DEMO EVENTS

All demo events are free. Tickets are not required to play in demo events. Your Weekend Badge acts a generic ticket to all demo events.

Most the demos will occur in Discovery Hall at the manufacture’s exhibitor booth. Additional a dedicated demo area will be set up outside the Utopia Ballroom to accommodate any additional events. Show up at any point to participate.

All demo events are on a first-come, first-served basis. Every attempt will be made to accommodate attendees interested in participating in a demo event, but please be aware that the instructors will have limitations based on table space, available miniatures and staff.

Aetherium Demos (Discovery Hall – Anvil 8 Exhibitor Booth #207)

The year is 2247… and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Aetherium is a tabletop miniatures board game played in beautifully realized and customizable battle map and tile system. Set in a virtual reality that shadows our own desperate future, players control one of two evocative factions of rigid governmental authority or wild, desperate resistance. Aetherium unfolds with a dynamic, intuitive d12 mechanism, and 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.


Arena Rex (Discovery Hall – Red Republic Games Exhibitor Booth #502)

Arena Rex is an innovative tabletop skirmish game. The experience has been built from the ground up to be tactically deep, yet streamlined and accessible. A low model count combined with easily digestible rules make Arena Rex easy to pick up and play. Alternating activations, opposed die rolls, and out-of-turn reactions keep you engaged throughout the game. ​A dynamic round structure offers new gameplay and tactical opportunities unique to Arena Rex. Damage trees offer new levels of control within a flexible combat resolution system.


Blood & Plunder (Adventure Hall – Firelock Games Demo Tables)

Blood & Plunder is a 28mm historical miniature war game set in the 17th century during the golden age of piracy.


Blood Red Skies (Discovery Hall – Warlord Games Exhibitor Booth #200)

Blood Red Skies is a tabletop miniatures game where you command a formation of fighter aircraft in battle. Action in the game is fast-paced – with six planes per side, a thrilling dogfight can be fought in forty five minutes or less.


Bolt Action (Discovery Hall – Warlord Games Exhibitor Booth #200)

The Warlord Demo Team would like to invite you to come learn a few tricks and interesting Squad level tactics for both the experienced and novice players. We will provide everything you need to sharpen your skills on the Wargaming battlefield!


Deadzone: Learn and Play! (Discovery Hall – Mantic Games Exhibitor Booth #406)

Your planet has become infected by the Plague. Your family and friends are changing around you. Then the Enforcers come and start cleansing the planet. You realize you’re in a Deadzone…


Dystopian Wars (Discovery Hall – Warcradle Studios Exhibitor Booth #604)

Airships patrol skies littered with clouds of smoke and steam produced by massive warships as they sail forth upon the seas below to engage their enemies. Beneath the waves, another war rages between submarines as they hunt each other in the dark, cold waters. Dystopian Wars is a Naval wargame set in the Dystopian Age; a steampunk alternate history. War boils across the seas as nations fight for supremacy and control of resources, take your place as Admiral of the fleet and lead your faction to victory.


Dreadball: Learn and Play! (Discovery Hall – Mantic Games Exhibitor Booth #406)

Tired of watching Dreadball from the stands. Well watch no more, retired player/coach John Jack will teach you to play the game of Dreadball. All you need is desire!


The Drowned Earth Demo (Friday – Exploration Hall)

Get lost in the wilds of Ulaya as your crew searches for ancient relics and technology. But watch out! You aren’t alone…

Join us for a full day of demoing ‘The Drowned Earth’, a new skirmish miniatures game. Stop by at any point to learn the game. Set in a lush, drowned, tropical world, your crew can free-run over, under, and through the terrain as you achieve your objectives. With the ability to react to your opponents actions and the dynamic movement system, ‘The Drowned Earth’ provides a truly cinematic gaming experience.


Dust 1947 Demos (Discovery Hall – Dust USA Exhibitor Booth #400)

The year is 1947. The war that started eight years ago with Germany invading Poland isn’t over. The conflict has long since spread worldwide. Other than the three great blocs, there are but a handful of countries left hanging on to relative neutrality.


Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Demos (Discovery Hall – Modiphius Exhibitor Booth #809)

From Modiphius Games, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare is a 32mm tabletop skirmish game set in the iconic Fallout series.


