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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.

Griggling Games Playtests at Game-A-Con

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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

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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.
Highlights:
  • 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:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council


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:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm


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.

June Game-a-Thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, June 8, 2013

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


Evil Dice

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Two of our members - Traci & Susan - have written the following song....thought others would enjoy it.....

EVIL DICE (sung to the tune "Eidleweiss")

Evil dice, Evil dice,
Cursed adventures forever
Fumble once, fumble twice,
Live in fear ever after.
Luck of the roll
we will see no more
See no more, if ever.
Evil dice, evil dice,
Killing spree is your mantra.


May 11th Game-a-Thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - May 2013 Game-a-thon Summary Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

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


Electronics Recycling on Saturday, April 20th

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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:

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s828642.shtml?cat=11878


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
Microwaves     
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

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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

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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?

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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).
http://www.friendlygnomegames.com/fgg/en/jobs.asp

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

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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.


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