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StudioFyra02 Aug 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

Rock-Con features historical and fantasy miniature gaming, collectible miniatures, role-playing, board gaming, and other events that cover the entire spectrum of adventure gaming. NavCon started as a Milwaukee based naval game convention and joined Rock-Con in 2016. Registration is open. A hotel block has been reserved. For more information and to register visit

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

Always a good time.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 8:34 p.m. PST

Only been a few times but always had a good time there.

StudioFyra09 Aug 2017 6:06 p.m. PST

We have a block of rooms available at the Comfort Inn in Rockford (ask for the Rock-Con Convention Block). The cost is $ 105.00 per night plus taxes. There is a choice between King or 2 Queen Rooms and all rooms come with microwave, mini-fridges and hot breakfast plus there's an indoor pool. Nearby Restaurants include – Starbucks, Burger King, Hachi-Hachi (Japanese), Ali Baba's (Mediterranean), Gerry's Pizza, Burger King, Machine Shed, Denny's, Steak-n-Shake and others.

lasalle01210 Aug 2017 8:26 p.m. PST

I plan on running a game at Rock-Con this year. I will probably run the Battle of Auerstadt, using Age of Eagles v2 rules.

kcabai11 Aug 2017 6:54 a.m. PST

HMGS-Midwest, will be running a number of events at Rock-Con. This is a partial list. Beginner or expert, member or not, come and join us for some good gaming fun. All are welcome.

John Bobek:
Saturday AM McClellan on the Peninsula, 1862
Saturday PM McClellan on the Peninsula, 1862

Kevin Cabai

Friday PM Battle of Huppy, May 27th, 1940-Jagdpanzer
Saturday AM Battle of Huppy, May 27th, 1940-Jagdpanzer
Saturday PM Invasion of the Wainriders, Third Age, 1944-Chainmail
Sunday AM Invasion of the Wainriders, Third Age, 1944-Chainmail

Jeff Gully:
Friday PM Battle of Invernhavon Scotland 1370 Hail Ceasar Rules
Saturday PM They Hung Timmy! Wild West Fistful of Lead rules

Jon Michel:
Sunday AM 55 days at Peking

Steve Rugh: Modern Armor
All Quiet on the Martian Front
All Quiet on the Martian Front

StudioFyra23 Aug 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

Rock-Con Silent Auction

Sellers may drop off items – Friday 3PM – 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM.

Bidding will be 10 AM – 2:30 PM on Saturday.

More info at

Tommy2023 Aug 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Glad to hear the original name return!

StudioFyra27 Aug 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

Scheduled Games:

Rorke's Drift – 28mm

Following the decisive victory at Isandlwana on the morning of January 22nd 1879 a portion of the victorious Zulu army proceeded to attack the tiny British garrison at the Rorke's Drift outpost. The outnumbered British recieved a warning and prepared a hasty defense. The beleaguered red coats mounted a stiff defense and successfully held off the the overwhelming Zulu horde through the evening and into the next morning. As a result of the disaster at Isandlwana and this heroic stand 11 of the defenders were awarded the Victoria Cross. Now you can you take command of a British unit and coordinate a better defense than the British were able to do historically or will the Zulu again overwhelm the British defenders and destroy them in detail? This is your opportunity to find out using the easy to learn and fast playing Black Powder rules system

Gettysburg 1st Day – 10mm

It is 10AM July 1st 1863. Union Brigadier General John Buford and his cavalry have spent the morning fending off the lead elements of A.P. Hill's Corps form Army of Northern Virginia. Unknown to the Confederates Major General John Reynolds and his 1st Corps including the famed Iron Brigade have just arrived on the field. Now it is time for you take command as either a Union or Confederate General and decide the fate of the nation. As the Confederate player will you drive those Yankees off the high ground or as a Union man will you be able to halt the overwhelming advance until more. Brigade Fire & Fury rules 2nd edition.

Circus Maximus – 6mm

Children and women with genteel dispositions please avert your gaze and cover your ears. This is a brutal race of both beast and men in Ancient Rome. Test your courage against men of similar ilk in this grueling chariot race. Sharpen the scythes on your chariot, oil you whip, and check your morals at the gate. A Rock Con Original! And Classic returns…..Hail Ceaser!

