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Geoffrey Smith, half of Thee Gartisan Works, described the business as their reason for going to conventions six times a year.

Koda said she has been enamored of the Victorian era since childhood. She grew up in an old Victorian house with her mother who was a costumer for a local community theater group. She said she had the roots in steampunk beginning with her interest in Victorian era literature.

Seminars covered everything imaginable in the steampunk realm including Steampunk in the Community, Stereotypical Steampunk, Time Travelers Summit and Lolita Fashion for the Steampunk Minded.

"We make or modify anything you want," said Smith, pointing to the odds and ends spread out on a table in the lounge area of the convention center.

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The halls of the Radisson Hotel Nashua are more commonly graced by the shoes of businessmen, attending conferences on marketing strategy or the like, while comprising a homogenous sea of gray suits and briefcases.

Now that Koda has grown older and found a job in the corporate world, she said steampunk is something that allows those who partake to blow off some steam.

And it was indeed something different than reality. A quick look around the room during the "Lolita Fashion for the Steampunk Minded" panel revealed a colorful array of characters and gadgetry.

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Abigail Beatrix Cormac, known as Meghan Koda at her everyday job as an IT specialist at Fidelity Investments, said that steampunk is a difficult genre to describe.

Koda and Thibault were just two of 150 attendees of Air City Expedition 2013, a gathering of steampunks from New Hampshire to New Jersey, convening to discuss the politics of steampunk, mingle and hone their craft.

"This is who we are, but we work so that we can do this. It's an escape. You jump into another character and be who you want," said Koda's companion, also dressed in period clothing, Phinneus Caractucus Cromwell, also known as Justin Thibault, of Exeter.

The convention consists of seminars, performances and parties, all while attendees impersonate their chosen character and interact with others, usually to follow a storyline or theme.

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one purpose had the steam power to boggle the mind of someone outside the know.

the community who have professions filling cavities, writing computer code and fixing cars. But at a convention like Air City Expedition 2013, they are airship pirates, Victorian era inventors and water merchants.

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But this weekend, from Friday morning to Sunday Michael Kors Handbags Teal afternoon, the halls and ballrooms of the hotel hosted a more colorful bunch, creating a feast for the senses that bordered on the surreal.

ACE 2013 is the first at the Radisson location and is replacing a canceled steampunk convention held annually in Nashua.

The attendees join one another to celebrate the culture based around steampunk.

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"It's another fantasy world that's different than reality. And anything is better than reality," she said.

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"It's hard to define because as a genre it has so many aspects, but at its root, it's the love of Victorian literary science fiction," said Koda, who was dressed in "Lolita" fashion dating back a century or more from present day and wearing a glass and copper water transportation device on her back.

Luna Northly, who described her character as "the human guinea pig in the crew," pointed out that the world she is part of on a daily basis is far less interesting than the one she creates through steampunk.

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NASHUA He was audible before he was visible.

The thump of boots and the click of a canes echoed up the hallway as he rounded the corner and made his way to the front desk. He wore striped trousers, a Victorian era overcoat and goggles. The family of eight sitting in the lobby glanced at him without making eye contact.

Alongside panel discussions and performances by vaudeville sideshow group Karnevil was a section for vendors of all sorts. Beside booths selling steampunk attire and accessories, Thee Gartisan Works of Torrington, Conn., repaired the costumes and props that many of the characters wore at the convention.

But what is the allure of being someone from another time? Why make a world of wonders when one exists already?

´╗┐Gathering of steampunks takes over Nashua Hotel

"If you sit at a desk job all day and you're a cog in the machine, it's nice to step back and be something else," said Koda.

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