AdeptiCon 2015 Event Submission Now Open!

August 29th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

In conjunction with the move to the new venue, development has begun behind the scenes as we prepare to kick AdeptiCon 2015 planning into full gear. One of the more significant changes in the coming year will be regarding how we handle demos, event games and smaller tournaments. In the past, space restrictions forced us to micromanage these events so that they all fit within the hotel and made sense with regards to the schedule. We will no longer have this problem at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center…we have the space…and we need more games! 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 2015 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 3rd, 2014.
  • You will receive an email after the schedule has been resolved in mid-October with your scheduling details.
  • If you have any questions, please get in touch!

AdeptiCon Talks: Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy Pt 2

August 12th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,AdeptiCon Talks ¦ Print This Post        

interviews Jasper Oorthuys and Guy Bowers from Wargames Soldiers and Strategy Magazine sit down with us this week to take a look at what a full spectrum historical hobby magazine looks like. Themed issues, free online content, and You Tube painting tutorials. We have divided this interview up into two parts. This week we dive into the results of the WSS Hobby poll, the various historical game systems, and how to get involved with the historical game scene.

The AdeptiCon Talks interviews are an ongoing discussion series with a wide variety of AdeptiCon attendees, staff, organizers and vendors. Conducted by Andrew Sherman, and Mark Dieter. These interviews will give you a quick insight into the motivations and machinations behind the fervor and fury that is AdeptiCon. Listen to the interviews on iTunes now, or subscribe on your Android device to!

Be sure to check out Andrew’s podcast, Ohiohammer, as well as Mark’s Malifaux Podcast, Through the Breach.

AdeptiCon 2015 Dates & New Venue!

May 27th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Hotel News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon 2015The winds of change are upon us, bringing AdeptiCon back in a BIG way for 2015. AdeptiCon will be held March 19th through the 22nd and will be moving to an all-new venue: the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center! With over 160,000 square feet of combined ballroom and convention space available for our event, the Renaissance looks to be AdeptiCon’s home for the foreseeable future! The AdeptiCon 2015 block is open and you can book your hotel room now!

AdeptiCon has grown consistently over the past twelve years, from the humble 110 person event in 2002, to the amazing 2,200 attendees AdeptiCon hosted in 2014. Over these twelve years, AdeptiCon has been held at four different venues. We have expanded from a handful of events to well over 180 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 war gaming event possible. This will remain our priority for 2015 and beyond.

So what can you expect for 2015? First, a lot more space! The kind of space that will allow AdeptiCon to expand its programming – the same kind of events, seminars, and tournaments that have made AdeptiCon one of the world’s preeminent war gaming events.

Looking to game for only a few hours at a time? Tourney events not really your thing? AdeptiCon 2015 is happy to announce that we are expanding our Event Game offerings and dedicating space to these stand-alone events all weekend long. The Event Game Area will be host to dozens of convention-style games that are sure to sport some amazing miniatures and terrain.

While it has, in the past, been difficult to find an open table for pick-up games or the invariable grudge-match, have no fear, for AdeptiCon 2015 will have a dedicated Open Gaming Area. These tables will be available all weekend long.

Hoping to find some space to sit down and do some painting with other like-minded hobbyists? Maybe you need to put those inevitable finishing touches on that last model before the tournament? AdeptiCon 2015 has you covered. A dedicated Hobby Area will be available all weekend for any painting or modelling you might be inclined to do.

AdeptiCon is expanding our extremely popular Sunday evening Board Game night… to run all weekend long! With dedicated space for board game play, a board games library to check out games from, and a wide slate of board game events, run by some of the most popular board game companies in the world, the Board Game Area will be a great addition to AdeptiCon 2015.

Bloggers, vbloggers, ‘casters, and podders get ready, because AdeptiCon 2015 is proud to offer you dedicated private recording space for all your social media needs.

Finally, we are looking at completely revamping our registration process to provide you with a better experience from start to finish. Look for event registration to open in early November.

AdeptiCon 2015 promises to be one of the best gaming and hobby events in the world. Building on a solid twelve-year history of success, AdeptiCon is ready to expand in 2015, providing attendees with even more options and possibilities. Stay tuned for continued updates and more information.

