AdeptiCon Talks 2017 Ep.01 – Games Workshop and Warhammer 40K

January 10th, 2017 | Category: AdeptiCon Talks,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Dawn from the Beasts of War Studio chats with Christopher Mehrstedt and Brian Carlson, the 40K Event Organizers for AdeptiCon, about Games Workshop’s plans for the event in 2017.

Wait Lists

January 05th, 2017 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Current wait lists for all events can be found here.

These lists are static and will only be updated once every two weeks or so.

Sold out events will sometimes show one or more available tickets. This means the system is processing the wait list, working down the list in order of the Session Registration Date field. Notified attendees will have 5 days to purchase the ticket, after which it will be offered to the next person on the list. In the event that we add tables to a particular event, we might also contact you directly to inquire about your participation.

If at any point you would to be removed from a wait list, you can modify your registration (see the FAQ).

Cosplay Contest!

December 07th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Star Wars System Open SeriesAdeptiCon, Badger Airbrush and Eagle Ordinary are excited to announce the first AdeptiCon COSPLAY CONTEST, to be held Saturday, March 25th 2017.

The AdeptiCon team has seen so many fantastic costumes over the years, we want to give you the chance to put all your hard work on display for a select panel of judge. Win fame, glory and great prizes!

If you’ve got what it takes to make the Emperor and Dark Lords proud, join us and strut your stuff for AdeptiCon’s first ever Cosplay Contest. Watch the AdeptiCon website and Facebook page for updates.

Contest Categories will be as follows:

  • Best Single Costume
  • Best Group Costume
  • Best Prop
  • Sway The Masses: the audience will vote by applause for their favorite costume
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Judges will award cosplayers who have demonstrated outstanding effort in the time and effort they have put into their cosplay
  • Best Whiteshield: Category for Cosplayers 16 and under

AdeptiCon 2017 Registration is Now Open!

November 21st, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon 2017 Registration is now open! AdeptiCon 2017 will take place on March 23rd-26th at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.

AdeptiCon has grown consistently over the past fourteen years, from the humble 110 person event in 2002, to the amazing 3,000 attendees AdeptiCon hosted in 2016. Over these fourteen years, AdeptiCon has been held at five different venues. We have expanded from a handful of events to well over 400 tournaments, event games, and hobby seminars covering all aspects of the miniature war gaming hobby. Despite the continued growth and necessary expansion, we have made every effort to keep consistent focus on one major priority: to present to our attendees the highest quality wargaming event possible. This will remain our priority for 2017 and beyond.

Important AdeptiCon 2017 Registration Links

Hotel Reservations (Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel)
AdeptiCon 2017 Online Registration
AdeptiCon 2017 Event Rules
AdeptiCon 2017 Event Schedule

Celebrating 15 Years of Gaming Excellence

November 21st, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

15th PinHard to believe that 2017 will mark the 15th year for AdeptiCon. It has been a long and amazing journey, from those early days of a few hundred tournament goers to the international event we have become.

To celebrate this milestone, we’ve come up with a commemorative event enameled badge pin. This anniversary pin will be included with all Premium and VIG upgrade badges only. Help us honor 15 years of miniatures gaming excellence by sporting this pin because, as always, it is you – our attendees – that make AdeptiCon.

EPISODE XV: Return to AdeptiCon

November 13th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Star Wars System Open SeriesPlaying in the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures System Open Series ain’t like dusting crops, boys and girls. Without some finely tuned skills and a lot of luck, you just might find yourself on the short end of a long hyperspace jump. But, combine the right moves and a ship with a few special modifications, you just might find that a few gamblers in the Correllian Sector are watching your odds closely…

AdeptiCon 2017 is extremely proud to host Fantasy Flight’s System Open Series, an international tournament for X-Wing Miniatures players of all skill levels. The Series is held throughout 2017, with eight different venues- each representing an iconic Star Wars world. AdeptiCon (Hoth Open) is the last system in this galactic tour de Force and will feature two qualifier events on Thursday and Friday, with the finals occurring on Saturday.

Full Cart Preview is Live!

November 12th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Full cart preview is up! The Event List is 99% complete and contains over 385 events, tournaments and hobby seminars!

