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Visiting Authors at Flights of Fantasy


Flights of Fantasy will be hosting a pair of visiting authors in the next few weeks.

Jackie Kessler
author of Hells Belles
Wednesday, January 3rd
7:00 PM

John Ringo
author of Unto the Breach
Wednesday, January 24th
7:00 PM
*(You must purchase John's new book, Unto the Breach, from FoF for the signing. You may bring other books for signing, but FoF may have to limit the number John will sign based on attendance.)

Flights of Fantasy is at
488 Albany-Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY
(518) 435-9337

Please call the store directly for more information.

Happy Holidays!

Welcome Times Union Readers!


We're very thankful to Azra Haqqie and the Times Union for the excellent story
they did on us today. You can click
to check out the online version at timesunion.com.

Please note that the story will only be available for one week. After
that, the TU archives their stories and you'll need to be a paid
subscriber to access it.

If this is your first introduction to us, please consider signing up
for our email newsletter, SWANews. Volume is very reasonable,
averaging only 3-5 messages per month. You can get high-quality
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We hope to see you at many of our future events.

SWA Leadership Positions Open


About six months ago, we put out a call for some new blood on for the SWA
Leadership Team. Several of you responded, and Council preparations were
especially smooth this year as a result.

We're writing today to let you know that there are several spots we'd still
like to fill. Here's a quick list:

  1. More Council Czars
  2. Another Game-a-thon Czar
  3. SWA Web Site Czar
  4. Regional Retailer Czar
  5. Iron Right Hand of the Benevolent Dictator
  6. Local School Gaming Club Czar
  7. Internet News Group Czar
  8. Prize Support Czar
  9. Web Ring Czar

For a more complete "job description" for each of these positions, please
to go to the page on the SWA web site. This page also talks about
our expectations, what we're not looking for, and the benefits of

If you're interested in helping out, please call Dave Cheng at (518) 464-1977,
or email him at dave@swa-gaming.org.
Let's talk about how you

Here is the current roster of the SWA Leadership Team:

Steve Bachman
Game-a-thon Czar, Web Calendar Czar

David Cheng
Benevolent Dictator, SWA Web Site Czar

Dave Cuatt
Web Promotion Czar

Bill Dickerson
Game-a-thon Czar

Frank DiNola
Internet Mailing List Czar

Steve Keyer
Historical Miniatures Czar

Jason Murphy
Gaming Club Czar, Convention Czar, Merchandising Czar

Eric Paperman
Promo Flyer Czar, Magazine Convention Listing Czar

John Rigley
Council Czar

Vince Romeo
Local Retailer Czar

We'd like to add your name to this list! Give Dave a call and let's
discuss how to make that happen.

In Memoriam: William G. Shelly


The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've
lost another of our Founding Fathers.

Bill Shelly and his wife Norma have been the proprietors of the Studio of
Bridge and Games for over thirty years. Bill discovered the very first
edition of Dungeons & Dragons. He attracted a group of gamers and invited
them to play regularly at the Studio. That small group grew into the SWA that
still exists today.

Please note there will be a memorial service for Bill this Saturday, October
29th, at the Studio of Bridge and Games, starting at 12 noon.

Below is the text of the obituary that appeared in the Albany Times Union.

SCHENECTADY William Gerard Shelly died on September 21, 2005. Bill was
born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on January 24, 1932.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life at the Studio of Bridge and
Games, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday, October 29 at

Bill and his wife Norma have devoted the past 31 years to promoting and
preserving bridge, chess and war games which we hope have brought pleasure
and friendships to many of our players. Bill's service in the front lines
of Korea shaped much of his life. He was a humanitarian and put his family
and everyone else in his circle ahead of himself.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Goska Shelly, and his
brother, Thomas. He is survived by his wife Norma; sister, Florence Kennedy
of Calif.; sons, Michael of S.C., Thomas of Fla.; daughters, Patricia Starkey
(Steven) of Fla., Dorothy of Schenectady; and grandson, Erin of S.C. He
is also survived by his extended family, his mother-in-law and companion
Brunhilde Fitzgibbons, Charles Miller of NYC, Steven Miller, Renee Santoro
(and Victor), Justin Miller, all of Esperance, N.Y., Sara Miller of NYC;
five great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to Victoria Roberts, Laryssa Robertson, Marianna
Atwell and Glenn White, all of whom cared for him during his long illness
and, along with his family, brought love and joy to his life. Our thanks to
the staff at Ellis Hospital for their kindness.

