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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.

Big Council News: Pre-Registration is Open

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Hello Northeast Gamers,

Pre-Registration is now open for Council of Five Nations XXXVII, coming next month, October 10-12.
Convention info is now available online.

You can click here to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.

You can click here for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).

You can click here to go to the chronological listing of all events.

You can click here to go to the online registration form (with PayPal payment).


Event Highlights:
  • Lots of Pathfinder Society RPG all weekend
  • Lots of RPGA / D&D Expeditions with the new Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition
  • Warhammer 40K tournament on Council Sunday (Oct 12)
  • Warrior tournament on Council Saturday (Oct 11)
  • Immersive RPG adventures with Andre Kruppa
  • The biggest and best Star Fleet Battles tournament in the whole world, all weeekend
  • Battleground: Fantasy Warfare
  • Several opportunities to play with game designers
  • Over 200 events the weekend!

Please note...
Every year we have severeal good folks volunteer to help us at the registration desk. If you're not GMing for us, this is another way you can get discounted entry to the convention.  Please see the details on page 4 of the PDF file, or in the pre-registration booklet informational text on the web.

Watch your email box for more updates as they happen!


September 13th Game-a-thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, September 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 September Game-a-thon page.

Both Sessions ( 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.


Last Call for Council Events

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Just want to give you fine folks an update on where we stand with Council of Five Nations events & registration.  Council is coming in two months, October 10-12 this year.

Events

A big Thank You to all of you who have volunteered to run games for us.  We have all that nice square footage to fill up, and we are doing well. 

Please consider this the "last call" for events to get listed in the pre-reg booklet.  We would especially like to offer a few more Miniatures events.  Please remember, run one event and get your weekend registration free.  Run two events and not only do you get in free, but you also get a special GMs-only T-Shirt.  But only if you get in before the deadline.

You can see full details on submitting events here:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

The final, final deadline for getting events listed in the pre-reg booklet is Sunday, August 17th.

Council Pre-Registration

We expect to have pre-registration material out some time during the last week of August.  We will, of course, send out messages via multiple internet channels.

Watch your email box and the SWA web site for the latest updates.


We hope to see all of you this coming October 10-12 at Council of Five Nations.

SWA Member Crowdfunding

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Mike Haggett has been a fixture at SWA events for many years.  He's in the top five for the highest number of events run at Council & Game-a-thons (over 70!), so many of you have probably played in a game with him.

Mike is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his upcoming move to Providence, Rhode Island.  He and his wife are offering some very nice rewards for various funding levels.  If you are looking to get some gaming material published, Mike would be an excellent editor to have working with you.

You can see all the details of the campaign here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/providence-bound/x/148598

The campaign ends on September 1st.

Thank you.

Looking for Star Fleet game donations

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Hello SWA Community,

For many years, Council of Five Nations has been one of the largest face-to-face gatherings of Star Fleet Battles (SFB) players in the whole world.  With Amarillo Design Bureau no longer attending Origins, we are making a special push to attract players of all their Star Fleet Universe (SFU) games to this year’s Council.

Part of this effort is to have product for our new “Take One Leave One” table.  This will serve two purposes:
1.    Current players can swap an SFU product they have for another they would like.
2.    New players can walk away with something free, to help get them into Star Fleet gaming.

A few SWA members have already donated some used SFU games, and we have a pile of good stuff about 18” high.  We are looking to add to that, if you have something you’d like to donate.

We are happy to accept any-and-all ADB game products, in whatever usable condition:
•    Star Fleet Battles
•    Federation & Empire
•    Federation Commander
•    A Call to Arms: Star Fleet
•    Star Fleet Battle Force
•    Star Fleet Marines
•    Starmada
•    Prime Directive RPG
•    Captain’s Log magazines
•    Star Fleet miniatures
•    Star Trek collectibles
•    Anything you’ve got that you think would be appropriate for Star Fleet/Star Trek gaming!

You can click to read more about Star Fleet gaming at Council of Five Nations at the special page on the SWA web site.

If you have product to donate, please simply reply to this email, or just bring it to the Star Fleet room at Council (upstairs – 2nd floor) when you attend this year.

Thank you.

Revised August Game-a-thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 9, 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 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.


New Gaming Venue Opens in Dalton, MA

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Introducing 2 Flights Up

There is a brand new venue in Dalton, MA dedicated to dancing and gaming.

The venue is called 2 Flights Up, and it's located at 399 1/2 Main Street in Dalton.

On the gaming side, we'll be hosting game nights every Thursday evening from 6 to 10PM. This will be an open gaming opportunity, where you can play games from our library, or bring your own games to play with others. For these short sessions, we are asking for a free-will donation to help defray the cost of the venue.

We will also be hosting monthly all-day game days (11AM-10PM), and for these days we are setting an entry fee of $5. For that paltry sum, you will get 11 hours of gaming goodness!

We envision these to be broken into 2 scheduled sessions, 11AM-4PM, and 5PM-10PM, (similar to SWA's Game-a-thons) and plan to have scheduled events that people can sign up for. Now Jeannie and I will be hosting games for each of those sessions, but to be really successful, we need some volunteers to be GMs for other games for those days. If you are willing to bring and host a game for 1 of the 2 sessions, you will get entry for the entire day for free.

Right now we have at least 2 of these Game Days scheduled: July 19 and August 16. If you would be willing to host a game on one or both of those days, please let us know, and we'll get you on the schedule.

Whether or not you decide to GM, please come out and enjoy yourself at our Game nights on Thursdays, or the All Day Game Days, or both. And bring some friends along!

See our website 2FlightsUp.com to contact us or for more info about scheduling for gaming and dancing events!


Thomas & Jeannie Compter

July 12th Game-a-Thon Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

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 July 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 10-12, 2014)

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Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up.  We put out a preliminary message a few weeks ago, to get you thinking about what games you might like to run (you can see that message here.)  Thank you to everyone who replied with ideas, leads and commitments to run games.

We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it.  We look forward to seeing you all again. We also look forward to events from 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 keeping the expanded space - lots of quality gaming tables to fill up!
  • Events and event types that we are seeking
  • 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.  This year is Vibrant Yellow.
  • Submission Deadline = Friday, July 18th
  • Link to web form to submit your events:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

Please click here to see the full GM invitation.

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



Penny Press on Kickstarter

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Some of our friends just across the border (in Massachusetts) are coming out with a new game: Penny Press.

Penny Press allows you to take the role of a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City. Cover the top stories, and go to press when the time is right!

Click here for a review from a playtester on Board Game Geek.

Click here for the Kickstarter page for Penny Press.

The kickstart is already fully funded, but we figure some of you SWANews subscribers might want to get in on the extras, and for a chance to be one of the first to get this promising new game.


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