game convention returns to Bloomington for its eighth year, joined
by Gamers for a Cure
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[May 09, 2007]
BLOOMINGTON -- FlatCon is a gaming extravaganza
hosted at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. This year's event
will be Oct. 5-7. Role-playing, live action, miniature, board and
card games, as well as sanctioned tournaments and demos from a wide
variety of genres will be represented. Vendors carry products
ranging from aime movies to all sorts of board and card games, as
well as gifts and comics. This will be the eighth annual FlatCon
convention in Bloomington, with last year's convention attracting
400 gamers from across the state.
The convention has received acclaim in several online e-zines, as
well as in Games Workshop's monthly magazine White Dwarf, issue 287.
FlatCon is well-known for its wide variety of events, excellent
vendors, friendly convention staff and an abundance of raffle
Joining FlatCon this year is Gamers for a Cure, a group
raising funds to help fight cancer. Gamers for a Cure will be
sponsoring a number of activities, including game demos, a raffle
and a build-your-own-sword workshop. All proceeds raised from the
activities will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
The members of
Gamers for a Cure have all been affected by cancer, having
watched grandparents, parents, siblings and spouses battle -- and
sometimes die -- from the disease. One member, John Beemsterboer,
helped his wife fight breast cancer after she was diagnosed with the
disease while pregnant with their daughter, now 4. "Cancer is a
devastating disease for any family to face. I want to do whatever I
can to prevent others from going through what we went through," said
Beemsterboer. "This is also an opportunity to support two great
loves of my life: my wife and gaming."
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Players can look forward to participating in one of Flatcon's "Over
the Top Games" which have become a signature of the convention.
These games involve elaborate scenery and game pieces, hands-on
participation by players and custom rule-sets. Players can play with
large World War II battleship models in the mega-scale battleship
Showdown. If you liked the movie "Starship Troopers," come play
either side. You will be in action above, on and below the playing
surface. "Star Wars" fans, here's your chance to re-fight the space
battle above Endor. Play as either the Rebellion or Empire as you
try to defeat the enemy forces on, above or inside the huge 7-foot
Death Star model.
FlatCon also has a large area reserved for electronic
entertainment such as computer and LAN gaming and console video
games, including Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. There is a
dedicated video programming area, showing movies, television shows
and anime throughout the weekend.
In addition, the Role-Playing Games Association will be returning
with their sanctioned role-playing events. Members are welcome, and
new players can register to be a member for free on-site.
Registration for FlatCon 2007 opens on May 15. Information is
available at www.flatcon.com.
The deadline for preregistration is Sept. 16. Businesses or
organizations wishing to advertise in the program book may contact
Leslie Pratt at 309-661-2741 or
FlatCon news release]