Freeblades Demos: Warrior’s Tomb (Adventure Hall)

Freeblades is a fantasy miniature skirmish game where the players are leaders of bands of adventurers for hire who set out into the World of Faelon seeking fortune and glory. Each player will be shown the game through command of a group ofFreeblades battling each other for supremacy. No knowledge of the game is required and the minimum rules to kick the game off and get started will be taught, with the rest learned along the way. Everyone will walk away with something. Come learn Freeblades!


Gates of Antares (Discovery Hall – Warlord Games Exhibitor Booth #200)

It is the seventh age of mankind in Antarean space. We have evolved. We have mastered nano-technology. We have learned how to travel from planet to planet by voyaging through gates. But even with all these advances we still have yet to overcome our need, our desire, for conquest!! Antarean space contains six different human species, fighting for domination over each other, across planets which orbit a massive machine that creates the network of gates. All are rivals searching for planets rich in resources and the lost technology of an ancient race who created the gates known as the builders. Do you have what it takes to lead your army to victory? The wisdom and ability to defend your claim to lost tech or rich resources? To be a force that must be reckoned with among the Gates of Antares?


Giga-robo Demos (Discovery Hall – Cardboard Dynamo Exhibitor Booth #905)

Learn to play Giga-Robo before it hits retail shelves in Q3 2017! Giga-Robo is the card-driven miniatures game of anime giant robot combat. Fight to the finish using custom-built hands of cards, combining powerful attacks, clever tactics, and epic finishing moves. Take command of one of six unique robots, pair it with your favorite pilot, and smash your opponents across a fully destructible city.


Infinity Demos (Discovery Hall – Corvus Belli Exhibitor Booth #203)

Infinity is a science fiction skirmish game set about 175 years into the future. Infinity has a flexible order system, allowing involved gameplay for both players regardless of whose turn it is. All miniatures and supplies will be provided.


Kings of War: Learn and Play! (Discovery Hall – Mantic Games Exhibitor Booth #406)

Come and learn to play one of the armies of Mantica. Crush your opponent and start your journey into becoming one of the Warlords of Mantica!


Konflikt ’47 (Discovery Hall – Warlord Games Exhibitor Booth #200)

Konflikt ’47 is a standalone game inspired by the hugely successful Bolt Action, designed by Clockwork Goblin Miniatures and produced by Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing. Adding to the core rules that many gamers are familiar with from Bolt Action, Konflikt ’47 allows the addition of completely new types of units and models to existing 28mm Bolt Action armies and the creation of completely new forces set in the alternate future of 1947.


Malifaux Demos (Discovery Hall – Wyrd Games Exhibitor Booth #408)

Malifaux is a skirmish based miniature game based on an alternate 19th Century Earth. Malifaux blends Steam Punk, Fantasy, Horror and Western Genre in a unique and interesting way. It uses a card based rule system that adds a new level of resource management to your typical war game. Models provided.


Mecha Fury! Demos (Utopia Foyer)

Pilot your mech to victory in this fast-paced new game from Phalanx Consortium! With mechanics based on Too Fat Lardies’ What a Tanker! rules, Mecha Fury makes you feel like you’re in the cockpit! The demos will be ongoing during the session times, allowing players to jump in and out when they like. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the final stages of Beta testing before the 2020 release!


Omicron Protocol Demos (Friday & Saturday – Utopia Foyer)

Omicron Protocol is an “intra-apocalyptic” miniatures skirmish game for 1-4 players, where you control a squad of unique characters and a 3rd party enemy to harass your opponent.

Every character in the game is represented by a detailed 32mm-scale miniature, possessing their own rich history and personality, as well as powerful cybernetic abilities! Play the competitive skirmish or solo/co-op modes through various scenarios to survive the crisis! The game is filled with innovative game mechanics that make every game thrilling and exciting, ushering players deeper and deeper into the gripping lore of San Lazaro and those who fight in its chaotic streets.


Saga Demo (Schaumburg Ballroom Foyer)

Saga and Saga Crescent and the Cross game demo. Vikings and Saxons, Crusaders and Saracens: Learn to play a game of medieval heroic warfare. Saga uses an easy to learn combat system combined with battle boards containing unique effects. If you are a veteran of Saga, come by and try the new Crescent and the Cross warbands.


