The U.S. SAGA Grand Melee Returns!

September 30th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

US SAGA Grand MeleeWe fight. That is how we win, that is how we die.” – Ragnar Lothbrok

Building upon the success of last year’s SAGA events, AdeptiCon in conjunction with Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast is very pleased to again host the U.S. SAGA Grand Melee.

This will include the two-day tournament on Saturday and Sunday as well as the doubles event on Friday. If Dark Age combat is your game, then AdeptiCon remains your place for 2016.

Registration opens in early November!

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel Block Now Open!

May 15th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Hotel News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon returns on Thursday, March 31, 2016 for our annual celebration of the miniature wargaming hobby! After a successful transition year, we extremely excited to return to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel and continue to refine the AdeptiCon experience! Look for exciting news about events, special guests, vendors, contests and everything else over the next several months.

Event submission begins August 15th, 2016 and registration for the event will open in late October or 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 and the SpringHill Suites. Additional details can be found on the Hotel Information page.

AdeptiCon 2016 Dates and Venue!

May 03rd, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

After an incredibly successful convention this past April, AdeptiCon returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center March 31st through April 3rd, 2016!

AdeptiCon 2015 saw several changes, the first being a move to a new venue. The Renaissance Schaumburg, with all its additional space and amenities, proved to be the venue upgrade AdeptiCon needed. We are very excited to announce our return to this fantastic facility in 2016. AdeptiCon 2015 also saw the integration of a new registration system which we will continue to refine and polish going forward.

AdeptiCon 2015 attendance was at an all-time high, as the convention offered the widest and most diverse event list to date. Huge tournaments, the addition of board gaming events, a much larger Vendor Hall, a new area for the Crystal Brush painting competition, and an expanded Hobby Seminar classroom space all made for an exciting and busy convention.

AdeptiCon 2016 will continue to build on our recent successes by refining our existing schedule and adding new and exciting events. Work has already begun, so mark your calendar now!

A couple of additional dates to keep in mind:

  • Hotel Block: The AdeptiCon hotel blocks will open on May 15th, 2015.
  • Event Submission: We will begin accepting events on August 15th, 2015.
  • Convention Registration: Late October/Early November of 2015.

Now get painting…that new army and that Crystal Brush entry aren’t going to paint themselves! See you in 2016!

In case you are wondering what all the excitement is about, check out the AdeptiCon 2015 event coverage!

Event Coverage and Results

March 22nd, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ 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 Talks – Warlord Games Demo Team

March 17th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,AdeptiCon Talks ¦ Print This Post        

interviewsCarl from the Independent Characters sits down and talks with Jon Russell who will be spearheading the Warlord Games Demo efforts at AdeptiCon 2015. They discuss Jon’s history with Warlord Games, plans for AdeptiCon, some of the interesting aspects of Bolt Action and Gates of Antares, and how to easily get into Bolt Action!

Bolt Action events will be occuring in the Schaumburg Ballroom West all weekend long!

AdeptiCon Needs You!

March 14th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

VolunteersAdeptiCon has truly expanded to even greater proportions than ever before. The Marriott Renaissance is a wonderful facility where we have grown to provide everyone a huge selection of events and options. “For Gamers by Gamers” is our motto and as ever more, we could use your help.

Setup and tear down activities are crucial to AdeptiCon’s success and for your help, you can receive the bonuses listed below.

Setup Bonus: Volunteers who work at least four hours on Wednesday will receive a $10 gift card towards the Marriott’s cash concessions over the AdeptiCon weekend and a $5 card towards a purchase at the DGS Games exhibitor booth.

Tear Down Bonus: Volunteers who work at least three hours on Sunday after 4:30 PM will receive the option to register for AdeptiCon 2016 one week earlier than public registration.

Volunteers must check in and check out at the AdeptiCon registration desk in the Discovery Hall in order to receive credit for the bonuses. Setup begins at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. If you are really ambitious, you can show up a little earlier. Tear down begins at 4:30 PM on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

If you would like to assist with setup and/or tear down, please complete the volunteer survey. While you can show up on either day and still receive the same bonuses, completing this survey will truly help in our planning for the upcoming event.

AdeptiCon Talks – The D6 Generation

March 12th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,AdeptiCon Talks ¦ Print This Post        

interviewsCarl from the Independent Characters sits down and talks with Craig Gallant of The D6 Generation! They discuss The D6 Generation’s involvement with AdeptiCon, the future of board gaming at AdeptiCon, the Sunday night board gaming extravaganza, what Craig has been playing lately and what games he is most looking forward to.

Craig and Russ will both be at AdeptiCon, look for them near the board gaming area all weekend!

