting Started in Self Publishing

Main Ballroom

Join Michael Bracco (The Creators, Adam Wreck, Novo, The Monuments) as he shares his experiences with comic making and self publishing. In this panel we will explore the basics of making comics on your own or with a team, as well as the basics to promoting, printing, and selling your books in stores, at conventions, […]

Specialized Restoration

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

Amazing restoration are possible! Tindell's Restoration Studios specializes in the conservation and restoration of various artworks and precious items including oil paintings, works on paper, maps, books, textiles, graphics, photos, frames, sculptures, figurines, crystal, glass, as well as rare and unusual items. They will talk about preserving and restoring lost treasures and images. www.TindellsRestorationStudios.com   […]

Real Steampunk: masters in metal and mayhem. A century of perfecting infernal devices

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

Want to go down a rabbit hole of technological change? My panel is for the arms enthusiasts interested in the weapons of the Victorian era. I'm a collector specialising in firearms technology and have a comprehensive collection of antiques which show that not all steampunk is just fantasy. In one century we went from flintlock […]

How to Self-Lace Your Corset

Red Lamp Salon (Salon 2)

You're staring at 10 yards of ribbon. This shouldn’t be this hard, right? Pull laces, tie knot. Right? Don’t let the panic set in. Bring your favorite corset buddy to hang out with Corsets and Cogs and lace each other up! Bring your own Corsets and Cogs corset or try on one of ours. Masculine […]