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Kid-Friendly Games at SWA Events


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


Announcing - Capital District Gaming Yahoo Group


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


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


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!


... 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!

The Victorian Military Society


The Victorian Military Society is an educational charity which promotes the study of military history – of all nations and races – in the period 1837 to 1914. Its journal "Soldiers of the Queen" publishes work by both professional and amateur historians.

The Society has recently re-launched its web site and for the first time is able to make part of its archives available to non-members on-line. These articles from "Soldiers of the Queen" provide an exciting source of material for war gamers and others interested in the period.


Heroscape Tournament, Sept 27 at Zombie Planet


The North East Scapers Association (NESA) is holding a Heroscape Tournament on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 27th At Zombie Planet

This will be a "themed" event. Your army of 600 points must have an underlining theme throughout. More about the themes will be posted as the event draws closer.

Start Time 12 PM **Upstairs**
600 Points
No Glyphs
24 Hexes
4-5 Rounds depending on the number of players that show up.

Entry Fee:
5$ (Store Fee) but we will have equal amount in StoreCredit/GiftCertificate for prizes. So if 20 show up, 100 dollars in Gift Certificates.
Prize for the Prize Table.

Themes - Below are some examples of themes. Just because it is not on the list, does not mean it is not acceptable.
Generals(Vydar, Utgar etc...)
Unit Type(Soldier/Knight etc...)
All Heroes or Squad Members
All Large or Small figures
All Elves/Humans etc...
All Ranged Units
All Melee Units
All Flyers

LIMIT 32 Players.

Please Pre-Register at the Eden Studios Discussion Boards

New gaming store in Glens Falls, NY


We're happy to help spread the word about Cooper's Cave Games & Paintball, a brand new store in Glens Falls, NY.

Cooper's Cave Games & Paintball LLC has the largest selections of games, sportscards, and paintball supplies in Upstate New York. We also have a large selection of used DVD's and video games.  Magic Tournaments are held on Fridays at 5PM and Saturdays at 1PM.  Feel free to come in anytime and use our dedicated gaming tables.  We'll stay open late to accomadate leagues and gaming groups as they form.  All gamers welcome!! 

We are located at:
18A Saratoga Ave
South Glens Falls, NY

M-Th 12-6PM
Fri-Sat 11AM-7PM


"operated by gamers, for gamers"

Photo Album up-and-running on the SWA Web Site


You've been asking for it for years, and we've finally got it implemented!

Jarrod, the SWA's designated Photo Czar, has started posting pictures on the web site.  So far, he has Council of Five Nations pictures dating back to 2001.  If anyone has any other pictures they would like posted on the site, please feel free to get them to Jarrod or any other SWA czar so that they can be given to Jarrod. 

Jarrod asks that the photos to be saved in digital format onto a CD-ROM or DVD+R disk.  He is also asking that fellow gamers feel free to take pictures at monthly Game-a-thons or other SWA events to be posted on the site.  These photos will convey what the SWA has to offer to the gaming community and hopefully will increase attendance at both the Game-a-thons and Council of Five Nations.

You can see the current photo offerings here:

Or, click the "Photos" link on any page of the SWA web site.  It's located in the horizontal menu in the darker-shaded bar below the title and ad banners.

Close Action (Age of Sail) on Saturday, May 3rd


Close Action is an Age of Sail miniatures game, and has been one of our most popular events at Council of Five Nations for years now.

Dan Bostwick will be coming to Schenectady to run a large game for us on Saturday, May 3rd.  This is open to veteran and beginner players alike.

Please check out Dan's invitation below.  Contact him directly if you'd like to reserve a spot for yourself.

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Fellow Captains and Admirals,

On Saturday May 3, I will be running a Close Action fleet game in Schenectady, NY, at the Studio of Bridge and Games <http://www.swa-gaming.org/node/45> , a facility kindly provided by Schenectady Wargamers Association.  The scenario we play will be based on the number of people that commit, with total seating limited to fourteen players. 

Please plan on arriving a little before 1000.  A rules refresher will begin at 1000, with command conferences starting about 1015 or so.  The game will end by 1900 at the latest. 

Send me email at wazdakka@twcny.rr.com to reserve your seat.  Please also give me indication of your experience level with the game, and preference (or tolerance) for a command rank position.  Something like "Yes I'll be there, and I would just love to be fleet admiral, please, oh please, oh please" would be fine. 

Firm commitments regarding attendance are required by 04/19, in order to give me time to setup a scenario, pick the Admirals, assign ships, and email the scenario information out.  Admirals can expect to have one week to plan, and will be given 20 minutes for command conference on game day.

Dan Bostwick

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You can read more about Close Action at the Clash of Arms web site.
Link:  www.clashofarms.com/close-act.html

You can read even more about Close Action on Board Game Geek.
Link:  www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3553

Dan Bostwick has created a software package to custom print the ship log sheets.  This greatly speeds prep and play time.  If you like Close Action, you'll love this software.
Link:  www.thenavalregister.com/

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