Windycon To Sponsor Fluxx Tournament

By Steven H Silver: On August 15, 2015 Windycon is sponsoring a Fluxx tournament at Geek Bar Beta in Chicago. Fluxx is a card game, played with a specially designed deck published by Looney Labs, Windycon’s gaming Guests of Honor this year. It is different from most other card games in that the rules and the conditions for winning are altered throughout the game, via cards played by the players. Because the rules and goals change, people who have never played the game have a good chance of winning, “beginner’s luck” truly comes into play.

The tournament will run from 12 noon until it ends. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Each game you play will be with a randomly picked version of Fluxx, so who knows what you’ll be playing next. (One game might be basic Fluxx, then Zombie Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, Cthulhu Fluxx, or even Monty Python Fluxx.) Anyone can enter and anyone can win. You can win a membership to Windycon, t-shirts, decals, and more! Come in, bring your friends, join us, and have fun.

To register please contact You can also show up at Geek Bar Beta the day of the event and register that day.

If you aren’t familiar with the game, we will give lessons at the tournament as necessary, or your can have it explained by Guest of Honor Andy Looney himself in this video:

GoFundMe for Peri the Potter

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu, recently Windycon 41 Artist Guest of Honor, was hospitalized in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix.

A GoFundMe has been started to help with his medical and other bills. Ordinarily he’d be out selling at a show or convention about once a week, so his business is taking a hit. He’s got wedding plans in his future, too!

The Peri the Potter GoFundMe raised over $4,000 of its $11,900 goal on the first day.

Peri is a Colorado pottery and graphic artist who has mentored many new artists throughout his 35-year career. He is the founder and guild master of the Arts and Artisans of Colorado artist’s guild.

Peri works mainly in a high density mix of porcelain and white stoneware – see his work at Aegean Goods or on his Facebook page.

[Via Steven H Silver.]

Windycon Offers Prize for Pratchett Memories

Chicon 2000 Terry Pratchett trading card.

Chicon 2000 bid Terry Pratchett trading card.

The Windycon blog is offering one of Chicon 2000’s Terry Pratchett trading cards to a person who shares their Terry Pratchett or Discworld memories, the winner to be picked at random.

What did Terry Pratchett mean to you?  Share your stories of discovery of his novels, perhaps of meeting him, on the Windycon blog by April 28 – Terry’s birthday – to be eligible.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]

2013 ISFiC Winner

Liz A. Vogel won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Windy van  Hooten’s Was Never Like This.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC (Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago) in conjunction with Windycon.

Vogel won a membership at Windycon, room  night, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This  year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Richard  Chwedyk.

ISFiC has been running the ISFiC Writers contest in conjunction with Windycon since 1986.  The first winner, Richard Chwedyk, has gone on to win the Nebula Award.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]

Mascari Wins 2011 ISFiC Writers Contest

Mary Mascari’s short story “The Pod” has won the 2011 ISFiC Writers Contest. Her award was announced November 11 at Windycon, the Chicago area’s longest running science fiction convention. She received a cash prize of $300, plus membership and a room at Windycon, and her story was published in the program book.

Mascari won for the second year in a row, joining the ranks of other two-time winners Richard Chwedyk (1986 & 1988) and C.T. Fluhr (1993 & 1996). The award has been presented since 1986.

Honorable mentions went to Michael Unger for “Dawn Must Come” and Jeff Byrne for “The Un-usual Suspects.” The honorable mention winners received a silver coin.

The judges for the 2011 Award were Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

The full press release follows the jump.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]

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Midge Reitan Passes Away

Chicago area fan Midge Reitan died January 14. I’ll miss her: we talked at a lot of Worldcons and Windycons over the years.

Most of the time when I ran into Midge she was with Martha Beck or Dana Siegel. It was through Midge and Dana that I met and became friends with Martha (who had already run for TAFF and so on before I ever met her)

Midge made an appreciative audience for Dana Siegel: they had the same acerbic wit (although Dana’s is more so.)

Midge helped friends throw parties and contributed in other ways to make conventions worthwhile without getting her name on too many long lists. One exception was her service as co-chair of Windycon 7 (1980).

[Via Steven Silver and Andrew Porter.]