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In Memoriam: Gerry Seypura


We are very sad to announce that the SWA has lost another one of its Founding Fathers, Gerald D. Seypura.

Gerald D. Seypura - RIPGerry was running Dungeons & Dragons (the very original 'white box' edition) since the SWA started gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games way back in 1974.  Exceptionally friendly, Gerry was an ambassador and helped introduce dozens of new people to the Adventure Gaming hobby.  His commitment to the hobby never abated; he ran two events at last month's Council of Five Nations, and was planning on running D&D at the next Game-a-thon.

You can read Gerry's full obituary notice on the web site of the Glenville Funeral Home here:

Calling hours are this Sunday, November 17th,
4:00-6:00 PM,
at the Glenville Funeral Home
9 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY 12302
(518) 399-1630

The Funeral Mass will take place this Monday, November 18th,
10:00 AM
at St. John the Evangelist Church
806 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

BIG NEWS: SWA Game-a-thons moving to Proctors


The Schenectady Wargamers Association has enjoyed a great relationship with the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community room since 1974.  With the passing of both Bill Shelly (2005) and Norma Shelly (2012), the original founders and proprietors of the Studio, we knew things would change eventually.

It seems that time has finally arrived. 

We received notice from Price Chopper / The Golub Corporation that the Studio will not be available for our events starting in January 2014.  They are putting the building up for sale.

So, next month's Game-a-thon, scheduled for December 14th, will be our last event at 1639 Eastern Parkway.

... but no worries!

We have an agreement already in place for Proctors to start hosting our monthly Game-a-thons. 

What we know now:
  1. Game-a-thon fees ($4 for one session, $6 for both sessions) will not change.
  2. We will be in the basement.
  3. We will have plenty of tables and good chairs.
Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more information as things develop.

We want to thank the Golub Corporation for hosting us, along with many other community groups, for thirty-nine years.

This is truly the end of an era.

Griggling Games Playtests at Game-A-Con


Griggling Games Playtests at Game-A-Con

Griggling Games Open Playtests at Game-A-Con

Griggling Games, Inc. will be joining the Schenectady Wargamer's Association at Game-A-Con on July 13 & 14, 2013 to conduct playtest sessions of an exciting new historic game, SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force).

SHAEF is a card-driven wargame combining the card-play of a constructible deck game with a traditional map based approach. This board game follows the conflicts in Europe during World War II in the 10 months following D-Day.

We are looking for anyone that may be interested in spending some time with us to learn and play this game and provide us with your thoughts and impressions on it. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a board game during its creation process and influence the final product.

On July 13, Playtests will run in two sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. If there is sufficient interest, we'll come back for a day session on Sunday, July 14. To show our appreciation for your time and feedback in helping us through this critical design process, we will provide playtesters with pizza during both sessions. There is a limit of six players per session. Players may also wish to register as an Official Griggling Games Playtester and receive a copy of the rules a week prior to Game-A-Con. Playtesters who complete the playtest process will receive a free copy of the game when published and credits in the final product.

Wanna work at a Game Company in the Mid-Hudson Valley?


Friendly Gnome Games, Inc. is a new game publishing company in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our product line will initially focus on euro and historical board and card games, with a lesser presence in family games that would appeal to folks who like the main product line.

Several positions will be opening up later in the year that you or someone you know may be interested in. We are also very interested in establishing a cadre of play-testers, and hope to run play-testing events at the SWA Game-a-thons. While there will be other opportunities to sign up in the future, if you are interested in being a play-tester please send us your name and email to jobs@friendlygnomegames.com. A game's play-tester will receive credit in the game's rulebook as well a free copy of the game once released.

Right now I'm interviewing for a Full-time Director of Sales & Marketing (Starting June 1, 2013).

I am not right now in the position to accept design submissions since I need to get a waiver and the rest of the legal details worked out. Check back at our site in June for design submission details.

Ian Brody

Swap Meet stuff at the January 12th Game-a-thon


We just want to remind everyone that the January 12th Game-a-thon is also one of our quarterly Swap Meet days.

