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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.

April Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - April 2017 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 8, 2017

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 also our flea market month, so dust off your old games & minis and bring them on down to sell.

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 lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


March Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - March 2017 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 4, 2017

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 March Game-a-thon page.

Titan Session ( 9am - whenever )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )


February Game-a-thon Schedule [Revised]

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - February 2017 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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 Game-a-Thon

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - January 2017 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, January 14, 2017

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.

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 lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


In Memoriam: Tom Wargo

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We are very sad to announce that the SWA community has lost a treasured member - Thomas N. Wargo.

Tom Wargo - Council GMTom has been gaming with us and running events at Council of Five Nations for several years now. He selflessly volunteered not only to GM, but to help with less glamorous tasks like working the registration desk.  Since we are always looking for good people to help us serve the gaming community, we recently offered him the title of Wargames Czar, and he graciously accepted.  His wife Terry tells us that he felt honored to be an SWA officer.

Here is a photo of Tom running Sea Power at the most recent Council.  He is the guy in the yellow Council GM t-shirt. 

You can read Tom's full obituary notice on the web site of the Mereness Putnam Funeral Home:
http://www.merenessputnamfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Thomas-Wargo/#!/Obituary

Services will be this coming Tuesday, January 3rd.

Visitation will be from 10:30 AM  - 12:00 Noon.
Funeral Mass will be at 12:00 Noon.

These will both be held at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, in Middleburgh, New York.
Full information is available at the obituary link above.

Rest in Peace.


Bolt Action at 2017 SWA Game-a-thons

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We're looking to kick off a semi-annual Bolt Action day at the Schenectady Wargamers Association Game-a-thon on January 14th.

Please bring 500 points in a single platoon.  We will have spare armies available if anyone is interested but doesn't have anything made up.

This is coinciding with the beginning of a joint NY/NJ escalation league that we are looking at linking up with if there are a couple people interested from the Albany Area.

For more information:
Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/594019877350882/

Bolt Action - Warlord Games - product page:
http://www.warlordgames.com/bolt-action/


December Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - December 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, December 10, 2016

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.
If you want to sign up for games ahead of time, click here for Registration information.

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 lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
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 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 12, 2016

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 )

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 lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


October Game-a-Thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - October 2016 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, October 15, 2016

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.
The October 15 Game-a-Thons will be FREE admission for everybody.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the October 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 lodge will be hosting a character workshop from 11 AM to noon to help familiarize new players with the game.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


Two lost minis events at Council - Rediscovered!

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Due to an administrative error, two miniatures events that were submitted before the deadline were left out of the event schedule. We have now corrected that error.  Please see the full listings below.  They are also included on the Chronological Event Listing on the SWA web site, and an updated version of the pre-registration packet (PDF) we just uploaded tonight.

If you have already pre-registered, but would like to switch to one of these events, please email us at
Council.Registrar /at/ swa-gaming.org
and give us the details.  We will switch your registration.

(Please replace the /at/ with the typical "@" sign).


The full event descriptions...

The Cart • Frostgrave
Event Code: E-Minis-6 • $ 2
Game Master: Michael Griffin • 8 Players • E10
Seems there is a new power in Frostgrave.  No one has seen him directly, but everyone thinks the new horde of goblins rooming the ruins are working for him.   They seem to show up each time a party goes into Frostgrave to forage.
     A fellow just came into the tavern where many of the Frostgrave exploring wizards hang out.   Said there is a broken down cart just bulging with supplies and a few goblins guarding it.   Bet there are some fine treasures on it.   And it might take this new power down a notch or two if his stuff was lost.  
Quick get the boys together!  Let's see if we can find this cart....   Beginners encouraged.


Breakout!!! • G&Z Home Rules WW2
Event Code: F-Minis-6 • $ 2
Game Master: Michael Griffin • 6 Players • E10
Late July 1944,  The Americans are breaking out of the Normandy hedgerows during operation Cobra. This scenario is representative of what typically occurred during this time.  Can the German forces hold the line, perhaps push back, or will the Americans break through their lines?    Beginners encouraged.

REMINDER

Council of Five Nations XXXIX begins in exactly two weeks!  (Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25)

If you pre-register, you save roughly 20% on your door entry fee.  Pre-registration closes at midnight on Monday, September 19th.

We hope to see many of you at Council this year!


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