Rapier "The Friendly Little Gaming Convention" will be held this year from February 12th - February 14th, 2016.
We gladly welcome any board, miniatures, and role playing games. Now is the time to start submitting games so that we can get them posted on the Game Schedule. Head to the Game Submissions page and fill out the form. As usual, Rapier has a dual theme. The themes this year will be Gangsters and WWII in the Pacific. Also, we have locked up the two largest rooms in the hotel so most of the gaming will take place on the ground level.
Rapier will have a 9:00 am start on Friday, February 12, 2016. This will allow even more time for gaming. Neil Edge, Marie Niesse, and Chip Coffey will be bringing games from their personal libraries for all to enjoy.
Miniatures Gaming will be located in the Compass Room (formerly Gate One), and we will be running a Flames of War tournament. Friday night will again feature the Trivial Contest sponsored by the Podcast Trivial Warfare.
We will also have the usual Pre-Registration Incentives, Rapier T-Shirts, the Rapier Raffle, Flea Market, and our wonderful Dealers Area. Remember, we are always looking for donations for the raffle.
Doubletree by Hilton at the Jacksonville International Airport
We will be returning to a familiar location with a much different look. The Jacksonville Airport Hotel is now the Doubletree by Hilton with all the amazing standards that Hilton requires. The Doubletree Hotel has a full service restaurant and bar and a Starbucks in the Main Lobby. The guest rooms have been completely redone and, yes the air conditioning has been completely replaced. Every area of the hotel has received a major upgrade. You will like what you see. Ask for the Rapier room rate of $95.00 when you make your reservations.
Check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. You can pre-register for you Hotel Room when you arrive at the con but will not be able to get into your room until the check-in time. The hours for the Starbucks/Snack Bar are 5:30 am until 8:00 pm and for the Bar, 3:00 pm through Midnight.
Also, this year, the Hotel will be selecting a random guest from those registered and that person will receive a reserved parking space throughout the entire convention. Another great reason to stay at the Doubletree.
This year Rapier will be running a number of Boardgaming Tournaments in the Main Ballroom. As we did last year, we will have the Rapier Racing Challenge with a series of race related games and a prize awarded to the winner.
Flames of War Tournament
The NE Florida Flames of War Gaming Group and Jacksonville Garrison present a 3-round, Swiss Pairing tournament.
Tournament to be held at Rapier “The Friendly Little Gaming Convention” 2016 at Doubletree by Hilton (at the Jacksonville International Airport), Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 9 a.m. (sign-in is at 8 a.m.)
1500-point Early War Tournament (to match the official 2016 Battlefront Tournament requirements).
A bonus victory point will be awarded for those players who submit an Army List to the Organizer (Dean Kay, email@example.com) by midnight, February 6th, 2016. Approved lists are from the following books – Blitzkrieg; Hellfire and Back; Burning Empires; Barbarossa; and Rising Sun. Also, any approved lists for early war from The Battlefront website.
Entry fee is $15 (NOT included in the admission fee for the Con) to cover prizes, prize support, lunch (pizza and desert), and cold drinks. Trophies and prizes will be awarded.
Please submit all army lists in any format (but the Flames of War Easy Army-supported version is preferred). Tournament organizer will vet and approve army lists to ensure that they adhere to official Battlefront army lists for the period.
I would like to have an equal number of Red and Blue forces at the tournament. If you have the forces to compile BOTH an Axis and an Allied army please submit an army list for each—I will reward your flexibility.
Army lists should be submitted by midnight, February 6th, 2016.
Tournament organizer: Dean A. Kay
Phone: (904) 487-1513
Friday Night Trivia Contest
Once again this year we will showcase a Friday Night Trivia Contest hosted by Jonathan and Chris of Trivial Warfare, an online Trivia Podcast. So get your team together and be ready to go at 8:00 pm Friday Night, June 12th.
Claymore returns again for the dedicated hex and counter wargaming crowd. Claymore will start on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 on the 6th Floor of the Tower and run all convention long.
This year, the games scheduled are The Greatest Day- Gold, Juno, and Sword; and Seige of Jerusalem.
In addition, Chris Fasulo of Grognards Simulation, Inc. will be running a playtest of the latest games for his Napoleonic Series of Games. The possible games are Incredible Courage at Alt-Elgofsheim, Incredible Courage at Gunzberg, and Incredible Courage at Wertingen. Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/203975838563/
Rapier Racing Challenge
Returning this year will be the Rapier Racing Challenge. Games on tap for the Challenge include 40K Bike Race; Breaking Away, Cthulhu 500, Race the Wind, Mississippi Queen, Spin Out (Pod Racing Game), Road Kill Rally, Thunder Alley and September Eagles (Racing Airplanes).
Wednesday 10:00 am- Claymore begins
Thursday 8:00 pm- Session Zed
Friday 8:30 am- Front Desk opens
Friday 9:00 am- Doors open all areas; Session One Begins
Friday 1:00 pm- Session One Ends
Friday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm Session Two
Friday 6:30 pm-7:30 Flea Market
Friday 8:00 pm-Midnight- Session Three; Trivia Contest by Trivial Warfare
Friday 9:00 pm- Front Desk Closes
Friday Midnight- Late Night Gaming
Saturday 8:30 am- Front Desk Opens
Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm- Session Four
Saturday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm- Session Five
Saturday 6:30 pm- Rapier Raffle
Saturday 8:00 pm-Midnight- Session Six
Saturday 9:00 pm- Front Desk Closes
Saturday Midnight- Late Night Gaming
Sunday 8:30 am- Front Desk Opens
Sunday 9:00 am- 1:00 pm Session Seven
Sunday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm Session Eight
Sunday 6:00 pm- All areas close