About Us

A Little History…

early FlatCon logo with "Not flat, just level" slogan

The early FlatCon logo

FlatCon was started in 2000 by David Ross and Aaron Isaac (with tons of help from their friends and the local gaming community). At that time, Bloomington was lucky enough to have two game stores and the first con was held on a single day (November 4th) concurrently at Adventureland and Cyberia: The Gamers Haven.

Dave Ross gaming in his trademark Captain America garb

Dave Ross gaming in his trademark Captain America garb

Aaron Isaac plotting someone's gaming doom.

Aaron Isaac plotting someone’s gaming doom.

In 2001, the show moved to the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University and the guest of honor that year was none other than the All Father of Gaming, Gary Gygax.

The following year, 2002, is affectionately remembered as “SweatCon” because the air condition in the student center malfunctioned. Wesleyan hosted the show until our numbers outgrew the space available and it moved to the Interstate Center in 2005 where it has been ever since.

By 2011 the original showrunners had turned prematurely grey from running a con for eleven years, and they decided to retire so they could actually play games again. It was time for a new group of showrunners to take the reins and in stepped the Gamers for Life.

Original Gamers For Life with foam swords

Original Gamers For Life

Stinky the Dragon and the Lady Cleric logo and "Not flat, just level" slogan

Stinky the Dragon and the Lady Cleric logo

The GFL gents had already participated in the show for several years by sponsoring events to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Now each year the Gamers for Life donate FlatCon’s proceeds to a team in Bloomington’s Relay via the Gamers For Life Relay for Life team. By attending the show, gamers are helping to score a critical hit against cancer. Our 2016 con raised $3,000 for Relay for Life!

Every year, hundreds of gamers from near and far gather at FlatCon for, as we say, “Three Days of Dice-Rollin’, Mini-Bashin’, Nacho-Eatin’, Friend-Fraggin’, Gaming Fun!” We play a multitude of games including board games, RPGs including Pathfinder organized play, miniature games like Warhammer, Star Wars minis, and historical minis, “homebrew” games, and many more. FlatCons past have also featured charity auctions, a giant Risk globe almost six feet tall, visits from the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion, our Vendor Area, and other “extras” on top of our three days of gaming goodness!

The Present

FlatCon will be at it again for our eighteenth anniversary this year, October 20-22!

What’s Still the Same

Two Gamer Dads named "Chris" with wide smiles having too much fun playing Terraforming Mars

Two Gamer Dads named “Chris” having too much fun playing Terraforming Mars

The fun, games, and “scoring a crit on cancer!” None of the things that make FlatCon great are changing. This also includes attendee and vendor fees! Pre-registragtion prices for attending are not rising! Unlike the rest of your costs of living, FlatCon is keeping pre-registration fees the same as they have been since 2013:

  • All weekend = $25
  • Friday only = $10
  • Saturday only = $15
  • Sunday only = $10

On-site registration during the con will be $5.00 higher.

Other Info and Contacts:

Here’s a quick list of helpful FlatCon information links:

Got a question about FlatCon? Can’t find information you need? Just shoot us an email at: FlatConBlm@gmail.com or post a message on our Facebook page or our Twitter account.