Three times per year, at the January, April and July Game-a-thons, we have a Swap Meet area at Game-a-thon. If you've got merchandise you'd like to sell, please consider renting a table or two.

This is meant to be more of a Swap Meet / Garage Sale atmosphere, and not intended for full merchant setups.

Each attendee can rent a maximum of three tables. The first costs $2, two cost $10, and three cost $20. As you can see, the price structure encourages individuals to rent few tables.

Each table is (2.5' x 2.5'); a standard card table. Some of them are kinda old and thus not very sturdy. Please keep this in mind when planning what you'll bring for sale.  You can always put large or heavy merchandise underneath your table.

You can reserve your table(s) ahead of time by using the online registration form. You will see the prices repeated there. Please also note that you have to pay the Game-a-thon registration in addition to the table rental fee if you play games.

We suggest that you use our Forum discussion boards to announce what you will/might bring.  Dave has already started a thread posting what he's bringing.  You can see it, and add your own list, here:


Chris Tosh will be selling a collection of 20mm WW2 figures.

35 1:72 tanks and AFV's (mostly Dragon diecasts)
80 painted 20mm WW2 american figures
57 painted 20mm WW2 british figures
42 painted 20mm WW2 german figures
Wooden storage/display case
Click this link to see photos of the figures:

Giving folks a preview of what you'll bring might help ensure you get some buyers.  Several of us have done this in the past, and we've sold lots of stuff.

Council info via Carnage Podcast


I had the good fortune to chat with Tyler Dion for a Carnagecast podcast this past weekend. 

We spoke all about the good stuff we've got lined up for Council of Five Nations this year (of course).

If you'd like to check it out, you can find it here:

The interview runs about 26 minutes.  You can listen to it right from the web site, or you can download the file for listening at your leisure.

You can even download straight into your player from iTunes:

If you're really into podcasts and news about the Schenectady Wargamers Association, you can listen to an older Carnagecast we did (at Carnage!) last November.  Link:

We hope to see many of you at Council, just a bit over two weeks away at this point. 

Don't forget, you get a pretty nice discount if you pre-register by October 3rd.  Full-time students get a discount.  Groups of three or more who register together with one payment get a discount.  And all these discounts stack!

All the info you need is here:  http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council

Many thanks to Tyler for providing this great community service and helping us get the word out!

In Memoriam: Norma Shelly


The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've lost one of our Founding Mothers.Norma M Shelly

Norma Shelly and her husband Bill established the Studio of Bridge and Games over thirty-five years ago.  She continued to run the Studio even after Bill passed away in 2005.

There will be a memorial and funeral service for Norma this Thursday, September 13th,
from 4:00 - 7:00 PM,
at the New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home,
located at 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, NY.

The complete obituary appears below, and also on the New Comer web site.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Schenectady Wargamers Association would not exist today if it were not for Norma & Bill.  All who remember Norma and wish to honor her contribution to the gaming community of the Capital District are welcome to attend. 

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SCHENECTADY – Norma M. Shelly, 77, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Ellis Hospital.

Norma was born on July 24, 1935 in Albany and was the daughter of the late Brunhilde A. (Schaefer) Fitzgibbons and Clarence A. Stoss. She owned and operated Studio of Bridge and Games in Schenectady which specialized in bridge, chess and fantasy games, for the past 38 years.

Norma always wanted to provide a stimulating social environment that was open to anyone who was willing to try. She liked to bring people together with common interest. She was loving, caring and willing to help anyone. She was an animal lover, especially dogs, where she was on the committee for the Central Park Dog Park in Schenectady. Norma’s hobbies included gardening, fine foods, Proctors, reading and traveling.

Family was most important to her. Norma is survived by her loving sons, Charles H. Miller III and Steven Miller; her step-daughter, Dorothy Shelly; her cherished grandchildren, Justin, Sara and Kacey Miller and Renee Santoro and eight cherished great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William G. Shelly.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie. Calling hours will precede the service from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Schenectady County’s Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302 in memory of Norma M. Shelly.

