Geeking Out at AdeptiCon Tour 2018

Geek Nation Tours is very excited to present our tour to the world’s largest tabletop wargaming tournament and convention – AdeptiCon. Here discriminating wargamers from around the world find a multitude of gaming experiences – from tournaments using a variety of different wargaming systems to the very best in gaming and painting seminars. AdeptiCon is also a wargamers’ shopping paradise with a huge amount of vendors waiting to show you their wares. It is a spectacle to be seen and experienced. Game with the best, meet friends from around the world, and roll dice all night long!

AdeptiCon 2018 is sure to be the best tabletop experience ever.  The new venue has now become home, with more options and the ability to offer tabletop gamers an unprecedented experience! Geek Nation Tours and AdeptiCon will bring you nothing short of an elite wargamers’ experience.

In the past, Geek Nation Tours brought tour participants Pre-Public guaranteed AdeptiCon registration. We offered those that hop on the tour the opportunity to select AdeptiCon events before the general public and thus insure that tour participants get to grab all the events that they are hoping for.   This year is no exception – book prior to October 30th 2017 and you will be able to pre-register for all events in advance of them going public. Don’t come half way across the world only to have the spots you wanted disappear…

Adpeticon Titan Slug Match2018 will see Geek Nation Tours again include both the Very Important Gamer Swag Bag Upgrade and the AdeptiCon Weekend Pass in the tour price. The package includes Preferred Check-in, an AdeptiCon T-shirt, and an AdeptiCon glass. Not only that – Geek Nation Tours makes your VIG package even better!  We love making it easier for our tour participants!  We will pick up your tickets, weekend passes and your swag bags for you. Absolutely no waiting in line – just show up at the Welcome Dinner and “bang!” you will receive your loot hassle free (with a few extras from Geek Nation Tours, Bombshell Miniatures and Ironheart Artisans).

Geek Nation Tours has of course, hotel rooms right at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel! So all you have to do is roll out of bed and into the goodness that is AdeptiCon.  But that’s not all! The Renaissance has also given us free Wi-Fi in our rooms for the duration of our stay…

Each year Geek Nation Tours offers an “AdeptiCon Welcome Dinner” where we have had tonnes of Guest Speakers from all aspects of the Wargaming Universe.  From Black Library authors Dan Abnett, Chris Wraight, C.L. Werner and Andy Smillie to Game Designers like Andy Chambers.  GNT also invites Wargame Industry leaders like Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games, Mantic Games, Warlord Games, Privateer Press,  Steamforged Games, Secret Weapon Miniatures, Cool Mini or Not, and Reaper Miniatures, to Pro Painters Victoria LambChris Borer, Dave Taylor, Meg Maples, Brandon Palmer, Matt DiPietro and Sculptor Patrick Keith from Bombshell Miniatures.  Of course our Podcasting friends also come join us for some fun and allow fans to visit with the crews from 40K Radio, Independent Characters, The Overlords, Bad Dice, Ohiohammer and the Screaming Heretics to name only a few.Adepticon BL Books

This year we will continue to give you the ability to let you meet awesome people in the wargaming industry every single night we are at AdeptiCon!  We will have our Welcome Dinner of course, but because they were so successful (and tonnes of fun) we will again offer our “Meet the Podcasters” RAM night out, then our “Geek Nation Tours Wargaming Industry Leaders” Night and new this year – our “Exclusive Master Class Speed Painting Seminar”.  We will round this up with our Farewell Dinner and Boardgaming Night with the D6Generation and other guest speakers!  Each night will have a multitude of Wargaming Guest Speakers, tonnes of gaming and loads of fun!

Day 1 (Wednesday – March 21st):

AdeptiCon GamingToday we will arrive from all around the world!  Whether you come from Scotland or Japan, Norway or South Africa, wargamers will converge on the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in anticipation of the awesomeness that is AdeptiCon!

