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June 9, 2012 Game-a-thon

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - June 2012 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, June 9, 2012

Maturity Ratings
Many of us got started in adventure gaming before we were old enough to drive, and we
want Game-a-Thons to welcome families and kids. But we also know that the thematic content
or complexity of some games makes them unsuitable for young players. To allow attendees and
parents to make an informed decision on participation in an event, all events have been
assigned one of the following Maturity Ratings:

  • Child rating is for children age 6 - 9 with adult supervision
  • E10+ rating is for players 10 and up in age
  • Teen rating is for players 14 and up in age
  • Mature rating is for players 18 and up in age.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

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

We hope to see you there.


Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 12, 2012

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We're still recovering from the double record-setting attendance from the past two Thons, so it took us a little extra time to get this schedule out.
The next SWA Game-a-thon is this coming Saturday, May 12th.
Here's the schedule of events.

Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Pathfinder Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


(Huge!) Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 21, 2012

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It seems like we've got some momentum from the record-breaking attendance at last month's SWA Game-a-thon.  GMs have been coming out of the woodwork to run games at the upcoming April 21st Thon.  Ten games in the AM slot, nine games in the PM slot, and an all-day Napoleonic game as well.  Huge!

Needless to say, we have something for everyone.  RPGs, historical minis, board games, space minis, rail game, classic games, Star Trek, monsters, Conan, Game of Thrones, Euro games, WW1, WW2, and more.  It's all here.

And, on top of all this, April is a Swap Meet month as well.  Buy a table to sell your stuff.  Bring your spare cash and get some good deals on used games.  We'll send out another message to highlight the Swap Meet.

Here's the outrageously impressive schedule preview...


Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Pathfinder Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

Quarterly Swap Meet
Three people have posted what they're bringing to the Swap Meet on the SWA web site.
You can see those posts here:  http://swa-gaming.org/node/1950

If you're bringing stuff too, we encourage you to post your inventory list as well.  The more we do this, the more interest it will generate, which is good for everyone selling!

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

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Game-a-thons: March = Record Attendance, April = Swap Meet

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Hello Capital District Gamers,

March = Record Game-a-thon Attendance

We are very happy to announce that the March 10th Game-a-thon had record attendance... and the old record (52) wasn't just surpassed, it was crushed!

We had 67 attendees, and this doesn't even count the 6 who were present for the 2012 Northeast TITAN Championships (congratulations to Mycroft Sowizral!).  Seventy-three gamers playing this past Saturday... Amazing!

A big part of this surge can be attributed to two factors:
  1. The return to the Studio of the Fort Orange Gamers, organized by Marvin & Jamie Veeder.  We look forward to hosting their kid-oriented miniatures games every month.
  2. The return to the SWA of RPGA D&D, organized by our new RPGA Czars, Matt Gallinger & Rob Kirker.  We look forward to RPGA action every month too.
And let's not forget all the other GMs who sponsored games: Matt Barker, Tim Carleton, Matt Chambers, Mike Dixon, Troy Ferris, Mike Haggett, Daryl Kimmel, Brett McLean, Jennifer Paperman, Mike Sanchez, Tom Talasco, Will Walker, Evan Whitefield & John Whitehead.


April 21st = Swap Meet

Don't forget that once a quarter, we have a Swap Meet at Game-a-thon.  That's this coming April 21st.

Just in time for Spring Cleaning.  This is a great time to clear those games off your shelf and put a few bucks in your pocket (or spend that cash on new games).  Plan ahead on what you want to bring and sell.  One table is only $2.  If our attendance stays this high, you'll have lots of potential buyers.

Looking for GMs for April

We're looking for GMs for April 21st.  Right now we have commitments of Pathfinder RPG, RPGA D&D, and Conflict of Heroes (WW2 squad-level combat).

You can sign up to run a game using this form:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/GameathonEventRegistration

or by contacting the Thon co-czar at Eric /at/ swa-gaming.org

Or, you can request a game to be run here:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/gameathonsuggestion

Please submit your events by Saturday, March 31st.


March 10th Game-a-Thon Events

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Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder and RPGA Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the March Game-a-thon page.
Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Call for GMs: March 10th Game-a-Thon (Revised link)

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Our next monthly SWA Game-a-thon is coming up on Saturday, March 10th.

We've already received a World of Warcraft board game event, but we still need more people to run events.
Our new RPGA co-Czars Rob Kirker and Matt Gallinger are planning to run some Living Forgotten Realms adventures.

You can submit events at:

http://www.swa-gaming.org/GameathonEventRegistration

or by contacting the Thon co-czar at bill[at]swa-gaming.org

Or, you can request a game to be run here:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/gameathonsuggestion

Please submit your events by Wednesday, February 29th.


February 11, 2012 Game-a-thon

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Two of our Gamemasters have to be out of town this weekend and have cancelled their events:

  • "Baltic Breakout" (Tom Talasco)
  • Shogun (Mike Sanchez)

Revised Schedule for Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events (11am - 10pm+ )

Titan Tournament (9am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the February Game-a-thon page.
We hope to see you there.


Revised Schedule for January 14, 2012 Game-a-thon

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Revised Schedule for Game-a-thon: Saturday, January 14, 2012


We've added John Whitehead's Zombie minis event to the evening session and moved Mike Haggett's High Frontier game to the morning session.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Pathfinder Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

Please also remmber that January is a Swap Meet month.  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:
http://swa-gaming.org/node/1931#comment-2052

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.

We hope to see you there.


Game-a-thon Dates for 2013

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We've finalized the dates for the 2013 SWA Game-a-thons.  All of these are Saturdays.  Please mark your calendars now!

January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
October 11-13: Council of Five Nations
November 9
December 14

Typically, Game-a-thon is the second Saturday of each month. However, we have to work around scheduling conflicts with the Studio of Bridge and Games.  We also try to not schedule in conflict with other gaming conventions (but it inevitably happens once in a while, despite our best efforts).  If you see a conflict we should know about, please reply to this message and let us know.

We'll be updating the Game-a-thon pages on the SWA web site soon (click here).  Check in for full info on each event as it becomes available.

We hope to see you at many SWA gaming events in 2013.


Game-a-thon: Saturday December 10, 2011

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - December Game-a-thon Summary Game-a-thon: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

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

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


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