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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.

November Game-a-thon Event Schedule


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

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 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 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 Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.

World Series Baseball at Council of Five Nations


One more event highlight to share...

Leo Gallant has been touring conventions around the Northeast with his beautiful Fenway Park stadium setup. We are very happy to finally offer this event to you at Council.

1986 New York vs Boston * Home Grown Baseball
Fenway Park in Miniature - 1986 World SeriesD-Minis-3 * $ 2
E-Minis-1 * $ 2
Game Master: Leo Gallant * 6 Players * E10
Unique baseball miniatures game. Played in a Fenway Park replica. Easy to learn rules. World series match-up Mets vs. Red Sox. Set your defense and bat your line up. Beautiful painted 28mm figures. Don't let this one slip through your legs. Beginners encouraged.

Fenway ParkYou have two opportunities to play, Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM (D-Minis-3) and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM (E-Minis-1).

If you like Baseball, don't miss your chance to check out this unique game.

We hope to see all of you at Council of Five Nations this weekend.

Weather Forecast for Council Weekend


We had almost two inches of rain between Tuesday and Wednesday, so the streets of downtown Schenectady should be nice and clean for all our Council attendees this weekend.

The weather forecast is looking pretty good:

Friday, Oct 2nd:  Partly cloudy. Seasonably cool.  High 57, Low 42.  0% chance of rain.

Saturday, Oct 3rd.  Mostly cloudy. Seasonably cool. High 54, Low 44.  20% chance of rain.

Sunday, Oct 4th. Partly cloudy. Seasonably cool. High 60, Low 42.  10% chance of rain.

OK, that's hopefully the last of the SWANews blasts before the convention starts tomorrow. 

Council event highight - Immersive RPGing


Council of Five Nations strives to give our attendees a good balance of Board games, Miniatures and RPGs all weekend.

As Role Play Gaming has evolved and matured, we are seeing some really innovative stuff. We emailed you last night about a four-table interactive group event, the Clockwork Riddle, running two sessions on Council Saturday, 2pm-11pm.

We have three other GMs we'd like to highlight as well.

Andre Kruppa - Soapbox Productions - Council of Five Nations - Adventure Gaming ConventionAndre Kruppa runs a theatrical style game with a presentation designed to create an immersive role-playing experience. Characters are provided with modest biographical and description to give players a solid role to play. Lights, sound, music, handouts, and some props are used to help set the scene and the mood. Players should expect a solid session and some fun role-playing opportunities. Look for his events:

Friday at 7:00 PM -
B-RPG-3 * And Some Fell on Stony Ground * Call of Cthulhu
Saturday at 2:00 PM - D-RPG-1 * The Jazz Man * Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine
Saturday at 7:00 PM - E-RPG-4 * Executive Meeting * Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine

Game Soapbox Productions is Andre’s studio and publishing company dedicated to the passion and power of storytelling. In the works are campaigns set in the dark 50s and a shadowy post Lovecraftian 30s, soundscapes, e-books, and immersive RPG tabletop production elements. The booklets Bringing Theater to the Mind: Theatrical Elements in Roleplaying and Madness and Mayhem Live Action Role-Playing are both available via Amazon and RPGNow. The Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine, a core system for gritty role-playing, is in the final stages of development as well! Game Soapbox Productions is also offering game studio design consulting, helping gamers set the scene in their own game rooms!

Ben Ossenfort is the SWA's own celebrity GM. His events have been pushing the boundaries of RPGing for years. He and co-GM Jon Stein will be running two split-table events at this year's convention:

Friday at 7:00 PM -
B-RPG-5 * Barbarians at the Gate * Edge of Empire (with modifications)
Saturday at 7:00 PM - E-RPG-5 * Papa Bravo Romeo * Savage Worlds Tour of Darkness

Devin Fortman is an up-and-coming GM who has been gaming with the SWA since his teenage years.  He and legendary SWA co-GM John Whitehead will be running an immersive RPG horror game with mood lighting and sound effects.

Saturday at 2:00 PM - D-RPG-4 * Grace Under Pressure * Call of Cthulhu

Click on the event code link to see the full description of the game on the SWA web site.

Please note that all five of these games carry our "Mature18" rating. We do not consider them suitable for younger players.

We hope to see many of you this weekend at Council of Five Nations XXXVIII, one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world.

Council Demo Highlight - Mantic Games


Mantic Games will have a rep onsite all Council weekend running quick demos of their games: Dreadball, Deadzone, Warpath, Kings of War, Mars Attacks, and Dungeon Saga.  Download free rules to all these games at the Mantic website.

