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This article is about the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> Con†Stellation. For information about the current convention please see the [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page|Main Page]]. For information on other past Con†Stellations see the [[Con†Stellation History|Con†Stellation History page]].
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This article is about the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012 Con†Stellation'''</span>. For information about the current convention please see the [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page|Main Page]]. For information on other past Con†Stellations see the [[Con†Stellation History|Con†Stellation History page]].
  
Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus was held at the '''Holiday Inn Express''' located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:<br/>
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Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus was held 12-14 October 2012 at the '''Holiday Inn Express''' located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:<br/>
 
3808 University Drive<br />
 
3808 University Drive<br />
 
Huntsville, AL, 35816<br />
 
Huntsville, AL, 35816<br />
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''Please note'''</span> that the date is approximately a month later than in previous years.
 
  
==Registration Rates & Info==
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==2012 Registration Rates & Info==
  
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
: <del>$40 through July 22, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
 
: <del>$40 through July 22, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
 
: <del>$45 thereafter and through September 30, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
 
: <del>$45 thereafter and through September 30, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
: $50 thereafter and at the door
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: <del>$50 thereafter and at the door</del> Rate Expired
  
 
'''Child and Young Adult Rates:'''
 
'''Child and Young Adult Rates:'''
  
Rates for '''children''' (though age 12) are fixed regardless of when they are purchased.<br />
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Rates for '''children''' (though age 12) were fixed regardless of when they were purchased.<br />
: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 12, 2012): Free<br />
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: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 12, 2012): <del>Free</del> Rate Expired<br />
: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 12, 2012): $25<br />
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: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 12, 2012): <del>$25</del> Rate Expired<br />
Children not accompanied by an Adult Member will be charged the Young Adult Membership rate.
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Children not accompanied by an Adult Member were charged the Young Adult Membership rate.
  
'''Young Adult''' Memberships (''students'' age 13-21, as of October 12, 2012) are $5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase. We trust you (we really, really do) but reserve the right to request some proof of student status.
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'''Young Adult''' Memberships (''students'' age 13-21, as of October 12, 2012) were <del>$5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase.</del> Rate Expired
  
===Sending in Your Registration===
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==2012 Guests==
See the main [[Con†Stellation Registration]] page for a PDF Registration Form. We'll need your payment along with information on each member—name, badge name if any, and contact information (address plus email and phone as applicable).
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Con†Stellation's guests in 2012 were:
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: '''Guest of Honor: David B. Coe'''<br />
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: '''Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay'''<br />
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: '''Fan Guests of Honor: The Moon Princesses'''—Julie Wall, Toni Weisskopf, & Linda Zielke<br />
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: '''Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn'''<br />
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: '''Special Guest:''' D.B. Jackson
  
==Guests==
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: '''Also Attending:''' L.R. Barrett-Durham, Gerald W. Driggers, Cat Faber, Eric Flint, E.G. Glover, Marc Gunn, Les Johnson, and Darrell Osborn.
{{Main|Con†Stellation Guests}}<br />
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: Select the above Main Article for information on each guest.
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We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
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==2012 Hotel==
 
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: '''Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Guest_of_Honor|David B. Coe]]'''<br />
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: '''Artist Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|Melissa Gay]]'''<br />
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: '''Fan Guests of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Fan_Guests_of_Honor|<span title="The 3 Princesses are Julie Wall, Toni Weisskopf, & Linda Zielke">The Moon Princesses</span>]]'''<br />
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: '''Mistress of Ceremonies: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mistress_of_Ceremonies|Stephanie Osborn]]'''<br />
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: '''Special Guest:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Special_Guest|D.B. Jackson]]
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: '''Also Expected to Attend:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#L.R. Barrett-Durham|L.R. Barrett-Durham]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Joe Dickerson|Joe Dickerson]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Gerald W. Driggers|Gerald W. Driggers]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Cat Faber|Cat Faber]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Eric Flint|Eric Flint]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#E.G. Glover|E.G. Glover]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Marc Gunn|Marc Gunn]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Rachael Hill|Rachael Hill]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#J.F. Lewis|J.F. Lewis]]</del>, and [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Darrell Osborn|Darrell Osborn]].
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==Hotel==
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[[File:HIESuite.jpg|frame|<div align="center">Holiday Inn Express Suite</div>]]
 
