Goat Droppings – Winter 2015 Edition

The Winter 2015 edition of Goat Droppings is here!

It’s almost time for a healthy dose of “R&R”. “What’s that?”, you ask. You can find answers to that and more in Goat Droppings:

  • Capricon 35 Progress Report
  • Phandemonium Events, like Euchre Club and our Book Clubs
  • Capricon Book Drive
  • Feeling “Board”? Join ours!
  • Local Restaurants
  • Out of CON-text

Click here to download your copy.

Phandemonium Book Club Elgin – “The Time Machine”

There have been hundreds of sci-fi stories about time travel, but the grandaddy of them all is “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. Join us to examine how the far future looked from over a century ago.

We’ll be meeting on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm at our NEW LOCATION…

Elgin Books 66 S. Grove Avenue Elgin, IL 60120

Come see us or the Morlocks will come looking for you!

Cost Increase Alert!

Remember to tell your friends, family and random strangers that they must register for Capricon by the stroke of midnight this Thursday (January 29, 2015) or they’ll have to pay at-the-door rates. That’s right, a 4-day pass for the low low price of $55 will transmogrify into a $70 rate on Friday, so don’t delay. Operators are standing by.

Click here to register.


2015 Reading Challenge

Hey, literary friends! Here’s a challenge for 2015. Try reading a book in each of these categories. The same book can count in multiple categories, such as a funny book by a female author.

(If you’re looking at this in the blog home page, click on the detailed post to see the category list.)

Good luck! Have fun!

Matt Forbeck on “The Functional Nerds”

They’ve done it again! In the most recent podcast by “The Functional Nerds” (our media guests of honor) John Anealio and Patrick Hester have a spirited conversation with our Author Guest of Honor, Matt Forbeck. Click here to enjoy Episode 219 as they continue to whet our appetite for Capricon 35.

Speaking of which, have you registered yet for Capricon 35? It’s still $55 for the full four-day experience, BUT you must register BEFORE the strike of midnight on Thursday January 29th. On Friday January 30, the price for a four-day badge goes to $70.

Click here to register.

Capricon on The Functional Nerds podcast

Don’t Miss an All-Capricon 35 episode of The Functional Nerds podcast! Head over to The Functional Nerds to listen to Episode 218. It’s a warm-up for Capricon as our Social Media Guests of Honor Patrick Hester and John Anealio interview our Gaming Guest of Honor Margaret Weis and talk about their upcoming appearance at Capricon 35. It’s an all-Capricon podcast you won’t want to miss.

Capricon 35 Program is done!

We are delighted to announce that the Capricon 35 Program is done! We’re going to hit the ground running on Thursday afternoon! You can see the full program here and see a list of participants here.

We also have several special events in the works – as always our entertaining Opening Ceremonies and Midwinter Faire on Thursday, SpaceTime Theater on Friday, concerts by Cheshire Moon and our Music Guest of Honor Alexander James Adams on Saturday, a staged reading from OtherWorld Theater on Saturday, and of course Closing Ceremonies on Sunday – complete with awards and a sneak peak at Capricon 36!

Registration Resolution (R&R) – Do it now!

Looking for that perfect New Year’s resolution? Make a Recreational Resolution and register for Capricon 35. You’re Rolling in Reasons to attend. And at the stroke of Midnight New Year’s Eve, the cost increases to $55, so why wait?

Here’s the inside scoop on what’s in the works…

Programming is hard at work on scheduling, and is aiming to get the first draft out to participants by the end of this week! We have some great participants confirmed already:

  • Award winning authors, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Phyllis Eisenstein, Jody Lynn Nye, and Eric Flint;
  • Artists and Musicians, including Hugo Award base designer Deb Kosiba, video game designer Brian Babendererde, and musicians Eric Coleman and Susan Weiner;
  • Scientists, including Bill Higgins, John Vittallo, and Henry Spencer;
  • Costumers, including Wendy Zdrodowski, Linda Wenzelberger, and Melissa Huston;
  • Fans, including Hugo Award winning Fanzine Editor James Bacon, Chicago Nerd Social Club organizer Michi Trota, Just Write Chicago’s coordinator Jennifer Cross, #INeedDiverseGames creator Tanya DePass, and Hugo Award Fan Writer nominee Mark Oshiro;
  • And many, many more!

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic program and we’re going to hit the ground running on Thursday afternoon! We also have several special events in the works – as always our entertaining Opening Ceremonies and Midwinter More >

Join Capricon 35 now and save!

Membership rates increase in 2015. Join by December 31, 2014 and insure 4 days of fun for only $50. R&R stands for Rush to Registration!

What Does R & R Mean to You?

Don’t forget, on January 1, 2015 the cost for four fun-filled days at Capricon goes up to $55. You can secure your all-inclusive four-day badge for $50 if you’re Responsive and Responsible and sign up before the end of the year.

In addition to our guests of honor, we have SpaceTime Theater, an Art Show and Auction which includes emerging artists, tons of gaming in honor of several of our GOHs, an R & R dance, free snacks and so many panels you’ll need to Rewind Reality to attend them all.

For more information and to Rapidly Register online, click here. We look forward to seeing you at Capricon 35 on February 12-15, 2015 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. Resistance is Ridiculous (and futile).