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!

Swag Bag: Maelstrom’s Edge Epirian Foundation Handler

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

Maelstrom's EdgeFrom the deep reaches of space, the Maelstrom approaches AdeptiCon 2016. An incandescent wave of cybel energy, everything it touches is destroyed, and so the galaxy is plunged into a desperate fight for survival, battling for resources against friend and foe alike.

Maelstrom’s Edge: Battle for Zycanthus is a squad based skirmish game packed full of HIPS plastic miniatures, terrain components and a gloriously illustrated 144 page full colour rulebook. To celebrate the retail launch of the game, Spiral Arm Studios have provided an Epirian Foundation Handler sprue for each of the AdeptiCon swag bag. The leaders of the Epirian forces; a Handler’s neural interface grants the ability to control Epirian robots at a distance.

AdeptiCon is Being Boarded! All Hands on Deck!

March 22nd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

The Golden Age of Piracy is drawing to a close and the grandest pirate game in North America is beckoning all scalawags to stand before the mast or swing at the gallows. Mr. Christian and the Mutineers proudly present another continuing installment in the “Fist Full of Seamen” story: “But Pirates are Coming!” The Year is 1703, and while the European powers squabble in the world’s deadliest paternity suit, The War of Spanish Succession, the Caribbean colonies vie for the title of Cane-Sugar-Mama of the West Indies.


Click to enlarge photos.

Drop Sail and weigh anchor in this colossal game of Hollywood piracy. Raid, trade, and cannonade your way around this 800 SQ. FT. board collecting gold and infamy from a dozen Island locations. Beware! Ruthless Cannibals, a terrifying ghost ship and even the legendary Kraken stand ready to consume your crew and drag you to the depths. We provide enough ships and crew to set sail on the high seas. Captains must be of legal driving age to pilot one of our ships. The under 16 crowd will be provided characters to influence the battles and adventure around the map in search of fame and fortune. All materials to play this game are provided.

Evening sessions will be run Friday and Saturday where ships get underway at 6:00 PM. Mr. Christian and the Mutineers will also be on deck throughout the weekend for demos, raiding, revelry, looting and more revelry. New to this year is Captain Kids’ High Seas Adventure, with a Saturday afternoon session for kids ages 16 and under from 1 PM to 3 PM.

All participants, besides playing in this once and a life time event game, will receive an AdeptiCon exclusive 28mm Governors Daughter, model sculpted by the talented Michael Owen.

Swag Bag: ACP Games Valkyrie Model

March 22nd, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

ACP GamesDropping in short and fast, AdeptiCon attendees will experience the release of ACP Games new 15mm Sci-Fi battle game Valkyrie. Full swag bag participants will receive the Muljan Drone controller model.

Valkyrie is centered on combined arms and plays fast and dirty. With everything from robots to tanks, made from the highest quality metals and resin, they have a little of everything for the 15mm Sci-Fi gamer.

Stop by ACP Games’ booth to meet the crew and enjoy a game!

Play on Mats at AdeptiCon 2016!

March 20th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

gamemat.euAdeptiCon has teamed up with to cover part of our event tables with mousepad battle mats that feature amazing designs! These mats truly transform our tables into real battlefields! Rumors from afar report that these mats are particularly good at producing rolls fo ‘6’ when desperately needed!

Shipping worldwide, the battle mats arrived to us in couple of days from the distant city of Prague with ease. The e-shop also has USD pricing as well!

The Schaumburg Prime Offensive Commemorative Patch

March 20th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

The Schaumburg Prime OffensiveParticipants in The Schaumburg Prime Offensive North American Firestorm Armada Championships will get a keepsake to commemorate the hard fought campaign. This years mission patch was designed by Mr. Tim Toolen of The Miniature Tim blog. Every participant in the Offensive receives this patch courtesy of The WayGate wargaming blog, bringing you a unique perspective of everything Spartan Games.

Check out the Firestorm Armada events running on Friday and Saturday at AdeptiCon!

Malifaux Story Encounter Exclusive Miniature

March 20th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

KnuckledusterThe AdeptiCon 2016 Malifaux Story Encounter will once again provide players with an original miniature sculpted by Forrest Harris of Knuckleduster Miniatures. This year’s sculpt continues the circus theme which has evolved with the Story Encounter each year. The lovely tightrope walker delicately stalks across the battlefield using her steam-powered-fan-balancing-pole to keep her balance while dealing with those who would attempt to see her fall. This model makes a great addition to a Collete crew or a Dark Carnival Crew for Wyrd Miniatures’ Malifaux Game. To get one of these fantastic models, make sure to pick up a ticket for the Malifaux Story Encounter Tournament happening on Sunday, April 3rd from 9am-4pm.

Swag Bag: Micro Arts Base System

March 20th, 2016 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

Micro ArtsAdeptiCon is excited to partner with CoolMiniOrNot once again to bring our attendees some goodies with each guaranteed swag bag receiving one of their Micro Arts Base System sets. The Micro Arts Base System inserts are great for those Dark Age and Wrath of Kings starters sets from the VIG bags or one of our build and play events. These inserts are a two part system that creates a cohesive and beautiful base for you miniatures.

Check out the CoolMiniOrNot booth at AdeptiCon or where they will have a wide selection of miniature games, base inserts, and more.