If you’d rather sort and filter your way to your favorite events offline, you can use this Basic Event List (Excel, Last Update: 11/12/16 @ 12:30AM).

Please keep in mind, event days, times, prices and descriptions are still subject to change, but this should give you a great start at planning your AdeptiCon 2017 experience.

Registration opens Monday, November 21st at 8:00PM CST! Last year, our most popular events sold out within hours, so act quickly to reserve your spot in the events of your choice!

The Best Four Days in Miniature Gaming Just Got Better!

October 22nd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

Over the past fourteen years, AdeptiCon has continually evolved in order to accommodate the myriad of options and events now offered by the convention. Heading into AdeptiCon 2017, we have finally outgrown our original convention model for such staples as registration and the swag bag.

In order to make things more affordable and simplify the registration process, AdeptiCon is happy to announce that we have done away will all badge variants and that the base price for four days at the best miniature wargaming convention on the planet (maybe even the whole system) is now $30.00 USD!

The AdeptiCon 2017 Weekend Badge allows you access to the convention for all four days, the ability to register for all events at AdeptiCon 2017, open gaming, bitz trading, one entry per category in the Crystal Brush Painting Competition, and the ability to check out board games from the AdeptiCon Librarium (Board Game Library).

But what about the swag?! To alleviate particular issues with the registration process, The Weekend Badge will no longer automatically come with a swag bag – however you will be able to upgrade your badge during the registration process. Thanks in large part to the generosity of our sponsors, this will allow us to offer these upgrades to more attendees than ever before, and while we cannot guarantee that each swag bag will be identical, we will do our best to make each swag bag as equitable as possible.

We are busy putting the final touches on the schedule for AdeptiCon 2017 and it is shaping up to be another fantastic year! We will be releasing the event schedule preview on Friday, October 28th. Please be aware that event days, event times, costs and descriptions are all subject to change. Several new events will be added before registration begins – but these previews should give you a good starting point to begin planning your weekend!

AdeptiCon Guild Ball: Winter Warm-Up

October 10th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Guild BallAdeptiCon is just around the corner, and this year Steamforged Games will be hosting a full slate of events across all four days, including the United States Central Championship. In preparation, we are hosting a primer event to break-in our 32 tables of terrain and test drive two new game formats. It’s also a great excuse to play some Guild Ball with our friends!

SPECIAL GUEST: David “DC” Carl. Armed with the latest news from Steamcon, DC will be on hand all weekend for games of Guild Ball, demos of Shadow Games, and QnA.

PRIZE SUPPORT: Expect some cool AdeptiCon swag and prize support from Steamforged Games.

[FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th – 6pm-Midnight] Oh Captain! : 32 players
Discover unique tactics and test your knowledge when you are assigned a random captain model from ANY guild. Adapt on-the-fly to craft unique plays in this fun and light-hearted format. Bring: 4 players, 1 mascot. Fully Painted. REGISTER HERE.

[SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th – 10am-Midnight] Guild Ball Primer Championship : 32 players
Bring 8 models including a captain and mascot. Fully Painted. BONUS PRIZE: Winner gets free Adepticon 4-day badge! REGISTER HERE.

[SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th – 9am-4pm] Guild Ball Doubles : 16 teams
Bring a friend (or your favorite foe) and unite to take on other pairs of Coaches. Perfect for any skill level and offering a variety of prizes for Best Dressed, Best Theme, and Best Painted. Bring: 3 models from a single guild (no captain or mascot) and a partner with the same from any guild. Fully Painted. All models for each coach must be from a single guild. REGISTER HERE.

LOCATION:Just for Fun Games :: 3010 N. Sterling Ave. :: Peoria, IL 61604

COST: $15 minimum store purchase

HOTEL:Fairfield Inn & Suites Peoria East :: 200 Eastlight Court :: East Peoria IL 61611 :: (309)699-4100 (Group Rate: $85.00 available if booked by 11/15/16) Book Your Room Now!

Pro-Hobbyist Seminar for Geek Nation Tours Members!

October 03rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Hobby Seminars ¦ Print This Post        

Geek Nation ToursGeek Nation Tours is offering a truly epic experience with their newly announced ‘Pro-Hobbyists One-on-One Seminar’. Geek Nation Tours has arranged one-on-one time with a host of hobbyists in order to help their tour participants hone their skill, learn the tricks of the trade and get help on a specific project. Participants will surely leave each seminar with more tools in their painting arsenal.Bring a miniature, a conversion/sculpting project, or even a picture of something you hope to create and your hobbyist will be there for you!

