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Steampunk Design Contest Launches at Balboa Park

Calling all gadgeteers, designers, and dreamers.

Perdida-prospecting-md The Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) has launched a steampunk design contest connected to its cell phone adventure game Giskin Anomaly. The contest is running until April 8, 2011, with winners announced on April 22, 2011.

In the alternate reality of Giskin Anomaly, the characters Pandora and Drake use a tool called an Anomaly Detector to discover thoughts from the past that have become embedded in the Balboa Park landscape. BPOC is inviting fans to design an Anomaly Detector using the steampunk aesthetic—applying Victorian style to modern-day gadgets.

The Grand Prize for the Giskin Anomaly Detector Design Contest is a luxurious two-night stay at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town, San Diego; dinner at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant; a $100 cash gift card; and a steamy swag bag. The Second Place prize is a $250 cash gift card and swag bag. Third Place is a $150 cash gift card and swag bag. Two Honorable Mention finishers will receive $50 cash gift cards and swag bags.

The Anomaly Detectors will be featured at the Gaslight Gathering event from May 6-8, 2011, at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. Gaslight Gathering is Southern California’s first dedicated steampunk and Victorian convention. Entries will be judged by a committee of volunteers from Gaslight Gathering and staff from BPOC.

The judging will be based on originality, workmanship, and connection to the idea of an “Anomaly Detector.” Entries must be physical models of the Detector. They must weigh less than 30 pounds and cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 12” long x 12” wide x 12” tall. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to BPOC’s offices at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

Read the full contest rules and learn more about the Giskin Anomaly adventure