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Grimfoe Game Day (and Free RPG Day) June 18

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Stop by Grimfoe Games from noon to midnight on the 3rd Saturday of every month to take part in Grimfoe's Game Day.
For address, phone number, and map: http://www.grimfoegames.com/contact.html

The scheduled events for June 18 include:

Shadows over Camelot starting Noon ish until 2 ish
Mystery Express 2pm-4pm
Ticket to Ride 3pm-5pm
Puerto Rico 4pm-6pm
Civilisation 5pm-8pm
7 Wonders/Race for the Galaxy 6pm-8pm
The Resistance After 8pm

Free RPG Day - Come pick up free RPG swag while you get your game on!

WoWTCG FREE constructed tournament 6pm


Game Designer seeking Artwork

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Dan Boggs, SWA member and author of the well recieved retro tribute role playing game Dragons at Dawn
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/dragons-at-dawn/14317335
is looking for art submissions for the soon to be released Dragons at Dawn Supplement I.

Here's your chance to have your art featured in a well known RPG product that sells worldwide! Any sword and sorcery style black and white drawings will be welcome. Anyone who's submissions are used in the final product will recieve a free print copy of both the Supplement and the original Dragons at Dawn rulebook. Interested persons should contact Dan directly at Boggswood /at/ gmail.com


Webcomics for Gamers

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Jennifer Paperman highly recommend the following two webcomics for gamers, and those that have to put up with them:

#1: DM of the Rings
http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?cat=14
Basically, the Lord of the Rings is a fantasy campaign carefully and lovingly made up by a too-clever DM, who then foolishly lets his regular gaming group play in that world. He is, of course, reduced o railroading his players into following the plotline. The creator (Shamus Young) uses screen shots from the three Lord of the Rings movies and adds thought bubbles of the gamers and the GM. And adds his commentary at the bottom. This one is complete, and follows the plotline (more or less) of the three movies. As gamers would have played it out.

#2: Darth & Droids
http://www.darthsanddroids.net/archive.html
Inspired by DM of the Rings, a group of Australians have taken up the challenge. They have taken a slightly different bent: their GM is creating the campaign based on input from the players. It doesn't turn out any better for him than it did for the DM of the Rings. Again, screen shots from the movies (Star Wars, this time) plus thought bubbles from the gamers and the GM plus commentary on the gaming session, the gamers, gamers in general and the more stupid elements from the movies make for an highly enjoyable read. They have finished movies 1 and 2, and are nearly done with 3. They plan to do all six.


Pre-Global Game Jam Mixer: Jan 25th

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Albany NY Area Game Developers,

In preparation for the Global Game Jam - the Albany NY IGDA chapter will be hosting a Pre-Global Game Jam Mixer at Crowne Plaza in downtown Albany on Tuesday, January 25th 6-9PM. This free event is a great opportunity for people who are planning to participate in the 2011 Global Game Jam (pre-register for the GGJ at the Albany GGJ Registration Page by Jan 23 for a $10 discount). We'll demo some games from previous years as well as give a rundown of some of the software available.

* Play Games: See and try out some of the best games created at the Global Game Jam and other nearby local Game Jam events. Team members that created them will be their to answer questions.

* Socialize with Jammers: Connect with other participants that will be at the Game Jam this year. Everyone forms teams on the first day of the Global Game Jam so getting to know the your fellow jammers ahead of time will help with this phase.

* Install Fest!: Install game development software like Unity, Unreal Developer Kit and Game Maker that can be used during the GGJ. Get tutorials so you can prepare for the Game Jam in the week before it. We will have people at the meeting who can help answer questions about some of these programs. Bring USB keys/external hard drives/laptops or just something to write down web links!

* Learn: Ask Questions and Learn about the Global Game Jam from the event organizers.

* Have a Drink: Food & Drink can be ordered at the bar from Kelsey's Restaurant across the lobby from the meeting room.

When: Tuesday, January 25th 6-9 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY

Global Game Jam: Albany, Jan 28-30

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Come one, come all for board and computer game creation.

University at Albany's College of Computing and Information is hosting the 3rd annual Global Game Jam, Albany site! January 28, 4 pm – January 30, 5 pm, Campus Center 375

The Global Game Jam is a networked worldwide event where new computer and board games are created by enthusiasts, gamers, artists, designers, developers and anyone else who wants to learn something—beginners, students, amateurs, and professionals.

First, a surprise theme is announced (each time zone has different parameters). The participants then form themselves into ad hoc teams that each create a theme-related game, on-site in the next 48 hours.

If you haven’t experienced a game jam, it’s an awesome event and you do NOT need to be an expert programmer or gamer to participate!

If you just want to get a taste of some real-world programming, designing, planning, art and music practices (even if you’re not that into games), this is a fun weekend event on the UAlbany campus you don’t want to miss! If you just want to observe for a short time, Friday evening (orientation) and Sunday afternoon (completed project presentations) are the best times.

You can register now at http://globalgamejam.org/user/register. When you register, it will ask which site you want to be affliated with--> pick albany. FYI, your registration fee will cover most of the meals for the weekend.

