The Rapier Gaming convention
February 10th through 12th, 2017
All Early Registrations, Hotel Room cheaper rate, Game Submissions, Game Sign-Ups, and Flea Market Tables are now closed.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel will honor all Rapier Weekend Wristbands in providing a discount on their buffet breakfast.
See you all at the Convention!
Rapier will have a 9:00 am start on Friday, February 10, 2017. As usual, we will have some space available for pre-con activities all day Thursday. But this space is limited, so sign up soon.
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. The themes for this year will be Trains and Train Games and The Russian Revolution. Also, we have locked up the two largest rooms in the hotel so most of the gaming will take place on the ground level.
Boardgaming at Rapier
Mike Jones, Neil Edge, Marie Niesse, Dale Martin and Chip Coffey will be bringing games from their personal libraries for all to enjoy. Check out the BGG Geeklist of some of the games available at the Convention. 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. The themes for this year will be Trains and Train Games and The Russian Revolution. 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 10, 2017. This will allow even more time for gaming. Mike Jones, Neil Edge, Marie Niesse, Dale Martin and Chip Coffey will be bringing games from their personal libraries for all to enjoy. Check out the BGG Geeklist of some of the games available at the Convention.
Advanced Squad Leader Convention Event
Clinton Ray and Joe Guilbert will be running a convention long ASL event starting Thursday morning. This will be a campaign game of ASL in Poland, 1939 highlighting a Polish Cavalry Brigade versus the German 2nd Lichte Division. The campaign will use unpublished MMP scenarios from Poland Aflame and also from a Campaign game from Bounding Fire called Poland in Flames. Players should be experienced ASL players and a real plus would be experience in ASL campaign games. Since the campaign will have a number of stop and resets, different players can join in during the course of the game with a stready number of 4-6 players playing at all times.
Aremis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
Rapier is pleased to announce that we have made arrangements with a local group to run Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator. Artemis lets you turn your meeting space into the bridge of a spaceship. You and you friends assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens.
Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computors together. One computor runs the simulation and the "main screen", while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge office might do. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge"), and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn't have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.
Seekrieg 5.0 has now been scheduled for Sessions Three, Four, and Five. Check the Seekrieg page for additional information
There will be a stronger emphasis on Miniatures Gaming this year. Miniatures Gaming will be located in the Compass Room (formerly Gate One), a room dedicated exclusively to the lead and paint crew. There will be plenty of room for the games as well as for vendors. Our usual run of games such as Column-Line-Square, Seekrieg, Sword in Africa, and Pulp Adventures will be on the PEL. You will also see some newer games such as All Quiet on the Martian Front and Team Yankee. We will also be running tournaments in Flames of War and Warhammer 40K.
Rapier Train Game Challenge
This year we will feature for the first time a Rapier Train Game Challenge, so get out your Train Games like Ticket to Ride, Steam, Steel Driver, Age of Industry, and Railroad Tycoon, or play some of our many train games from our game library. So strive to be the best train gamer of the convention.
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.
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” 2017 at Doubletree by Hilton (at the Jacksonville International Airport), Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 9 a.m. (sign-in is at 8 a.m.)
1700-point Mid War Tournament.
A bonus victory point will be awarded for those players who submit an Army List to the Organizer (Dean Kay, firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight, February 6th, 2017. Approved lists are from the following books – Blitzkrieg; Hellfire and Back; Burning Empires; Barbarossa; and Rising Sun. Also, any approved lists for mid 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, 2017.
Tournament organizer: Dean A. Kay
Phone: (904) 487-1513
Thursday 9:00 am- Claymore begins
Session Zed Open Gaming
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;
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- 6:00 pm Session Seven
Sunday 6:00 pm- All areas close