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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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:

Or, you can email them to request a pre-reg booklet in the mail:

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!


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


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!



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.

SWA Web ''Home Page'' Discount Program is up and running


Would you like the opportunity to save some money when attending SWA events?
If so, please read on...

We're happy to formally announce the roll-out of the new "SWA as your Home
Page" Internet discount.

Our goal is to have the SWA web site be the hub of
a virtual community of gamers not only in the Capital District, but around
the Northeastern United States. For this to work, we need you to visit
the site often, and to use the functionality to its fullest. As encouragement,
we're offering the following incentive program:

If you set the "Home" page of your web browser to the main page of our
site: www.swa-gaming.org, we will give you a $1 per day discount to SWA Game-a-thons
and Council of Five Nations.

Please report website technical problems


As the number of new users has grown over the past couple of weeks, we've started to get a few bug reports. This is good! We need you folks to tell us what problems need to be fixed.

The most serious report so far related to browser software compatibility. This site uses advanced html features. We strongly suggest you use the most recent version of your browser software. Users have reported problems with Netscape and Internet Explorer versions earlier than 5.0.

Please continue to report problems as you encounter them. You can either use the Feedback module or email us at webmaster@swa-gaming.org.

New SWA Web Page


We're up and running! After what seems like years (well, I guess it really was years...), the SWA has implemented a fully-functional, interactive website. Many thanks to Nick Codignotto for his effort and technical expertise, and to the folks behind PHP-Nuke for the free, open-source code that makes all this possible. Why don't you create a user account and play around with all the cool fuctionality? Feedback is warmly appreciated.

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