FlatCon 2018

In addition to scores of individual game events of all types, FlatCon features a number of extra special events every year! From Lego Tanks to the Charity Raffle to the annual Circus Maximus race, here are some extra highlights of FlatCon 2018!

Pathfinder and Starfinder Society

Every year, our friends at the Pathfinder and Starfinder Societies run dozens of PFS and SFS sanctioned events for Pathfinder organized play. Much of FlatCon's steady growth is due to the hordes of dedicated PFS and SFS GMs and players who spend three days with us every year!

Charity Raffle

The FlatCon Charity Raffle returns every year and gives attendees a chance to win some cool gaming swag and help FlaltCon fight cancer via our support of Relay For Life.

Raffle prizes

Attendees can purchase raffle tickets which can be used on various game lots for chances to win each lot: the more tickets in a lot, the greater your chances to win it!

Throughout the 12 months leading up to each year's FlatCon, we seek out game donations for the raffle as well as good deals on items we think are "off the beaten gamer path." The FlatCon Charity raffle features games from publishers both large and small, several great finds from recent Kickstarter campaigns, and some unique RPGs from the Independent Game Developer Network!

Some of the goodies on this year’s block are:

The raffle winners are announced on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and you must be present to win.

Double Exposure Envoy Game Demos

Brad, an Envoy from Double Exposure, teaches Terraforming Mars

In 2015, FlatCon connected with the game demos put on by the Heralds of the Double Exposure Envoy program. The Envoy program connects experienced game masters and game teachers with conventions to demonstrate a multitude of games from various publishers, large and small. FlatCon has been delighted to host the Envoy Heralds and welcomes them back this year!

Learning a new game is one of the great benefits of a game convention!

Aerodrome 1.1

Another FlatCon regular is Air Marshall Rob Connole who brings his WWI aerial dogfight miniatures game back to FlatCon in Aerodrome 1.1!

Aerodrome game in progress at flatCon 2014

Pick your nationality and plane and hop in the cockpit to do battle as one of the Allies or the Central Powers. This game is always packed on Saturday and Sunday and features historically accurate plane minis on telescoping bases and a dashboard control panel for each player.

Bob and his wife Mindy come down every year from the Chicago area, along with several friends, to run Aerodrome 1.1 for veteran and rookie pilots alike. Pilots can earn commendations, promotions and medals that carry over session to session, year to year! These medals provide in-game bonuses for your pilot! (If you've lost medals from previous years, Bob and Mindy can replace them for a nominal fee.) Rob awards a medal to a young pilot

NOTE: Kids are welcome with adult/parent supervision. (Your humble FlatCon Webmaster's son has been flying the unfriendly skies since he was 11.)

Aerodrome is scheduled for four total sessions, two each on Saturday and Sunday:

Play To Win Games

The Library and Play to Win Area and its master, Brad Price

In 2015, we debuted our Play to Win area where attendees can try out games for a chance to win them. The more games you play the better your chance to win! Every year, we gaive away over a dozen games donated by a horde of publishers. Just stroll on up, grab a game, play it, then put your name on that game's list of players! It's that easy!

Some Play to Win games for 2018: - Fist of Dragonstones: The Tavern Edition - Lost Cities: Rivals - Smash Up - Near & Far - Euphoria - Asking For Trobils

Play To Win runs the whole con until Sunday afternoon when the winners are drawn around 4:00. (Must be present to win!)

Friday Night Circus Maximus

The Annual Friday Night Circus Maximus Chariot racing minis game in 2017

A tradition almost as old as FlatCon itself, the Friday Night Circus Maximus event roars back into FlatCon!

Tom Jaggard sets up his giant chariot race track with 16 sets of hand painted miniature chariots and horses. Race contestants will speed, crash, ram and, sometimes, drag their drivers to victory! To win you have to be the first to cross the finish line, but you do not necessarily need a working chariot! (Your driver does need to, you know, not die, though.)

Free Games Library

Attendees peruse the FlatCon Game Library

FlatCon features a library of free games to check out and play during the entire con. Got an open slot with nothing scheduled? Want to try something new? We've got you covered.

The dozens of board and card games in the Library run the gamut from family/traditional to hardcore gamer fare.

Thanks to the many donations from companies, as well as the loan of the private collection of Brad Price of <a href="ARDezynes (@ARDezynes) on Twitter ">ARDezynes</a>, our Library is here for you!

Mind's Eye Society LARP Events

Mind's Eye Society LARP area

For the past several years, FlatCon has been proud to host Live Action Role-Play (LARP) events produced by the Mind's Eye Society. What is MES? From their website:

"Mind’s Eye Society is the largest and the longest running organization among the several authorized Camarilla fan clubs. Established initially in 1992 as The Camarilla, Mind’s Eye Society hosts Live Action Role Playing games set in White Wolf’s settings, both in the World of Darkness with Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, as well as in the Chronicles of Darkness, such as Vampire: The Requiem and Changeling: The Lost. The Mind’s Eye Society runs a connected game network spanning the United States, with interactions involving other players in organizations around the world.">

Mind's Eye Society runs events throughout FlatCon and loves to introduce LARPing to gamers new to it. (NOTE: most events are of a mature theme and players must be 18 or older.)