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Welcome to the SWA Web Site

The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc. (SWA) is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District area (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) of upstate New York. We support all forms of adventure gaming: Role Play * Board Games * Miniatures * Card Games (Collectible and otherwise) * Computer Games * Live-Action / Interactive Literature * and whatever else you've got. We sponsor a three-day convention, Council of Five Nations, every October on Columbus Day weekend. We also sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month. Even if you're not local, we've got news and content representing what's going on with the Adventure Gaming hobby all around the Northeastern United States. Welcome to our web site! Feel free to stay and browse around for awhile. If you have any questions, please contact us and ask.

Bolt Action Beginners Tournament - Sunday, June 22nd

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Bolt Action Beginner’s Tournament

Bolt Action is a fast-play, easy-to-learn squad level WW2 game using 28mm figures. 
It is growing in popularity here in the Capital District, and around the USA.

New players are welcome!


When:
June 22st, doors open at 11am first round at Noon
Entry: $20
Rounds: 2 ½ Hours
(Bring two printed lists)

Where
Grimfoe Games
598 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush NY, 12061
518-479-4746

List Rules
  • 1000pts any theater list or Reinforced platoon.
  • Man packed Flamers only.
  • Max of one platoon per 500 points
  • Bring two printed lists

Scoring Guide
  • Win = 7 Points
  • Loss = 1 Point
  • Tie = 4 Points
  • Moral Victory = 5 Points (Scenario tie but you have 2 more battle points then your opponent)
  • Moral Loss = 3 Points (Scenario tie but you have 2 less battle points then your opponent)

Battle Points (scored at the end of the game)
  • 1 battle point for each objective under your control
  • 1 battle point is scored for each enemy unit destroyed at the end of the game.
  • ½ battle point is scored for each enemy unit at 50% or less of its starting strength.
  • ½ battle point is scored for each immobilized enemy vehicle.

Prizes
  • Players will select a prize from the prize pool based on their placement
  • 1st) Infantry Box + Command
  • 2nd) Infantry Box
  • 3rd) Tank Box
  • 4th) Tank Box
  • 5th) Command
  • 6th) Command

Prize Pool
  • German Army: Panzer III Ausf J BOX
  • German Army: German Infantry (25)
  • German Army: Command (4)
  • Soviet Army: Soviet Infantry BOX
  • Soviet Army: T34/85 Soviet Medium Tank
  • British Army: Churchill Mk VII BOX
  • British Army: Infantry BOX Set (25)
  • British Army: Command (4)
  • American Army: US Infantry
  • American Army: M3A1 Halftrack PLASTIC BOX
  • American Army: US Command

You can see the full Bolt Action product line here:

Read more about the game here:

You can get in on the discussion at the Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page:


For more info about the tournament, or regular Bolt Action games at local retailers, contact Skylor at:  SEdwards2881 /at/ gmail.com


(Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ symbol.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)


Coming Soon – Call for Council Events, and Your Ideas

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Hello SWA Community,

The theme of this post is “ideas”.  

We want to get you thinking about three different kinds of ideas, and we want you to share those ideas with us.

Ideas #1 – What games do you want to run at Council of Five Nations?

Council of Five Nations XXXVII is not that far off; October 10-12 this year.

We will soon be putting out the Call for Events.  We’re making some improvements to the online event form, so we’re not ready just yet.  But we want to get you thinking about what games you might want to run.

As a reminder, Council treats its GMs better than almost any other convention out there.  
  • Run just one event and get your entire weekend registration free (you pay only for the events you play in).
  • Run two or more events and you also get the special, GMs-only, never-for-sale, Council T-Shirt.  

So, please start thinking about what you might be enthusiastic about running.  We’ll let you know when the GM online form is up and ready to accept your submissions.


Ideas #2 – What games do you want to see at Council?

We’d like to know what games you would particularly like to see at Council.

We know that many of you attend Council every year, because you appreciate how we always offer a nice balance between RPGs, board games, miniatures, and other good stuff.

Are there games that you would particularly like to see at Council this year?
  • Maybe a game that we have not offered in the past?
  • Maybe a particular new game that you have not had the chance to try?
  • Maybe an old favorite that you have not seen offered in years?

What game(s) could we offer that you would be sure to sign up for?  What games would make you really want to be sure to attend?

Please email us with your requests for games at this year’s Council. 
Send them to Council /at/ swa-gaming.org

Please change the /at/ to the normal '@' sign.


Ideas #3 – Two-player tournaments

Those of you who have attended Council the past few years know that we’ve used the basement space differently over the years.  With us expanding into the GE Theatre, and having space for over twenty new gaming tables in there, we could give the basement games a little more elbow room.

We now realize the best use of the basement is for a series of weekend-long, two-player tournaments.  Maybe focusing on miniatures, but not necessarily.  We can have 20-24 setups of two 6’x2.5’ tables all weekend.

Now we just need to figure out what games to put there.  We have eight gaming slots to work with (three on Friday, three on Saturday, and two on Sunday).

We already have the Warrior tournament committed to filling half the space for the three slots on Saturday.  That tournament has done well for several years now.

Here is where we need your ideas.  What tournaments do you think would draw well?  What kinds of tournaments would you make the effort to attend, especially if you are not a regular Council attendee?

There are a lot of different games we can sponsor:
Warhammer/40K, Confrontation, Malifaux, Warmachine, Hordes, whatever.

