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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.

New Events for the Council Schedule


We have several more events to announce for the schedule for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming in just eighteen days (Oct 11-13).

Here is a quick summary.  Event descriptions are below.

Fri 9am (A) • A-Demo-1 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Fri 2pm (B) • B-Demo-2 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Board-19 • Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Demo-3 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 9am (D) • D-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 2pm (E) • E-Demo-4 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Sat 7pm (F) • F-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sun 9am (G) • G-RPG-8 • Raid on the Temple of the Frog • Original D&D, Champions of ZED • Teen14

Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Based in an alternate Earth, Malifaux uses gothic, steampunk, Victorian horror with a dose of the wild west to inject fun and depth into the magical lawlessness of a world rife with monsters, necropunks, man-machine hybrids, gunslingers, and power-hungry politicos. Actively using character-driven stories to define the world of Malifaux, seek your fortune in this fast-paced and brutal 32mm tabletop miniature skirmish game. Assemble your crew and stake your claim!
     Please note: This is a demo game sponsored by Wyrd Games. No cost, no event tickets. Just show up and play. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Malifaux Web Site
Link: Download the Malifaux Rules

Wyrd Games Demos * Wyrd Games
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Come try one of the Wyrd games here this weekend. We will have here for you fine folks.
Evil Baby Orphanage
Evil Baby Orphanage is a communal deck party card game for three or more players. Each player takes on the role of a Time Nanny using advanced time out technology to rid the time stream of the world's worst villains and "prehabilitate" them to be accountants, or ballerinas, or something.

Kings of Artifice
Kings of Artifice is a strategy board game for 2 to 4 players. The game is played in a series of building rounds, followed by one final crowning round. Victory Points (VP) are awarded for building structures during the game as well as at the end. In each game, two special scoring cards are drawn from a deck that allow players to gain bonus points by meeting certain conditions.

A fast-paced card dueling game in which two players battle each other to win. Each deck in Showdown: Icons can be played against any other Showdown deck. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Wyrd Games Web Site

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
C-Board-19 * $ 2
Game Master: Charles Davis * 4 Players * Teen14
In Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series, each player takes on the role of Dominus, head of a rising house in the ancient Roman city of Capua. Each house is competing for Influence to gain the favor of Rome. Through a combination of political schemes and glorious battles on the arena sands your house will rise in fame and stature. As Dominus, you have a variety of resources at your disposal. Guards protect you from schemes launched by rivals. Slaves run your household and earn gold. Gladiators compete to bring glory to themselves and influence to their Dominus. Yes-All_Materials_Provided Beginners encouraged.
Link: Board Game Geek page link

Raid on the Temple of the Frog * Original D&D, Champions of ZED
G-RPG-8 * $ 2
Game Master: Dan Boggs * 9 Players * Teen14
A strange artifact, hidden deep within the dungeons of the Temple of the Frog, may be crucial to defeating the latest evil lord bent on world domination. You and the other adventurers must infiltrate the Temple of the Frog, & find the artifact. Of course, returning with the artifact may not be as easy as stealing it.......


Pre-registrations are coming in at a nice pace. 
We are over 100 and climbing. 
Be sure to pre-reg by Monday, October 7th at the very latest.  Not only do you save on your entry costs, but you increase your chance of getting your first choice events.

You can always see the latest news on Council of Five Nations at the main site:

We hope to see you all at Council of Five Nations this year.

September 14th Game-a-thon Schedule


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

JenEriCon: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jennifer and Eric Paperman met while gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games and were married in September 1993. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they are taking over the September Game-a-Thon and renaming it.

Jennifer and Eric will be providing food (bagels in the morning, pizza and cake in the evening) and beverages (soda and milk). They will also pay the admission for anyone who brings them an anniversary card (hand-made or store-bought). To qualify, the card has to at least have the following words: Anniversary, And, Eric, Happy, Jennifer, 20th.

The SWA has arranged to have both the front and back rooms at the Studio of Bridge and Games (aka Price Chopper Community Room) at 1639 Eastern Parkway in Schenectady. So there'll be plenty of room for everyone who wants to help Jennifer and Eric celebrate this joyous milestone.

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

Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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.

Council Online Registration is now Open


Council online pre-registration is now available. Please click to go the Council Online Registration page now.

