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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.

February 8th Game-a-thon Schedule

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

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

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. 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.

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.


January 11th Game-a-thon Schedule (Updated)

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

First Game-a-thon at Proctors!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. 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 14th Game-a-Thon Schedule

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

Last Game-a-thon at the Studio!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

That's right - this is our very last event at the Studio of Bridge and Games! You can read the original announcements on our web site here and here.

We want go go out in style, so we're planning a big party atmosphere:

  • Lots of events - see below!
  • Lots of attendees - we want you all to be there!
  • Pot Luck Food - Free entry for everyone who brings a dish to share
  • Focus on nostalgia games from the 70s and 80s (but not exclusively - we have more recent games too)
  • Name that Game contest
  • Lots of fun!

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.

Please join us for this Last Hurrah at the Studio of Bridge and Games, our home base for the past 39 years.


Join us for our Last Hurrah at the Studio

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We announced a couple of weeks ago that the Golub Corporation is getting ready to sell the Studio of Bridge and Games/Price Chopper Community Room.  This means that the upcoming December 14th Game-a-thon will be our last event at the Studio, our home base for the last 39 years.

We are hoping you will join us for our Last Hurrah celebration.  We’ve got big plans!

LOTS OF EVENTS

We want to fill up the Studio with lots of good games.  Our goal is to fill the big room with sixteen events in each time slot (11am-4pm, 5pm-10pm+).  We are hoping for 32 of you potential GMs to step forward and help us make this happen.

It is entirely possible that we will get too many GMs volunteering.  If that’s the case, please know that we will balance the event lineup with the goal of offering a little something for everyone to enjoy, in order to attract the most attendees.  This will not be “first come first scheduled”.  We will, of course, let you know if we can’t fit in your game.

LOTS OF PLAYERS

We hope to have as many games as we can fit in the big back room at the Studio.  That means we need a lot of players to fill up those games.  We can fit over 100.  Please join us and make this the biggest, best Game-a-thon ever.  Even if you want to just come and hang out with some of your old gamng friends, one last time for old time's sake. 

NOSTALGIA GAMES

To honor the founding of the SWA in 1974, and the “Golden Age” of the SWA in the 1970s and 80s, when we had open gaming at the Studio twice per week, we want to suggest to GMs that you reach up to the top shelf of your library and run some classic games from the 70s and 80s.

Here are some of the games we've already got lined up:
  • Original AD&D ("Game Room of the Mad Wizard")
  • Ogre (Steve Jackson Games)
  • Swashbucker (Yaquinto Games)
  • Dune (Avalon Hill)
  • Shogun (Milton Bradley)
  • Advanced Civilization (Avalon Hill)

Please note this is not mandatory.  We will accept games from the 90s and 2000s as well.  But we want to make a special effort to honor our past for this Last Hurrah at the Studio.  (Look for this theme to reappear at future Game-a-thons as well).

FOOD!

Every good party needs food.  To contribute to the sense of community, we are encouraging all players to bring a pot-luck dish.  Your dish can be home-made or store-bought, as long as it's enough to share with several people.  Desserts are especially welcome.  All attendees who bring a dish will get free entry (Game Masters continue to get free entry, as always).

NAME THAT GAME CONTEST

We will have a “Name that Game” contest open to all attendees.  We will pull chits and pieces from games from throughout the SWA’s long history.  The person who can identify the most games that go with these pieces wins free entry to the January 2014 Game-a-thon.

SUMITTING EVENTS

Please use the online form to submit your games for the December 14th Game-a-thon.  
Web link here:  http://www.swa-gaming.org/GameathonEventRegistration

Alternately, you can email us at Gameathon@swa-gaming.org with details of your game.

Help us reach our goal of 16 events in each time slot – we want to say goodbye to the Studio of Bridge and Games in grand style!

THE FUTURE OF SWA GAME-A-THONS

Starting with the January 11th Game-a-thon, we will be at Proctors, the same place we've held Council of Five Nations for several years.  This will be the case for at least six months while we complete our facility search.  We will keep you posted, of course.



After 39 years, this will be the last SWA event at the Studio of Bridge and Games.  For all of you who've been a part of the SWA over the years, we hope you'll join us as we go out in style.


In Memoriam: Gerry Seypura

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We are very sad to announce that the SWA has lost another one of its Founding Fathers, Gerald D. Seypura.

Gerald D. Seypura - RIPGerry was running Dungeons & Dragons (the very original 'white box' edition) since the SWA started gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games way back in 1974.  Exceptionally friendly, Gerry was an ambassador and helped introduce dozens of new people to the Adventure Gaming hobby.  His commitment to the hobby never abated; he ran two events at last month's Council of Five Nations, and was planning on running D&D at the next Game-a-thon.

You can read Gerry's full obituary notice on the web site of the Glenville Funeral Home here:


Calling hours are this Sunday, November 17th,
4:00-6:00 PM,
at the Glenville Funeral Home
9 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY 12302
(518) 399-1630

The Funeral Mass will take place this Monday, November 18th,
10:00 AM
at St. John the Evangelist Church
806 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308


BIG NEWS: SWA Game-a-thons moving to Proctors

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association has enjoyed a great relationship with the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community room since 1974.  With the passing of both Bill Shelly (2005) and Norma Shelly (2012), the original founders and proprietors of the Studio, we knew things would change eventually.