Early Bird Registration (Before Jan 24) : $5.00
Online Registration (Between Jan 24 and Jan 27th) : $10.00
Walk-ins (After Jan 27th) : $15.00

http://globalgamejam.org/sites/2011/albany-igda


Kid-Friendly Games at SWA Events

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If you've been coming to our events over the past few years, you might have noticed that we're making more of an effort to have a good selection of "Kid Friendly" games not only at Council of Five Nations, but also at our monthly Game-a-thons.

We've gotten some suggestions from both players and GMs; requests to clarify the definition of "Kid Friendly".

After some good internal discussion (and a little borrowing from the good folks who run TotalCon), the SWA Planning Team has come up with some new guidelines.  We'll definitely implement them for events at Council, after a little dry-run testing at the August and September Game-a-thons.

In summary, we now ask each GM to provide a "Maturity Rating":
  • Child rating is for children age 6 - 9, with adult supervision
  • E10+ rating is for players 10 and up in age (This is the default rating)
  • Teen rating is for players 14 and up in age
  • Mature rating is for players 18 and up in age.

If you'd like to take a look at the whole thing for yourself, please click to view the just-updated Game-a-thon event submission form on the SWA web site.

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please email us at  officers /at/ swa-gaming.org

Thanks.

Announcing - Capital District Gaming Yahoo Group

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Hello Adventure Gamers,

A big part of the Schenectady Wargamers Association's purpose is to help facilitate adventure gaming throughout the Capital District.

We've been doing this for years with our web site and our email newsletter, SWANews.  We are now expanding our efforts to help Capital District gamers communicate by setting up an open Yahoo group, "Capital District Gaming"  ( http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/cdgaming/ ).

Over the course of the next week or so (we're limited to 50 per day), we will be inviting each of you to join the group via an email from Yahoo! Groups.

Capital District Gaming is an open* game discussion forum which includes individual gaming enthusiasts (like you) as well as members of various game groups in Southern Vermont, Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York. The "Capital District Gaming" list is aimed at discussing games of all types and genres with the emphasis on face-to-face gaming.  It also serves as a meeting place to find open game events where you can play and allows local gamers to communicate.

Resources provided via the list include:

+  Links to Game Stores within a two-hour radius of Albany, NY;
+  Links to Game Conventions throughout the Northeast;
+  and, an open Event Calendar listing Store and Group based gaming events within a two-hour radius of Albany, NY.

Capital District Gaming is an open resource that is intended to be used and updated by the whole gaming community.
Are we missing a store?  You can add a Link.
Are you running a game and need players?  You can send a message to the list, or you can add an event to the Calendar.

The three major game retailers in the extended Capital District are already using this new Yahoo group to publicize the events at their stores.  We invite you and your gaming group to do the same.


Capital District Gaming is not a replacement for the one-way SWA News announcement email list. Capital District Gaming is an open* forum for the community as a whole to communicate and facilitate gaming in the broader community. We are putting forth the effort to make this social space happen, but the activities publicized on Capital District Gaming are by no means limited to SWA sanctioned events.

Please watch your email box over the next few days.  Yahoo allows us to send only 50 invitations per day, so it will take several days to invite everyone.

[* While Capital District Gaming is an "open" forum, new members to the list have their posts held for moderation until we can confirm that they are not a spammer.  Messages from proven, trusted members will post without moderation.]

SFBOL Tournament Action x3

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Star Fleet Battles Fans,

There are currently three SFB Online tournaments open and recruiting.


Rated Ace Tournament (RAT) #34 is another in the long line of SFB Ace Card tournaments.  Signups close on Sunday, February 7th.

Masters 2010 is a unique tournament where you prove your ability to fly different ships.  If you win your single-elimnation match, you fly the ship you just beat in your next fight.  Signups haven't officially started yet, but will any day now.  Check the Masters 2008 thread for discussion about the impending Masters 2010 tournament.

Info on both these can be found on the ADB web site:



Real Underground Tournament (RUT) #2 will have a different format this time around.  There will be three months of Patrol format, and then a single-elimination finals tree.  Signups due by Sunday, January 31st.  For more info, please click here:


If you're new to Star Fleet Battles online, please don't hesitate to give it a try.  It's free to demo (as Fed or Klingon), and super-reasonable if you sign up.  Please click here for all the info you'll need:

We hope to see you online.

SWA's USO Fundraiser Results

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In honor of Veteran's Day, it's time for us to report to you all the results of our USO fundraiser.  You might remember the Silent Book Auction we hosted back in June, selling the books kindly donated by past SWA member Larry Conley.

The online auction resulted in sales of $561.50.  Books and gaming items sold at the Council auction netted another $57.50, for a total donation to the USO of $619.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

We hope you had a good Veteran's Day holiday.

SWA makes the Front Page!

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... and not in a bad way, either!

A reporter from one of our local papers, the Daily Gazette (www.DailyGazette.com), visited one of our recent Saturday Game-a-thons and interviewed us for this article.  The byline is "Board games win out in recession: Club offeres opportunities for inexpensive fun".

The article ran this past Monday, September 28th.  Not only did we have a big color photo on the front page, but the timing is excellent to help promote Council of Five Nations next weekend. 

You can see the article online on the Gazette's web site (for $2.00).

Hope to see you all at Council.  Two days left to pre-register and save some money!

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