Don’t know how to get to Schaumburg from O’Hare?  Don’t worry – we have you covered with Private Transfers all the way to the Hotel.  When we arrive our Geek Nation Tours Representative will show you around the hotel and make sure you know where all the AdeptiCon events will take place. Need to know where to go to get a game in?  We will be there to help get you going in the right direction hassle and stress free.

If you need to pick up some libations Geek Nation Tours has you covered there too… A few months prior to our arrival we will order from Sal’s Beverage World online.  You will be able to get any libations you wish along with flats of water (recommended) and snacks.IMG_9829

Today is the day to pick up your elite swag bag, event passes, weekend badge and all the goodies you get with your Very Important Gamer Upgrade.  That is where we come in… Geek Nation Tours will hop in line for you and hand deliver them straight to you at our Welcome Dinner.  Not only that we will throw in some cool things from GNT, Bombshell Miniatures and Ironheart Artisans. 

The Welcome Dinner itself will take place at the Renaissance so there is no reason to search for a local restaurant.

Geek Nation Tours has a long list of awesome guests that have joined us at our Welcome Dinners as Guest(s) of Honor. Last year we had Steamforged Games, Secret Weapon Miniatures and Reaper Miniatures stop by.  This year we are very excited indeed about our Guests of Honor!  Games Workshop will be dropping by to talk to us about all things GW… We will have a Q&A and maybe even have a chance to game with their crew!

We will continue our annual two-part Hobby Challenge for all tour participants. It is highly recommended that you bring miniatures to both the Welcome Dinner and the Industry Leaders Night to participate in our featured games. Last year we had the Nerdherders Podcast crew join us to run games at our Welcome Dinner… We will repeat the fun this year and jump right into what AdeptiCon is known best for – Wargaming. To honor our special guests Matthew Alix (also of 40K Radio fame) will lead us on a Kill Team mission… So be sure to bring a team to either crush the Emperor’s Chosen or burn with flame those opposed to his divine will…

We will have many other gaming opportunities too, as Andrew Howard will again lead Gladiators to victory in Arena Rex.  Keep an eye out here to find out what Dave Farr and Ian Clark will be leading in 2018.  Last year we played Mantic’s The Walking Dead: All Out War, Osprey’s Frostgrave, and Mantic Games’ Dreadball.  We are sure to have great stuff planned for you again this year so come back to this site often to see what we will be up to!!!

Oh, and expect prizes!Book Now

Day 2 (Thursday – March 22nd):

AdeptiCon is hopping straight into the 40K Championship but Geek Nation Tours has plenty to do for those of you not rolling dice or jumping into seminars.

Geek Nation Tours has created something new, and a truly epic elite tabletop wargamers experience for this day.  Today we will meet between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm for an Exclusive Master Class Speed Painting Seminar. Every year Geek Nation Tours offers our tour participants a GNT only AdeptiCon Miniature crafted by Bombshell Miniatures and in 2018 we will offer a Fantasy as well as a Science Fiction miniature for all… So, we thought, why not offer a class where we have a Master Painter help us bring our minis alive? To do so we have lured James Wappel out of AdeptiCon teaching retirement to give GNT participants a seminar to remember.  Build your skills as one of the greatest miniatures artists on the planet shares with you his take on Shaded Basecoat and Glazing techniques to allow you to paint in a more open and rapid fashion all the while incorporating 2D art techniques to block in colours and create masterpieces… James is going to take the long trek away from Fort Wappel (AdeptiCon’s Hobby Seminar Lounge – where pro-painters who have journeyed from all around the world gather to visit and paint) to teach his first class at AdeptiCon in years. Our shared goal will be to help each of our tour participants create better miniatures, and to ensure that everyone goes back home with few extra tools in his or her painting arsenal.

As an added bonus James will be hand delivering his famous Pyramid Painting Classes for any that wish to pre-order and upgrade this already awesome class!  Join in and get a flash drive of knowledge directly from the master himself.