AdeptiCon Talks 2014: Ronnie Renton

May 08th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,AdeptiCon Talks ¦ Print This Post        

interviewsOn Sunday we caught up to Mr. Ronnie Renton of Mantic Games. Mantic had been extremely busy over AdeptiCon, having brought several of the new Battlezone modular terrain kits, as well as Deadzone. We discuss Kickstarter, Mars Attacks, Kings of War, and look towards the future of Mantic Games.

The AdeptiCon Talks interviews are an ongoing discussion series with a wide variety of AdeptiCon attendees, staff, organizers and vendors. Conducted by Andrew Sherman, and Mark Dieter. These interviews will give you a quick insight into the motivations and machinations behind the fervor and fury that is AdeptiCon. Listen to the interviews on iTunes now, or subscribe on your Android device to!

Be sure to check out Andrew’s podcast, Ohiohammer, as well as Mark’s Malifaux Podcast, Through the Breach.

Adepty Commercial Award Voting

April 22nd, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon continually recognizes excellence in creativity and imagination through all of our events. In our view, commercial broadcasting provides a perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of our sponsors and to expand on our history of awarding creative talent.

We, at AdeptiCon, now need our fans’ help in selecting the winner of 2014′s Adepty Award. We have posted all of this year’s sponsor commercials on the Facebook page and on the AdeptiConTV YouTube Channel for everyone to view. Now all you need to do is vote for your favorite one.

The winner of the Adepty Award will be announced on the AdeptiCon Facebook page on Monday, April 28th.

Also, we love giving things away on the AdeptiCon Facebook page. So just for voting, you will be entered into a drawing for some AdeptiCon swag. There will be 5 winners and they will be announced on Monday, April 28th as well.

AdeptiCon 2014 Charity Results!

April 15th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Army Charity Raffle,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Charity RaffleWhile AdeptiCon is mainly a social celebration of the miniature wargaming hobby, attendees also find the time to open their wallets and support a myriad of fantastic causes!

This year AdeptiCon attendees, Badger Airbrush (who donated all of Sunday’s proceeds to the cause), Battle Foam and Mantic Games contributed over $7200 benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and The Center for Youth and Family Solutions. Much gratitude and a hearty round of applause to everyone who participated!

CHARITY TOTAL FOR 2014: $7238!!!!

AdeptiCon 2014 Results

April 08th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Coverage ¦ Print This Post        

Slowly but surely we are getting the event results posted (look under the Main Menu –> 2014 Results). Expect to see several news items, photos, event updates and other exciting news in the next week or so. For now we rest and ruminate…

If you have a blog, video channel or some other avenue of coverage discussing AdeptiCon 2014, please drop us a line! Starting tomorrow we will be posting links to any and all coverage of the convention!

Aetherium at AdeptiCon 2014!

April 01st, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Battle ZonesAetherium is a tabletop miniatures board game played in beautifully realized and customizable battle map and tile system. Players control one of two evocative factions, of rigid governmental authority or wild and desperate individuality, and battle across a profound virtual landscape. Aetherium unfolds with a dynamic, intuitive d12 mechanism. The game’s turnless interaction evolves within a completely unique modular tile system –one that responds directly to the will of the players during the game. We have compiled a rich and evocative sequence of scenarios to take you through the game itself, but the structure ensures that no two experiences, no two games, can ever be the same. In the Aetherium, players will:

  • Control between 10-25 highly detailed, beautifully sculpted miniatures to represent your unique cadre of hackers and affiliated programs.
  • Engage in a daring struggle for control of an ever-shifting landscape, set against a backdrop of mind-crushing white noise. Be careful where you tread.
  • Strategically program your activation deck cards in order to anticipate your opponent’s movement, and to sequence your software as you lead your team on a bold run into the Aetherium.
  • Struggle for control of the psychological reality itself, while utilizing your free remaining RAM to stay in the fight to the bitter end.
  • Revel in unmitigated glory.

