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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.

Electronics Recycling on Saturday, April 20th


Hello SWA Community,

Once again, WNYT and their partners will be sponsoring a huge electronics recycling day.

When:  This Saturday, April 20th, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at Taft Furniture in Colonie (1960 Central Avenue, 1 mile west of Route 155).

Unlike similar events in the past, there is no longer any requirement to get a permit from your local town hall.  Drive up and they'll take your stuff.

We know from past experience that this event is very well attended. Plan on waiting in line for a little while.

Here is the web site will all the info:


List of Acceptable Electronic Equipment for Recycling

Computer Devices:    Computers/Laptops
Monitors:     CRT, LCD, Security
Televisions:     CRT, Flat Panel (LCD, Plasma, LED), Console, Projection
Networking Devices:     Servers, Routers, Switches, Hubs, Arrays
Printing Devices:     Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Copiers, Duplicators, Plotters, Typewriters
Audio/Video Devices:     CD/DVD/VHS/Blue-Ray Players, MP3 Players, iPods, Projectors, Stereos, Video Game Consoles, Speakers, Receivers (audio, cable, satellite), Recorders, Converter Boxes
Communication Devices:     Cell Phones, Smart Phones, PDA’s, Telephones, Pagers, Answering Machines
Power Supplies:     UPS’s (Uninterrupted Power Supplies), Surge Protectors
Peripherals:     all items used in the function of these devices (Ie. keyboards, mice, speakers, pointing devices, etc)
Wire/Cabling:     all cables, wires and power chords used in the function of these devices
Hardware:     all parts that are, or once were, part of these devices (Ie. circuit boards, hard drives, RAM, processors, power supplies, optical/floppy drives, etc)
Batteries:     Those from cell phones, laptops, UPS’s, and Power Supplies
Telecommunication Devices     
Lab/Test/Measurement Devices:     Meters, Oscilloscopes, Analyzers, Testers, etc
Paper/Cardboard:     White ledger (copy paper any size with light printing), Office Mix (magazines, newspapers, colored paper, envelopes, sticky notes, register tape, etc); Cardboard
Air Conditioners:                     Dehumidifiers & Air conditioners*

*There will be a $15 fee for freon removal from these items.

List of Unacceptable Electronic Equipment for Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste:     Paint, Oil, Cleaning Supplies, Medication (pills, liquids, etc)
Liquids:     Any and all liquids
Light-bulbs/Lamps:     Fluorescent, Incandescent, HID, Flood, PL, Biax, etc.
Home Appliances:     Washers/Driers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Stoves, Vacuum Cleaners, Lamps
Batteries:     Alkaline, Lead-acid, etc.
Gas Powered Equipment     
Lawn Equipment

Help take care of Mother Earth!

April 13th Game-a-Thon Schedule


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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 13, 2013

April is a Swap Meet month, so bring your games and game related items to sell!

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

March 9th Game-a-Thon Schedule


The Schenectady Wargamers Association - March 2013 Game-a-thon Summary Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Pathfinder Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.

Wanna work at a Game Company in the Mid-Hudson Valley?


Friendly Gnome Games, Inc. is a new game publishing company in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our product line will initially focus on euro and historical board and card games, with a lesser presence in family games that would appeal to folks who like the main product line.

Several positions will be opening up later in the year that you or someone you know may be interested in. We are also very interested in establishing a cadre of play-testers, and hope to run play-testing events at the SWA Game-a-thons. While there will be other opportunities to sign up in the future, if you are interested in being a play-tester please send us your name and email to jobs@friendlygnomegames.com. A game's play-tester will receive credit in the game's rulebook as well a free copy of the game once released.

Right now I'm interviewing for a Full-time Director of Sales & Marketing (Starting June 1, 2013).

I am not right now in the position to accept design submissions since I need to get a waiver and the rest of the legal details worked out. Check back at our site in June for design submission details.

Ian Brody

February Game-a-Thon Rescheduled for 16th


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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 16, 2013

We were able to reschedule this month's Game-a-Thon and most of our GameMasters were able to attend, so here is the revised schedule.

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

Looking for minis gamers: 28mm modern and Sci-Fi Skirmish


Longtime SWA member looking for a regular group to play 28mm modern and sci-fi skirmish level games.

I have enough minis and terrain to field a 250 point allied army for Dust Warfare, an US platoon for Force on Force (a modern rules set), two sizable armies from AT-43 to either play AT-43, Tomorrows War (the sci-fi version of Force on Force), or Star Grunt. I also have some 6mm/mirco armor sized sci-fi troops suitable for Dirtside and a decent sized fleet for Full Thrust. I'm also very interested in playing Infinity, but don't have minis for it yet. I also enjoy board games and WWII minis but I'm mostly looking for Sci-Fi and Modern.

