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, every October.
Submitted by DC on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:06.
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.
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.
LocationThe SWA Game-a-thons are hosted by the Proctors Theatre and Conference Center, located in Schenectady, New York. Schenectady is conveniently located:
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:
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.
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:
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.
We hope to see many of you on April 12th!
Submitted by DC on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 11:33.
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:
Please come out and have an incredible night while supporting a great cause!
Submitted by DC on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 15:08.
We announced a couple of weeks ago that the Golub Corporation is getting ready to sell the Studio of Bridge and Games/Price Chopper Community Room. This means that the upcoming December 14th Game-a-thon will be our last event at the Studio, our home base for the last 39 years.
We are hoping you will join us for our Last Hurrah celebration. We’ve got big plans!
LOTS OF EVENTS
We want to fill up the Studio with lots of good games. Our goal is to fill the big room with sixteen events in each time slot (11am-4pm, 5pm-10pm+). We are hoping for 32 of you potential GMs to step forward and help us make this happen.
It is entirely possible that we will get too many GMs volunteering. If that’s the case, please know that we will balance the event lineup with the goal of offering a little something for everyone to enjoy, in order to attract the most attendees. This will not be “first come first scheduled”. We will, of course, let you know if we can’t fit in your game.
LOTS OF PLAYERS
We hope to have as many games as we can fit in the big back room at the Studio. That means we need a lot of players to fill up those games. We can fit over 100. Please join us and make this the biggest, best Game-a-thon ever. Even if you want to just come and hang out with some of your old gamng friends, one last time for old time's sake.
To honor the founding of the SWA in 1974, and the “Golden Age” of the SWA in the 1970s and 80s, when we had open gaming at the Studio twice per week, we want to suggest to GMs that you reach up to the top shelf of your library and run some classic games from the 70s and 80s.
Here are some of the games we've already got lined up:
Please note this is not mandatory. We will accept games from the 90s and 2000s as well. But we want to make a special effort to honor our past for this Last Hurrah at the Studio. (Look for this theme to reappear at future Game-a-thons as well).
Every good party needs food. To contribute to the sense of community, we are encouraging all players to bring a pot-luck dish. Your dish can be home-made or store-bought, as long as it's enough to share with several people. Desserts are especially welcome. All attendees who bring a dish will get free entry (Game Masters continue to get free entry, as always).
NAME THAT GAME CONTEST
We will have a “Name that Game” contest open to all attendees. We will pull chits and pieces from games from throughout the SWA’s long history. The person who can identify the most games that go with these pieces wins free entry to the January 2014 Game-a-thon.
Please use the online form to submit your games for the December 14th Game-a-thon.
Web link here: http://www.swa-gaming.org/GameathonEventRegistration
Alternately, you can email us at Gameathon@swa-gaming.org with details of your game.
Help us reach our goal of 16 events in each time slot – we want to say goodbye to the Studio of Bridge and Games in grand style!
THE FUTURE OF SWA GAME-A-THONS
Starting with the January 11th Game-a-thon, we will be at Proctors, the same place we've held Council of Five Nations for several years. This will be the case for at least six months while we complete our facility search. We will keep you posted, of course.
After 39 years, this will be the last SWA event at the Studio of Bridge and Games. For all of you who've been a part of the SWA over the years, we hope you'll join us as we go out in style.
Submitted by DC on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 01:34.
We are very sad to announce that the SWA has lost another one of its Founding Fathers, Gerald D. Seypura.
Gerry was running Dungeons & Dragons (the very original 'white box' edition) since the SWA started gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games way back in 1974. Exceptionally friendly, Gerry was an ambassador and helped introduce dozens of new people to the Adventure Gaming hobby. His commitment to the hobby never abated; he ran two events at last month's Council of Five Nations, and was planning on running D&D at the next Game-a-thon.
You can read Gerry's full obituary notice on the web site of the Glenville Funeral Home here:
Calling hours are this Sunday, November 17th,
at the Glenville Funeral Home
9 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY 12302
The Funeral Mass will take place this Monday, November 18th,
at St. John the Evangelist Church
806 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Submitted by DC on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 21:46.
The Schenectady Wargamers Association has enjoyed a great relationship with the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community room since 1974. With the passing of both Bill Shelly (2005) and Norma Shelly (2012), the original founders and proprietors of the Studio, we knew things would change eventually.
It seems that time has finally arrived.
We received notice from Price Chopper / The Golub Corporation that the Studio will not be available for our events starting in January 2014. They are putting the building up for sale.
So, next month's Game-a-thon, scheduled for December 14th, will be our last event at 1639 Eastern Parkway.
... but no worries!
We have an agreement already in place for Proctors to start hosting our monthly Game-a-thons.
What we know now:
We want to thank the Golub Corporation for hosting us, along with many other community groups, for thirty-nine years.
This is truly the end of an era.
Submitted by DC on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 21:02.
The 10th Annual New York State ASL Championship
When: Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Where: Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany NY
Great regional ASL competition with ASL heavy-hitters such as Gary Trezza, Steve Pleva, Paul Sidhu, Gary Mei, Tom Morin, and other highly ranked players from all over the Northeast and beyond. Come enjoy great ASL competition and camaraderie!
Web site: http://www.nys-asl.com/
First Place: Another classic diorama by Joe himself
2nd-4th place: Plaques
Tremendous raffle prizes and games for sale.
Please send payment (check or money order) to:
39 Ashton Drive
Staten Island, NY 10312
ASL726 /at/ aol.com
Please contact Joe Loece with any questions.