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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.

Vendor Highlight at Council of Five Nations (Oct 11-13)

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You've heard how Council is expanding its floor space by 50%, and the number of games offered by 60%. 

We're also expanding the square footage of the Dealer's Area by 500%.  This allows us to not only have have several more dealers, but many of our dealers will be hosting demos at their tables all weekend.

Please check out this highlight of all eight vendors we will have on site.

Griggling Games

Griggling Games, Inc. is proud to attend this year’s Council of Five Nations. We are a local publisher of family, euro-style strategy and historical games. Join us as we launch Celestial Rainbows, a light, cooperative card game of fun and enlightenment. Celestial Rainbows features the fantastic rainbow art by the visionary artist, Aurora.

All weekend you can come by and learn to play; and we invite you to join in on a light hearted tournament on Saturday afternoon. Participants will play in groups of four, with the winning group earning free copies of the game!

Later, celebrate with us at our Game Release Party on Saturday evening. Refreshments will be available as well as casual play.

FIRST LOOK:  All through the weekend, we will be running demos of several upcoming games:

DESTINATION: NEPTUNE - Colonize the solar system and manage an evolving economy in this science-based board game envisioning the next century of space exploration.

SHAEF - Take command of opposing forces on the Western Front during WWII! SHAEF is a 2 player historical wargame featuring constructible card decks with a traditional map based approach.

QUARTERMASTER GENERAL - Command a major world power during WWII in this fast-paced game of global struggle. Lead your troops and navies in battle as you manage your supply lines in this strategy board game.

Keep informed with all our news and events by following us on:

Facebook (Facebook.com/GrigglingGames)
Twitter @GrigglingGames.


The Dice Witch

Luck is a cold-hearted mistress who can reduce the most meticulously leveled characters to bungling plebes, disrupt your best-laid plans, and transform certain victory to defeat. She has always been the one element just out of your control…until now.

The Dice Witch has emerged with the power to rival Lady Fortune by summoning products designed to level up your precious polyhedrons and boost your luck:

•    Cleansing Kits wipe out the bad mojo your randomizers have collected and get you back to rolling critical hits.

•    Charging Stones are a RockStar Energy Drink for your dice, minis, meeples, or even you, providing quick boosts of strength, protection, and awareness.


Dice Witch fans share experiences:

“My friend is a newbie gamer. I used your cleansing kit on her dice the first time she played with us, and she didn’t roll lower than a 16 all night!”

“I tried the charging kit, and now my dice are so awesome, people are scared to play with me.”


In addition to luck boosting products, the Dice Witch offers meeple accessories, pewter character pendants, carved wood storage boxes, gamer jewelry, and more. Visit www.dicewitch.com or contact dicewitch@gmail.com

Level up your luck. Level up your game.

Special Council of Five Nations Promotion

The Dice Witch is running a free contest for Council of 5 Nations attendees!
Win a dice blessing, meeple bookmark, and more. http://bit.ly/XafRNi
Contest ends Wednesday, October 9th.


Christian N. St. Pierre, Artist

Christian N. St. Pierre is an artist who specializes in roleplaying game and comic book illustration. He has worked with gaming companies such as Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Catalyst Game Labs, Hero Games, and Mongoose Publishing, among others and has worked on projects including BattleTech, Ars Magica, Unknown Armies, and various Hero System and Champions titles.

He has also worked extensively with Evil Hat Productions over the last eight years contributing nearly all the art for their Spirit of the Century game line- including the Spirit of the Century RPG; the Spirit of the Season supplement; the Dinocalypse Trilogy, Khan of Mars, and King Khan novel covers; the newly-released Race To Adventure game and expansion sets; and the upcoming Zeppelin Armada card game- as well as providing a set of interior illustrations for their The Dresden Files RPG manuals.

In addition to RPG and gaming illustration, he has been involved with various charitable projects, private commissions, and independent comic book projects and is currently beginning production on Blackjack: The King Is Dead with Blackjack creator and writer Alex Simmons. To see samples of Chris’ art and for news and contact information please visit  www.christiannstpierre.com.


