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Flying Buffalo Con

Overview

Flying Buffalo Con (flyingbuffalo.com) is a gaming convention run by Rick Loomis, founder of Flying Buffalo Inc. (flyingbuffalo.com).

Loomis and Flying Buffalo have a serious history in gaming. He appears to be the first person to run a commercial play-by-mail game as a full time job (Nuclear Devastation in 1970), the first person (with business partner and programmer Steve MacGregor) to buy a computer for gaming purposes (a Raytheon 704 minicomputer—$30,000 for a box with 4k of RAM!) and the first person to write an solo adventure gamebook (Buffalo Castle in 1976).

While its core focus has always been play by mail, Flying Buffalo has also published a number of games, including Ken St. Andre's Tunnels & Trolls (the second ever RPG, in 1975) and Douglas Malewicki's Nuclear War. It has also published zines.

Tunnels & Trolls Con has been run within Flying Buffalo Con since 2008.

History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
1 1973

Valley Ho
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
2 1974


Rick Loomis
3 1975


Rick Loomis
4 1976


Rick Loomis
5 1977


Rick Loomis
6 1978
25 Aug
28 Aug

Rick Loomis
7 1979


Rick Loomis
8 1980


Rick Loomis
9 1981


Rick Loomis
10 1982


Rick Loomis
11 1983


Rick Loomis
12 1984


Rick Loomis
13 1985


Rick Loomis
14 1986


Rick Loomis
15 1987


Rick Loomis
16 1988


Rick Loomis
17 1989


Rick Loomis
18 1990


Rick Loomis
19 1991


Rick Loomis
20 1992


Rick Loomis
21 1993


Rick Loomis
22 1994


Rick Loomis
23 1995


Rick Loomis
24 1996
18 Jul
21 Jul
Safari Hotel
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
25 1997
24 Jul
27 Jul
Safari Hotel
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
26 1998
24 Jul
26 Jul
Safari Hotel
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
27 1999
23 Jul
25 Jul

Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
28 2000
28 Jul
30 Jul
Quality Suites
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
29 2001
27 Jul
29 Jul

Rick Loomis
30 2002
26 Jul
28 Jul
Quality Suites
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
31 2003
22 Aug
24 Aug
Flying Buffalo Games
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis 1
32 2004
23 Jul
25 Jul

Rick Loomis
33 2005
29 Jul
31 Jul
Flying Buffalo Games
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
34 2006
21 Jul
23 Jul

Rick Loomis
35 2007
3 Aug
5 Aug

Rick Loomis
36 2008
1 Aug
3 Aug

Rick Loomis
37 2009
31 Jul
2 Aug

Rick Loomis
38 2010
22 Jul
25 Jul

Rick Loomis
39 2011
24 Jul
27 Jul

Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
40


Rick Loomis
41 2014
18 Jul
20 Jul

Rick Loomis
42 2015
18 Jul
20 Jul
Valley Ho
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
43 2017
21 Jul
23 Jul
Valley Ho
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis
44 2018
20 Jul
22 Jul
Valley Ho
Scottsdale
Rick Loomis

Notes

1.
Flying Buffalo Con 1 was moved from the usual hotel to Flying Buffalo Games as numbers were dropping. It was also moved from July to August to be a joint convention and birthday celebration for Rick Loomis.



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Last update: 9th February, 2018