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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.

Call for GMs for September Game-a-thon

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We're looking for GMs for our next monthly SWA Game-a-Thon on Saturday, September12, 2015.

You can submit events at:

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

or by contacting the Thon co-czars Bill Dickerson and Eric Paperman at our email address: game-a-thon[at]swa-gaming.org

If there is something you'd like to see at a future Thon,send us an email and let us know.

Please submit your events by Thursday, September 3rd.


Wanted - Council volunteers to run an awesome Star Trek-inspired computer game

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We are looking for one or more people who would be interested in helping bring a special group-interactive computer simulation game to Council this year (October 2-4).

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the spaceship Atremis.  Every officer but the Captain has a touch-screen computer console they use to perform their duties.  The Captain gives orders to the other officers.  Everything is projected up on a big viewscreen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It is all controlled by a central server computer.

Here is a link with lots more info:

Here is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:


Here is what the setup at Council might look like:
Artemis Bridge Simulator Setup at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming Convention


We need some volunteers

We need some volunteers to "GM" this game.  Don't be intimidated - you can learn in 15 minutes, and we will train you.  The game practically runs itself. 

The main responsibilities of the GM:
  1. Organize the groups of players and start the game.
  2. Watch over new people as they get the feel for the game.
  3. Call for tech support if something breaks down.
  4. Jump in as an extra officer if a group needs another player.
Yes, we really can train you in all this in 15 minutes.

Council GM Goodies

  1. Volunteer to run one full session, you get in the whole weekend free, just like other GMs.  (You only pay for your individual event tickets. See all the details here:  http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm
  2. Volunteer to run two or more full sessions, and not only do you get into the con free, but you also get one of our special, GMs-only T-Shirts.

Deadline:  Monday, August 31st

Our apologies for the tight deadline. We need to make this happen fast so we can get the pre-reg booklet out the door soon.

Please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org * with the following info:
  1. Your name
  2. Phone number - evenings
  3. Days you will be attending Council of Five Nations (October 2-4 this year).

Thank you!


* Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign.  We apologize for this unfortunate but necessary anti-spam measure.


Council GMs - Extension to August 22nd

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Hello potential Council Game Masters,


We have passed first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVIII, coming this October 2-4, 2015.

Many thanks to those of you have have already responded.  We just shy of 100 events at this point.  That is excellent, but we are looking for around 200 this year, to fill up all that extra space we are renting at Proctors.

We still need all kinds of events.  The only thing we have totally covered at this point is Pathfinder RPG and RPGA D&D. 

We are extending the GM event deadline to August 22nd (five days from now). 
  • Run one event for us and get your whole weekend Council entry free (a $30 value).
  • Run two or more events for us and get not only free entry, but a special GMs-only, very classy, Council Iroquois warrior logo t-shirt.  This year's color is Deep Red.
  • No convention treats it's GMs as well as we do!

For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm


You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council


We hope to see you all this October!

Council of Five Nations Iroquois Warrior Logo


August Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 8, 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 August 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.


Call for GMs - Council of Five Nations (Oct 2-4, 2015)

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Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up.  It's time for our annual "call for events".

We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it.  We look forward to seeing you all again, and we look forward to those of you who are new to GMing for us.

There is a lot of good stuff to share, so here's the Executive Summary:
  • Quality over Quantity
  • We're one week before Columbus Day weekend this year: October 2-4
  • Same place as the past several years - Proctors
  • Events just for the Kids
  • Send us your photos to help promote your events
  • GM Incentives - changes this year
    • Free entry
    • Free T-Shirt if you run two events.
  • Submission Deadline = Sunday, August 16th
  • Link to web form to submit your events:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

Please click here to see the full GM invitation.

We look forward to seeing the many of you who volunteer to GM for us each year.  We also look forward to events from those of you who are new to GMing for us.

You can always keep up on the latest Council of Five Nations news and updates at the main page here:



Bolt Action Tournament at July Game-a-Thon

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - Bolt Action tournament

Get your order dice ready!
1,000 point Bolt Action tournament at the Schenectady Wargamer's Association July Game-a-thon.

Tournament: Director Will Lane
The event will start at 11:30. I will be there early to set up the tables. After the first round we will have a lunch break and we should be done around 7:00pm.

This is a beginner's tournament so don't bring ultra-competitive army lists. That's not to say that only new players are allowed, anyone may come! Only that there will be a number of new Bolt Action players so please be considerate with your army lists. Submit your list to me by July 6th so I have time to review all the lists. You can send them to wlane3000 [at] gmail.com or just send me a facebook message. If I think a list is too much geared toward power gaming, I will ask that you revise it. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask.

We will be using the BoltAction.net format season 2, a pdf can be found here. The biggest change for list building is that LMGs only cost five points.

Please restrict your lists to two platoons maximum. Generic platoons is preferred but you may use Theater selectors, just make note when you submit your army list. The only selector outright banned is the Soviet Seelow Heights list.

We will be capping at 12 players so please send me your list ahead of time to let me know you're coming.


There will be three rounds. The first round will matched based on historical accuracy and the next rounds will be matched using the Swiss system. The missions will be as follows:
Round 1: Maximum Attrition
Round 2: Demolition
Round 3: Domination (from Tank Wars book)

There will be awards for Best Allied General, Best Axis General, and Hanoswag (best theme and historical accuracy). There will also also be a sportsmanship score factored into the overall score. In addition you may submit one vehicle, squad of infantry, or gun team for a separate Best painted award.

Allied: United States, The Commonwealth, Soviet Union, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Partisans and France.
Axis: Germany, Japan, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria.

If we get at least two minor nations than I will add a Best Minor General award.


Entry fee: The Schenectady Wargamer's Association is generously hosting our tournament at their monthly Game-a-Thon. They ask that players pay $5-$6 for the event. If this is your first Game-a-Thon you may get in for free.


What to bring:

  • A 1,000 point Bolt Action army
  • Enough order dice for your army, I will have some extra in case we have multiple of the same color.
  • Pin markers, I will have a few extra
  • Enough d6s, I will have extra
  • Tape measure
  • objective markers if you have them. I will bring some quarters in case, but 60mm is "standard." Of course you can use most any sized objective marker as long as it is not too big.
  • A tray could be handy for moving your army around to the different tables.
  • If you have any cool terrain pieces you want to bring, feel free and I can include them.


Special thanks to Skylor, Sean, and Nathan for supplying terrain!!


If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, you can email me at wlane3000 [at] gmail.com or send me a facebook message.


July Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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

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

All Day ( 11:30am - 7pm )

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.


June Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, June 13, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.

We're continuing our experiment with using the Honor System for collecting session fees. So don't wait for us to interrupt your game; go ahead and put your money in the collection bin by the sign-up sheets.
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.


May Game-a-thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 9, 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 May Game-a-thon page.

All Day ( 11am - 10pm )

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.


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.


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