We are working on leads for Flames of War and Bolt Action.  

Please don’t just throw out names of games.  Please give us leads like…
  • “I know of a group of guys who play ___, and one of them, {Name}, would probably like to run a tournament for you.”
  • “I don’t know of anyone who would judge the tournament, but if you had a ___ tournament, I know five guys who would attend.  They love that game!”
If you can help us with leads on good 2-player tournaments that we can host at the October 10-12 Council of Five Nations, please email us your ideas.
Send them to Council /at/ swa-gaming.org

Please change the /at/ to the normal '@' sign.


Watch your email box for more Council news as things develop.

Thank you.  

June Game-a-Con Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - June 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-Con: June 14 & 15, 2014

On both days we're meeting in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is by the elevators near Proctors Box Office. For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the June Game-a-thon page.

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
Please note that the starting times for the Sunday Pathfinder games are 10:00am and 3:30pm.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Sunday Session ( 11am - 6pm )


May 10th Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - May 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 10, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the May Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


April Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - April 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 12, 2014

We're meeting in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is by the elevators near Proctors Box Office.
April is a Swap Meet month, so bring your games and game related items to sell!
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the April Game-a-thon page.

Conflict of Heroes Tournament ( 8:30am - 11pm )

Follow this link to the page with details on the tournament. Because of the need for us to plan on providing map boards and counters, we require that all participants pre-register via the web, with PayPal payment. We may be able to accommodate a few walk-ins, but there are no guarantees to this.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


March Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - March 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 8, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the March Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


Conflict of Heroes Tournament, April 12, 2014

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association is happy to announce that we will be sponsoring a one-day Conflict of Heroes tournament at our April Game-a-thon, this coming April 12, 2014.

Tournament Format

  • One Day, April 12th
  • Doors open at 8:00 AM, games start at 9:30 AM.
  • A mix of published and custom-made scenarios
  • Four rounds of Swiss scoring
  • Final round ends and winner announced around 11 PM-ish.

Prizes

Academy Games will be officially sponsoring this tournament with prize and promotion support.

The  tournament winner will get a free copy of the upcoming Guadalcanal box set when it is released.  The winner will also have a Leader card named in their honor in the next box set.

All tournament participants will receive a free Wrecks and Destruction expansion counter sheet as part of their paid registration.

Half of all tournament participants will receive a free Monster Tanks expansion counter sheet.  The winner of the round 3 Goeringstrasse scenario will not only score tournament points, but will also take home the full Monster Tanks counter sheet used to play the scenario.

All these prizes are provided by Academy Games.


Location

The SWA Game-a-thons are hosted by the Proctors Theatre and Conference Center, located in Schenectady, New York.  Schenectady is conveniently located:
  • 3 hours north of New York City
  • 3 hours west of Boston
  • 4 hours east of Buffalo
  • 5 hours south of Montreal.

Registration & Costs

Registration for the entire tournament will be only $10.

(Please keep in mind that the Wrecks and Destruction counter sheet alone is worth $10!)

Because of the need for us to plan on providing map boards and counters, we require that all participants pre-register via the web, with PayPal payment.  We cannot guarantee a spot in the tournament to those who do not pre-register.  We may be able to accommodate a few walk-ins, but there are no guarantees to this.  Please consider pre-registration mandatory.

The online registration page is available now:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-online-registration

Registration Discounts
Players who are able to provide AtB and/or SoS map boards and counters will get a discount on their registration.  You will get $3 off for each game set you can bring to potentially share with other players.


Hotel Accommodations

For those of you traveling from out of town to attend, we have identified several good hotels at a variety of price and quality points.  This is the same web page the SWA uses for it's annual convention in October, Council of Five Nations.  Please ignore references to the October con - the hotel info is still valid.  Link:

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


About the SWA's Conflict of Heroes Group

The Schenectady Wargamers Association has had a group of CoH players meeting twice a month for over two years now. Group membership has fluctuated over the years, and is currently at six solid members.  We have played many of the published scenarios, and have experimented with custom-designed scenarios and ASL conversions.  One member has even designed a Korean War scenario.  If you are local to the Capital District, and are interested in joining us, please let us know.


For More Information

Please contact Dave Cheng, the Tournament Judge, with any questions or comments.
CoH.Tournament /at/ swa-gaming.org
(518) 464-1977  before 11pm EST

You can also follow the online discussion on the Board Game Geek forum page. 

Direct link:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1129385/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-april-12-2014-up



We hope to see many of you on April 12th!


Monopoly Tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Monopoly Tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Visiting Nurse Service of NENY is holding a Monopoly Fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The Holiday Inn 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
All players must pre-register by calling: 382-8050 ext. 245

Sign-in starts at 4:30 that day. There will be one 90 minute preliminary round and the top 6 players will go to a final 90 minute round to determine the top player of the evening!

Price includes dinner and the chance to win terrific prizes like beer for a year donated by Druthers in Saratoga!
There are other great prizes like gaming baskets, theater tickets and restaurant gift certificates as well as a silent auction.
$75 pp includes a spot in the tournament and dinner.
$50 pp spectator price includes dinner.

All proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurse Service of NENY. A non-profit that has been serving the community since 1919 with homecare visits.

You can get more information on this event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/422050671262342/

Please come out and have an incredible night while supporting a great cause!

February 8th Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - February 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 8, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the February Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


January 11th Game-a-thon Schedule (Updated)

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - January 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

First Game-a-thon at Proctors!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the January Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


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