[[File:HIESuite.jpg|frame|<div align="center">Holiday Inn Express Suite</div>]]
We’re back for our eleventh (!) year at the [http://www.holidayhuntsville.com/ Holiday Inn Express]. The hotel is located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane in Huntsville, at 3808 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816. Click [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Holiday+Inn+Express+3808+University+Dr+NW,+Huntsville,+AL+35816&hl=en&cd=1&ei=TUEaTPTvFZ3YoAT-4NSeCQ&vps=3&jsv=247a&sll=34.735077,-86.624593&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=11769152858549147964&iwloc=A&ved=0CFMQpQY&sa=X here for a Google map].
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We were back for our eleventh (!) year at the [http://www.holidayhuntsville.com/ Holiday Inn Express]. The hotel is located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane in Huntsville, at 3808 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816. Click [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Holiday+Inn+Express+3808+University+Dr+NW,+Huntsville,+AL+35816&hl=en&cd=1&ei=TUEaTPTvFZ3YoAT-4NSeCQ&vps=3&jsv=247a&sll=34.735077,-86.624593&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=11769152858549147964&iwloc=A&ved=0CFMQpQY&sa=X here for a Google map].
 
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===Reserve Your Room (Now!)===
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Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $84 (+ taxes), suites are $120 (+ taxes), for 1–4 people per night. For reservations, call 256-721-1000 or toll free 800-345-7720 (which connects directly to this hotel). Mention Con†Stellation to get the convention rate. You '''must''' reserve your room by September 12<sup>th</sup> to be sure of getting the convention rate. The hotel ''is'' supporting another event elsewhere in town and ''is'' expected to sell out so you need to reserve your room '''''early'''''.
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE!'''</span> The hotel room block was extended to 18 September 2012 but has now expired. You can still get a room at the convention rate '''''if''''' there are any rooms available. Rooms were apparently available as of mid-day 25 September, but the hotel will almost certainly sell out due to a college football homecoming that weekend that will use rooms all over town… so please call as early as you can if you are interested.
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===Room Parties===
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Standard rooms (king or double-double) were $84 (+ taxes), suites were $120 (+ taxes), for 1–4 people per night. Folks planning a room party were encouraged write to or email the general convention address for assistance in blocking into the room party area.
If you're planning a room party please write to or [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Attention%20Con*Stellation%20Room%20Party%20Coordination email] the general convention address so we can assist in blocking you into the room party area. Mark your request Attention Room Party Coordination. The closer to the convention dates we get the more we love email.
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==Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts==
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==2012 Con†Stellation T-Shirts==
[[File:ConStellation31 Perseus_full.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">T-Shirt Art; see [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts|T-Shirts Article]] for more info & to order</div>]]
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[[File:ConStellation31 Perseus_full.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">2012 T-Shirt Art<br />Click art for a larger view</div>]]
 
{{Main|Con†Stellation T-Shirts}}
 
{{Main|Con†Stellation T-Shirts}}
  
See the T-Shirt page link above for a larger look at the art and information about ordering your shirts. We '''strongly urge you to pre-order''' as selection of tees at the con will be much smaller than you may be accustomed to seeing; including fewer colors, sizes, and styles. The deadline for pre-ordering is '''14 September 2012'''.
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Convention T-shirts were $16–$18 (depending on size) and available in sizes S–5XL (by pre-con order) or L–3XL (at the door). In future, shirts '''''may''''' be available by pre-order only.
 