Hull Breach (NSB Games)

Wage interstellar war with the developers of Hull Breach!, an award-winning science fiction card game by NSB Games. Hull Breach! pits two or more Commanders against one another for dominance of space: build up your space station and deploy your warships and Marines and throw dice to take the fight to the enemy! Sometimes described as “a miniatures game that you don't have to paint,” Hull Breach! was designed by a combat vet and incorporates all the hard lessons that multiple firefights teach.

Hull Breach! has something for every kind of wargamer: you fight on the tactical, strategic and operational levels. It's infinitely replayable and infinitely customizable, but is totally playable in 'stock' configuration right out of the box.

Do you want to be an economic powerhouse with the ability to influence events on a galactic level? Do you want to drown your enemies with a flood of ships? Or do you favor bold high-risk, high-reward operations to have your Marines seize your opponents' vessels? Our pre-constructed retail decks vary in function and composition and one of them is guaranteed to fit your style.

We completed a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund our new game Corporate Wars, and if you preorder with us at the Con you'll get a free deck from our award-winning alpha game. Come by and check us out! Demos are free and all materials are provided. Games typically run 30 minutes or more depending on the number of players.

You can follow the action at Facebook.com/HullBreachCCG


Quigley's Cakes

Quigley’s Cakes (www.QuigleysCakes.com, facebook.com/QuigleysCakes) will be providing gamers with the sugar they need to keep playing for hours at a time.

Quigley's Cakes - Dragon Cupcake at Council of Five Nations 36The owner started her business with a six-tier super hero wedding cake for two comic-book lovers, and from that went straight into Tardis cakes, the Enterprise and dragons — good to slay AND eat! All of Quigley’s Cakes artful edibles taste as good as they look.

Sandra Quigley doesn’t believe in making things that don’t taste great. Stop by her booth to buy cupcakes in an amazing variety of flavors, and pick out the ones that represent your character best — including armor and weapons. Add some delicious wandering monsters and you’ll have enough sugar to entertain you until your character dies. She also makes custom cakes. Order one for the whole table to enjoy! She can turn the cover of your campaign module into a sugar sheet to cover the top of your cake as an edible centerpiece for your campaign. She can even carve you a dragon out of cake and you can enjoy the discussion of who wants a leg, the tail or the head!

To place an order contact Sandra at 518*396*7889 or email QuigleysCakes@gmail.com. Want to make your own cupcake monster? She will teach you! There will several cupcake-decorating demos throughout the weekend offered conveniently in between campaigns.

Eat, fight, win!



Cooper's Cave Games & Paintball

Cooper's Cave Games and Paintball is the area's premier gaming venue.  They specialize in collectible card games and accessories, board games, miniatures games, and collectibles.  Cooper's Cave offers an enormous selection of Magic the Gathering singles and products.  They support a booming casual and tournament gaming scene through both weekly and special events.

Cooper's Cave carries: Funko, POP!, Magic the Gathering, Pathfinder, Ascension, Dungeons and Dragons, Yugioh, Vanguard, Board Games, My Little Pony, Dr. Who, and lots more.

Check out their web site at (www.CoopersCavePaintball.com).


Zombie Planet

Zombie Planet has been vending at Council for over a dozen years.  They will be bringing a full variety of gaming goodness. Check out their web site at (www.zombie-planet.com).


Mr Joshua's Collectibles & Consignment




Please remember that Council pre-registration closes on Monday, October 7th.  That's just nine days from now.

You can save money and increase your chance of getting your top choice events by pre-registering.

All the info you need is here:  www.swa-gaming.org/Council


We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations XXXVI.


Council info via Podcast

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If you’re interested in hearing about (instead of reading about) the good stuff we’ve got planned for this year’s Council of Five Nations adventure gaming convention, you now have the chance.

Many thanks to Tyler Dion for the opportunity to talk about the events and expansion plans at this year’s Council (coming in just 15 days, Oct 11-13!).

