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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.

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.

December Game-a-Thon


The Schenectady Wargamers Association - December 2012 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

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

Call for GMs for December Game-a-Thon


We're looking for GMs for our next monthly SWA Game-a-Thon on Saturday, December 8.

You can submit events at:


or by contacting the Thon co-czars at gameathon[at]swa-gaming.org

If there is something you'd like to see at a future Thon, you can request a game to be run here:


Please submit your events by Friday, November 30.

November Game-a-Thon


The Schenectady Wargamers Association - November 2012 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 10, 2012

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Pathfinder Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

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

ASL Clinic at future Game-a-thons


Advanced Squad Leader CoverLearn the premiere WW-II tactical level simulation, Advanced Squad Leader.

Programmed approach using the ASL Starter Kit system.

ASL Clinic at each SWA Game-a-thon starting in November 2012
  • Play one or both sessions each Game-a-thon.
  • Start with infantry rules, advance to guns and vehicles.
  • Start the series in any Game-a-thon.
  • Take a break, skip a Game-a-thon; it’s ok.  Pick up where you left off.

Bring your tactics, I’ll teach you the rules.  Bring your favorite dice or use mine.  The game system uses two 6-sided dice, one colored and one white.

Where better to start a company level WW-II simulation but Stalingrad 1942!

Stalingrad World War II - Advanced Squad LeaderStalingrad - Advanced Squad Leader

Can you slow the invading Germans long enough for your shock group to counter attack in bloody battle? 
Or, can your flamethrower wielding Germans push back the Russians and capture another block?

Stalingrad - German Heavy Machine GunStalingrad German Flamethrower Advanced Squad Leader

After the first round of gaming, we’ll switch fronts and see how the Germans deal with the flamethrower wielding American’s in Aachen.

Advanced Squad Leader - Aachen

When we’ve finished the clinic you will have explored detailed infantry, guns, and vehicles information and unique tactics from every major and many minor combatants from WW-II.

For more information, please email Brian: aloha_brian /at/ yahoo.com

You can also post comments and replies to the posting in the SWA web site Forums (look under SWA Gaming - Special Interest Groups).

Call for GMs for November Game-a-Thon


We're looking for GMs for our next monthly SWA Game-a-Thon on Saturday, November 10.

You can submit events at:


or by contacting the Thon co-czars at gameathon[at]swa-gaming.org

If there is something you'd like to see at a future Thon, you can request a game to be run here:


Please submit your events by Sunday, October 28.

Council this weekend - Final Update


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 Proctors

Those 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 Maps

We 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.

Council info via Carnage Podcast


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!

In Memoriam: Norma Shelly


The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've lost one of our Founding Mothers.Norma M Shelly

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.

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