But that is not all! Geek Nation Tours will treat you tonight as we will have an off property adventure that we like to call “Escape from AdeptiCon and Meet the Podcasters Night”.  Enjoy the bar atmosphere at the RAM and mingle with your favorite podcasters and tour participants alike.  Float from table to table and enjoy an entree ordered right off the menu.

Geek Nation Tours has invited loads of podcast crews to this event and several have accepted already. In years past we had The D6 Generation, Jaded Gamers, Independent Characters, Masters of the ForgeThe Nerdherders, Out of the BasementThe Overlords, The Screaming Heretics, 40K Radio, Anonymous Tabletop, After Ullanor (also Garagehammer and The Imperial Truth) Hero Man and Sidekick Boy, and Teri – That Gamer Girl. Many of these you can listen to via iTunes or directly on the Freebooter’s Network. This year we hope to outdo even that list…

Day 3 (Friday – March 23rd):

AdeptiCon JoyToday is your day to Game and Seminar to your heart’s content. Enjoy AdeptiCon on your own schedule, but always know that our Geek Nation Tours representative will be there if you need anything at all. You will be able to find him in the trenches with you rolling dice and moving miniatures – so beware!

Tonight we have another meal planned for you and past participants agree that our meet-ups are an important part of the convention experience – a time where you can get to know other Geeks from around the world and maybe hear a great suggestion or two on what to do the following days, exchange “war stories” and have loads of fun. You can join us every night or you can do your own thing. Geek Nation Tours wants you to have the most freedom to “Geek Out” as possible, so our meetings will be completely optional and you can come and go as you please.

With that said tonight is going to be huge!  We will present our 4th annual “Geek Nation Tours Wargaming Industry Leaders Dinner”.  Tonight gaming companies from around the world will join us for dinner, and as we eat we will be regaled with stories from our Industry leaders as well as talks about who they are, what they offer, and what they are planning for the future. Who knows, we might even get some “New Release” information…!

Our second part of this year’s Hobby Challenge will come after dinner. Each company will offer a unique gaming event.  These short events will allow tour participants to hop from one to the other, see the mechanics of each system, and earn special deals.  As a matter of fact, each company will be awarding victory tokens to those that show the best sportsmanship, cool cinematic moves, bad dice rolling or for just crushing an opponent. Those that earn the most victories will be awarded some cool prizes from Dicehead Games. There will also be plenty of time to hang out with designers or company leaders to socialize and if you are lucky you can get them to talk about the “old days” of miniature wargaming.

You’ll want to bring your miniatures you painted for our Welcome Dinner and be prepared to lock horns one more time. Mantic Games, however, has added one more direct challenge to all of you, they will be bringing along their Warbeast Roundup Event and have challenged you to bring some Goblins and some Mawbeasts tonight. Stay tuned for some more Mantic news shortly….but here is the write up for the event….

In days past, various goblin clans gathered in somewhat friendly competition where the clan who won was awarded the best mawbeast hunting grounds for the season.  Each clan would present 6 of their best hunters in a game called mawbeast roundup! The goal of this game is for the group hunters to round as many mawbeast, alive or dead, to a holding pen in the clan’s staging area. While this is a “friendly” competition, that doesn’t mean casualties don’t happen… So grab a goblin or two and get ready to rumble!

This year, Anvil 8 Games (Aetherium and Front Line No Comrades) and Red Republic Games  (Arena Rex) have already said they will be returning and both have plans to also offer some miniature discounts for all tour participants to kick off their Hobby Challenges…

In years past we have had, Cool Mini or Not,  Mantic Games, Gale Force Nine, Osprey Games ,Warlord Games, and Games Workshop onboard and this year we hope our list of special guest will be even more impressive. We really want this to be a super fun time so there will be a cash bar and loads of positive energy throughout the evening.  So join us for this exclusive gaming experience!

