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 Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:39.
Hello Northeast Adventure Gamers,
Please consider this the final progress report on Council of Five Nations XXXV, starting tomorrow(!), October 5-7.
All the pre-registration packets are set. Pre-reg was very strong this year, so we're expecting good attendance.
Trans-dimensional rift reported at ProctorsThose of you who have been to Council at Proctors before are familiar with the large basement area, where many games take place. It seems a strange dimensional rift has opened, and the basement has been transformed into a super-classy ballroom. Please click here for photos:
OK, so here's the real deal...
Proctors made a scheduling SNAFU, and we do not have the basement on Friday (we will again for Saturday and Sunday).
So, events that might have been in the basement on Friday night are being moved to Key Hall (an old bank that was converted to a high-class banquet hall). This is right across the arcade/hallway, so you're not going far. Normally this room is way beyond our budget, but since Proctors made the error, they pulled some strings to get us in there so we would still have room to entertain you all on Friday night.
We hope you enjoy gaming in the fine atmosphere of Key Hall, as wait staff dressed in tuxedos tend to your every need with white-glove service(*).
Event Grids & Table MapsWe usually print a 2-page event grid and a separate table map. Since we have so many good games this year, we decided to change the presenation and expand it to three double-sided sheets, one for each day.
We've got plenty of these printed and ready for you on-site. But if you'd like an advance peek, you can download the PDF document on our Downloads page.
We hope to see many of you at Council of Five Nations this weekend.
(*) This statement is an unfounded rumor, and was presented for marketing purposes only.
Submitted by DC on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 22:58.
I had the good fortune to chat with Tyler Dion for a Carnagecast podcast this past weekend.
We spoke all about the good stuff we've got lined up for Council of Five Nations this year (of course).
If you'd like to check it out, you can find it here:
The interview runs about 26 minutes. You can listen to it right from the web site, or you can download the file for listening at your leisure.
You can even download straight into your player from iTunes:
If you're really into podcasts and news about the Schenectady Wargamers Association, you can listen to an older Carnagecast we did (at Carnage!) last November. Link:
We hope to see many of you at Council, just a bit over two weeks away at this point.
Don't forget, you get a pretty nice discount if you pre-register by October 3rd. Full-time students get a discount. Groups of three or more who register together with one payment get a discount. And all these discounts stack!
All the info you need is here: http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council
Many thanks to Tyler for providing this great community service and helping us get the word out!
Submitted by DC on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 20:54.
The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've lost one of our Founding Mothers.
Norma Shelly and her husband Bill established the Studio of Bridge and Games over thirty-five years ago. She continued to run the Studio even after Bill passed away in 2005.
There will be a memorial and funeral service for Norma this Thursday, September 13th,
from 4:00 - 7:00 PM,
at the New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home,
located at 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, NY.
The complete obituary appears below, and also on the New Comer web site.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Schenectady Wargamers Association would not exist today if it were not for Norma & Bill. All who remember Norma and wish to honor her contribution to the gaming community of the Capital District are welcome to attend.
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SCHENECTADY – Norma M. Shelly, 77, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Ellis Hospital.
Norma was born on July 24, 1935 in Albany and was the daughter of the late Brunhilde A. (Schaefer) Fitzgibbons and Clarence A. Stoss. She owned and operated Studio of Bridge and Games in Schenectady which specialized in bridge, chess and fantasy games, for the past 38 years.
Norma always wanted to provide a stimulating social environment that was open to anyone who was willing to try. She liked to bring people together with common interest. She was loving, caring and willing to help anyone. She was an animal lover, especially dogs, where she was on the committee for the Central Park Dog Park in Schenectady. Norma’s hobbies included gardening, fine foods, Proctors, reading and traveling.
Family was most important to her. Norma is survived by her loving sons, Charles H. Miller III and Steven Miller; her step-daughter, Dorothy Shelly; her cherished grandchildren, Justin, Sara and Kacey Miller and Renee Santoro and eight cherished great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William G. Shelly.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie. Calling hours will precede the service from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Schenectady County’s Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302 in memory of Norma M. Shelly.
Submitted by DC on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 23:14.
Hello Northeast Adventure Gamers,
Every year, it seems like getting out the Council of Five Nations Pre-Registration material is like having a baby. Some years it takes more pushing, sweat and pain than others. It took longer than we had hoped, but...
Council 35 Pre-Registration Material is now available for download!
And, online pre-registration is now open!
Please click for the main Council general info page.
Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.
Please click to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment).
Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings... see below).
Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.
Please click for the Council Hotels page.
Please click for the Council Parking page.
Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, Lodging, and a Visitor's Map.
Pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 35 event track page.
Please click for the Train games event track.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.
If you have any questions, please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org
(Please replace the "/at/" with the typical "@" sign. We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)
We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations XXXV, this October 5-7.
Submitted by DC on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 19:42.
Hello Northeast Gamers,
A couple of days ago we announced that we were very close to having the pre-registration material ready for Council of Five Nations, coming this October 5-7 (just four weeks!).
We are now really, really close. The pre-registration packet just needs a bit more polishing to get it up to our usual high standards.
Here is the project plan:
We've got lots of Council goodness this year, so watch your email box for more updates
In the mean time, here's a not-so-little teaser to whet your appetites. This is an abbreviated version of the full, final event schedule. Full event descriptions to follow in the next couple of days.
