AdeptiCon to Host US SAGA Grand Melee

September 25th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

US SAGA Grand MeleeSharpen your axe and spear, oil your leathers, polish your mail, and steel yourself for combat, for the season of war is upon you! The muster cry goes out, the beacons are lit, and a hundred banners are raised. As winter’s last frost gives way to spring’s thaw, the warlord gathers his retinue, for he knows that the time has come to claim that treasure which he values most of all…glory!

AdeptiCon, in partnership with Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast, is excited to announce that AdeptiCon 2015 will host the inaugural US SAGA Grand Melee! Pit your warlord and his band against all challengers in this epic two day event!

A clash of this magnitude shall be well-served in AdeptiCon’s new and larger location in Schaumburg, Illinois. With thousands of square feet for gaming and hobby activities, 2015 promises to be the largest and most exciting AdeptiCon yet, bolstered by the first ever US SAGA Grand Melee!

The US Grand Melee will follow a format similar to the UK events, with 6-point games played over two days (participants will have the option to play one or two days). More detailed rules, other events and schedules will be posted on the AdeptiCon website as they become available. Look for AdeptiCon 2015 registration to open early November. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch!

Geek Nation Tours Releases AdeptiCon 2015 Tour!

September 17th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates,Sponsor News ¦ Print This Post        

Geek Nation ToursGeek Nation Tours is very excited to present our tour to the world’s largest tabletop wargaming tournament and convention – AdeptiCon. A new venue with more options and the ability to offer tabletop gamers an unprecedented experience! Geek Nation Tour has partnered with AdeptiCon in the past but in 2015 we will bring you nothing short of an elite wargaming experience.

In the past Geek Nation Tours brought tour participants pre-public guaranteed AdeptiCon registration, Very Important Gamer Weekend pass (which we deliver to the tour participants waiting hands line-up free), hotel rooms right at the venue itself (of course we have moved to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel) and private transfers right to the event.

So what is NEW this year?

  • Pre-Ordered libations and snacks delivered straight to your room.
  • 40K and WHF RPG Welcome Dinner: Geek Nation Tours is gathering only the best Game masters to give you a truly awesome evening to dive right into a universe where there is only war. We already have GMs lined up for Dark Heresy and Only War! So you can become an Inquisitional Agent or an Imperial Guardsmen… No investment needed in the RPG. Just come and become someone in the 40K universe for an evening (We hope to have a WHF RPG also)
  • Escape from AdeptiCon and Meet the Podcasters Night: Escape AdeptiCon and hang out with your favorite podcasters! [40K Radio, Bad Dice, Gamers Lounge, Independent Characters, Ohiohammer and The Overlords - have all signed up already!]
  • Geek Nation Tours Wargaming Industry Leaders Dinner: Meet Wargaming company gurus, demo and play games from a multitude of gaming companies and hang with leaders in the industry. [Mantic Games and Outlaw Miniatures have already signed on to give you some demo and gaming coolness].
  • Pro-Painters and Painting Award Winners One-on-One GameWorks Evening: Get advice on your miniatures on a one-to-one basis and learn from the best! This will all take place at the GameWorks Arcade and thus if you are not hanging with a pro-painter then you will be playing classic and new arcade games. GNT will even be supplying the beer! [Dave Taylor and Chris Borer have signed on!]
  • Farewell Dinner: Join us at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria for some Chicago Pizza and beer on GNT. With more special guests that you will not want to miss… and another venture to the annual AdeptiCon Poker Tournament and Mixer or to the D6 Generation’s Sunday Boardgaming Night.

So grab a spot ASAP here! We sold out last year and you will want to make sure you have a spot for all the fun in 2015! The full tour description can be seen here. If you have any questions, contact Geek Nation Tours!

Hotel Updates

September 15th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Hotel News ¦ Print This Post        

Rooms at the Renaissance Schaumburg sold out extremely fast. We have been doing all we can to add additional rooms to our hotel block, but there is only so much we can do before the hotel simply runs out of rooms! To help you find a room, we are working directly with the Renaissance Schaumburg to collect and maintain a hotel wait list. If you are interested in staying onsite, please fill out the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel Wait List Form. The hotel staff will work their way down the wait list and make direct contact with you when a room becomes available.

Please note that the wait list is for the Renaissance Schaumburg ONLY.

Alternative accommodations have been arranged at the Embassy Suites. The Embassy Suites is within walking distance of the Convention Center, will be running a regular shuttle service, and the room rate includes breakfast.

Alternate Accommodations

Embassy Suites Chicago

1939 North Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Phone: 847.241.5405
Fax: 847.397.9007
Room Rate: $120.00 USD/night
Group Code: ADT
Subject to Availability.

Reservations can be made by calling the Embassy Suites directly (reference Group Code ADT) or by visiting their AdeptiCon 2015 Reservation Center.

Warhammer 40K Tactical Objectives for Playtesting

September 12th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

While we are still a ways off in finalizing our mission and scoring formats, we have been playtesting an alternative set of Tactical Objectives for the possible use in Maelstrom of War missions at AdeptiCon 2015. The cards presented below are based on the Tactical Objectives presented in the Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition rulebook, but have been modified to better suit the event. In some cases, cards were completely removed and replaced. Additionally, some cards now have a discard mechanic allowing you to immediately draw a replacement card.

Please keep in mind that this deck is still in the draft stages and we are looking for constructive feedback. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch!

   AdeptiCon 2015 Warhammer 40K Tactical Objective Cards (Draft)

Warhammer 40K Championship Draft Construction Rules

September 10th, 2014 | Category: AdeptiCon News,Event Updates ¦ Print This Post        

Updated: Our intention was for this event to allow unrestricted Allies, yet it was not completely clear in the first version of the draft rules. This has been amended.

With AdeptiCon 2015 planning in full swing, we have turned our attention to ironing out the army construction rules for our major Warhammer 40K events. Below you will find a draft version for the Warhammer 40K Championship. The goal was to keep the rules as simple and succinct as possible while embracing the open nature of Warhammer 40K 7th Edition. That said, you will notice a few restrictions built into the army construction rules, such as: Codex Detachments and Formations are considered unique and may not be duplicated, a small handful of Lords of War have been excepted from the event, Lords of War and Fortifications are limited to a single unit regardless of how many are available to your detachments…

As always, we are looking for constructive feedback concerning this format. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch! Stay tuned for the Warhammer 40K Team Tournament Draft rules, scoring guidelines for both events and sample missions!

   AdeptiCon 2015 Warhammer 40K Championship Rules (Draft – Updated 09.12.14)

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.