You have two options to pre-register (and save money by doing so). 
  • Register online (and pay via PayPal or credit card)
  • Register the old-fashioned way by filling out the paper form and mailing it to us via US Post
  • Both are good options.  We will process the pre-registrations in the order we receive them.

Please note:
We announced the pre-reg info was first available on August 27th.  We told you that first PDF was a beta version in need of some editing. 

The version now available for download has been edited. 

If you have not already mailed in your pre-reg, we suggest you download the new PDF, since some events have been moved and some codes have been changed.

Please watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news.  Lots of good stuff is happening.

We hope to see all of you in five weeks!

Council - Good Stuff and Bad Stuff


Please disregard this message if you are not interested in a little convention planning drama.

However, if you would like some insight into what's going on behind the scenes as we prepare for Council of Five Nations, one of the longest-running Adventure Gaming conventions in the world, please read on.

Lets break it down into Good Stuff and Bad Stuff.

Good Stuff

Council has grown by 10-15% per year, every year, for the past 6-7 years.  This is even as we have weathered the "Great Recession".  Many thanks to all of you who have helped make that happen, no matter if you have been an organizer, a GM, or a paying attendee.

Because of this strong record of success, we decided to spend a lot more money and expand our square footage by 50% this year.

We knew that we would need a lot more good games to fill up that extra space.  Many, many thanks to the GMs that responded.  You folks really came through for us this year.

In 2012 (a very good year for us), we offered 227 'tables' of events.  (For example, Pathfinder RPG might be only one listing in the schedule, but if we offer 10 tables in the slot, we count that as 10 separate tables of gaming.)

In 2013, we will be offering at least 376 tables of events.

This is an increase of 65%!

Again, we really want to thank all the GMs that responded to our call for events.  Thank you - the convention cannot happen without you!

Bad Stuff

Not everything in life can be honey and roses...

Hotels.  It seems we did not pick the ideal year to expand.  We were sorry to learn that we are on the same weekend as Union College's Homecoming & Parents weekend.  This has made our usual hotel rooms more scarce, and much more expensive.  We have posted several new, excellent hotel options on our Council Hotels page, but we know you folks would rather not have to commute 10-20 minutes to the con.  We hope this doesn't deter too many of you from attending.

Events.  The good news is we are offering a lot more (65% more) events than last year.  The bad news is it takes a lot of time to round up all those GMs.  We wanted to get pre-reg out to you sooner, but sometimes herding GMs is harder than herding cats...

Weddings.  We always seem to get stung by a wedding in one way or another.  This year, not only are we losing some key GMs (congrats to Seth Z), but one of our key con staff had to travel for a wedding as we were trying to get pre-reg materials out.  This put a squeeze on things, and the material didn't get a good edit before going out the door.  We apologize for that.  Updated materials are now available, and they are cleaner.

Computer stuff.  You know the saying "The road to Perdition is paved with good intentions?".  Well, we wanted to really improve the online pre-reg experience for you this year.  But that kind of web programming takes time.  And testing.  And with the time crunch, things have been more squeezed.  We released version 1 of the pre-reg ten days ago, and online pre-reg only went live tonight.  And still without the new features (coming soon - really!).

More Good Stuff

OK, enough complaining.  We are very happy to be hosting what we know will be an excellent convention this year.  We have lots of good games and more space (and elbow room) for you to enjoy those games.

We are looking forward to many of you joining us in five weeks, October 11-13.

Pre-registration is now open.  It closes on Monday, October 7th. 

The sooner you pre-reg, the better your chance of getting your first choice of events.

Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news.  We have lots more good stuff to talk about.

Update: Council Events & Pre-Registration


Just want to give you fine folks an update on where we stand with Council of Five Nations events & registration.  Council is coming in about two months, October 11-13 this year.


A big Thank You to all of you who have volunteered to run games for us.  We needed a lot more events to fill up the 50% more space we'll have this year, and you folks responded. We have over 200 events to fit into the eight slots.

Please consider this the "last call" for events to get listed in the pre-reg booklet.  We would especially like to offer a few more Miniatures events.  Please remember, run one event and get your weekend registration free.  Run two events and not only do you get in free, but you also get a special GMs-only T-Shirt.  But only if you get in before the deadline.

You can see full details on submitting events here:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

The final, final deadline for getting events listed in the pre-reg booklet is Monday, August 19th.