Napoleonic Ships – Squadron Action – 1/1200

Two good size French and British squadrons fight for sea control. SOLs punch it out in the open ocean. Children with an adult welcome. Close Acttion rules.

Kampfgruppe Böhm Race For the Meuse – 20mm

The Meuse seemed to be within reach. Christmas Eve, 1944 finds a vanguard of the 2nd Panzer Corp within five miles of their ultimate objective for the German counteroffensive in the Ardennes: a crossing of the River Meuse. The American 82d Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and the British 29th Armoured Brigade have been given orders to block any further German advance. Can the cut-off German forces hold out long enough for the bulk of 2nd Panzer to arrive and continue their push? Or will the American and British forces be able to push the Germans back and secure the vital routes to the Meuse? Rapid Fire rules.

shthar02 Sep 2017 12:06 a.m. PST

any place nearby do a decent italian beef?

StudioFyra05 Sep 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

There is Portillo's and Uncle Nick's for Italian beef within 10 minutes or less of the convention site.

There will be food on site. I don't have a menu yet of what is being served.

StudioFyra05 Sep 2017 10:41 a.m. PST

Rock-Con advanced game and attendee registration ends September 15th.

Attendees: This year Rock-Con is offering players who register by September 15th a chance to sign up early for games! More information is available on our website.

Judges: Games submitted by September 15th will be available for player pre-registration. Games submitted after September 15th may still be approved, but will not be available for player pre-registration, listed in the program, and will not receive the traditional judges badge discount. There will still be slots reserved in most games to sign up on site.

Rock-Con will have a nice little Swag Bag this year! They are guaranteed to players and game masters who get their badges before preregistration closes. The rest of the bags will be handed out on a first come, first served basis at the convention.

Register for the convention here: link

StudioFyra14 Sep 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Scheduled games:

Battle of Auerstadt – Marshal Davout has received orders to come to Napoleon's aid. However his route to the south is blocked by the main Prussian force of 55,000 men. Although outnumbered two to one, can Davout's superbly trained III Corps once again prevail.

NAVCON Presents – The USS Arizona Strikes Back – Early in the morning of Dec 8th: The Japanese have just bombed the American base at Pearl Harbor. Eight battleships were damaged and all but two destroyers and supporting ships were put out of action. As of this time, no declaration of war has come from Washington, but the US navy has sprung into action, repairing the damage and preparing a counter-strike. It is believed that a large Japanese naval force is still heading toward Hawaii, with aircraft carriers and cruisers, possibly troop ships, ready to launch an invasion of the islands. Also it was reported: There were no US aircraft carriers in the harbor, and the USS Arizona was only slightly damaged. She is leading a strike force northward to the area where the Japanese fleet is most probably located. More news on casualties and the extent of damage is classified, but will be reported as soon as it is available.

Armor in the Sinai, 1967 – Egyptian and Israeli armored forces clash in the desert in the opening of the 1967 campaign. Based on a true encounter, this game will have many types of armored vehicles on both sides to see how they fair. Uses the Fate of the Nation, Flames of War book.

Battle of Trafalgar – Refight the largest naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars using lovely 1/1000 scale 'Sails of Glory' ship models. It is 1805 and a British Royal Navy Fleet under Admiral Nelson must defeat a combined French and Spanish fleet under French Admiral Villeneuve to save England from invasion by Napoleon. Will the better quality of the Royal Navy overcome the larger size of the combined allied fleets? Each player commands a squadron of Ships of the line, but sometimes your captains and crew don't do exactly what you want them to do. Naval Yatze rules are fast and easy to play with no writing, just event cards, dice and markers on the ship models. Great for beginners, no nautical knowledge or understanding how to sail is required but proper use of period tactics does get rewarded (as does good die rolls). A sense of humor, the ability to swim, tread water, or row for long periods of time may be beneficial.

This town ain't big enough… fter last night's poker game the Sheriff and the Marshal almost had it out. If not for the Mayor and the Judge breaking things up- there would have been blood. In the cold light of day TODAY there will be blood. Pick a side. Simple rules taught – this is for fun.

Tankers Challenge – Late War Western Front – Get in your tank and command your crew as you battle with equipment from the Normandy breakout through the Battle of the Bulge. Control one tank at a time in this winner takes all battle. The scoreboard is on as you get points for knockouts and kills. You are never out of the battle!

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