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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.


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 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.


Council Event Highlight - Play with the Designers

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We are very fortunate to have a whole bunch of events on the Council event schedule this year where you can play with that game's designer.  We are sure that Jeannie (Behutunsburg), Eric (AstroSmashers), Nick (Waking Dreams RPG), Jim (Merchants of Freeburg), Ken (Squadron Strike) and the team from Griggling Games (Quartermaster General, Destination: Neptune & Celestial Rainbows) would love to have you play in their creations.  Here is your chance. 

Please also note that all the Waking Dreams RPG sessions are free demos - just walk up and jump into the game at table 15 in the GE Theatre any time. No ticket necessary.

Here is the session summary of all the Designer games:

A-Board-1 * Behutunsburg
A-Board-3 * Celestial Rainbows
A-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
B-Board-7 * Giant Quartermaster General * Quartermaster General
B-Minis-3 * Die Another Day * Squadron Strike
B-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
C-Board-13 * Quartermaster General
C-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
C-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
D-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
D-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
E-Board-9 * Destination: Neptune
E-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
E-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
F-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
F-Minis-6 * Battle of Drorke’s Rift * Squadron Strike
F-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
G-Board-5 * AstroSmashers
G-Board-11 * Destination: Neptune
G-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
H-Board-1 * AstroSmashers
H-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG

Please click for full event descriptions for games where you can play with the Designer.

Please also remember that pre-registration for Council closes at 11:59 PM on this coming Monday, October 6th.

We hope to see all of you at Council of Five Nations next week!


Council Event Highlight - Game Soapbox Productions

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We have several 'signature events' at Council this year (starting in just nine days from now!).

The first we'd like to highlight is the series of RPG events run by Andre Kruppa.  Andre's events consistently sell out at conventions all around the Northeast, and we are happy to welcome him to his first Council.

Andre Kruppa of Game Soapbox Productions

Andre of Game Soapbox Productions is presenting 3 theatrically enhanced immersive role-playing events this year. These events use soudscapes, music, theatrical lighting, and a few props to help create a memorable role-playing experience. A bit more about this approach can be found here:

http://www.gamesoapbox.com/rpg-theater/


If you'd like to register, look for these events:
  • Fri 7pm (C) - C-RPG-3 - Dead Light - Call of Cthulhu
  • Sat 2pm (E) - E-RPG-1 - The Colony - Call of Cthulhu
  • Sat 7pm (F) - F-RPG-1 - Incident at Owl Lake - Lucid Dreams Roleplaying Engine
Please note that because of the extensive costs associated with this game, event tickets are $5 each.

Please also remember that pre-registration closes in just 5 days, at 11:59 PM on Monday, October 6th.

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

We hope to see you all at Council this year!

Game Soapbox Productions


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