It seems that time has finally arrived. 

We received notice from Price Chopper / The Golub Corporation that the Studio will not be available for our events starting in January 2014.  They are putting the building up for sale.

So, next month's Game-a-thon, scheduled for December 14th, will be our last event at 1639 Eastern Parkway.

... but no worries!

We have an agreement already in place for Proctors to start hosting our monthly Game-a-thons. 

What we know now:
  1. Game-a-thon fees ($4 for one session, $6 for both sessions) will not change.
  2. We will be in the basement.
  3. We will have plenty of tables and good chairs.
Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more information as things develop.

We want to thank the Golub Corporation for hosting us, along with many other community groups, for thirty-nine years.

This is truly the end of an era.


NYS Advanced Squad Leader Championship 2013

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The 10th Annual New York State ASL Championship

When:      Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Where:      Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany NY
Cost:         $40

Great regional ASL competition with ASL heavy-hitters such as Gary Trezza, Steve Pleva, Paul Sidhu, Gary Mei, Tom Morin, and other highly ranked players from all over the Northeast and beyond.  Come enjoy great ASL competition and camaraderie!

Web site:  http://www.nys-asl.com/

Prizes:
First Place:  Another classic diorama by Joe himself
2nd-4th place:  Plaques
Tremendous raffle prizes and games for sale.

Please send payment (check or money order) to:
Joe Leoce
39 Ashton Drive
Staten Island, NY 10312
ASL726 /at/ aol.com

Please contact Joe Loece with any questions.


Revised November 9th Game-a-thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 9, 2013

We've lost one game in the evening, but added Griggling Games playtests to both sessions. So here is the revised schedule for this weekend's Game-a-Thon.

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


The Council Discount Game Auction

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It's only two days until the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI.  We're busy processing the ~250 pre-registrations that we received.  We're looking forward to a good year of walk-ins, especially with the extra media exposure we received from our mention in All Over Albany.

As we're in the final approach to Council weekend, you're probably packing up your gaming materials to bring to the con.  You might be thinking to yourself you should get rid of some of those games that don't fit on the shelves any more.

We can help you with that!

The Discount Game Auction is one of our most popular events, and a long-time Council tradition.  It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available. 

This is an open, competitive bidding auction. If you've got some games you'd like to sell, this is your chance to do so.  If you've got a few bucks left in your pocket at the end of Council weekend, this is also an opportunity for you to pick up some bargains. If you'd like to sell merchandise at our auction (any Council attendee is welcome to do so), please click here to download the Council Auction Seller's materials in PDF format  (390 Kb). The Auction packet is now updated with newer and better PDF technology.  It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.

Please keep one thing in mind.  If your goal is to get top dollar, you'll probably want to sell on eBay or Board Game Geek.  This is the Council discount game auction, after all.  The general tone of the event is buying and selling bargains.  Some items get bid up pretty high, but many of our items sell well below original list price. 

Even if you're not looking to sell, please consider the Auction a great way to spend a long Sunday lunch break as you wind down from your Council weekend.  And you might pick up another gaming treasure or two to take home with you.

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


Council Event Updates & Cancellations

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We’re only four days away from the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI!
We have a few almost-last-minute Council of Five Nations updates for you.

Event Changes

Sometimes real life gets in the way of our volunteer GMs.  We regret that have several event cancellations to announce:
  • A-Board-4 * Penny Arcade: The Game - Gamers vs. Evil
  • C-Minis-6 * Aces High! * Wings of Glory WWI
  • D-Minis-5 * Mars Attacks!
  • E-Board-13 * Andean Abyss * GMT COIN (Counterinsurgency) Series- Vol. 1
  • E-Minis-3 * Is that Garlic I smell? * Sharpe Practice 28mm Napoleonics
  • G-Minis-2 * Trapped in Ambush Alley * Force on Force 20mm
  • All the sessions of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (A-Board-6, B-Board-10, C-Board-18, D-Board-20, E-Board-20, F-Board-20, G-Board-14, H-Board-7)
If you have pre-registered for any of these events, please do not contact us about your event choices.  As an all-volunteer effort, we do not have the resources to answer individual questions about your event registration.  We will follow the order of your 1st-2nd-3rd choices as normal.  If you do not get into an event, you will have a generic ticket in your pre-registration envelope that you can apply towards a different event ticket.

Please note the following free demo event has changed:
D-Demo-1 * Steampunk Battle
Is now "Quartermaster General", another game in development by Griggling Games.

Last-Last-Call for Pre-registrations

Online Pre-registration will close tonight at 11:59 PM.  The web form will be disabled.  We need the next couple of days to process all the pre-regs that have come in to date.  If you do not pre-register by tonight, we will happily register you on-site.

Extended Weather Forecast = Awesome!

The forecast, according to Weather.com, looks spectacular:
Friday:  Cloudy and mild.  High 70.  Low chance of rain.
Saturday:  Partly cloudy cloudy and seasonably mild.  High 67.  Low chance of rain.
Sunday:  Partly cloudy and seasonably cool.  High 61.  Low chance of rain.

This looks very favorable for those of you traveling to Schenectady to join us for three days of gaming goodness.


You can find lots and lots of information about Council of Five Nations at this link:


We look forward to seeing several hundred of you this coming weekend.


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