Council Pre-Registration

Our goal is to have the pre-registration material out by Friday, August 23rd.  That's just one week from today!
If we miss that goal, we will absolutely get pre-reg out by Monday, August 26th. 
So, either way, it's coming real soon!
Watch your email box and the SWA web site for the latest updates.

We hope to see all of you this coming October 11-13 at Council of Five Nations.

August 10th Game-a-thon Schedule


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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 10, 2013

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

Council GMs - Extension to July 24th


Hello potential Council Game Masters,

We are just now passing the first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming this October 11-13, 2013.

Many thanks to those of you have have already responded.  We have close to 100 events at this point.  That is excellent, but we are looking for around 200 this year, to fill up all that extra space we are renting at Proctors.

We still need all kinds of events.  The only thing we have totally covered at this point is Pathfinder RPG and RPGA D&D.  We also have a very nice Shadowrun RPG event track fully booked.

We are extending the "Purple Shirt" deadline to July 24th (12 days from now). 
  • Run one event for us and get your whole weekend Council entry free (a $30 value).
  • Run two or more events for us and get not only free entry, but a special GMs-only, very classy, Council Iroquois warrior logo t-shirt.  This year's color is Royal Purple. 
  • No convention treats it's GMs as well as we do!

For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:

You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:

We hope to see you all this October!

Council of Five Nations Iroquois Warrior Logo

July Game-a-Con: July 13-14, 2013


We want to remind you about this weekend's special two-day SWA Game-a-con.  Pathfinder RPG will be the big focus, sponsored by the Captial Region Pathfinder Lodge.   But on top of all Pathfinder on both Saturday and Sunday, we have lots of other gaming goodness to offer.


  • Playtest of SHAEF by Griggling Games, new a local game company
  • Playtest of a D&D Next (5th Edition) Dungeon
  • Our quarterly Swap Meet
  • FIVE sessions worth of Pathfinder events, spanning two days [note that they are starting at 10am - an hour earlier than usual]

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

Saturday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Saturday Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Sunday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

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.

Griggling Games Playtests at Game-A-Con


Griggling Games Playtests at Game-A-Con

Griggling Games Open Playtests at Game-A-Con

Griggling Games, Inc. will be joining the Schenectady Wargamer's Association at Game-A-Con on July 13 & 14, 2013 to conduct playtest sessions of an exciting new historic game, SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force).

SHAEF is a card-driven wargame combining the card-play of a constructible deck game with a traditional map based approach. This board game follows the conflicts in Europe during World War II in the 10 months following D-Day.

We are looking for anyone that may be interested in spending some time with us to learn and play this game and provide us with your thoughts and impressions on it. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a board game during its creation process and influence the final product.

On July 13, Playtests will run in two sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. If there is sufficient interest, we'll come back for a day session on Sunday, July 14. To show our appreciation for your time and feedback in helping us through this critical design process, we will provide playtesters with pizza during both sessions. There is a limit of six players per session. Players may also wish to register as an Official Griggling Games Playtester and receive a copy of the rules a week prior to Game-A-Con. Playtesters who complete the playtest process will receive a free copy of the game when published and credits in the final product.

Save the Date - Council of Five Nations: Oct 11-13, 2013


Hello Northeast Gamers,

Preparations for Council of Five Nations XXXVI are up and running.  We've got a whole bunch of new things this year.
  • Expanding our space and table count by 50%
  • Expanding Friday's schedule to three full gaming slots
  • Expanded dealers area and dealer demos all weekend
  • New - Conflict of Heroes tournament
  • New - Heroscape tournament
  • New - Wargaming Room all weekend.

We are also continuing to offer a lot of stuff that has been very successful for us in the past:
  • Even more Pathfinder Society RPG
  • Even more RPGA D&D
  • The biggest & best Star Fleet Battles tournament in the whole world
  • One of the biggest gatherings of Battleground: Fantasy Warfare players in the Northeast
  • Historical Miniatures
  • TITAN Northeast Championship qualifying rounds
  • Kids events all weekend
  • Around 200 events over the course of the weekend!

You can see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:

We have so started recruiting Game Masters to run events.  Nobody treats their GMs better than Council of Five Nations.  There are a few changes over previous years.  You can see full details, and the online form for event submission, here:

Watch the web site and your email box for lots more Council info over the coming months.
We hope to see you all this October.

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