Anvil Eight Games Has You In Their Sites

March 12th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

AnvilAnvil Eight Games is extraordinarily excited to be back for AdeptiCon 2015, where will be presenting 100 copies of a unique variant of the popular Longshot model to lucky attendees. This limited edition miniature is exclusive to AdeptiCon and will not be available again! Keep an eye out for it!

If you are not one of those fortunate 100 attendees, no worries! Check your swag bag for the Anvil Eight Games flyer inviting you to stop by our booth and pick up a free model from our exciting new game, Aetherium. While there, checkout their entire miniatures range, with over 25 units, and 75 unique sculpts from which to choose.

Anvil Eight Games will also be offering brand new models for the much-feared Omni Program! There is a lot happening in the Aetherium! Stop by their exhibitor booth and say hello to the Anvil Eight Games collective to learn more.

Exclusive Alternate Artwork Cards From Fantasy Flight Games!

March 12th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Fantasy Flight GamesWhat does a Vicious Bloodletter and a Trandoshan Hunter have in common besides anger management issues? Alternate Artwork! Fantasy Flight Games has produced some very cool alternate cards exclusively for AdeptiCon 2015! The X-Wing (Guri), Imperial Assault (Trandoshan Hunter), and Warhammer 40,000 Conquest (Vicious Bloodletter) events will each have an exclusive card available…just another reason to play some Fantasy Flight Games events at AdeptiCon!

While preregistration for AdeptiCon is presently closed, tickets will be available on-site for these events…so it’s not too late! Sign up, have fun and get some exclusive cards for your favorite games!

The WitchBorn Invades AdeptiCon!

March 12th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

WitchbornBuild your own war clan to clash in epic fantasy adventures. No one dies any more; they just rise again as the The WitchBorn.

The WitchBorn revolutionizes tabletop miniatures games with phone apps featuring an impressive variety of encounters and the kind of rich storytelling usually only found in role playing games. A one-of-a-kind roster allows you to guide your warriors from inept beginnings to their rise as dominant heroes.

Join the battle against the WitchBorn at their AdeptiCon booth before is too late!

Aetherium Debuts at AdeptiCon 2015!

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

Anvil 8 GamesAetherium is a tabletop miniatures board game set in the virtual shadow of our own desperate future. Assemble your collective of hackers, agents, activists, or anarchists and lead them on hyper-fast runs into a dangerous virtual reality. Use your cunning and bloody-minded determination to carve your place in the Aetherium.

Anvil Eight Games is extremely pleased to bring Aetherium to AdeptiCon 2015, with our entire range of game and miniature support. Come check out the miniatures, and experience our intuitive d12 mechanism and fluid modular tile system. AdeptiCon will be your exclusive first opportunity to get your hands on the new Omni Programs as well! Don’t miss out.

You can learn more about this exciting new company at

Battlefield AdeptiCon – Mega Deal!

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Mantic Mega DealMantic Games has a sweet deal on terrain good through March 31, 2015. Check out their Battlefield AdeptiCon – Mega Deal (450+ pcs.)!

You can pre-order it from this week (before Friday 13th) and pick up the prepacked order at their exhibitor hall booth.

The combination of 31 assorted terrain sprues and 3 connector sprues allows you to construct a range of buildings that will provide plenty of cover for a 2’x4’ area. The set is compatible with all other wargames scenery sets in Mantic’s Battlezones Tile System range.

This set contains: 3 x FREE Ruins Sprue A, 3 x FREE Ruins Sprue B, 6 x Urban Sprue A, 4 x Urban Sprue B, 4 x Urban Sprue C, 3 x Sci-Fi Accessory Sprue, 2 x Landing Pad Sprue A, 2 x Landing Pad Sprue B, 4 x Connector Sprue.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.

A Picture is Worth 1,500 Words…

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

DixitThe good folks at Asmodee Editions have generously made AdeptiCon’s famed swag bag a little fuller this year with the addition of the Dixit “Gift” promo card. Dixit, Asmodee’s all-age storytelling game, rewards good bluffing and includes a collection of amazingly illustrated cards. The first 1,500 swag bags will include the “Gift” promotional story card and a new story to tell!

Coming in Defense of the VIGs

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

Scale 75Scale 75 is one of several new exhibitors at AdeptiCon this year and they are coming in with a cool model for the VIGs. Each VIG will receive a Irina Sacred Blade 35mm model. From the Duel Fighters miniatures game to the Scale75 Wargames Fantasy series, here comes their first warrior lady in 35mm. Irina, the Light Anointed, the last to stand to defeat the rising darkness with her sacred blade. Will you join her in her battle crusade and prevent the darkness to raise again?

