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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.

In Memoriam: William G. Shelly


The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've
lost another of our Founding Fathers.

Bill Shelly and his wife Norma have been the proprietors of the Studio of
Bridge and Games for over thirty years. Bill discovered the very first
edition of Dungeons & Dragons. He attracted a group of gamers and invited
them to play regularly at the Studio. That small group grew into the SWA that
still exists today.

Please note there will be a memorial service for Bill this Saturday, October
29th, at the Studio of Bridge and Games, starting at 12 noon.

Below is the text of the obituary that appeared in the Albany Times Union.

SCHENECTADY William Gerard Shelly died on September 21, 2005. Bill was
born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on January 24, 1932.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life at the Studio of Bridge and
Games, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday, October 29 at

Bill and his wife Norma have devoted the past 31 years to promoting and
preserving bridge, chess and war games which we hope have brought pleasure
and friendships to many of our players. Bill's service in the front lines
of Korea shaped much of his life. He was a humanitarian and put his family
and everyone else in his circle ahead of himself.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Goska Shelly, and his
brother, Thomas. He is survived by his wife Norma; sister, Florence Kennedy
of Calif.; sons, Michael of S.C., Thomas of Fla.; daughters, Patricia Starkey
(Steven) of Fla., Dorothy of Schenectady; and grandson, Erin of S.C. He
is also survived by his extended family, his mother-in-law and companion
Brunhilde Fitzgibbons, Charles Miller of NYC, Steven Miller, Renee Santoro
(and Victor), Justin Miller, all of Esperance, N.Y., Sara Miller of NYC;
five great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to Victoria Roberts, Laryssa Robertson, Marianna
Atwell and Glenn White, all of whom cared for him during his long illness
and, along with his family, brought love and joy to his life. Our thanks to
the staff at Ellis Hospital for their kindness.

Bill continues to give of himself even after his death. He has donated
his remains to Albany Medical Hospital for anatomical research. At his request,
donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale,
Memphis, TN 38106.

Published in the Albany Times Union on 9/28/2005.

Full Master of Orion boardgame available for download


As many of you know, Kevin Hidinger has been working on a board game version
of the Master of Orion computer game for over two years. We've had
several rounds of playtesting at the Studio of Bridge and Games.

Kevin has prepared a ZIP file containing all the materials you need to play.
This file contains the most updated version of the rules, and files for the
maps, counters and record-keeping sheets.

If you're interested, you can download that file here:

You want the file titled "FULL GAME Download". Ignore the others; they're
from outdated previous playtest versions. We'll get them cleaned up someday.

If you have questions or feedback, you can email Kevin directly at: KevinH111@aol.com.


In Memoriam: Patrick Stevens


Patrick Stevens, one of the founding fathers of the Schenectady Wargamers
Association, died this past Sunday.

Pat was there, back in the days when the building we ~now~ know as the Studio
of Bridge and Games was still a Price Chopper supermarket, and the "Studio"
was a much smaller place around the corner.

Pat was there in the 1970s, running the original Dungeons & Dragons
when it was three little booklets in a white box. He went on to develop
a reputation as one of the best Game Masters the SWA has ever produced.

Pat was there back in the days when Saturday gaming at the Studio regularly
had 20-30 people attending. He was gracious in welcoming newcomers,
even us young "rugrats" who have since grown up to become the old-timers of
the SWA.

Pat was there at every Council of Five Nations, running several events.
Only last year, as he battled cancer, did his name not appear on the GM roster.

Please consider joining us to say goodbye this Thursday afternoon at Pat's
memorial service in Schenectady. The details are outlined below.


Here is the text of the Obituary that appeared in the Times Union:

Patrick A. Stevens, 56, of Keyes Ave., died suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2005
at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Stevens was born in Schenectady
and was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He was a US Navy veteran
and had been employed with the New York State High Education Security Department
as a systems support aid for many years. Patrick's favorite pastime was fishing
and he was an avid gamer. Patrick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Pearson
Stevens; a son, Anthony Stevens of Green Island; a stepdaughter, Sarah Irvine
of Schenectady; his parents, Daniel and Sylvia Smith Stevens of St. Petersburg,
Fla.; two brothers, John Stevens of Staten Island and Daniel Stevens of the
Poughkeepsie area; a sister, Margaret Baker of St. Petersburg. A memorial
service will be held Thursday afternoon at the Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242
McClellan St., Schenectady at 4:30. There will be no calling hours. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Strong Memorial Hospital Blood and Bone
Marrow Transport Program, 60 Elmwood Ave., P.O. Box 650, Rochester, NY 14642.

Last call for Havoc XXI this weekend (March 18-20)


Havoc XXI will be held this coming weekend, March 18th through the 20th,
at the Maironis Park in Shrewsbury MA. Havoc has a long tradition of being
the best miniatures convention in the Northeast with high quality games,
displays and tournaments. For additional information on registration and
hotel options, please check the Havoc website at:


The SWA sends a whole bunch of folks to Havoc each year. We hope to
see you there too!

World Diplomacy Championship - Bulletin #1


If your summer plans start in 1901 with stabbing the French with a surprise
move to the English Channel or a Lepanto cruise to the Turkish coast, then
make your reservations and register now for the Fifteenth Annual World Diplomacy
Championship (WDC XV) in Washington, D.C.!!!

Visit http://www.wdcindc.org/, the
Official Webpage of WDC XV, for more information

The Potomac Tea & Knife Society (PTKS) will be your host for WDC
XV, which will be held from 29-31 July 2005 in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Funeral Notice - Peter Walker


To the members of the SWA,

As some of you might have heard, Peter Walker had an auto accident on the
morning of Thanksgiving. Peter passed away Wednesday night, December 1. Peter
was a past member of the SWA, and remembered his years at the Studio fondly.

Peter's wake will be at De Legge, Henry S - De Legge Funeral Home Inc, 1346
Chrisler Ave, Schenectady, NY 12303, (518) 346-3562. Calling hours will be
5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday December 3.

His memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 603
State St, Schenectady, NY 12305, (518) 374-4403. The service will begin at
11:00 AM Saturday December 4. I understand that there is parking for the
church on Chapel St. which is approximately one block away.

Mark Menard

Boston Massacre, June 19-20


The Boston Massacre is a convention in the Boston area dedicated to the classic game of Diplomacy. This is their second year; I believe they had about 25 people last year, with several prizes awarded for various categories of play.

Please click "Read More" to see the full info from the Con organizer.

Hasbro game designer teaches at Space-Crime Continuum bookstore


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


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

AirCon 2004: April 30 - May 2


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.

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