Here is the link to listen to the Carnagecast episode:


The entire conversation is about 35 minutes long.  If you have a particular subject matter interest, here is a rough outline of when certain topics come up:
4:00    Magic: The Gathering
6:00    Star Fleet Battles tournament
6:30    Conflict of Heroes tournament
8:30    Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare – weekend campaign
13:00    The Zombie Planet Game Library
14:30    Growth and expansion at this year’s Council - 60% more events than last year!
15:00    Pathfinder Society RPG
16:00    RPGA Dungeons & Dragons
17:15    Warrior: Ancients tournament
18:30    Wargame Room
20:15    Kids Event Track
22:15    Dealers Area – 500% bigger this year
28:00    Council Hotels

* SPECIAL PRIZE OPPORTUNITY *

If you listen to the whole podcast, it is obvious that Dave uses the word “absolutely” way too much. It’s really embarrassing. 
Here is your chance to poke some fun at him and win a prize.
  • Count how many times Dave says the word “absolutely”
  • Email the correct answer to Council@swa-gaming.org
  • We must receive your email no later than Monday, October 7th.
  • We’ll draw one lucky winner from all the correct responses
  • That person will win a pair of special custom “SWA” d6 dice (courtesy of Cooper’s Cave Games & Paintball)!
  • Show up at Council, or another SWA event soon, to claim your prize.

Here again is the link to listen to the Carnagecast podcast:


We hope you enjoy the program, and we hope to see you at Council of Five Nations in two weeks.

Full convention info:  www.swa-gaming.org/Council


New Events for the Council Schedule

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We have several more events to announce for the schedule for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming in just eighteen days (Oct 11-13).

Here is a quick summary.  Event descriptions are below.

Fri 9am (A) • A-Demo-1 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Fri 2pm (B) • B-Demo-2 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Board-19 • Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Demo-3 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 9am (D) • D-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 2pm (E) • E-Demo-4 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Sat 7pm (F) • F-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sun 9am (G) • G-RPG-8 • Raid on the Temple of the Frog • Original D&D, Champions of ZED • Teen14


Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Based in an alternate Earth, Malifaux uses gothic, steampunk, Victorian horror with a dose of the wild west to inject fun and depth into the magical lawlessness of a world rife with monsters, necropunks, man-machine hybrids, gunslingers, and power-hungry politicos. Actively using character-driven stories to define the world of Malifaux, seek your fortune in this fast-paced and brutal 32mm tabletop miniature skirmish game. Assemble your crew and stake your claim!
     Please note: This is a demo game sponsored by Wyrd Games. No cost, no event tickets. Just show up and play. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Malifaux Web Site
Link: Download the Malifaux Rules


Wyrd Games Demos * Wyrd Games
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Come try one of the Wyrd games here this weekend. We will have here for you fine folks.
Evil Baby Orphanage
Evil Baby Orphanage is a communal deck party card game for three or more players. Each player takes on the role of a Time Nanny using advanced time out technology to rid the time stream of the world's worst villains and "prehabilitate" them to be accountants, or ballerinas, or something.

Kings of Artifice
Kings of Artifice is a strategy board game for 2 to 4 players. The game is played in a series of building rounds, followed by one final crowning round. Victory Points (VP) are awarded for building structures during the game as well as at the end. In each game, two special scoring cards are drawn from a deck that allow players to gain bonus points by meeting certain conditions.

Showdown:Icons
A fast-paced card dueling game in which two players battle each other to win. Each deck in Showdown: Icons can be played against any other Showdown deck. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Wyrd Games Web Site


Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
C-Board-19 * $ 2
Game Master: Charles Davis * 4 Players * Teen14
In Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series, each player takes on the role of Dominus, head of a rising house in the ancient Roman city of Capua. Each house is competing for Influence to gain the favor of Rome. Through a combination of political schemes and glorious battles on the arena sands your house will rise in fame and stature. As Dominus, you have a variety of resources at your disposal. Guards protect you from schemes launched by rivals. Slaves run your household and earn gold. Gladiators compete to bring glory to themselves and influence to their Dominus. Yes-All_Materials_Provided Beginners encouraged.
Link: Board Game Geek page link


Raid on the Temple of the Frog * Original D&D, Champions of ZED
G-RPG-8 * $ 2
Game Master: Dan Boggs * 9 Players * Teen14
A strange artifact, hidden deep within the dungeons of the Temple of the Frog, may be crucial to defeating the latest evil lord bent on world domination. You and the other adventurers must infiltrate the Temple of the Frog, & find the artifact. Of course, returning with the artifact may not be as easy as stealing it.......