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==Art Show & Auction==
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==2012 Art Show & Auction==
{{Main|Con†Stellation Art Show}}
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Con†Stellation's annual Art Show and Auction brings together art from both professional and amateur artists. Art can be anything from a painting, to a pen and ink drawing, to a cartoon, or much more. Crafts are also included and could include a knitted Kobold, crocheted Cthulhu, pottery and glassware, jewelry, even origami! All the artwork you find each year will have some connection to science fiction, fantasy, or fandom{{Whatis|Fandom}} itself.
: Select the above Main Article for information on the Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction&mdash;including paperwork for selling art.
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Con†Stellation's annual Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction brings together science fiction, fantasy, or fandom-related art from both professional and amateur artists. We want you to enjoy just looking at the art, but we're happy to say that all the artwork in the Print Shop and the large majority of that on display in the Art Show is for sale. For complete info on how to [[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Buying_Art|buy]] or [[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Selling_Art|sell]] art at Con†Stellation (including fees, the shipping address, etc. for the latter) click through to the [[Con†Stellation_Art_Show|Art Show]] page.
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In 2012 we had almost 20 artists in the show who collectively made just over $3000 in sales. Additionally, there was over $650 in sales of art and other items donated to the [[#Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity|2012 Charity Auction]].
  
==Dealers Room==
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==2012 Dealers Room==
===List of Dealers===
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The following dealers were at Con†Stellation XXXI.
As of 21 August 2012 the following dealers will be at Con†Stellation XXXI.
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|Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy||Tee Shirts
 
|Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy||Tee Shirts
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===Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXI===
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==2012 Programming==
<span style="color:#FF0000">The Dealers Room for Con†Stellation XXXI is sold out. You may still contact us to be on a waitlist in case of cancellations, or to request information about the 2013 Dealers Room.</span>
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A ''nearly'' final program listing for 2012 is available [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_program_guide_for_web_%28Rev_1%29.pdf as a PDF file.] For folks curious about what kind of programming we may have in 2013 and forward, this may be a useful guide.
  
The first table ($60) includes one convention membership. Additional tables ($40) do not include additional memberships. All dealers and helpers must be members of the convention. All tables are 6&prime;x30&Prime;. We do not hold tables without payment, though we do reserve the right to curate the room in order to make a wide variety of merchandise available for sale to all convention members. Send payment (check) [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|to the postal address below]]. Please mark the envelope '''ATTN: Dealers Room'''. Please include any special requests, including if you need access to an electrical outlet.
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There are a couple of innovations Con†Stellation added in 2012 that we'd still like to bring to your attention:
  
If you have questions (or want to let us know ''the check is in the mail'' ;-) you can email us at [mailto:dealers@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Dealers%20Room%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link dealers@con-stellation.org] or contact us [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|via any of the other methods below]].
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=== KandyKlatsches===
  
==Programming==
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Perhaps you've been to a KandyKlatsch at a convention before? If not, the short definition is a gathering with a convention guest and a small group of fans, drinking coffee (or tea, or...) and chatting. Well, in 2012 we put our own spin on that by providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there was strategy involved—you'd have been ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you wanted to ask a question.) The bacon candy was a big hit with many KandyKlatch attendees.
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE 5 October 2012'''</span><br />
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A ''revised'' program listing is available [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_program_guide_for_web_%28Rev_1%29.pdf as a PDF file.] This is probably the final revision that will be posted on the web and should be very, very close to final. As always, though, you should check the printed Program Guide at the convention.
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There are a couple of 2012 innovations for Con†Stellation we particularly want to bring to your attention:
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===KandyKlasches===
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Perhaps you've been to a KaffeeKlatsch at a convention before? If not, the short definition is a gathering with a convention guest and a small group of fans, drinking coffee (or tea, or...) and chatting. Well, we're putting our own spin on that and providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there will be strategy involved&mdash;you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.)
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You will have to sign up ''at the convention'' for these Saturday events. There will be a limit of one KandyKlasche for each convention member and a limit of eight people in each KandyKlasche. Details of signup (including times available) will be available at the convention. Signup will be at convention registration during special hours to be posted at the con.
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===Costume Contest===
 