Of special note is more emphasis on starting the con sooner. You'll notice we have a lot more games in the Friday 2pm slot than we've had previously. We heard your feedback and are getting more action started earlier for those of you who take Friday off of work, to get in as much gaming goodness as you can during your Council weekend.
More real soon!
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All Weekend - Board - SFB Tournament - Star Fleet Battles - Teen14
Fri 10am (SFB) - RPG - Against the Darkness - Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition) - Teen-14
Fri 2pm (A) - Board - Arkham Horror - E-10
Fri 7pm (B) - Board - Agricola - Teen-14
Sat 9am (C) - Board - A Pirate's Life For Me - Boardgames - child
Sat 2pm (D) - Board - A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) - Board game - Teen-14
Sat 7pm (E) - Board - 7 Wonders - 7 Wonders + Leaders expansion - E-10
Sun 9am (F) - Board - Age of Renaissance - Boardgame - E-10
Sun 3pm (G) - Board - Betrayal at House on the Hill - Betrayal at House on the Hill (2004 printing) - E-10
Submitted by DC on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 08:50.
My name is Raffaele Mele, I am the president of Hybris Studios, a video game company in Troy, NY. We are hosting a Game Design Workshop at the Arts Center in Troy in September and would like to invite your gaming community to check it out. I have included the outline of the workshop below, and also included a link to the workshop outline on our website.
Game Design 1 - Workshop outline:
President & CEO
Workshop: Game Design 1
Description: This workshop is an introduction to game design and the Unity 3d Engine. Students will create a playable scene within Unity 3d. Topics will include:
Introduction to 3d and game design
Game production pipeline
Introduction to the Unity 3d game engine.
Students will create a playable scene in Unity 3d
Who should take this workshop: This workshop is for the complete beginner, or any person interested in Game Design with Unity 3d.
Length: 3 weeks
The workshop will take place once a week for two hours.
Start Date: September 12th, 2012
Price: $185 Workshop
*Students must have a laptop computer for this workshop
Submitted by Nick_Klercker on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 14:26.
SWA's 4th Annual Titan Tournament/League starts NOW! It’s basically league style play where the games count as preliminary/qualifying games in the tournament. The top rated players qualify for and may play in the semifinal round. The Semifinal and Final games of the tournament will take place face-to-face on one day, the March 2013 game-a-thon date. League/qualifying games can be played any time now through Feb. 24th. Registered players may organize and report games on their own, and even play online if they choose!
We are organizing games now, and need players and organizers!
• Attend face-to-face games
Please email TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org
All level players
Preliminary games will be 4-player when possible, 3-player or 5-players if the number of available players necessitates it. Prelim games will be made up randomly from the available pool of players at the specified start times. Except that, where possible, we will attempt to separate people who have already played each other this year. There are no guarantees, but we will try to give people a chance to play against a variety of opponents. Currently the league with not be hosting or accepting results from 2-player games.
*NEW* Player Hosted Qualifying games
Games must be 3-5 players, 4 is preferred. Results of the game, with all necessary info, must be properly recorded and reported to TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org by February 24. A PDF of the official record sheet will be emailed to you upon request. Results must specify who won, in what order players were eliminated, who eliminated who, concessions, mutual eliminations, and point totals if game is decided by time limit.
Player hosted games need to have game rules and errata easily available to resolve any potential rules disputes. If time permits, disputes may be resolved by emailing the Tournament GMs. If players are unable to resolve the rules dispute and move on to game completion, or if a significant game changing rules error occurs, results of the game may be rendered null and void at the discretion of tournament GMs.
If there are 12 or under players, there will be two 3-player semi-final games with the winners and second place finishers advancing to a 4-player final.
If there are 13–20 players, there will be two 4-player semi-final games with the winners and second place finishers advancing to a 4-player final.
If there are 21–30 players, there will be four 3-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final.
If there are 31 or more players, there will be four 4-player semi-final games with the winners advancing to a 4-player final.
If there is a mutual elimination for an advancing place in a semifinal game, the player with the higher average from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final. If there is a mutual elimination in the final game, the player with the higher rating from the semifinal will place above the player with the lower rating from the semifinal game.
Semis and Finals will take place on the March 2013 S.W.A. Game-a-thon day.
Hopefully most 4-player games will be over before the time limit. But unless all remaining players agree to keep playing, prelim games will end roughly when the time limit is reached. All players should receive the same number of turns. Players should be conscious of the time limit so a new round of turns should not be started if it is likely to cause the game to go significantly over the time limit. Winners of games that end due to time limit will be determined by adding the following:
Players with the highest average/rating will advance to the semifinals.
Players will receive
Points in a 4-player game
Points in a 3 player game
Points in a 5 player
Prizes and Bragging rights
Players still in the game have an interest in the outcome of battles being fought by other players, and as such are allowed to give advice as long as they aren't bothering the player who it is being given to. No advice may be given by anyone not playing in the game, except to point out a rules violation.
Players are expected to start each game playing to win. If it is found that a player was more interested in helping another player than their own performance, adjustments to the results may be made.
Submitted by ericpaperman on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 00:20.
The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2012 Game-a-thon Summary
Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the August Game-a-thon page.
We hope to see you there.
Submitted by ericpaperman on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:50.
The Schenectady Wargamers Association - July 2012 Game-a-thon Summary
Game-a-thon: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the July Game-a-thon page.
We hope to see you there.