Pre-Registration

Pre-registrations are coming in at a nice pace. 
We are over 100 and climbing. 
Be sure to pre-reg by Monday, October 7th at the very latest.  Not only do you save on your entry costs, but you increase your chance of getting your first choice events.

You can always see the latest news on Council of Five Nations at the main site:


We hope to see you all at Council of Five Nations this year.


September 14th Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - September 2013 Game-a-thon Summary

JenEriCon: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jennifer and Eric Paperman met while gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games and were married in September 1993. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they are taking over the September Game-a-Thon and renaming it.

Jennifer and Eric will be providing food (bagels in the morning, pizza and cake in the evening) and beverages (soda and milk). They will also pay the admission for anyone who brings them an anniversary card (hand-made or store-bought). To qualify, the card has to at least have the following words: Anniversary, And, Eric, Happy, Jennifer, 20th.

The SWA has arranged to have both the front and back rooms at the Studio of Bridge and Games (aka Price Chopper Community Room) at 1639 Eastern Parkway in Schenectady. So there'll be plenty of room for everyone who wants to help Jennifer and Eric celebrate this joyous milestone.

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

Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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.


Council Online Registration is now Open

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Council online pre-registration is now available. Please click to go the Council Online Registration page now.

You have two options to pre-register (and save money by doing so). 
  • Register online (and pay via PayPal or credit card)
  • Register the old-fashioned way by filling out the paper form and mailing it to us via US Post
  • Both are good options.  We will process the pre-registrations in the order we receive them.

Please note:
We announced the pre-reg info was first available on August 27th.  We told you that first PDF was a beta version in need of some editing. 

The version now available for download has been edited. 

If you have not already mailed in your pre-reg, we suggest you download the new PDF, since some events have been moved and some codes have been changed.

Please watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news.  Lots of good stuff is happening.

We hope to see all of you in five weeks!


Council - Good Stuff and Bad Stuff

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Please disregard this message if you are not interested in a little convention planning drama.

However, if you would like some insight into what's going on behind the scenes as we prepare for Council of Five Nations, one of the longest-running Adventure Gaming conventions in the world, please read on.

Lets break it down into Good Stuff and Bad Stuff.

Good Stuff

Council has grown by 10-15% per year, every year, for the past 6-7 years.  This is even as we have weathered the "Great Recession".  Many thanks to all of you who have helped make that happen, no matter if you have been an organizer, a GM, or a paying attendee.

Because of this strong record of success, we decided to spend a lot more money and expand our square footage by 50% this year.

We knew that we would need a lot more good games to fill up that extra space.  Many, many thanks to the GMs that responded.  You folks really came through for us this year.

In 2012 (a very good year for us), we offered 227 'tables' of events.  (For example, Pathfinder RPG might be only one listing in the schedule, but if we offer 10 tables in the slot, we count that as 10 separate tables of gaming.)

In 2013, we will be offering at least 376 tables of events.

This is an increase of 65%!

Again, we really want to thank all the GMs that responded to our call for events.  Thank you - the convention cannot happen without you!


Bad Stuff

Not everything in life can be honey and roses...

Hotels.  It seems we did not pick the ideal year to expand.  We were sorry to learn that we are on the same weekend as Union College's Homecoming & Parents weekend.  This has made our usual hotel rooms more scarce, and much more expensive.  We have posted several new, excellent hotel options on our Council Hotels page, but we know you folks would rather not have to commute 10-20 minutes to the con.  We hope this doesn't deter too many of you from attending.