===Costume Contest===
  
Con†Stellation has had a "traditional" Masquerade on Saturday evening for most of its existence, but it's become harder for anything other than really large cons to effectively stage one. So, we're faced with the question "What to do to honor the tradition of costuming at sf/f conventions?" while facing the difficult decision to abandon a formal Masquerade.
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Con†Stellation had a "traditional" Masquerade on Saturday evening for most of its existence, but it became harder for anything other than really large cons to effectively stage one. So, we were faced with the question "What to do to honor the tradition of costuming at sf/f conventions?" while facing the difficult decision to abandon a formal Masquerade.
  
The answer is a Hall Costume Contest… but one with a twist that will benefit our [[#Sci-Quest is Our 2012 Charity|2012 charity]].<br />
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The answer was a Hall Costume Contest… but one with a twist that benefited our [[#Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity|2012 charity]]. What we asked people to do was:<br />
* Wear your favorite costume—be it simple or complex—any time Friday or most of Saturday at the convention.
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* Wear their favorite costume—be it simple or complex—any time Friday or most of Saturday at the convention.
* Have your picture taken; you can bring us one of yours or we'll take one for you.
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* Have their picture taken; they could bring us one of their own or we'd take one for them.
* We'll post the pictures along with a designated donation drop.
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* We posted the pictures along with a designated donation drop.
 
* Here's the key bit: ''Encourage everyone to vote for you'' by putting their donation in your designated drop.
 
* Here's the key bit: ''Encourage everyone to vote for you'' by putting their donation in your designated drop.
* We'll declare a winner Saturday evening at the [[#Art Show & Auction|Art Auction]] based on who raises the most money for charity.
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* We declared a winner Saturday evening at the Art Auction based on who raised the most money for charity.
  
==Gaming==
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==2012 Gaming==
We're continually working on making our gaming schedule great, so please check back often for additional information on the Gaming at Con†Stellation.
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The final 2012 gaming schedule is available for review at [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2012%20Final%20Game%20schedule.pdf this link]  as a PDF file. Yeah, there were changes at the con, but then that's always true. Every year will be different, but this may give you some hint of what could be in store for 2013 and beyond.
 
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE 7 October 2012'''</span><br />
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The final gaming schedule is now available [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2012%20Final%20Game%20schedule.pdf as a PDF file.] Yeah, there will be changes at the con, but this is pretty darn set.
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===Console Gaming Night===
 
===Console Gaming Night===
We plan to feature a night of console gaming Saturday evening.  It'll start right after the Art Auction and run late, late into the night.
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We featured a night of console gaming Saturday evening.  It started right after the Art Auction and ran late into the night.
  
 
===Iron Fan Contest===
 
===Iron Fan Contest===
 
[[File:Iron_Fan_button.jpg|thumb|right|<div align="center">Are You an Iron Fan?</div>]]
 
[[File:Iron_Fan_button.jpg|thumb|right|<div align="center">Are You an Iron Fan?</div>]]
So, do you think you have what it takes to be an Iron Fan? Join this contest at Con†Stellation and prove your mettle. Each contestant will be given a series of fannish{{whatis|Fandom}} tasks to accomplish. The one who completes the most tasks will earn bragging rights as Con†Stellation XXXI's Iron Fan. Check the program lineup at the con for the Iron Fan Organizational Meeting on Friday evening. If you get there too late for that, ask any staff member for help getting in touch with the Taskmistress.
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One special gaming item was the Iron Fan contest in which you could prove your mettle. Each contestant was given a series of fannish{{whatis|Fandom}} tasks to accomplish over the course of the convention.
  