Some of the hobbyists available are:

  • Dave Taylor: Fine-detail Painting
  • Brandon Palmer: Paint Massive Amounts of Miniatures Quickly
  • Patrick Keith: Convert and Use Green Stuff Effectively
  • Elizabeth Beckley: Chibi Expert
  • Matt DiPietro: Sketch Style

Something for everyone! Check out the experience here! Join soon, tour spots are going fast!

Geek Nation Tours Guests of Honor

September 13th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Guest of Honor ¦ Print This Post        

The Geek Nation Tours Guest of Honor List just keeps on growing! They have just announced their awesome line up of Welcome Dinner Guests of Honor. Hopping aboard will be Reaper Miniatures, Mister Justin from Secret Weapon Miniatures and some of the crew from Steamforged Games – publishers of Guild Ball.

Reaper Miniatures
Reaper Miniatures
Secret Weapon Miniatures

Come aboard the tour and hang out, listen to cool stories and roll some dice with all! Tour details can be see here and you can book here, but secure you place soon – space is going fast!

Geek Nation Tours Still Has Rooms!

August 28th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Guest of Honor ¦ Print This Post        

Geek Nation ToursWe are super excited that Geek Nation Tours will again be making their way to AdeptiCon in 2017. If you are looking for an elite wargamers’ experience, than look no further! Tour participants are guaranteed AdeptiCon registration and will have the opportunity to register for events before the general public. The tour also includes an AdeptiCon Weekend Pass with the Very Important Gamer upgrade and an awesome priority check-in line so you can concentrate on rolling dice! All tour participants will be staying at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, putting right in the thick of the action!

Geek Nation Tours will be hosting several events each evening consisting of gaming, guests of honor, industry leaders, podcasters and professional hobbyists in numbers too large to list! Check out the full experience here!

Join soon, tour spots are going fast!

AdeptiCon 2017 Event Submission Now Open

August 19th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Over the past couple of years, with all the additional space gained by relocating the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, we have been able to open up event submission to the general public. This has seen the addition of some fantastic new tournaments, event games and demos. Once again, we are looking for a few good game masters to run demos, historical events, specialty games, board games, and anything else that makes sense!

AdeptiCon 2017 Event Submission is now open to the public. If you are interested in running an event, please take the time to look over the form and get it submitted as soon as possible. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Space and schedules are limited. Events that are new to AdeptiCon should be scaled appropriately to justify inclusion in the schedule based on space required and realistic attendance expectations. AdeptiCon will work with you to properly scale your event.
  • AdeptiCon reserves the right to refuse any event submission due to content or schedule/space saturation.
  • All required fields MUST BE fully completed when submitting this form. Incomplete submissions or submissions with placeholders will not be accepted.
  • Spell check your event descriptions!
  • Event Submission will close at 5PM CDT on October 7th, 2016.
  • You will receive an email after the schedule has been resolved in late October with your scheduling details.
  • If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Hotel Blocks Now Open!

August 10th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Hotel News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center on March 23rd through March 26th, 2017. Look for exciting news about events, special guests, vendors, contests and everything else over the next several months.

Event submission begins August 19th, 2016 and registration for the event will open in early November.

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is currently accepting hotel reservations at the special AdeptiCon rate. Please note that all individual reservations will be charged a non-refundable deposit of one (1) night room and tax at the time of booking with a minimum of a two (2) night stay.

Alternate Accommodations: AdeptiCon will also have special room blocks at the Embassy Suites Chicago Schaumburg/Woodfield, the SpringHill Suites and the Residence Inn Chicago Schaumburg. Additional details can be found on the Hotel Information page.

So don’t get left out in the cold, torrential rain, strangely powerful wind gusts, or whatever the weather will be like in Chicago next March! Reserve your room early for what is sure to be another amazing event. See you in March!

Event Coverage and Results!

April 04th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Coverage ¦ Print This Post        

The weekend has been a blast! Follow our Facebook page for tons of coverage and news about the convention! Event results will be posted as quickly as possible, in fact a few have already gone up!

