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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 since 1974. 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 every year, Council of Five Nations, usually early October or late September. 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.

Hasbro game designer teaches at Space-Crime Continuum bookstore

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How do you take a board game from the original idea to store shelves? Game designer Rob Daviau answers that question with a free seminar on "Creating Board Games" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at the Space-Crime Continuum bookstore.

The seminar will feature a talk, question-and-answer session, and prototypes of some of Hasbro's future board game releases.

An experienced designer with Hasbro Games, Daviau has contributed to many of the toymaking giant's most successful new board games. In addition to new versions of classic games such as "Axis and Allies" and "Risk", Daviau has developed games for "Star Wars", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and "The Lord of the Rings". His latest project is "Heroscape", a battle game in which each player controls an army of fantastic warriors and creatures.

The Space-Crime Continuum recently moved to 18 Strong Avenue in Northampton, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-584-0994 or email seminars@spacecrime.com.


UBCon is this weekend, April 2-4

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For those of you that havent been watching the clock, UBCON 2004 is almost
upon us. From April 2nd thru the 4th at UB's spacious North Campus,
we will be holding our 15th anual convention in the Student Union.
Registration opens on Friday at 6 PM and our first games start at 8 PM.
Check our webpage at www.ubsarpa.com
for more information and a list of the events running. There will also
be 3 rooms of anime, showing anime nonstop through the convention.
The dealer room will have many different types of vendors this year from
Dungeons and Dragons and Whitewolf gaming materials, to CCG's, mask dealers,
art dealers and even the Looneys of Looney Labs. To top it all off
a FREE concert, by the celtic group Kilbrannan, will be held in
the Theater after the convention ends. With a weekend of wet and sloppy
weather planned, come spend it with us. I am sure we can captivate
your attention for a good part of the weekend.
Thanks and happy gaming.

James Jennings-Wyckoff
UBSarpa Convention Director
www.ubsarpa.com


AirCon 2004: April 30 - May 2

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AirCon 2004 is a multi-genre game convention presented by the CGC. It will
be in East Hartford, Connecticut, on April 30-May 2.

Admission for the weekend is $20 total for the three days ($5 + $10 + $5)
with no event fees. Food (pizza, Subway, and snacks) and drinks will
be available, or order your own. Double rooms at the Wellesley Inn will run
about $70 plus $9 tax, per night.


Card Game Design Seminar at the Space-Crime Continuum (Northampton, MA)

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Learn from the pros! On Sunday, February 29 at 4 p.m., card game publisher Zev Schlasinger will conduct a seminar on card game design at the Space-Crime Continuum bookstore. He'll talk about the inside secrets of designing, producing, and marketing a successful card game. A successful publisher of card games and roleplaying games, Zev has unleashed GRAVE ROBBERS FROM OUTER SPACE and CANNIBAL PYGMIES IN THE JUNGLE OF DOOM on an unsuspecting world, and he can help you unleash creations of your own!

The seminar fee is just $10 per person, and you and a friend can get in FREE with purchase of selected games from Z-Man Games. The seminar will be held at:

The Space-Crime Continuum
92 King Street
Northampton, MA

http://www.spacecrime.com

Space is limited, so sign up soon! For more information or to reserve a place, email

. We'll also be playing board games and card games from 1 p.m. on, so feel free to show up early!


Dreamation Jan 22-25

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Dreamation (and Dexcon) are back. A great con in northern New Jersey with something for everyone - miniatures, CCG's, boardgames, DDR, Chess, Othello, Battletech, computer games, Poker, RPGA events, 40K, LARP, a Car Wars tournament hosted by Scott Haring, a children's game area, dealer area, and more.
Don't miss the Chocolate Heaven and Ice Cream Dreams parties.
Check out: http://www.dexposure.com/index.html


RuneCon 2004

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Connecticut's most diverse game convention returns to the Plainville Ramada Inn on May 22nd through the 24th of 2004. All your favorite roleplaying, board, miniature, card and live action games will be represented. A full service vendor area with guests, artists and demonstrations will be announced on the website.

RuneCon is always looking for game masters, volunteers and vendors. Contact us at RuneCon@RuneCon.com via email or www.RuneCon.com on the web.


Total Confusion: February 19-22, 2004

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The pre-registration booklet for Total Confusion XVIII is now available.

TotalCon is one of the largest gaming conventions in the Northeast.
I believe they got 600-700 people last year. They have a very full
schedule of events: RPGs, Board Games, Minis, Card Games, and a whole bunch
of LARPs.

TotalCon is a 4-day convention. Events officially start at 1pm on Thursday,
February 19th, and run through Sunday afternoon.

TotalCon will once again be held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Mansfield is a suburb about 45 minutes southwest of Boston. The con
room rate is $72 per day, and the number to call is (508) 339-2200.
Reservations must be made by February 1st to guarantee the con rate.

You can get more info online at the Total Confusion web site:
http://www.totalcon.com

Or, you can email them to request a pre-reg booklet in the mail:
info@totalcon.com

The Schenectady Wargamers usually sends several folks to this con every year.
We hope to see many of you there.


Meet Game Designer Steve Kenson at the Space-Crime Continuum!

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Want to build great worlds for your roleplaying game? Award-winning game designer Steve Kenson will conduct a seminar on "Creating Worlds for Fun and Profit" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 15 at the Space-Crime Continuum bookstore.


Council of Five Nations XXVI THIS WEEKEND

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Just in case you needed a final reminder...

Council of Five Nations, the SWA's annual 3-day gaming convention, is happening this weekend (October 10-12).
The doors will open at 11am tomorrow for the Star Fleet Battles tournament. Many other events will start at 7pm.
The doors will open on Saturday at 10am with events starting at 11am and 6pm.
The doors will open on Sunday at 10am with events starting at 11am.
Pre-registrations are the highest they've been in years. It looks like we'll have a very successful con. We hope to see many of you there.


D&D Designer Mike Mearls Teaches at the Space-Crime Continuum!

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LEARN GAME DESIGN WITH THE PROS

NORTHAMPTON, MA -- On Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m., professional game designer Mike Mearls will visit the Space-Crime Continuum bookstore to lead a seminar on designing roleplaying games.

Titled "Under the Hood", the seminar explores the hidden details of the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game. Mearls will show seminar participants the "rules behind the rules" -- what makes D&D different from other game systems, how spells determine what characters and monsters can do, and how to evaluate new rules that you or other designers have created.


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