 
===Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament===
 
===Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament===
 
[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
 
[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
Do you play spades and play to win? If so, have we got a deal for you! Killer Cutthroat Spades is a variant on no-partner spades with severe penalties for sandbagging, thus putting extra emphasis on both accurate bidding and sharp gameplay. What do you get if you win? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods! Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll <em>help</em>. (Seriously, we actually will help. We love introducing the game to new folks. Some experience playing spades, bridge, or some other bid-and-trick based game is helpful, but not necessary. We can pretty much always round up enough players to teach you at a non-tournament game before you go swimming with the sharks.)
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Killer Cutthroat Spades is a variant on no-partner spades with severe penalties for sandbagging, thus putting extra emphasis on both accurate bidding and sharp gameplay. Con†Stellation holds an annual tournament and 2012 was no exception. What did the winner get? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods!
  
You can sign up at the door or contact [mailto:tbolgeo@comcast.net?subject=Inquiry%20about%20the%20Con*Stellation%20Killer%20Cutthroat%20Spades%20tournament "Uncle Timmy"] by email to get on the list.
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Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll ''help''. (Seriously, we actually did help; we love introducing the game to new folks. Some experience playing spades, bridge, or some other bid-and-trick based game is helpful, but not necessary. We can pretty much always round up enough players to teach new players at a non-tournament game before they go swimming with the sharks.)
 
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===Lots More===
 
===Lots More===
We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from '''Craig's Closet''', there's always a good game to be found. Again, we'll add details as they become available, much closer to the con.
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We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. In 2012 you could BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from '''Craig's Closet''', there was always a good game to be found.
  
===Want to Run a Game?===
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==Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity==
If you want to run a game/tournament at Con†Stellation, please [mailto:gamemaster@con-stellation.org?subject=I%20Want%20To%20Run%20A%20Game%20At%20Con*Stellation%20(or%20other%20query%20to%20the%20Game%20Master) email the Game Master] to start the discussion. You can also write the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention address]] below, marking your missive '''Attention: Game Master'''.
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==Sci-Quest is Our 2012 Charity==
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[[File:Sci-Quest_Logo.jpg|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Sci-Quest Logo</div>]]
 
[[File:Sci-Quest_Logo.jpg|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Sci-Quest Logo</div>]]
Con†Stellation is happy to have chosen local hands-on science learning center [http://www.sci-quest.org/ Sci-Quest] as our charity for 2012. Sci-Quest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Tennessee Valley (North Alabama and Southern Tennessee). Their mission is "to motivate visitors to discover and explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to correlate their interest to the existing career fields throughout Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley" and they do lots of school outreach, covering a 23-county area. Items will be up for bids in the [[Con†Stellation Art Show#Charity Auction|Art Show]].
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Con†Stellation is happy that we chose local hands-on science learning center [http://www.sci-quest.org/ Sci-Quest] as our charity for 2012. Sci-Quest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Tennessee Valley (North Alabama and Southern Tennessee). Their mission is "to motivate visitors to discover and explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to correlate their interest to the existing career fields throughout Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley" and they do lots of school outreach, covering a 23-county area.
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In total, Con†Stellation raised over $1000 for Sci-Quest.
  
 
===Charity Raffle===
 
===Charity Raffle===
We are also pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest&mdash;a "Tuckerization"{{whatis|Tuckerization}} (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets will be for sale at the convention. (Some tickets will also be distributed for donations to the [[#Con Suite|Con Suite]].) The winning ticket will be drawn at the [[Con†Stellation Art Show#Art Auction|Art Auction]]. Additional prizes may be offered.
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One of the paths of fundraising was a Charity raffle. We were pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest&mdash;a "Tuckerization"{{whatis|Tuckerization}} (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets were for sale at the convention. (Some tickets were also distributed for donations to the Con Suite.)
 
