Thank you one and all for an incredible AdeptiCon 2023! Plans for AdeptiCon 2024 have already begun, but please note, with the exception of the event theme (1942-43) all other event info is not final and subject to change. No changes will be made after Jan. 1, 2024.
Bolt Action: The End of the Beginning
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
– Winston Churchill, Nov. 10, 1942
The Fall of Singapore; the siege to Leningrad, the capture of the Crimea, the advance on Stalingrad; German occupation of Greece and Yugoslavia; the American Pacific Fleet lies in ruins; and in Libya, the Afrika Korps faces off against the British Eighth Army. Join us at Adepticon 2024 for Bolt Action: The End of the Beginning 1942-1943 – two events, two days, six games – the world, is at war.
Note: Bolt Action Combat Patrol and Bolt Action Doubles are separate events. Players are not required to participate in both events and can use a different force for each event. The event theme is highly encouraged but not required.
AdeptiCon registration is closed. Register via http://register.adepticon.org
If an event is sold out, get on the Waitlist. There are always drops and every year we have been able to bring in players off the Waitlist.
Bolt Action, along with many other Historical Events (Firelock Games, Flames of War, Team Yankee, SAGA, etc.) will take place at the Hyatt Regency – the same venue as AdeptiCon 2022.
- Combat Patrol – Thursday, March 21, 2024
- 3pm – 10:00pm
- Doubles – Friday, March 22, 2024
- 8:15am – 7:15pm
- 2024 Combat Patrol Event Rules – 2024 event rules are not final
- 2024 Doubles Event Rules – 2024 event rules are not final
- AdeptiCon 2024 Theater Selectors – 2024 event rules are not final
- Both Combat Patrol and Doubles will use the Sept. 13, 2022 Bolt Action FAQ & Errata.
- Turret Jam – The Turret Jam rule will not be used.
- Tiger Fear: Tanks that cause Tiger Fear are not affected by Tiger Fear.
- Command Vehicle: Players will declare their Command Vehicle when it is deployed or arrives from Reserve.
- Wrecks: Leave the wrecks of knocked-out vehicles on the table. The wreck counts as Soft Cover. The wreck is not impassible.
The Club Cup
Once again, the Club Cup is up for grabs! The Club with the most points across Combat Patrol and Doubles will earn the honor of bringing the Cup home. The score from the top four players (Combat Patrol) and top two Teams (Doubles) in each Club count towards the Club’s total points. The Club with the highest total points wins the Club Cup.
Players are encouraged to submit their Club along with their Army List.
Club Cup Winners
Have a grudge to settle? Want to challenge an old friend to battle? That’s what Game 1 is for! As long as both players agree, let Andrew know and he will get you matched up for Game 1. You can request a Grudge Match via email or the AdeptiCon – Bolt Action Doubles and Combat Patrol Facebook Group.
Medals will be awarded to:
- Best Overall – Player/Team with the highest total points.
- Best Appearance – Player/Team with highest Appearance score.
- Best Battlefield – Table with the most Best Battlefield votes.
- Player’s Choice – Player/Team with the most Player’s Choice votes.
- Best Allies – Player/Team with the highest Allies score, that is not Best Overall.
- Best Axis – Player/Team with the highest Axis score, that is not Best Overall
The overall score for each player/Team is a combination of:
- Battle – 60 points
- Appearance – 30 points
- Sportsmanship – 60 points
- Theme/Comp – 5 points
Both Combat Patrol and Doubles will score Appearance using a rubric:
Be gracious in victory and defeat.
Operating on the assumption that all players are good sports, opponents are automatically granted 10 points for Sportsmanship for each game. If opponents turn out to be less than good sports, players need to report it to the TO’s table, before the start of the next round, using the following categories and examples as a guideline. Keep in mind; everyone gets a little salty now and then, forgets (or misplaces) their tape measure once in a while, temporarily forgets how a rule works, or changes their mind about a decision, etc.
Salty Attitude: Complain a lot. Constantly ask to see your rules—even for basic things. Act put-out if you ask to see their rules. Do not communicate intentions or establish agreement with regard to movement, line of sight, etc. Are impatient, dismissive, curt, etc.; sore losers or ungracious winners.
Unprepared for Play: Show up very late. Haven’t read the tournament rules. Haven’t read the mission description. Don’t have the majority of the things needed to play the game (have to borrow a lot).
Incompetent Play: Unable to execute the core rules of the game without frequent referencing or coaching. Spend inordinate time looking things up (i.e. do not have materials prepared, marked, or printed for quick reference).
Questionable Play: Not quite cheating, but not above-board either. ‘Generous’ measurements or movement. Frequently take back movement or other decisions after they are in process. Not clearly distinguishing between similar units. Not keeping track of scoring. Abuse ‘playing by intent’ by failing to establish what their intent is, but taking advantage of what it ‘could have been’.
Sportsmanship Deductions: In all cases, the judge(s) will decide whether the described behaviors are Minor, Major, or Extreme instances.
- Minor instances will be minus 1-4 points each.
- Major instances will be minus 5-9 points each and a visit from the TO.
- Extreme instances will be minus 10 points and a visit from the Head TO.
Theme, also referred to as Comp, is a soft check against hyper-competitive, WAAC army lists. This is not to be confused with the overall event theme (1942-43). All army lists submitted by the deadline start with all 5 Theme/Comp points. If the army list contains a force construction more geared towards a competitive event, points will be deducted. Examples of a deduction include:
- Inclusion of an Inexp. Indirect Fire weapon when the rest of the force is Reg. and/or Vet.
- Inclusion of an Inexp. Transport/Two when the rest of the force is Reg. and/or Vet.
- Unit spam (Cavalry, Dakka Stuart, Flamethrowers, Howitzers).
To put it another way, Combat Patrol and Doubles are hobby-first events. Yes, we are all playing to win, but not at the expense of the opponents experience.
Army List Submission
Players are required to submit Army Lists in advance for review. Failure to submit Lists by the deadline will result in a points deduction. Lists are due:
- Doubles – Sunday, Feb. 26 – Submit to Andrew at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com
- Combat Patrol – Sunday, March 5 – Submit to Andrew at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com
Note on EasyArmy – We all use it, we all love it. But double-check those lists against the book.
All models used in Combat Patrol and Doubles must follow the AdeptiCon 2023 Model Policy. In summary:
- All models must be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
- Minimum three colors
Any models that do not meet these requirements will not be allowed on the table.
All players must adhere to the AdeptiCon 2023 Conduct Policy (Jan. 5, 2023 update).
Join the AdeptiCon – Bolt Action Combat Patrol & Doubles Facebook Group for updates, hobby progress, list discussion and questions.
Please visit our generous event sponsors who provided prize support 2023!
Past Event Packets
Event results from Combat Patrol 2018, 2019, 2022, and 2023 and Doubles 2022 and 2023.
Contact Andrew at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com with any questions.