If you have a blog, vlog, photo stream, web page, or any other coverage of the event – please let us know! We will be compiling a list of event coverage for the front page over the next week!

AdeptiCon 2016 Army Charity Raffle Grand Prize!

March 23rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Army Charity Raffle ¦ Print This Post        

The air brush is down! Brandon at GMM Studios has completed the Warhammer 40K charity raffle army and it’s a beauty! While this display is not part of the charity give-away, it is a great piece of art in the making. Special thanks goes out to Alex Landing at Ironheart Artisans for providing the laser cut MDF. Additional thanks goes out to and Forge World for contributing pieces to the army.

Check out the GMM Studios blog for a detailed view of this amazing army!

The sixth annual AdeptiCon Army Charity Raffle will support Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the W.D. Boyce Council. 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to support these causes. You can purchase raffle tickets onsite at the AdeptiCon registration desk for $1.00 each beginning on Thursday or from one of our roaming Army Charity Raffle volunteers.

Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the weekend. Winning numbers will be posted at the Registration Desk and sent to the Inbox of all Guidebook users. Stop by the Registration Desk at any time before 3:00 PM on Sunday to claim your prize!

The major prizes (including the Adeptus Mechanicus Army) will be raffled off Sunday evening prior to the start of the Warhammer 40K Team Tournament awards ceremony at 4:00 PM. Your ticket needs to be present to win these prizes! If you cannot attend the awards ceremony, pass your tickets off to a trusted friend who can!

VIG Perk: Dropzone Commander Rulebook

March 23rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

Dropzone CommanderAdeptiCon and Hawk Wargames are “dropping” one in on the VIGs. Each VIG will receive a new and revised 1.1 edition, 156 page, full colour perfect bound core rulebook for Dropzone Commander. Contents include all the rules you need to play and a richly detailed setting for the Dropzone Commander game universe. Couple this with full lists, stats and special rules for all four races, a wide selection of scenarios to keep your games fresh, and a wide variety of colour schemes and camouflage patterns are showcased for each race. All told, this rulebook gives you plenty of inspiration when painting your armies and playing Dropzone Commander with your friends.

Games Workshop/Forge World Donate Zone Mortalis Boards!

March 23rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Zone MortalisHorus Heresy and Zone Mortalis event participants will be able to enjoy playing on several Zone Mortalis boards donated by Games Workshop and Forge World. Zone Mortalis is the designation given by the Imperium to the most savage arenas of combat conceivable. Such zones, be they the contested decks of a void warship, tangled mine works, lightless under-hives, the prison-vaults of sundered fortress citadels, labyrinthine industrial sewer systems and sacred catacombs, are tightly confined, murderous venues for warfare. Players will get to enjoy up close and personal battles.

You can check out more fully painted sets at the Horus Heresy and Zone Mortalis event tables.

VIG Perk: DGS Discount Coupon

March 23rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

DGSPulling one from a thief’s bag, AdeptiCon and DGS Games are bringing another goodie to our VIGs. Each VIG will receive a coupon for $5 off at the DGS Games booth, located near the entrance to the Adventure/Discovery Halls.

Freeblades is a low model count, quick to learn and play fantasy skirmish game drawing on beautiful models with a deep and rich background. DGS Games will be putting on games all weekend long. Additionally, AdeptiCon attendees will see the release of the new Trilian Stargazer model. The Stargazer brings Celestial Magic into the game system, opening a whole new avenue of game play.

VIG Perk: Anvil Eight Games Presents Molly

March 23rd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

Anvil 8 GamesAdeptiCon, in conjunction with Anvil Eight Games, is keen to present each VIG with this year’s exclusive Molly miniature sculpted by Chicago artist Aaron Schmidt. This year Molly not only operates both as a function program within the Aetherium game, but also hints at a brand new, top-secret venture from Anvil Eight Games. Be sure to stop by and check out all the news about the expanding Aetherium universe as well as that forthcoming project…

Aetherium is a tabletop miniatures board-game hybrid in which players launch their psyche into a hyper-real virtual landscape in order to make dangerous runs of cunning and adventure. New to Aetherium? No worries. Anvil Eight Games will be running demos and campaign events all weekend where participants will shape the future of the Aetherium universe!