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==Con Suite==
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==2012 Con Suite==
Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite{{whatis|Con Suite}} in the usual parlance) is one of the highlights of Con†Stellation. You'll certainly find the usual Con Suite munchies and soft drinks, but you'll also find more hearty fare at numerous times all through the con. Just ask anyone who's been to one of our conventions and you'll likely hear high praise for our mistress of victuals.
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Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite{{whatis|Con Suite}} in the usual parlance) is one of the highlights of Con†Stellation. You'll certainly find the usual Con Suite munchies and soft drinks every year, but you'll also find more hearty fare at numerous times all through the con. Just ask anyone who's been to one of our conventions and you'll likely hear high praise for our mistress of victuals both in 2012 and years past.
  
 
===Con Suite Donations===
 
===Con Suite Donations===
How would you like to earn even more chances at the [[#Charity Raffle|Eric Flint Tuckerization]]?  As in years past, the Con Suite is always grateful for donations, but this year we'll reward you!  For every '''family size''' donation you make, we'll give you a raffle ticket.  Family size is enough entrée to feed at least 6-8 people (e.g., tub of spaghetti, large bowl of salad, pan of lasagna) or a full sized dessert (e.g., 24 or more cookies, pan of brownies, cheesecake).  As with many good things, <span style="color:#FF0000">there is a catch</span>&mdash;you '''must''' coordinate with the Con Suite ''at least '''5 days''' prior'' to the con so we can plan accordingly. Please [mailto:ConSuite@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Con%20Suite%20Donation%20Coordination email us] and let us know what you would like to bring, and we'll let you know how many tickets it will earn.
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In 2012 we provided another way to earn chances at the [[#Charity Raffle|Eric Flint Tuckerization]]?  The Con Suite is always grateful for donations, and in 2012 we rewarded you!  For every '''family size''' donation made, we gave out a raffle ticket.  Family size is enough entrée to feed at least 6-8 people (e.g., tub of spaghetti, large bowl of salad, pan of lasagna) or a full sized dessert (e.g., 24 or more cookies, pan of brownies, cheesecake).  As with many good things, <span style="color:#FF0000">there was a catch</span>&mdash;donees were '''''required''''' to coordinate with the Con Suite ''at least '''5 days''' prior'' to the con so we could plan accordingly.
  
==Volunteering==
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==2012 Flyers==
As a fan-run convention, Con†Stellation is run entirely by volunteers and we would like you to join us. We need people with various levels of convention experience, including none. We have to keep a lot of balls in the air to make a convention work; could you lend a hand (or two)? See our [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions?_How_to_Contact_Us|email or snailmail addresses below]] to let us know that you are interested in helping out! If you email, please include '''Volunteer''' in your e-mail subject line so that we can direct your request to the right person.
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The final version of the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> Con†Stellation flyer (version 1.5c) is still available by [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_flyer_v1.5c.pdf clicking here]. Remember this is <span style="color:#FF0000">'''not for the current Con†Stellation'''</span>; please see the [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Flyers|Main Page]] for the current year.
  
 
==Questions? How to Contact Us==
 
==Questions? How to Contact Us==
Use these methods to contact the convention for registration or to ask a question. Note that we don't currently offer web-based registration/payment so you'll eventually need to mail us a check.
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Please see the [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions? How to Contact Us|Main Page]] for ways to get in touch with the current Con†Stellation.
 
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<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
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: Con*Stellation XXXI: Perseus<br />
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==Flyers==
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You can download our latest flyer (version 1.5c—now two-sided—uploaded 14 June 2012) by [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_flyer_v1.5c.pdf clicking here]—suitable for printing. Check back for updates as more info is added. The website will normally be your most up-to-date source, but this version allows more portability than your laptop ;-)
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Latest revision as of 15:22, 22 February 2017

Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)

13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama

GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal      Artist GoH: David O. Miller      MC: Toni Weisskopf

This article is about the 2012 Con†Stellation. For information about the current convention please see the Main Page. For information on other past Con†Stellations see the Con†Stellation History page.

Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus was held 12-14 October 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:
3808 University Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35816

Contents

[edit] 2012 Registration Rates & Info

Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:

$40 through July 22, 2012 Rate Expired
$45 thereafter and through September 30, 2012 Rate Expired
$50 thereafter and at the door Rate Expired

Child and Young Adult Rates:

Rates for children (though age 12) were fixed regardless of when they were purchased.

Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 12, 2012): Free Rate Expired
Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 12, 2012): $25 Rate Expired

Children not accompanied by an Adult Member were charged the Young Adult Membership rate.

Young Adult Memberships (students age 13-21, as of October 12, 2012) were $5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase. Rate Expired

[edit] 2012 Guests

Con†Stellation's guests in 2012 were:

Guest of Honor: David B. Coe
Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay
Fan Guests of Honor: The Moon Princesses—Julie Wall, Toni Weisskopf, & Linda Zielke
Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn
Special Guest: D.B. Jackson
Also Attending: L.R. Barrett-Durham, Gerald W. Driggers, Cat Faber, Eric Flint, E.G. Glover, Marc Gunn, Les Johnson, and Darrell Osborn.

[edit] 2012 Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Suite

We were back for our eleventh (!) year at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane in Huntsville, at 3808 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816. Click here for a Google map.

Standard rooms (king or double-double) were $84 (+ taxes), suites were $120 (+ taxes), for 1–4 people per night. Folks planning a room party were encouraged write to or email the general convention address for assistance in blocking into the room party area.

[edit] 2012 Con†Stellation T-Shirts

2012 T-Shirt Art
Click art for a larger view
Main Article: Con†Stellation T-Shirts

Convention T-shirts were $16–$18 (depending on size) and available in sizes S–5XL (by pre-con order) or L–3XL (at the door). In future, shirts may be available by pre-order only.

[edit] 2012 Art Show & Auction

Con†Stellation's annual Art Show and Auction brings together art from both professional and amateur artists. Art can be anything from a painting, to a pen and ink drawing, to a cartoon, or much more. Crafts are also included and could include a knitted Kobold, crocheted Cthulhu, pottery and glassware, jewelry, even origami! All the artwork you find each year will have some connection to science fiction, fantasy, or fandom(←What's That?) itself.

In 2012 we had almost 20 artists in the show who collectively made just over $3000 in sales. Additionally, there was over $650 in sales of art and other items donated to the 2012 Charity Auction.

[edit] 2012 Dealers Room

The following dealers were at Con†Stellation XXXI.

Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy Tee Shirts
A. B. Tales, Karen Boyd Collectables
Aegis Steamcraft LLC, Dena & Matt Brown Steampunk, Pirate, and Sci-fi leather goods and items
L.R. Barrett-Durham & E.G. Glover Stained Glass Artwork, Jewelry, & Books
Basement Books, Donna & Paul Rankin Books
Gerald Driggers Book Promotion
Fantastic Vision Design, Keren Matteo Art
Golden Knots, Lauren Damewood Jewelry
Mark Gunn Music
Science Fiction Collectables, Laura & Russell Petterson Collectables

[edit] 2012 Programming

A nearly final program listing for 2012 is available as a PDF file. For folks curious about what kind of programming we may have in 2013 and forward, this may be a useful guide.

There are a couple of innovations Con†Stellation added in 2012 that we'd still like to bring to your attention:

[edit] KandyKlatsches

Perhaps you've been to a KandyKlatsch at a convention before? If not, the short definition is a gathering with a convention guest and a small group of fans, drinking coffee (or tea, or...) and chatting. Well, in 2012 we put our own spin on that by providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there was strategy involved—you'd have been ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you wanted to ask a question.) The bacon candy was a big hit with many KandyKlatch attendees.