Day 4 (Saturday – March 24th):

IMG_9999-003Yet another day to live the experience of AdeptiCon and game and seminar to your heart’s content. Your schedule is your own but be sure to join us for another elite gaming experience in the evening.

We will be off to Level 257 where they feature loads of gaming opportunities that include retro style bowling, a classic/modern mixed video game lounge including pinball, basketball, virtual skiing, shuffleboard and over a 100 more games!! They offer American fare and promote adults “letting their hair down” and truly enjoying themselves. Think a modern bowling experience mixed with concrete and wood and a rich wall coloring combined with plush and leather fabric which is used throughout the space to create a chic urban hot spot.

Depending on who shows up we will divide up in groups and be lead by an Industry Leader, Pro-Hobbyist, Podcaster or Game designer. Socialize and knock down pins with cool special guests… Not to mention more prizes and tonnes of fun. 

Day 5 (Sunday – March 25th):

One more day to game and seminar, but also to take in the Awards Ceremony and see who wins this year’s charity auction army.  It is your last day to experience all the goodness that is AdeptiCon so make sure you take it all in!

Right after the closing ceremony Geek Nation Tours will start to wind things down with its “Farewell Dinner”.  We will have dinner right in the hotel again, but will order in for a Classic Chicago style dinner at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.  Geek Nation Tours knows that gamers love their food and we will ban together as a group to choose our pizzas prior to arrival. This will allow more meal choice and a good chance of getting even better pies! Our mouths are watering even now…

But what would be a Geek Nation Tours meal be without more guest speakers?  In past years Geek Nation Tours has had Black Library authors Dan Abnett, Chris Wraight, C.L. Werner and Andy Smillie, legendary illustrator Mark Gibbons, Game Designer Andy Chambers and others join us for a meal.  We are still making plans for this evening’s guests, but as they are solidified we will let you know who is coming!

But really an AdeptiCon experience needs to be wrapped up with gaming – so expect to be rolling some dice at the annual “D6 Generation’s Sunday Boardgaming Night”. Whether you hop into boardgaming or just hang out watching – Sunday night is always an awesome night to relax with some less competitive gaming. As a matter of fact, many many laughs are always heard from our tour members this evening.  We cannot stress enough how fun this last night is.

Day 6 (Monday – March 26th):

Today we will transfer to the airport and head home. The photos, memories and friends you made are yours to keep forever!

NOTE: Attendance of all special guests and celebrities is subject to change due to scheduling conflicts and professional obligations. 

What is included: All hotel nights and taxes plus free Wi-Fi (we will be staying right on site at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel), Transfers to and from the airport, AdeptiCon Welcome Dinner, escape from AdeptiCon Meet the Podcasters Night dinner, Geek Nation Tours Wargaming Industry Leaders Dinner, Exclusive Master Class Speed Painting Seminar, Level 257 Bowling evening, Farewell Dinner, D6 Generation Boardgaming night. Pre-Public Registration and Guaranteed Gaming and Seminar bookings, Weekend pass and VIG upgrade which includes No line up Preferred Check-in and hand delivery, AdeptiCon T-shirt, AdeptiCon glass, Libation delivery from Sal’s Beverage World, private guide and more fun than you can shake a Goblin at…. Please note that flights are not included.

Pricing: $1599.00 USD + Taxes and fees ($209.43) per person based on double occupancyBook Now

Single Supplement: For those that would like a room to themselves we offer a single supplement for an additional $775.00 USD.

Note on Transfers: All tour participants needing transfers to and from Union Station and Midway Airport will have an additional $110.00 USD Charge.

Don’t have a friend to get the double occupancy rate? That is what Geek Nation Tours does.  Book as a double occupancy and we will match you up a roommate… This way you get the best of both worlds – someone to BS about the con with – and more cash to spend!

Deposit: $500.00

Final: Due upon 1 week prior to the release of our Pre-Public Event Registration normally late October or early November.

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