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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 May Game-a-thon

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We're looking for GMs for our next monthly SWA Game-a-Thon in our new location at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (the basement) on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

We've already received two events - the board game Relic (GM Michael Rector) and an introduction to the Bolt Action minis rules for World war 2 Platoon combat (GM Skylor Edwards).

You can submit events at:

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

or by contacting the Thon co-czars at gameathon[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 Wednesday, April 30.

April Game-a-thon Schedule

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

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

We're meeting in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is by the elevators near Proctors Box Office.
April is a Swap Meet month, so bring your games and game related items to sell!
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the April Game-a-thon page.

Conflict of Heroes Tournament ( 8:30am - 11pm )

Follow this link to the page with details on the tournament. Because of the need for us to plan on providing map boards and counters, we require that all participants pre-register via the web, with PayPal payment. We may be able to accommodate a few walk-ins, but there are no guarantees to this.

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 Schedule

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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 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 March 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.


Conflict of Heroes Tournament, April 12, 2014

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association is happy to announce that we will be sponsoring a one-day Conflict of Heroes tournament at our April Game-a-thon, this coming April 12, 2014.

Tournament Format

  • One Day, April 12th
  • Doors open at 8:00 AM, games start at 9:30 AM.
  • A mix of published and custom-made scenarios
  • Four rounds of Swiss scoring
  • Final round ends and winner announced around 11 PM-ish.

Prizes

Academy Games will be officially sponsoring this tournament with prize and promotion support.

The  tournament winner will get a free copy of the upcoming Guadalcanal box set when it is released.  The winner will also have a Leader card named in their honor in the next box set.

All tournament participants will receive a free Wrecks and Destruction expansion counter sheet as part of their paid registration.

Half of all tournament participants will receive a free Monster Tanks expansion counter sheet.  The winner of the round 3 Goeringstrasse scenario will not only score tournament points, but will also take home the full Monster Tanks counter sheet used to play the scenario.

All these prizes are provided by Academy Games.


Location

The SWA Game-a-thons are hosted by the Proctors Theatre and Conference Center, located in Schenectady, New York.  Schenectady is conveniently located:
  • 3 hours north of New York City
  • 3 hours west of Boston
  • 4 hours east of Buffalo
  • 5 hours south of Montreal.

Registration & Costs

Registration for the entire tournament will be only $10.

(Please keep in mind that the Wrecks and Destruction counter sheet alone is worth $10!)

Because of the need for us to plan on providing map boards and counters, we require that all participants pre-register via the web, with PayPal payment.  We cannot guarantee a spot in the tournament to those who do not pre-register.  We may be able to accommodate a few walk-ins, but there are no guarantees to this.  Please consider pre-registration mandatory.

The online registration page is available now:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-online-registration

Registration Discounts
Players who are able to provide AtB and/or SoS map boards and counters will get a discount on their registration.  You will get $3 off for each game set you can bring to potentially share with other players.


Hotel Accommodations

For those of you traveling from out of town to attend, we have identified several good hotels at a variety of price and quality points.  This is the same web page the SWA uses for it's annual convention in October, Council of Five Nations.  Please ignore references to the October con - the hotel info is still valid.  Link:

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


About the SWA's Conflict of Heroes Group

The Schenectady Wargamers Association has had a group of CoH players meeting twice a month for over two years now. Group membership has fluctuated over the years, and is currently at six solid members.  We have played many of the published scenarios, and have experimented with custom-designed scenarios and ASL conversions.  One member has even designed a Korean War scenario.  If you are local to the Capital District, and are interested in joining us, please let us know.


For More Information

Please contact Dave Cheng, the Tournament Judge, with any questions or comments.
CoH.Tournament /at/ swa-gaming.org
(518) 464-1977  before 11pm EST

You can also follow the online discussion on the Board Game Geek forum page. 

Direct link:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1129385/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-april-12-2014-up



We hope to see many of you on April 12th!


Monopoly Tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Monopoly Tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Visiting Nurse Service of NENY is holding a Monopoly Fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The Holiday Inn 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
All players must pre-register by calling: 382-8050 ext. 245

Sign-in starts at 4:30 that day. There will be one 90 minute preliminary round and the top 6 players will go to a final 90 minute round to determine the top player of the evening!

Price includes dinner and the chance to win terrific prizes like beer for a year donated by Druthers in Saratoga!
There are other great prizes like gaming baskets, theater tickets and restaurant gift certificates as well as a silent auction.
$75 pp includes a spot in the tournament and dinner.
$50 pp spectator price includes dinner.

All proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurse Service of NENY. A non-profit that has been serving the community since 1919 with homecare visits.

You can get more information on this event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/422050671262342/

Please come out and have an incredible night while supporting a great cause!

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


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