The Aetherium Kickstarter is now live and the Anvil Eight crew will be running Aetherium demos all weekend long in the Harry Caray Ballroom. Stop by and check out this fantastic new game!

Battle Zones – New Terrain From Mantic Games!

April 01st, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Battle ZonesFrom our friends over at Mantic Games:

AdeptiCon 2014 will see the launch of the all new ‘Battle Zones’ terrain range from Mantic Games. On the stand we have free samples up for grabs while stocks last – so pop along to see us in the Vendor hall – and get a gaming table that’s as good as your army!

The range made its debut in the popular skirmish game – DEADZONE – a $1.2m kickstarter which funded 10 different plastic building sprues. The complete range is now being released on its own via retailers in May – but a limited few sets are available for the very first time at AdeptiCon 2014!

The highly detailed plastic tiles allow endless combinations to give gamers infinite building choices. The buildings work for both skirmish games such as Deadzone and Infinity – and also mass combat wargames.

More Last Minute Events!

April 01st, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Coverage,Seminar News ¦ Print This Post        

The following events have just been added to the AdeptiCon 2014 Schedule:

Space Hulk – InfestStation! LARP

A derelict Westin-class hulk has been discovered in the outer reaches of Lombard IV and it is infested with Genestealers! Choose your side, ready your storm bolter and prepare to tally your kills in this live action role-playing extravaganza using a modified version of the Cthulhu Live rules! Participants should provide their own terminator power armour/exoskeleton and must have proper health insurance. No sharp weapons, projectiles or flamethrowers will be allowed!
Saturday 6:00PM – 12:00AM ($15)

Bommerz Over da Sulpher River Team Tournament

The Orks have returned to destroy more bridges…they just really hate bridges. Take the controls of an Ork Fighta-Bommer or an Imperial Thunderbolt Interceptor squadron and battle for dominance of the skies! Teams will consist of four players playing as either Orks or Imperials. Each Team Member should bring one squadron with applicable upgrades. The AdeptiCon 2014 Bommerz Over da Sulpher River FAQ and Rules Addendum will be used to resolve all inevitable disputes.
Friday 10:00AM – 8:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM ($80)

Modeling for Advantage

Instructor: Greg Sparks
Want to get the edge on your opponent? Want to win more games and dominate your local store? Then this hobby seminar is for you! During this 2-hour class, you will learn how to take advantage of game mechanics, improper basing, arc of fire abuse and height/width manipulation…all with the devious and subtle goal of stealth in mind! Your opponent will never know what hit them! Participants should bring a standard 28mm model (preferably with some sort of gun), a saw and an arc welder. Everything else will be provided.
Thursday 9:30PM – 11:30PM

The Game Room is Back! Bring Your Extra Stuff!

March 31st, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Bring your games, models, bits and pieces at AdeptiCon 2014! The Game Room buys it all! Specialized in aftermarket trading, Darryl Dean and the Game Room crew will once again be open 24/7 all weekend long! Browse the bits or trade in product for game systems such as:

  • Warhammer 40K and Fantasy
  • Epic, Necormunda, Bloodbowl and Battlefleet Gothic
  • Warmachine
  • Flames of War
  • Malifaux
  • Board Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Ed/3.5
  • Magic the Gathering

No collection is too small, no collection is too large – The Game Room will be open for business starting Wednesday night during convention registration, so check them out in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.

Beyond the Felt!

March 29th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Coverage,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Frontline Gaming and TABLEWAR Designs have several stunning and durable new products on the market – 6×4 and 4×4 gaming mats that will take your tabletop games to a new level!

You can personally view these mats at AdeptiCon 2014 during the Warhammer 40K Championships finals, or through the Warhammer 40K Championships live broadcast. Additionally, the AdeptiCon Warhammer 40K Team Tournament Overall Champions and two winners in the Army Charity Raffle will each receive a mat to take home and wage war upon! 13 styles available – get yours today at!

Exciting News From Black Library!

March 29th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Guest of Honor,Seminar News ¦ Print This Post        

Black LibraryAdeptiCon is the first place in the world where you can get your hands on the brand new Codex: Militarum Tempestus, your essential guide to the finest human soldiers in the Imperium.

