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Welcome to the SWA Web Site

The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc. (SWA) is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District area (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) of upstate New York since 1974. We support all forms of adventure gaming: Role Play * Board Games * Miniatures * Card Games (Collectible and otherwise) * Computer Games * Live-Action / Interactive Literature * and whatever else you've got. We sponsor a three-day convention every year, Council of Five Nations, usually early October or late September. We also sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month. Even if you're not local, we've got news and content representing what's going on with the Adventure Gaming hobby all around the Northeastern United States. Welcome to our web site! Feel free to stay and browse around for awhile. If you have any questions, please contact us and ask.

Council of Five Nations - Weekend Weather Forecast

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The convention starts tomorrow (Friday, September 23rd).  We are in the final stages of preparation.  It is the calm before the storm.

To help you prepare, especially those of you coming from out of town.

According to Weather.com

Friday, September 23rd
Scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon.  50% chance of rain.  High 71 F.
Skies clear as the evening progresses and a cold front blows in behind the storm.  20% chance of rain.  Low 46 F.

Saturday, September 24th
Sunny and seasonably cool.  High 67 F. 
Clear skies at night.  Low 40 F.

Sunday, September 25th
Sunny and seasonably cool.  High 64 F. 
Clear skies at night.  Low 41 F.


Reminder - Council pre-registration is closed, but over one-third of our attendees every year are walk-ins who register on-site.
There are plenty of seats left in many good games.
Please see the links below for convention info.

We hope to see many of you at Council of Five Nations XXXIX this weekend.




For more information about the convention...


    Please click for the main Council general info page.

    Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.

    Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).

    Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.

    Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.

    Please click for the Council Hotels page.

    Please click for the Council Parking page.

    Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.

Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks


    Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

    Please click for the list of Kids games.

    Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.

    Please click for the Star Trek at 50 event track page.

    Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.

    Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.

    Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament..

    Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.



If you have any questions, please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org

(Please replace the "/at" with the typical "@" sign.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)



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Two lost minis events at Council - Rediscovered!

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Due to an administrative error, two miniatures events that were submitted before the deadline were left out of the event schedule. We have now corrected that error.  Please see the full listings below.  They are also included on the Chronological Event Listing on the SWA web site, and an updated version of the pre-registration packet (PDF) we just uploaded tonight.

If you have already pre-registered, but would like to switch to one of these events, please email us at
Council.Registrar /at/ swa-gaming.org
and give us the details.  We will switch your registration.

(Please replace the /at/ with the typical "@" sign).


The full event descriptions...

The Cart • Frostgrave
Event Code: E-Minis-6 • $ 2
Game Master: Michael Griffin • 8 Players • E10
Seems there is a new power in Frostgrave.  No one has seen him directly, but everyone thinks the new horde of goblins rooming the ruins are working for him.   They seem to show up each time a party goes into Frostgrave to forage.
     A fellow just came into the tavern where many of the Frostgrave exploring wizards hang out.   Said there is a broken down cart just bulging with supplies and a few goblins guarding it.   Bet there are some fine treasures on it.   And it might take this new power down a notch or two if his stuff was lost.  
Quick get the boys together!  Let's see if we can find this cart....   Beginners encouraged.


Breakout!!! • G&Z Home Rules WW2
Event Code: F-Minis-6 • $ 2
Game Master: Michael Griffin • 6 Players • E10
Late July 1944,  The Americans are breaking out of the Normandy hedgerows during operation Cobra. This scenario is representative of what typically occurred during this time.  Can the German forces hold the line, perhaps push back, or will the Americans break through their lines?    Beginners encouraged.

REMINDER

Council of Five Nations XXXIX begins in exactly two weeks!  (Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25)

If you pre-register, you save roughly 20% on your door entry fee.  Pre-registration closes at midnight on Monday, September 19th.

We hope to see many of you at Council this year!


Council event highlight - Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator

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The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator at Council of Five
Nations Adventure Gaming ConventionCouncil of Five Nations is very happy to be able to bring you the Artemis starship bridge simulator, with thanks to Eric S. and the Syracuse Society of Geeks.

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the starship Artemis.  Every officer but the Captain has a touch-screen computer console they use to perform their duties.  The Captain gives orders to the other officers.  Everything is projected up on a big view screen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It's all controlled by a central server computer.

Since our trial run last year went so well, the Artemis experience will be available at Council all weekend this year.  Sessions are 45 minutes long, and start at the top of each hour (with a 15-minute break at the end of each hour). Each play session will be only $1.  Tickets will be available at the Registration Desk (Even though you cannot pre-reg for this event, don't worry, we have plenty of spots available.  We can take six players per hour, which is 24 per standard 4-hour event session).

Sessions will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 23rd, and run until about 1:00 PM Sunday. This is a great reason to get to the con early.

Look for the Artemis setup in the "Green Room" area behind the GE Theater.


Here is a link with lots more info:
http://www.artemis.eochu.com

Here is specific info on each of the bridge officer roles:
http://artemis.eochu.com/index.php/info-page/

Artemis Starship Simulator in action at Council of Five
NationsHere is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL532DC01F548EE15C

Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in helping us out, we need volunteers to run the Artemis Star Ship simulator.  We will train you.  You will count as a GM and thus get into the con for free

We need at least six volunteers, one for each time slot except the Sunday "G" slot. Ideally, we will have twelve Artemis GMs.  We will send you a link to some online training videos, and we'll give you a quick primer onsite.

Our preference is for those of you who have played Artemis before, even a little.  If you have, please be sure to mention this in your email to us.  Please also mention which time slots you would be available to volunteer.  (We suggest you coordinate this decision with your event choices when you pre-register.)

Please contact us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org  if you’re interested. (Please replace the “/at/” with the usual “@” sign – our apologies for this necessary anti-spam measure).


Council of Five Nations starts in less than three weeks - Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th.

You can find full information on the convention here:
www.swa-gaming.org/Council


September Game-a-Thon

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - September 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, September 10, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.
The September 10 and October 15 Game-a-Thons will be FREE admission for everybody.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the September Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


August Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 13, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the August Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


July Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - July 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, July 9, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the July Game-a-thon page.

All Day ( 11am - 10pm )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


June Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - June 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, June 11, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the June Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


May Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - May 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 14, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the May Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


International Tabletop Day, Saturday April 30!

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Sara Hickey, a gamer and the owner of Puzzles Bakery and Cafe, will be celebrating International Tabletop Day with a gaming Meetup at Puzzles. Here is the announcement from the Meetup page:

Come play at Puzzles Bakery & Cafe! We have a large private collection of boardgames and we welcome guests to bring any other games they'd like to add to the mix! The main dining area in the cafe seats about 35, and we also have a patio (weather permitting) and a Community Room with more tables and chairs. You're welcome to grab a table and game anywhere you want! Puzzles is open until 8:00 PM on Saturdays, so please feel free to purchase any food or drinks during regular business hours. After 8:00, we'll close the cafe to the public, send the employees home, and nerd out late into the evening. Sound like fun? Join us on April 30th!

Sign up for the event by joining the Capital Area Gamers and RSVPing for the event.


April Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - April 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 9, 2016

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.

April is also our flea market month, so dust off your old games & minis and bring them on down to sell.

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the April Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


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