The SWA is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District of Upstate New York (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) since 1974. We sponsor monthly Game-a-thon game days and a 3-day convention, Council of Five Nations, early October or late September every year.
Submitted by DC on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 21:48.
Flipside Gaming will be sponsoring free demos of several games during Council weekend. Feel free to stop by their vendor booth and give these a try.
Friday, October 2nd
Saturday, October 3rd
Noon Flip City
4:00pm New York 1901
8:00pm Dead of Winter
Sunday, October 4th
5:00pm Specter Ops
Please also remember that Flipside will be bringing a whole bunch of games as a lending library. If you're not in one of our regular events, but still looking for a game, you might want to check this out.
Council of Five Nations XXXVIII is only nine days away! Over 200 events!
Please also remember the deadline to pre-register and save yourself some money is Monday, September 28th.
See you soon!
Submitted by DC on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 15:45.
Registration for Council of Five Nations has been active for several days now.
Good news! We track yearly trends, and we had the best "first 24 hours" of pre-reg ever! That's a great sign that we will have another good con this year.
Please remember that the pre-reg deadline is Monday, September 28th. We will shut down the online registration page at midnight on Monday the 28th. For those of you using old-fashioned US Post, please note we must receive your pre-reg envelope by Monday the 28th.
Council Info Web Pages
All the web pages related to Council information, including all the special interest tracks, have now been fully updated. We thank you for your patience. Here they are, for your reference:
For more information about the convention...
Please click for the Council of Five Nations general information page.
Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.
Please click to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment).
Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.
Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.
Please click for the Council Hotels page.
Please click for the Council Parking page.
Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.
Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.
We hope to see many of you at Council of Five Nations this year, October 2-4.
Submitted by DC on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 23:36.
Once again, we are happy that a whole lot of GMs stepped-up to run games for us at the upcoming 38th annual Council of Five Nations adventure gaming convention. This will be the first time for some of you, and others have been volunteering for over 20 years now. We are looking at having close to 200 events this year, as in previous years.
Council is coming in just about one month: October 2-4, 2015.
We are furiously working to compile the event schedule and other pre-registration material. We expect to be able to get that posted to the web this coming holiday weekend, maybe Sunday night, or maybe Monday the 7th. We will send out another announcement when it is available.
For those of you coming in from out of town - have you booked your hotel? Availability is generally good, and rates are reasonable. Please see the recently-updated Council Hotels web page for options that we suggest.
Watch this space for more news soon.
We look forward to seeing many of you next month at Council!
Submitted by DC on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:28.
We are looking for one or more people who would be interested in helping bring a special group-interactive computer simulation game to Council this year (October 2-4).
Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the spaceship Atremis. Every officer but the Captain has a touch-screen computer console they use to perform their duties. The Captain gives orders to the other officers. Everything is projected up on a big viewscreen, just like in the Star Trek episodes. It is all controlled by a central server computer.
Here is a link with lots more info:
Here is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:
Here is what the setup at Council might look like:
We need some volunteers
We need some volunteers to "GM" this game. Don't be intimidated - you can learn in 15 minutes, and we will train you. The game practically runs itself.
The main responsibilities of the GM:
Yes, we really can train you in all this in 15 minutes.
Council GM Goodies
Deadline: Monday, August 31stOur apologies for the tight deadline. We need to make this happen fast so we can get the pre-reg booklet out the door soon.
Please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org * with the following info:
* Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign. We apologize for this unfortunate but necessary anti-spam measure.
Submitted by DC on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 23:00.
Hello potential Council Game Masters,
We have passed first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVIII, coming this October 2-4, 2015.
Many thanks to those of you have have already responded. We just shy of 100 events at this point. That is excellent, but we are looking for around 200 this year, to fill up all that extra space we are renting at Proctors.
We still need all kinds of events. The only thing we have totally covered at this point is Pathfinder RPG and RPGA D&D.
We are extending the GM event deadline to August 22nd (five days from now).
For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:
You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:
We hope to see you all this October!
Submitted by ericpaperman on Sat, 07/25/2015 - 09:51.
Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 8, 2015
We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area).
The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Submitted by DC on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:56.
Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up. It's time for our annual "call for events".
We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it. We look forward to seeing you all again, and we look forward to those of you who are new to GMing for us.
There is a lot of good stuff to share, so here's the Executive Summary:
Please click here to see the full GM invitation.
We look forward to seeing the many of you who volunteer to GM for us each year. We also look forward to events from those of you who are new to GMing for us.
You can always keep up on the latest Council of Five Nations news and updates at the main page here:
Submitted by ericpaperman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:42.
Get your order dice ready!