Casted in high quality white metal, the miniature symbolizes the worldwide known quality standards of Scale75 products. Check out Scale75 at their exhibitor booth for more on the cool model and paint lines.

Loot Worthry of Any Viking Raid!

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        


Sound the warhorns and man the longships, for today dawns a day of battle! Krakenskulls has generously provided some custom template sets for prizes at the AdeptiCon 2015 US SAGA Grand Melee and Team events. Now you can charge your berserkers in style with these brilliant and quite thematic measuring tools. Created by the craftsmen at Krakenskulls, these amazing rulers are made specially for AdeptiCon’s SAGA events. With a number of different themes and styles, Krakenskulls’ rulers may just replace enemy heads as the coolest souvenirs for victorious warbands at this year’s AdeptiCon.

ModCube Joins the Vendor Hall!

March 09th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

ModCubeModCube is a patent pending creation of 3rd Dimension Gear, a company dedicated to making gaming aids and accessories to take your games to the next dimension!

The ModCube is a gaming aid which enables you to keep 6 common gaming tokens on a single cube, and quickly rotate between these tokens. Token designs are made to be compatible with the most popular sci-fi wargames, including Star Wars: X-wing, Warhammer 40K and Infinity, with more to come.

AdeptiCon will be the first public unveiling of this upcoming product. Come check out their booth and receive credit for a free cube when they launch!

Transportation Update

March 03rd, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

TransportationNeed help getting from the airport to the hotel? Here is some information you might find useful.

If you are looking for a taxi from the airport, your best bet is to call the American Taxi Preferred number at 1-877-755-2227. This will give you access to the best, all-inclusive rates to the hotel. American Taxi accepts credit cards 24/7 and does not charge for tolls. We recommend you avoid the City Cabstand, as the rates there are much higher (meter x 1/5 plus fuel and tolls).

If you would prefer to arrive at the event in style, Windy City Limousine offers transportation to and from both O’Hare and Midway airports for very reasonable fees. Sign-up as a group and save!

Crystal Brush 2015 Event Schedule and Rules (Revised)

March 03rd, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Crystal Brush,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Crystal Brush 2012The schedule for Crystal Brush events at AdeptiCon 2015 has been updated. Crystal Brush registration, judging, and viewing will take place within the Vendor Hall, next to the CMoN booth.

Crystal Brush staff will be accepting entries:

Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Crystal Brush will be operating during Vendor Hall hours, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Entry submission, viewing, and pickup are only possible during these times.

Internet voting is tentatively scheduled to go live at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and will be open for a minimum of 12 hours.

The Crystal Brush Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. Location will be announced soon.

Entries may be picked up on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you need to collect your entry at an earlier or later time, please let Crystal Brush staff know at the time of submission, so that somebody with access to the cases will be present. Pickup will only be possible during Vendor Hall open hours!

When submitting your entry, please include on the entry form, if at all possible, a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached during the convention. We will try to notify winners so that they will know to be present at the award ceremony. If for some reason you are not able to attend, you can designate someone to accept your award for you.

2015 Crystal Brush rules and categories are available here.

The Warmachine and Hordes Charity March

February 26th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Army Charity Raffle ¦ Print This Post        

WarmachineAdeptiCon and Privateer Press have teamed up to bring you some extra cool stuff for the charity raffle. This year, you have a chance to give a little to a good cause and get a lot of Steam-Powered and Monstrous Miniatures gaming in return! One Warmachine Battle Box and one Hordes Two-Player Battle Box are the newest addition to the prize table for our Army Charity Raffle, straight from the folks at Privateer Press. Each box contains the full rules and all the models you and a friend need to storm the battlefields of Warmachine and Hordes!

The Warmachine Two-Player Battle Box contains complete Prime Mk II rules in a travel-sized booklet (86 pages), introductory guide, dice, ruler, and 17 plastic Warmachine models with corresponding stat cards.

The Hordes Two-Player Battle Box contains complete Hordes: Primal Mk II rules in a travel-sized booklet (88 pages), an introductory guide, dice, a ruler, and 20 plastic Hordes models with corresponding stat cards.

Games & Gears Katana Brush in Swag Bag!

February 26th, 2015 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

Games & GearsGames & Gears, purveyors and producers of high quality hobby tools and terrain, introduce the AdeptiCon Katana Series synthetic brush.

Like its namesake, the Katana is designed as a craftsman’s tool, a high-quality “weapon” worthy of any hobbyist’s arsenal. Games & Gears are generously providing AdeptiCon 2015 attendees with the Katana (size 0) for free in the convention’s legendary swag bag (while supplies last)!