MidCon, Small Furries, Chart International
- This is not strictly in tune with the purpose of this newsgroup but it
will be of interest to most of us who are in the postal gaming hobby.
Apparently there are e-mails circulating to the effect that as the Small
Furries have gone bankrupt, MidCon is cancelled.
Hopefully Theo will log on and give us the full low-down but having
spent the last week-end with him in Essen I know a little bit about what
is going on with the Small Furries and this is my understanding of the
First off, MidCon is still on. Furthermore, in an attempt to avoid the
fiasco we had last year with people being bounced to another hotel,
Carol has been ringing the Angus everyday to check up on the status of
everyone's booking, so hopefully we will not have the same problems we
had last year.
OK, on to the financial side of things re Chart International.
As some of you may know, Chart recently had a share offer. They did not
receive the required amount in applications and so as a result Theo has
bought some parts of the Chart International operation whilst other bits
have gone into receivership or administration (not sure which).
Hopefully I am not making matters worse by spreading even more false
information but I believe that Theo's new company, Playing Games, has
bought up the shops (presumably including the mail order business), the
magazine (Games Games Games) and the convention business (MidCon,
FurryCons, numerous role playing week-end thingies). The model making
bit including lumps of factory and offices are still part of Chart
which, as I said, has gone into receivership.
Punters who subscribed to the Chart International share offer have been
invited to invest in Playing Games instead. I know there are some
people of the opinion that the Small Furries are making huge money at
our expense at conventions but it is my understanding that these
operations barely break even. The shops, on the other hand, are
profitable and if you are interested in investing I am sure Theo
(theo@...) would be happy to discuss it with you.
So, in summary, MidCon is still on, Games Games Games will continue
publishing and you can still buy games mail order from the Small
Furries. On the other hand, if you were hoping to buy some scale models
of remote controlled helicopters you probably have to look elsewhere.
Hopefully the above information is reasonably accurate but if it isn't I
am sure Theo will give us the hot poop. (Not a pleasant prospect!)