Rapier "The Friendly Little Gaming Convention" will be held this year from June 12th - June 14th, 2015.
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.
Rapier always has a double theme, and this year our themes are in reference to two anniverseries, the 200th of the Battle of Waterloo and the 80th of the release of the movie Captain Blood. So if your game is about Napoleonics or Pirates, it will be designated as a theme game.
There are a number of changes in the convention this year. Rapier will have a 9:00 am start on Friday, June 12, 2015 with the doors opening at 8:00 am. This will allow even more time for gaming. A major change in the convention is that boardgaming is moving to the Main Ballroom on the first floor. This will provide us with plenty of space for open gaming, and Mike Jones, Neil Edge, and Chip Coffey will be bringing in a large number of games from their personal libraries for all to enjoy.
There will be plenty of room for miniatures, and we will be running Flames of War and Warhammer 40K tournaments. Seekrieg will be be in the same room as last year, and Tombstone Frank and the RPGers will be in their same suite as well.
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 $89.00 when you make your reservations.
Guest of Honor
Richard H. Berg
Rapier 2015 is delighted to welcome Richard H. Berg as our Guest of Honor.
Mr. Berg is one of the best known and respected Wargame Designers. Starting his designing career in 1975, he continues to produce high quality game designs. Known as The Pope of Wargaming, Mr. Berg has over 140 published games. He is the winner of the Industry Award for Best Game Design, 11 times; Awarded GAMA "Hall of Fame" for oeuvre, 1993; Awarded Charles Roberts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Simulation Design, 1990, and The Bloomgren/Hamilton Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2003. (Information from Boardgame Geek).
Friday Night Trivia Contest
New this year is 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, June 10th on the 6th Floor of the Tower and run all convention long.
As usual, a number of hard-core wargames are up for consideration. On the list are: The Devil's Cauldron; Beyond the Rhine; Day of Days; and The Mighty Endeavor.
Rapier Racing Challenge
Returning this year will be the Rapier Racing Challenge. Games on tap for the Challenge include Breaking Away, Formula de, Championship Stock Car Racing, Cthulhu 500, Race the Wind, Mississippi Queen, Spin Out (Pod Racing Game), Tortoise and Hare, and September Eagles (Racing Airplanes).