I live in Schenectady and have a large office in Scotia, able to host if needed with bathroom/kitchen/off street parking that can accommodate multiple gaming sized tables. I'm hoping to play once or twice a month, willing to host or travel in the Capital Region and am open to more then just what I've mentioned.

If interested, please contact me at Nate /at/ whitchurchphotography.com

Web Links

Dust Warfare

Force of Force

Tomorrow's War


Free downloadable rules for Infinity

TotalCon Pre-Registration is now Open


TotalCon 27 co-sponsored by Eagle/Gryphon Games and Your Move Games.
February 21-24, 2013
Hosted by the Holiday Inn of Mansfield, MA (in the suburbs of Boston)

  • The return of Frank Mentzer and Tim Kask! Their new company, Eldritch Enterprises will be in the vendor hall offering their just released products! 
  • The Dice Tower Network returns with Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer and sevearl Dice Tower Network Podcasters.
  • Also returning: IRON GM Regional Championship
  • Catan North American Championship Pre-Qualifier.
  • The RKO Army will return with live performances. 
  • Panels will be offered with movie premiers too!
  • NEW: BattleGround Fantasy Warfare Championship
  • 40k NOVA Invitational.
In addition, we have a growing number of industry guests and hundreds of event choices featuring new and returning favorites.  There are too many great things to list!! Check it all out at http://www.totalcon.com/


January 12 Game-a-Thon Schedule


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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, January 12, 2013

Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

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

Swap Meet stuff at the January 12th Game-a-thon


We just want to remind everyone that the January 12th Game-a-thon is also one of our quarterly Swap Meet days.

Three times per year, at the January, April and July Game-a-thons, we have a Swap Meet area at Game-a-thon. If you've got merchandise you'd like to sell, please consider renting a table or two.

This is meant to be more of a Swap Meet / Garage Sale atmosphere, and not intended for full merchant setups.

Each attendee can rent a maximum of three tables. The first costs $2, two cost $10, and three cost $20. As you can see, the price structure encourages individuals to rent few tables.

Each table is (2.5' x 2.5'); a standard card table. Some of them are kinda old and thus not very sturdy. Please keep this in mind when planning what you'll bring for sale.  You can always put large or heavy merchandise underneath your table.

You can reserve your table(s) ahead of time by using the online registration form. You will see the prices repeated there. Please also note that you have to pay the Game-a-thon registration in addition to the table rental fee if you play games.

We suggest that you use our Forum discussion boards to announce what you will/might bring.  Dave has already started a thread posting what he's bringing.  You can see it, and add your own list, here:


Chris Tosh will be selling a collection of 20mm WW2 figures.

35 1:72 tanks and AFV's (mostly Dragon diecasts)
80 painted 20mm WW2 american figures
57 painted 20mm WW2 british figures
42 painted 20mm WW2 german figures
Wooden storage/display case
Click this link to see photos of the figures:

Giving folks a preview of what you'll bring might help ensure you get some buyers.  Several of us have done this in the past, and we've sold lots of stuff.

Albany Battletech League 2013 - Players Wanted!


Battletech MechThe Albany Battletech League invites you to play in our 2013 season!  Players will be constructing their Classic Battletech force a little differently this year.  For all you sports fans, we’ll be drafting battlemechs and pilots just like a fantasy football league!  Players will then face off in a series of matches in a friendly competitive atmosphere.  This League is about having fun!!  THERE IS NO FEE TO PLAY!!!

League matches are held one Thursday night and when demand dictates, one Saturday per month at Zombie Planet located on Central Avenue in Albany, or at the SWA Game-A-Thon location in Schenectady.  Participation in every ‘League Night’ is NOT mandatory.  Show up for a night/day of gaming when you have the time!

The League has enjoyed great prize support the past few years.

Beginners are welcome!!  The League veteran players are more than happy to teach Classic Battletech to newcomers.  The League host is also available to assist new players during their matches.

The Albany Battletech League is hosted by Eric Alexopoulos.  Eric is a 20+ year veteran of Classic Battletech and has hosted League play since its beginning in 2007.  Please contact Eric Alexopoulos at stargazer1x /at/ yahoo.com for details. 

Visit the Albany Battletech Group’s website at:  www.capitaldistrictbattletech.com to check out the 2012 League activities.

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