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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 since 1974. 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 every year, Council of Five Nations, usually early October or late September. 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.

Bolt Action WW2 at SWA events

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Hello SWA members,

I’m a long time SWA member and have recently started playing Bolt Action pretty regularly and would like to start doing Bolt Action events periodically at Game-a-thons.

For those of you who don’t know, Bolt Action is a 28mm WWII platoon level skirmish game. It focuses mainly on infantry, with options to take a tank and some some weapons squads or artillery. The game plays fairly quickly and I believe does a great job of balancing historical accuracy with the ability to play pick up games fairly quickly.

There is a budding community here in the Capital Region and close by and I believe that we can get enough people together to play several matches, switching opponents between games. The goal is to generate enough interest and a large enough group to play every few months with possibly a tournament at some point during the year.

I am planning on running a Bolt Action day at the next Gameathon in May. We will have several tables set up and hopefully 8-10 players coming in. The plan is to have 3 games over the two Gameathon slots with a dinner break after the second game. In addition to already established players we will be able to offer demos and full games to those who are interested.

In-between games I will be able to run 15-20 minute demos to show any interested people the mechanics, and if anyone is interested enough I can easily supply a force for someone to play a full game.

Since this requires a little more preparation than a regular Game-a-thon event, I’m writing to find out what kind of interest there is from the SWA community. If you are interested please email me and let me know wether you would like to play or if you were interested in a demo. My Email address is nate /at/ whitchurchphotography /dot/ com, please note that there is no E in whitchurch.

You can learn more about Bolt Action at these sites...

You can see the full Bolt Action product line here:

Read more about the game here:

You can get in on the discussion at the Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page:


Please email me with your level of interest by Sunday, April 26th.


April Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - April 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 11, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.

April is a Swap Meet/Flea Market month, so bring old games you'd like to unload. No charge for a table at this month's sale.

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 Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - March 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 14, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery (2nd floor conference room). The primary entrance to this space is the elevators near the Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the March Game-a-thon page.

The Northeast Titan Championship Semi-finals and Finals will take place at Game-a-Thon. The semi-finals will start at 9am.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

There are no Pathfinder events at Game-a-Thon this month. Our Pathfinder GMs are busy running events at Genericon instead.


February Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - #1 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 14, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area).
The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.

For more information, including full event descriptions,

click here for the February Game-a-thon page
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Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Morning Session ( 12:30pm - 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.


January Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - #1 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, January 10, 2015

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

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the January 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.


December Game-a-thon schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - #1 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, December 13, 2014

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the December 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.


Clean Eating for Gamers

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Greetings SWA Gamers,

My name is Dan Masucci and I am one of the regular Game Masters at Council of Five Nations. I have been an avid role-playing gamer for almost 30 years. Sadly, part of gaming can mean poor eating habits. To battle that, I’m creating a FREE 7-Day Clean-Eating Accountability Group on Facebook for gamers.

People who have joined my accountability groups have lost up to 18 pounds and a felt dramatic increase in energy, almost like they drank a potion of heroism! So join this “campaign” so we can support one another in our quest for healthier living. I’ll be your guide (much like a Dungeon Master). I’ll provide accountability, answers and advice regarding nutrition, as well as motivate you to stick with it. The rest will become legend!

The Free 7-Day Clean Eating Accountability Group for Gamers will begin November 10th. To join, please friend me at facebook.com/danmasucci or message me at danmasucci@gmail.com.

The time to level up is now!

Best wishes,
Dan Masucci
Independent Team BeachBody Coach
E-Mail: danmasucci@gmail.com
Phone: 518.881.8024
beachbodycoach.com/danmasucci
shakeology.com/danmasucci

Clean Eating - Before and After - Dan Masucci


November Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - November 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 8, 2014

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the November Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Morning Session ( 12:30pm - 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 Weather Forecast

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It looks like the gaming gods are bestowing their favor upon our convention festivities. 
According to the Weather.com weekend forecast:
  • Friday, October 10th.  Partly Cloudy.  Hi 61, Lo 41.  Light winds.  0% chance of rain.
  • Saturday, October 11th.  Partly Cloudy.  Hi 62, Lo 37.  Light winds.  0% chance of rain.
  • Sunday, October 12th.  Sunny.  Hi 61, Lo 40.  Light winds.  0% chance of rain.

It's Convention Time
As if you didn't know, Council of Five Nations is this weekend, starting at 8:00 AM tomorrow. 
Pre-registration was very healthy compared with last year, and we expect plenty of walk-ins as usual.

A few reminders...

Parking.  Please remember that if you show your Council badge, you can park free in the Broadway garage all weekend. Newsies is playing in the big theatre at Proctors on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will have competition for parking spots.

Events.  We have over 200 events scheduled for the weekend. See the Chronological Event listing for the whole list, or download the registration packet in PDF format and print it yourself.

Free Events.  We have free Demo events in every session. No tickets necessary.  Just walk up and play.

We hope to see you at Council this weekend.




For more information about the convention...

Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.
Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.
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, and a Visitor's Map.

Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks

Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click for your chance to play with the game Designers.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click to see all the Free Demo game events during Council weekend.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.
Please click for the list of Avalon Hill Classic games.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the list of all our Old School classics.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.
Please click for the Train games event track.


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.)



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Council Event Highlight - Gaming Artist Christian N. St. Pierre

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Artist Christian N. St. Pierre at Council of Five Nations XXXVII - Adventure Gaming Convention - 2014Christian N. St. Pierre’s work has appeared in dozens of gaming products. Examples include Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Hero Games, Mongoose Publishing and Hero Games.  He will have many original works on display in the Vendor’s Hall at Council.  You can see dozens of his works at his web site: www.ChristianNStPierre.com.

Chris will also be sponsoring a group discussion/seminar on how to get your art published in the gaming industry during the lunch break on Sunday, October 12th, 1:00-2:00 PM, at his table in the Vendor Hall.

Breaking In and Staying In for Artists
Artist Christian N. St. Pierre will discuss the dos and don'ts of breaking in and working in the table-top game industry as an artist. This presentation will focus on the steps to building your portfolio, establishing your reputation, and maintaining your career.



Also, please remember that you have three days to pre-register for Council of Five Nations. Pre-reg closes at 11:59 PM this Monday, October 6th. You can still register on-site, but the cost goes up by roughly 25%. Pre-registering also increases your chances of getting your first choice of events.

You can find all the Council of Five Nations information at this info hub link:
http://swa-gaming.org/Council

We hope to see all of you next weekend, at Council of Five Nations XXXVII.


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