It has begun. Registration for AdeptiCon 2012 opened on Halloween at 5pm CST. For those of you unfamiliar with the greatest event in wargaming allow me to give you a brief rundown.
Taking place in the Chicago area, AdeptiCon is one the largest wargaming conventions in the United States. It holds tournaments/events for just about every major game system there is. Warmachine/Hordes, Lord of the Rings, Wahammer Fantasy, with Warhammer 40,000 getting the bulk of the attention.
The main event of the convention is the Warhammer 40,000 team tournament which features 120 teams consisting of four players each. Yup, that's 480 gamers all in one spot playing games, making new friends, and identifying unusual smells. How popular is this tournament? Well registration has been open for about 24 hours now and it's already sold out. If you were able to get your team registered quick enough, well done. If not, that's unfortunate.
I have had the privilege these last two years to play in this event with a few of my gamer friends and it has always been a blast. This year will be no different as our team, Sad Pandas, is once again on the list of competitors. We at the Battle Barn like to roll deep as last year we had two teams competing. We've stepped it up a bit this year and have added a third team.
Tournaments aside, AdeptiCon really is all about having fun. There are usually open tables throughout the convention area that are for open gaming. Demos of newer game systems are constantly being run and are usually pretty fun. The vendor hall is always busy and usually has one or two Black Library authors present, Dan Abnett was there last year and he was pleasure to speak with. Forge World made their first appearance at AdeptiCon last year and, as expected, had the longest lines of the weekend. Privateer Press has had a large presence each of the last two years and is doing an amazing great job of promoting their products. I can think of a certain UK based company that could learn a lot from them.
All things added together AdeptiCon really is one of the best conventions you can attend. If you're a competitive gamer, you're covered. If you want to learn a few new tricks, take a few seminars. If you just want to hang out and soak it all in, that's cool too. There is no wrong way to attend AdeptiCon.
Personally, I cannot wait for AdeptiCon to get here.