[edit] Costume Contest

Con†Stellation had a "traditional" Masquerade on Saturday evening for most of its existence, but it became harder for anything other than really large cons to effectively stage one. So, we were faced with the question "What to do to honor the tradition of costuming at sf/f conventions?" while facing the difficult decision to abandon a formal Masquerade.

The answer was a Hall Costume Contest… but one with a twist that benefited our 2012 charity. What we asked people to do was:

  • Wear their favorite costume—be it simple or complex—any time Friday or most of Saturday at the convention.
  • Have their picture taken; they could bring us one of their own or we'd take one for them.
  • We posted the pictures along with a designated donation drop.
  • Here's the key bit: Encourage everyone to vote for you by putting their donation in your designated drop.
  • We declared a winner Saturday evening at the Art Auction based on who raised the most money for charity.

[edit] 2012 Gaming

The final 2012 gaming schedule is available for review at this link as a PDF file. Yeah, there were changes at the con, but then that's always true. Every year will be different, but this may give you some hint of what could be in store for 2013 and beyond.

[edit] Console Gaming Night

We featured a night of console gaming Saturday evening. It started right after the Art Auction and ran late into the night.

[edit] Iron Fan Contest

Are You an Iron Fan?

One special gaming item was the Iron Fan contest in which you could prove your mettle. Each contestant was given a series of fannish(←What's That?) tasks to accomplish over the course of the convention.

[edit] Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament

A Nice Friendly
Game of Cards™

Killer Cutthroat Spades is a variant on no-partner spades with severe penalties for sandbagging, thus putting extra emphasis on both accurate bidding and sharp gameplay. Con†Stellation holds an annual tournament and 2012 was no exception. What did the winner get? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods!

Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll help. (Seriously, we actually did help; we love introducing the game to new folks. Some experience playing spades, bridge, or some other bid-and-trick based game is helpful, but not necessary. We can pretty much always round up enough players to teach new players at a non-tournament game before they go swimming with the sharks.)

[edit] Lots More

We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. In 2012 you could BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from Craig's Closet, there was always a good game to be found.

[edit] Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity

Sci-Quest Logo

Con†Stellation is happy that we chose local hands-on science learning center Sci-Quest as our charity for 2012. Sci-Quest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Tennessee Valley (North Alabama and Southern Tennessee). Their mission is "to motivate visitors to discover and explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to correlate their interest to the existing career fields throughout Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley" and they do lots of school outreach, covering a 23-county area.

In total, Con†Stellation raised over $1000 for Sci-Quest.

[edit] Charity Raffle

One of the paths of fundraising was a Charity raffle. We were pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest—a "Tuckerization"(←What's That?) (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets were for sale at the convention. (Some tickets were also distributed for donations to the Con Suite.)

[edit] 2012 Con Suite

Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite(←What's That?) in the usual parlance) is one of the highlights of Con†Stellation. You'll certainly find the usual Con Suite munchies and soft drinks every year, but you'll also find more hearty fare at numerous times all through the con. Just ask anyone who's been to one of our conventions and you'll likely hear high praise for our mistress of victuals both in 2012 and years past.

[edit] Con Suite Donations

In 2012 we provided another way to earn chances at the Eric Flint Tuckerization? The Con Suite is always grateful for donations, and in 2012 we rewarded you! For every family size donation made, we gave out a raffle ticket. Family size is enough entrée to feed at least 6-8 people (e.g., tub of spaghetti, large bowl of salad, pan of lasagna) or a full sized dessert (e.g., 24 or more cookies, pan of brownies, cheesecake). As with many good things, there was a catch—donees were required to coordinate with the Con Suite at least 5 days prior to the con so we could plan accordingly.

[edit] 2012 Flyers

The final version of the 2012 Con†Stellation flyer (version 1.5c) is still available by clicking here. Remember this is not for the current Con†Stellation; please see the Main Page for the current year.

[edit] Questions? How to Contact Us

Please see the Main Page for ways to get in touch with the current Con†Stellation.

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