Windy Con is a smaller convention that encompasses all of science fiction and fantasy. If you’re looking for a convention with lots of people, you might be better off going to C2E2 or GenCon. This convention very much felt like a Relaxacon (a convention built around relaxing, generally for organizers and volunteers of conventions) due to it’s small, community-based setting.
Windycon offered many of the same things other conventions do: a games room, a vendor’s hall, an attendee lounge, etc. But since Windycon is a smaller convention, they were able to offer other events that may not be possible at larger conventions, such as communal food for attendees. The panels were also smaller and more intimate than most, generally having four or five speakers. The panelists and attendees were able to interact on an informal, conversational level instead of the normal Q&A format. In the Games room, Andy Looney from Looney Lab Games was there and was playing his games with many attendees.
Saturday night there were multiple parties with various nerdy themes. Last year was their 42nd year and the theme was 42, the answer to life, the universe, and everything, a reference to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Every party had their own take on the “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster”, and while none of them knocked me off my feet out cold (probably for safety reasons), they were all very creative and tasty.
The advantage to a smaller convention is that you can go at your own pace. While I love conventions like C2E2 or GenCon, it is sometimes stressful to have so many options and only three days or four days. Though I missed an event or two last year, I have no regrets about going because I had so much fun.
Windycon is next weekend! Feel free to check out more information on the website!