WE NEED HEROES! - Pathfinder at ZP on Wednesdays


Zombie Planet will be hosting Pathfinder Society adventures Wednesday nights. This Wednesday evening (3/21/2012) we will be having an interest/character building session from 8pm to 10pm. For those of you who are unaware the Pathfinder Role Playing Game is basically a cleaned up version of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or for those in the know the 3.5 OGL. The Pathfinder Society (PFS) is the organized play program of Pathfinder that allows you to play and advance your character by participating in sanctioned sessions held around the world.

Depending upon support and participation from the local gaming community we plan on running an adventure every Wednesday night from 6pm-10pm (starting 3/28/2012). More specifically over the next several weeks we will be running introductory scenarios for those of you who are interested in learning about the Pathfinder Role Playing Game and/or about the Pathfinder Society Organized Play program. Pre-generated characters are available for those of you who just want to show up and see what this is all about. Otherwise you are welcome to make your own character and jump right in.

So come on down novice and veteran players alike, make some friends, roll some dice, slay some ogres and be who you are destined to be!

More info on Pathfinder RPG:

More info on Pathfinder Society:

Zombie Planet:

For more info about this event please contact Mike: galguth {at} gmail [dot] com.

For more information about the Pathfinder Society in the Albany Capital Region contact Evan: CapitalRegionVC {at} gmail [dot] com.

Adventure Role Playing Camp in Albany: July 9-13


Hello parents of young gamers in the Capital District,

Dan Masucci, long-time SWA supporter, is sponsoring a week-long summer RPG "camp" experience this coming July.

Please see the graphic below for full details.

You can contact Dan for questions or registration at danmasucci /at/ nycap.rr.com

Adventure Gaming Camp in Albany NY

The SWA is recruiting new leadership - We Want You!


Hello Capital District Gamers,

We currently have a great team of folks who work to bring you SWA events. While we're doing well, we're always looking to recruit new blood.

What's the commitment?
  • Most of us only put in an hour or so per month. Often less.  It's a commitment very easy to work into your other gaming activities.
  • Receive emails via our private SWA Planning email list. Share your opinions. Help us make decisions.
  • Attend a few meetings a year, if you can. Share your opinions. Help us make decisions.
  • Volunteer onsite at Council of Five Nations each year.

Here is a list of the offices we'd love to fill:
  • Web Promotion Czar
  • SWA Web Programming Czar
  • The Iron Right Hand of the Benevolent Dictator (Yes, that really is the job title)
  • Local Retailer Czar
  • Internet Mailing List Czar
  • Marketing Communications Czar
  • Prize Support Czar
  • Gaming Club Czar
  • Convention Czar
  • Public Relations Czar
  • Promotional Flyer Czar
  • Regional Retailer Czar
  • Magazine Convention Listing Czar
  • School Gaming Club Czar
  • Internet News Group Czar

There are several offices with incumbents who might like to do a different job, or could share the responsibility:
  • Council of Five Nations Czars
  • Proctors & Schenectady Czar
  • Historical Miniatues Czar
  • Game-a-thon Czars
  • Miniatures Czar
  • Web Site Photo Czar

We've got a page on the SWA web site that outlines all the different offices we're looking to fill.  Please check it out here:

If you're interested in any of the positions listed, or if you have questions, please email us at admin /at/ swa-gaming.org and let us know.  Or, talk to one of us at one of the upcoming Game-a-thons.

Even if the office is one that's not currently listed as "Open", that's OK. If you're willing to volunteer, we'll find a way to work you in to the group.


The SWA Leadership Team
of the Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc.

Steven Bachman, David Cheng, Bill Dickerson, John Fitzpatrick, Matt Gallinger, Stephen Kent, Rob Kirker, Nick Klercker, Ben Maggi, Brett McLean, Eric Paperman, John Rigley, Michael Rogozinski, Vince Romeo, Karen Seiz & Evan Whitefield.

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