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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]].
 
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]].
  
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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
 
'''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
  
==Guests==
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==2012 Guests==
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Con†Stellation's guests in 2012 were:
 
: '''Guest of Honor: David B. Coe'''<br />
 
: '''Guest of Honor: David B. Coe'''<br />
 
: '''Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay'''<br />
 
: '''Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay'''<br />
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==2012 Con†Stellation T-Shirts==
 
==2012 Con†Stellation T-Shirts==
[[File:ConStellation31 Perseus_full.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">T-Shirt Art</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}}
  
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==2012 Art Show & Auction==
 
==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 will have some connection to science fiction, fantasy, or fandom{{Whatis|Fandom}} itself.
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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.
  
 
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]].
 
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]].
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==2012 Programming==
 
==2012 Programming==
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 wanting to see what kind of programming we may have in 2013 and forward this may be useful.
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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.
  
 
There are a couple of innovations Con†Stellation added in 2012 that we'd still like to bring to your attention:
 
There are a couple of innovations Con†Stellation added in 2012 that we'd still like to bring to your attention:
  
===KandyKlasches===
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=== KandyKlatsches===
  
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, in 2012 we put our own spin on that by providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there was strategy involved&mdash;you'd have been ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you wanted to ask a question.)
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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.
  
 
===Costume Contest===
 
===Costume Contest===
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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 />
 
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; bring us one of yours or we'd 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 posted the pictures along with a designated donation drop.
 
* 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 declared a winner Saturday evening at the [[#Art Show & Auction|Art Auction]] based on who raised 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.
  
 
==2012 Gaming==
 
==2012 Gaming==
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.
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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.
  
 
===Console Gaming Night===
 
===Console Gaming Night===
We feature a night of console gaming Saturday evening.  It started right after the Art Auction and ran 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===
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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!
 
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 <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 new players at a non-tournament game before they go swimming with the sharks.)
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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. In 2012 you could BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from '''Craig's Closet''', there wass always a good game to be found.
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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.
  
 
==Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity==
 
==Sci-Quest was Our 2012 Charity==
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==2012 Con Suite==
 
==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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: P.O. Box 4857<br />
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: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
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<strong>Email</strong><br />
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: [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link constell@con-stellation.org]
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<strong>Phone</strong><br />
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: Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092
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<strong>NASFA</strong><br />
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: The North Alabama Science Fiction Association sponsors Con†Stellation. To find out how to join this year-round club, or to get in touch with NASFA about any other matter, please see the [[#External Links|External Links section]] below.
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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 14:22, 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

The final Con†Stellation is over 🙁
We will be transforming this into a history site
Please bear with us as that transition will take some time

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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