And for the first time at AdeptiCon, you will be able to buy Citadel limited edition publications. Some of which will be available for the very last time!

Not only that, Black Library authors, Graham McNeill, David Annandale and Andy Smillie will be on hand throughout the event to sign their latest titles for you. There also are two seminars scheduled (Friday 5PM-7PM and Saturday 9PM-11PM) where they will answer your questions and discuss all manner of topics.

Make sure you stop by the Black Library bookstore and browse the vast array of new and exclusive titles, many of which will not be available again this year in the US.

We can’t wait to see you all!
– The Black Library Team

Warhammer 40K Championships Warmaster is off to Mexico!

March 27th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Geek Nation ToursGeek Nation Tours is a proud sponsor of AdeptiCon and we are very happy again this year to offer the winner of the Warhammer 40K Championships a week at our Gaming Condo.

Not only will the winner experience the beaches, mescal and crystal clear waters of Mexico but will also receive private transfers, daily housekeeping and home-made breakfasts. Most importantly however, the winner will also have the evenings to play tabletop, board or computer games. The condo is fully stocked with wargame terrain, loads of boardgames and a choice selection of PS3 games.

The victorious Warhammer Fantasy winner will receive a $250.00 voucher for Geek Nation Tours “Geeking out with Miniatures in the UK: Scotland 2014″ tour. The winner has a chance to see Battlefields, Castles, Scotch Distilleries, Games Day UK and Warhammer World. What’s more you will share drinks with wargaming celebrities and see how miniatures are made at Warlord and Mantic Games. It’s going to be loads of fun so join us on the adventure!

Infinity Grand Tournament Prize

March 26th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

“Nil nos tremefacit” (Nothing shakes us) Motto of the Cuirassiers Regiment

Originally stationed on the frost planet of Svalarheima, Jotums are T.A.G.s of colossal size that honor their appellative, a variant of Old Norse’s “Jötunn”, the name of the Frost Giants of Norse mythology. Widely recognized as one of the finest weapons in all the Human Sphere, the combination of its thick armor and firepower makes the Jotum the dominant factor on any battlefield.

This professionally painted one can be yours at AdeptiCon 2014! Swift Brush Studios has generously provided us with this beast as a prize to be featured in the Infinity Grand Tournament on Saturday!

Infinity Jotum
Infinity Jotum
Infinity Jotum
Painted by Swift Brush Studios

Click to enlarge photo.

Army Charity Raffle Battle Foam Bag!

March 26th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Army Charity Raffle,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Battle Foam Charity BagBattle Foam once again steps up to the plate and hits a home run! The AdeptiCon 2014 Army Charity Raffle overall winner will receive not only a sweet Iron Hands army, but a fully decked-out custom Army Bag from Battle Foam. Drive or fly, you can pack this or any army and go. Check out their great line of products at

AdeptiCon 2014 Army Charity Raffle Tickets will be on sale starting Wednesday, April 2nd around 5PM at the Registration Desk. Tickets are $1.00 each, with bonus tickets for every block of 20 purchased.

The drawing will be held at 4:30 PM on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 in the Westin Grand Ballroom just prior to the start of the Sunday Warhammer 40K Team Tournament awards. Your ticket must be present to win (although you do not).

AdeptiCon 2014 Vendor Hall Roster

March 21st, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

AdeptiCon is made possible by the thousands of hours put in by all our amazing volunteers and the generous support of all our fantastic sponsors. This year, a number of these sponsors will be present in our Vendor Hall, giving you a chance to purchase their products, peruse their new releases and meet the staff behind some of your favorite hobby suppliers.

