Chicon 7


Chicon 7: The 70th World Science Fiction Conventio

Press Release: Get Your Quarters, It's Arcade Time!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is bringing together a unique pairing of historic and contemporary electronic games with free access for all convention members.

Historic games will be provided through Star Worlds Arcade ( of DeKalb, Illinois. Star Worlds is widely recognized as one of the last arcades with coin-operated games in the US, and takes particular pride in maintaining and refurbishing historic arcade games from the 1980s. Star Worlds will be bringing no fewer than 15 of these machines to the Chicon 7 concourse for exclusive use by Chicon 7 members throughout the convention. Games on offer are expected to include such classics as Space Invaders, Missile Command and Robotron.

Showing the huge developments in arcade games of the last 30 years, the concourse will also host six BattleTech Cockpit Simulator Pods. These cockpits, created by Virtual World Entertainment, are fully enclosed military style simulators that feature seven displays (one primary and six secondary) and a full set of 90 controls (footpedals, throttle, joystick and numerous buttons). When seated in the pod, the player pilots one of a selection of BattleMechs onto one of 25 landscapes to compete for battlefield superiority with those seated in surrounding cockpits. The BattleTech pods were invented in Chicago, so Chicon 7 is doubly pleased to offer its members the chance to try them out.

For more information, go to and on the Chicon 7 website.


Dispatches from the Front
The latest and greatest news:

There will be a Euchre tournament on Saturday, 9PM, in the Plaza Ballroom.

Chicon 7's Progress Report 5 has been released! Check it out at

Updates Continue
There will be a daily update going forward, as new items come out. Some of the latest:

The Code of Conduct has now been published at

Day admissions are now on sale through the website. To keep the lines down, pre-registering for a day is advised.

And the latest updates on the Chicon website, at

- Film Festival info
- Anime and Cartoon schedule
- Geek Prom and Regency Dance
- update to the Standing Exhibits page (not highlighted on the home page).

Is there interest in a ghost tour for Chicon 7 members?
Over the past few years, I have taken on the challenge of organizing a ghost tour as an off-site excursion for the convenience of Worldcon members. When I've had the support of the concom's website, I've attracted around 30 people to join me by this time for the adventure. So far the response has been much lower and was wondering if it is worth continuing the effort. I am not doing this profit and it is a personal financial risk for me if people do not share my enthusiasm for some of the locale's more macabre history. If anyone else is interested, please show your support by purchasing your tix now. Tix will still be sold at a higher price "at the door" if space is still available on the bus, but if presale tix remain as low as they have been, I may end up cancelling the arrangements. For more information and to reserve a space on this tour, please go to:

You will have to join and Bay Area Ghost Hunters to RSVP, but joining is free and you can drop out of BAGH afterward.

As a recap, the tour will take place on Thursday, August 30, at 8 p.m. and the bus will be meeting us in front of the Hyatt Regency. Ursula Bielski's Chicago Hauntings is conducting the tour.

Hyatt Room About to be Released
Sepia, RB Office
I have a reservation for a room at the Hyatt that I won't be using. (The wife cannot make it so I'm sharing a room). I will be releasing it back to the Hyatt on Monday unless someone is interested in a transfer. If you are, please let me know and we can coordinate by email. Ron Oakes

Adult Membership for Sale (SOLD)
I have one full attending adult membership that I would like to sell for $150, the Hugo packet has been downloaded and voted, so that's a discount price from what I paid. Leave a comment here or email me at this username at gmail if you're interested!
Edit: This has been sold!

More than the Weekend Alone
Going to be in Chicago before or after Chicon? Check out the events on the Chicago Conventions Meetup Group page:

(Joining the group is free and you can leave at any time.)

Sheraton Room Block Extended
Still haven't made your hotel reservation? The Sheraton Chicago has extended their block cutoff to August 15, 2012. As of August 9, they still had 45 rooms left in the block. Hurry, we don't know how long this will last.

We know how much trouble it is to choose what to do on Labor Day weekend. Worldcon, Dragon*Con, a thousand other events...well, now you can start to get two for one!

Chicon and Dragon*Con are pleased to announce a digital link-up. For the first time, Worldcon and Dragoncon will run joint programming through a two-way video link between the two conventions. Worldcon and Dragon*con attendees will also be able to sample the unique flavor of each other's events.

Visit for more information.


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