Bill continues to give of himself even after his death. He has donated
his remains to Albany Medical Hospital for anatomical research. At his request,
donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale,
Memphis, TN 38106.

Published in the Albany Times Union on 9/28/2005.

In Memoriam: Patrick Stevens


Patrick Stevens, one of the founding fathers of the Schenectady Wargamers
Association, died this past Sunday.

Pat was there, back in the days when the building we ~now~ know as the Studio
of Bridge and Games was still a Price Chopper supermarket, and the "Studio"
was a much smaller place around the corner.

Pat was there in the 1970s, running the original Dungeons & Dragons
when it was three little booklets in a white box. He went on to develop
a reputation as one of the best Game Masters the SWA has ever produced.

Pat was there back in the days when Saturday gaming at the Studio regularly
had 20-30 people attending. He was gracious in welcoming newcomers,
even us young "rugrats" who have since grown up to become the old-timers of
the SWA.

Pat was there at every Council of Five Nations, running several events.
Only last year, as he battled cancer, did his name not appear on the GM roster.

Please consider joining us to say goodbye this Thursday afternoon at Pat's
memorial service in Schenectady. The details are outlined below.


Here is the text of the Obituary that appeared in the Times Union:

Patrick A. Stevens, 56, of Keyes Ave., died suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2005
at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Stevens was born in Schenectady
and was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He was a US Navy veteran
and had been employed with the New York State High Education Security Department
as a systems support aid for many years. Patrick's favorite pastime was fishing
and he was an avid gamer. Patrick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Pearson
Stevens; a son, Anthony Stevens of Green Island; a stepdaughter, Sarah Irvine
of Schenectady; his parents, Daniel and Sylvia Smith Stevens of St. Petersburg,
Fla.; two brothers, John Stevens of Staten Island and Daniel Stevens of the
Poughkeepsie area; a sister, Margaret Baker of St. Petersburg. A memorial
service will be held Thursday afternoon at the Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242
McClellan St., Schenectady at 4:30. There will be no calling hours. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Strong Memorial Hospital Blood and Bone
Marrow Transport Program, 60 Elmwood Ave., P.O. Box 650, Rochester, NY 14642.

Funeral Notice - Peter Walker


To the members of the SWA,

As some of you might have heard, Peter Walker had an auto accident on the
morning of Thanksgiving. Peter passed away Wednesday night, December 1. Peter
was a past member of the SWA, and remembered his years at the Studio fondly.

Peter's wake will be at De Legge, Henry S - De Legge Funeral Home Inc, 1346
Chrisler Ave, Schenectady, NY 12303, (518) 346-3562. Calling hours will be
5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday December 3.

His memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 603
State St, Schenectady, NY 12305, (518) 374-4403. The service will begin at
11:00 AM Saturday December 4. I understand that there is parking for the
church on Chapel St. which is approximately one block away.

Mark Menard

SWA Web ''Home Page'' Discount Program is up and running


Would you like the opportunity to save some money when attending SWA events?
If so, please read on...

We're happy to formally announce the roll-out of the new "SWA as your Home
Page" Internet discount.

Our goal is to have the SWA web site be the hub of
a virtual community of gamers not only in the Capital District, but around
the Northeastern United States. For this to work, we need you to visit
the site often, and to use the functionality to its fullest. As encouragement,
we're offering the following incentive program:

If you set the "Home" page of your web browser to the main page of our
site: www.swa-gaming.org, we will give you a $1 per day discount to SWA Game-a-thons
and Council of Five Nations.

Please report website technical problems


As the number of new users has grown over the past couple of weeks, we've started to get a few bug reports. This is good! We need you folks to tell us what problems need to be fixed.

The most serious report so far related to browser software compatibility. This site uses advanced html features. We strongly suggest you use the most recent version of your browser software. Users have reported problems with Netscape and Internet Explorer versions earlier than 5.0.

Please continue to report problems as you encounter them. You can either use the Feedback module or email us at webmaster@swa-gaming.org.

New SWA Web Page


We're up and running! After what seems like years (well, I guess it really was years...), the SWA has implemented a fully-functional, interactive website. Many thanks to Nick Codignotto for his effort and technical expertise, and to the folks behind PHP-Nuke for the free, open-source code that makes all this possible. Why don't you create a user account and play around with all the cool fuctionality? Feedback is warmly appreciated.

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