AdeptiCon 2014 Vendor Hall Roster

Badger Air-Brush Co. Battle Foam Battlefront
Black Library Cool Mini or Not Demented Games
DGS Games Dice Head Games Figone
Forge World Gale Force Nine Game Room
Geek Nation Tours Impact Miniatures Iron Heart Artisans
Mantic Games Marrow Production MERCS Miniatures
Ninja Division/Soda Pop Outlaw Miniatures Privateer Press
Secret Weapon Miniatures Smooth-On Spikey Bitz
Tectonic Craft Studios Wargamma Winged Hussar Publishing

Vendor Hall Hours: 9:00AM to 7:00PM (Friday and Saturday) and 8:00AM to 2:30PM (Sunday)

Wild West Exodus Promo Models

March 16th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News,Swag Bag Contents ¦ Print This Post        

The first 500 attendees will receive one of these two awesome Wild West Exodus models from Outlaw Miniatures! Click the photos for more detail! To learn more about the game of Wild West Exodus, visit

Enlightened Construct Phonic Blaster Heavy Weapon Enlightened Construct Phonic Blaster Heavy Weapon

The wicked creations of the Enlightened ravage the lands of Wild West Exodus. Led by Dr. Carpathian, the seek death and destruction to all who stand in their way. The Enlightened make full use of the RJ-1027 technology to mechanically augment corpses into machines of death. The Phonic Blaster is a unique weapon created by Thomas Edison to forcefully manipulate sound waves, controlling the very movement of their enemies.

Mercenary Underboss Captain Marcus Wayward Mercenary Underboss Captain Marcus Wayward

Captain Marcus Wayward and his mercenary crew are known for finding their fair share of trouble. The dark and twisted times of Wild West Exodus are filled with faction leaders willing to pay cash for the advantage his mercenaries supply. Wayward knows the land better than the back of his hand and that holds a high value in the new world. His fearless attitude demands attention from everyone that crosses his path. Wayward is a hero to some, but a villain to most, and that is worth a whole lot of money to all.

Preregistration is Now Closed!

March 14th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News ¦ Print This Post        

The web cart is now closed. We are no longer handling any requests for Weekend Badges, events or refunds as we begin our final preparations for the actual convention. You will still be able to register onsite, but any remaining event tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis only.

All AdeptiCon attendees will be able to pick up their badge and event tickets at the AdeptiCon registration table starting Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm or any of the following days beginning at 7:00 am.

Badger Airbrush Returns to AdeptiCon 2014!

March 10th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Badger AirbrushBadger Air-brush Co. is looking forward to another year of rockin’ fun with our friends at AdeptiCon. Badger’s big news will be the launch of our new 3 tone line of acrylic polyurethane primers, Stynylrez (pronounced Stie-nil-rez). As always we’ll have some incredible AdeptiCon exclusive specials on our most popular miniatures finishing airbrushes, compressors, and of course our ultra-popular Minitaire paints. If you’ve been waiting to pick up an airbrush set up or a set of Minitaire paints, AdeptiCon is the place to do it. We’ll have Sotars, Kromes, Patriots. We’ll have Minitaire starter sets, ghost tint sets and full sets. Stop by and check out our combo product purchase deals, watch demos and get painting tips from some of the most accomplished and followed mini painters on the planet. See, feel, and try some of the airbrushes yourself. AdeptiCon is the place and to check out all things Badger, and Badger can’t wait to see you at the con.

Additionally, as in past years, The Wargamers Consortium (WGC) will be set up and hangin’ out on the Badger stand. Even cooler this year, WGC have an even greater presence and will have various WGC activities going on throughout the con. The WGC Next Level Up award winning painters will be running demo’s and answering any questions you have. Painters like Lester from AwesomePaintJob, Hugo from Ichiban Studios and Aaron Lovejoy from The Guild Painting Service.

Don’t forget to say hi to some of WGC YouTube personalities like OasisRising, WargamerGirl, Brush4Hire and more, including the one and only Master Chung! They’ll most likely be running around the con but will be hanging out at the WGC booth often.

Some of the WGC Branded companies will be there at the booth as well. Les Bursley Miniatures will be premiering their next miniature, “Sasha” this year at AdeptiCon. WGC is also proud to announce the launch of Arcane Factories, a new up a coming miniature company. They will be showing off and selling some of their new miniatures. Brush4Hire will be there to offer some of their popular products and showing of some new product ideas being launched in the near future!

Badger and the WGC are excited to be at AdeptiCon again this year – and look forward to the best con ever. We can’t wait to see you there!