What Is FlatCon?

Located on the expansive flatlands that are Central Illinois. FlatCon has been Bloomington-Normal’s premiere annual gaming convention since 2000. Running in 2017 from Friday, October 20th through the Sunday the 22nd, FlatCon is presented by Gamers For Life which supports the American Cancer Society through the Gamers For Life Relay for Life team. FlatCon’s attendees are “Scoring a Crit on Cancer” and doing some serious gaming! Our 2016 con raised $3,000 for Relay for Life!

Whether you play Role-playing, Card, Board, Mini, LARP or other types of games that do not fit into a specific niche, you will find something fun to play FlatCon! But, wait! There’s more! FlatCon, also, has a large vendor area selling games and geekery, an annual Costume Contest, the Over The Top Contest, a Charity Raffle, onsite concessions and food trucks, and a host of other Special Events!

FlatCon is three days of games, fun, and taking a whack at an insidious disease. What’s not to like about that?

Pre-register Online by October 13, Save $5 and Get Free Stuff!

Everyone pre-registering by October 13, 2017 for FlatCon via our Warhorn site saves $5 on their badge! Also, pre-registered attendees will receive one shiny FlatCon 6-sided die as well as 3 free raffle tickets! (Raffle tickets can be used for chances in our Charity Raffle and to purchase drinks and snacks at our concession stand!)

Best of all, when you pre-register online you can, also, pre-register for events via Warhorn and reserve your spot in games and fun!

Pre-order the Official FlatCon Tumbler!

FlatCon 17 Amethyst Tumbler

Our dear friends and regular FlatCon vendor, Rusted Icon Designs, have designed an uber cool Official FlatCon 2017 drink tumbler for this year and you can pre-order them at the Rusted Icon Designs Squareup Store!

The tumblers are 14 ounce “double old fashioned” tumblers and are dishwasher safe. They come in both a clear glass option and, also, a limited edition amethyst glass. (Limited edition amethyst version only available until October 3, 2017!)

Rusted Icon introduced custom etched glassware at FlatCon 2016 and they were a big hit. (Your humble website flunky bought several as Christmas gifts. He can attest to the quality and durability.)

Half of the profits from the tumbler sales will go to support FlatCon and our mission to “Score A Crit On Cancer!”

Note: You must be able to attend this event to pick up your order! There is a flat $10 shipping fee that will be invoiced following the convention if your order was not picked up.

FlatCon Expands!

FlatCon will return to the Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois, but we are moving next door to the West Expo building! (For you FlatCon regulars, this is where the Chili Cook Off usually is and where the “Friday Rap Concert” was this past flatCon.) The West Expo will give FlatCon about 30% more space and some much needed breathing room! The layout gives us some options we are mulling over to improve the FlatCon experience. We will be able to add more events to FlatCon while also adding in larger transit space between tables and event areas!

We are very excited about this expansion and we have YOU attendees to thank! FlatCon has experienced significant growth in both pre-registration and total badge purchases in each of the last three years. This positive trend allows us to afford the larger venue and to move in with confidence that we can stay there for some time to come. THANK YOU!

2017 Con Hours Oct. 20-22

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 10:00 a.m.: Vendors may begin setup
    • 1:00 p.m.: Registration Desk and Vendors Area Open.
    • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Game Slot 1
    • 7:00 p.m. – Vendor Area Closes
    • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Game Slot 2
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 9:00 a.m.: Con opens, Registration, and Vendor Area open
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Game Slot 3
    • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Game Slot 4
    • 6:00 p.m.: Costume Contest and Charity Raffle Winners Announced
    • 7:00 p.m. – Vendor Area Closes
    • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Game Slot 5
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    • 9:00 a.m.: Con opens, Registration and Vendor Area open
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Game Slot 6
    • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Game Slot 7
    • 3:00 p.m.: Vendor Area Closes
    • 6:00 p.m.: Con closes (Staff collapses)

Thank You, Warhorn!

Many thaks to the folks at Warhorn for providing, for free, the con and individual event pre-registration system! If you love games, small cons, or just organized play, consider using them and drop them a donation. Computers and bandwidth ain’t free!Warhorn Logo