Events.  The good news is we are offering a lot more (65% more) events than last year.  The bad news is it takes a lot of time to round up all those GMs.  We wanted to get pre-reg out to you sooner, but sometimes herding GMs is harder than herding cats...

Weddings.  We always seem to get stung by a wedding in one way or another.  This year, not only are we losing some key GMs (congrats to Seth Z), but one of our key con staff had to travel for a wedding as we were trying to get pre-reg materials out.  This put a squeeze on things, and the material didn't get a good edit before going out the door.  We apologize for that.  Updated materials are now available, and they are cleaner.

Computer stuff.  You know the saying "The road to Perdition is paved with good intentions?".  Well, we wanted to really improve the online pre-reg experience for you this year.  But that kind of web programming takes time.  And testing.  And with the time crunch, things have been more squeezed.  We released version 1 of the pre-reg ten days ago, and online pre-reg only went live tonight.  And still without the new features (coming soon - really!).

More Good Stuff

OK, enough complaining.  We are very happy to be hosting what we know will be an excellent convention this year.  We have lots of good games and more space (and elbow room) for you to enjoy those games.

We are looking forward to many of you joining us in five weeks, October 11-13.

Pre-registration is now open.  It closes on Monday, October 7th. 

The sooner you pre-reg, the better your chance of getting your first choice of events.


Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news.  We have lots more good stuff to talk about.


Update: Council Events & Pre-Registration

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Just want to give you fine folks an update on where we stand with Council of Five Nations events & registration.  Council is coming in about two months, October 11-13 this year.

Events

A big Thank You to all of you who have volunteered to run games for us.  We needed a lot more events to fill up the 50% more space we'll have this year, and you folks responded. We have over 200 events to fit into the eight slots.

Please consider this the "last call" for events to get listed in the pre-reg booklet.  We would especially like to offer a few more Miniatures events.  Please remember, run one event and get your weekend registration free.  Run two events and not only do you get in free, but you also get a special GMs-only T-Shirt.  But only if you get in before the deadline.

You can see full details on submitting events here:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

The final, final deadline for getting events listed in the pre-reg booklet is Monday, August 19th.

Council Pre-Registration

Our goal is to have the pre-registration material out by Friday, August 23rd.  That's just one week from today!
If we miss that goal, we will absolutely get pre-reg out by Monday, August 26th. 
So, either way, it's coming real soon!
Watch your email box and the SWA web site for the latest updates.

We hope to see all of you this coming October 11-13 at Council of Five Nations.

August 10th Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2013 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 10, 2013

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the August 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.


Council GMs - Extension to July 24th

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Hello potential Council Game Masters,


We are just now passing the first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming this October 11-13, 2013.

Many thanks to those of you have have already responded.  We have close to 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 also have a very nice Shadowrun RPG event track fully booked.

We are extending the "Purple Shirt" deadline to July 24th (12 days from now). 
  • Run one event for us and get your whole weekend Council entry free (a $30 value).
  • Run two or more events for us and get not only free entry, but a special GMs-only, very classy, Council Iroquois warrior logo t-shirt.  This year's color is Royal Purple. 
  • No convention treats it's GMs as well as we do!

For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm


You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council


We hope to see you all this October!

Council of Five Nations Iroquois Warrior Logo


July Game-a-Con: July 13-14, 2013

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We want to remind you about this weekend's special two-day SWA Game-a-con.  Pathfinder RPG will be the big focus, sponsored by the Captial Region Pathfinder Lodge.   But on top of all Pathfinder on both Saturday and Sunday, we have lots of other gaming goodness to offer.

Highlights:

  • Playtest of SHAEF by Griggling Games, new a local game company
  • Playtest of a D&D Next (5th Edition) Dungeon
  • Our quarterly Swap Meet
  • FIVE sessions worth of Pathfinder events, spanning two days [note that they are starting at 10am - an hour earlier than usual]

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

Saturday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Saturday Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Sunday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

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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