Sergeants Miniatures Game (Adventure Hall)

Join Lost Battalion Games and fight a disabled Panzer IV to capture the bridge it is defending. Each player gets a squad of paratroopers to accomplish this mission.


A Song of Ice & Fire Demos (Thursday – Exploration Hall)

From the fantasy world created masterfully by George R.R. Martin, we bring you A Song of Ice & Fire. Each player will control one of the Great Houses of Westeros, commanding battlefield units, recruiting legendary Heroes, and manipulating the political stage, in the attempt to claim the greatest prize of all: The Iron Throne.


Star Wars™: Armada Demos (Discovery Hall – Fantasy Flight Games Exhibitor Booth #105)

Rebel and Imperial fleets fight for the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars™: Armada, the two-player miniatures game of epic Star Wars space battles!

Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wings and TIEs. Engineering teams race to route additional power to failing shields. Laser blasts and explosions flare across the battlefield. Even a single ship can change the tide of battle.

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. It’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.


Star Wars™: Legion Demos (Discovery Hall – Fantasy Flight Games Exhibitor Booth #105)

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Star Wars™: Legion, a new miniatures game of infantry battles that invites you to join iconic heroes and villains, lead your troopers into battle, and battle for the fate of the Star Wars galaxy. With Star Wars: Legion, you can build and paint a unique army of miniatures. You can command your troops in battle and devise masterful tactics. And you can conquer your opponent’s army to bring victory to the light side or the dark side!


Star Wars™: X-Wing Demos (Discovery Hall – Fantasy Flight Games Exhibitor Booth #105)

Control the most advanced starfighters and outstanding pilots in the galaxy! In X-Wing Miniatures Game, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat.

Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space battles from small engagements of only a couple of craft to large conflicts where multiple squadrons clash. Select and equip your ships, pick your crew, plan your attack, and complete your mission.


Test of Honour (Discovery Hall – Warlord Games Exhibitor Booth #200)

Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers.

Battles are swift and bloody as players alternate acting with one of their warriors – moving and fighting to achieve the objective of the scenario, whether that be cutting down the enemy, defending an outpost or finding and protecting a spy.


The Walking Dead: All Out War Demos (Discovery Hall – Mantic Games Exhibitor Booth #406)

All Out War is a game of fast-paced, head-to-head skirmishes in the world of the Walking Dead. Assemble a group of your favorite characters from best-selling comic series, kit them out with a variety of weapons, items and abilities, and battle to achieve dominance in the Walker-strewn Atlanta cityscape. Experience first-hand the desperate struggle for survival faced by Rick and his companions as you negotiate constant threats from both the living and the dead. This is gaming as it should be – fast, furious and fun!

In a world where danger is ever-present, how will you survive?


Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay – Learning the Ropes (Schaumburg Ballroom Foyer – Panda Cult Exhibitor Booth #915A)

Come save the fantasy town of Barnacle Bay from the grips of the evil Axolotl, Elder Bane in this beginner scenario from the Kickstarter-funded, adventure board game, Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay!


WARMACHINE/HORDES Demos (Discovery Hall – Privateer Press Exhibitor Booth #602)

The very earth shakes, as massive iron Warjacks and hulking Warbeasts slam into each other with cataclysmic force. Lead-spewing cannons chew through armor plating as easily as flesh. Bold heroes and warlocks set the battlefield ablaze with a tempest of arcane might to forge the fates of their unyielding nations in the fires of destruction. Keep an eye out for the roving Warmachine/Hordes demo tables in the halls and hallways throughout the weekend!


Wild West Exodus (Discovery Hall – Warcradle Studios Exhibitor Booth #604)

The badlands of the Wild West have never been more dangerous. Aliens, robots and the results of many a dubious scientific experiment can be encountered on a daily basis and the actions of individuals on the frontier can forge legends and change the world. Wild West Exodus is a skirmish wargame set in the Dystopian Age; a steampunk alternate history. Choose your faction, count your bullets and ensure you die with your boots on in this fast-paced, action-packed miniatures game.