Mantic Games is all about providing the best fantasy and sci-fi miniatures and games at great value. Stop by the dealers area on the main floor and check out our latest games such as:

Kings of War
Kings of War is the game of mass combat between mighty armies in a fantasy world torn apart by epic conflict and legendary battles. Its fast-paced, competitive rules make the game ideal for massed battles between hundreds of troops - and with Mantic's range, it's possible to do just that without breaking the bank!

Two coaches compete for victory with teams of beautiful miniatures, on a highly stylised and finely detailed sci-fi pitch. The game is easy to learn yet tactical, with carefully orchestrated plays and counter attacks hinging on positioning and the mercy of the dice gods.

Dreadball Extreme
In vicious unground matches sinister Sponsors set up illegal, blood drenched contests between teams of players who are desperate, dangerous or mad enough to risk their lives in this no holes barred ball game. Played in makeshift arenas, bloodthirsty crowds are whipped up into hysterical frenzies as they cheer on ever more violent and exciting contests.

In Deadzone, you control an elite squad of soldiers and engage your opponents in furious fire-fights within the cramped confines of an urban battle zone.

Featuring stunningly detailed miniatures and fully modular scenery, Deadzone puts you in the centre of exciting battles with variable mission objectives: capture enemy intel, assassinate the enemy leader… eliminate the opposition!

Please note there are no event tickets for these games.  Just walk up to the table in the Vendor area and ask to play. 

Council Event Highlight - The Clockwork Riddle


“King Isadore, you will pay for your treachery. The queen was mine to marry until your meddling ways destroyed her love for me. Now your most precious daughter has been spirited away, secreted in the first plane of the Abyss. At the stroke of midnight, I -- Chronos, Master of Time -- shall make her my bride. I offer you one chance for her return -- The Clockwork Riddle. I am certain that this challenge shall prove more than a match for your bravest, strongest, and most intelligent heroes. Please, do send them against my master creation -- so much sweeter will be my triumph!”

Up to 16 brave adventures are needed to help solve the Clockwork Riddle and rescue the princess. 5th-level 5th edition D&D characters will be provided. This two-slot event features a variety of encounters demanding roleplaying, combat, and problem solving. You will marvel at and manipulate dozens of hand-crafted props. Facilitated by some of the region’s most enthusiastic DMs, this once-in-a-lifetime roleplaying event should not be missed! Beginners welcome. Be there Saturday, October 3, at 2 pm - 11 pm (slots D & E).

Here is what veteran game designer Alex Jurkat has to say about this game:
Mike [Sanchez, the author] has lead an extraordinary effort and event this year. I was proud of last years multi-GM, multi-table event last year, but Mike has clearly and wonderfully taken it to another level. The prop value, coordination between different groups, set up, session dynamics, and individual encounters are some of the most unique and interesting that I've ever seen (in 25 years of RPGing). It's truly what roleplaying at large events should be. 

There are still a few tickets available for this event (D-RPG-5). If you get to the Registration Desk and they are sold out, keep checking back - tickets get traded in all the time.

Council is very happy to be able to offer you events like this.
We hope to see you this weekend.

Council highlight - the Annual Discount Auction


It's only two days until the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVIII.  We've finished processing the ~240 pre-registrations that we received.  We're looking forward to another good convention this year.

As we're in the final approach to Council weekend, you're probably packing up your gaming materials to bring to the con.  You might be thinking to yourself you should get rid of some of those games that don't fit on the shelves any more.

We can help you with that!

The Discount Game Auction is one of our most popular events, and a long-time Council tradition. We usually have a crowd of at least 50-60 bidders. It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll probably have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available. Unlike the past several years, it will be upstairs this year, close to the Registration Desk.

This is an open, competitive bidding auction. If you've got some games you'd like to sell, this is your chance to do so.  If you've got a few bucks left in your pocket at the end of Council weekend, this is also an opportunity for you to pick up some bargains. If you'd like to sell merchandise at our auction (any Council attendee is welcome to do so), please click here to download the Council Auction Seller's materials in PDF format  (401 Kb). The Auction packet is freshly updated. It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.

One request... Please do not bring your items to sell until Sunday morning. We don't want to be responsible for storing them securely overnight.

Please keep one other thing in mind.  If your goal is to get top dollar, you'll probably want to sell on eBay or Board Game Geek.  This is the Council discount game auction, after all.  The general tone of the event is buying and selling bargains.  Some items get bid up pretty high, but many of our items sell well below original list price. 

Even if you're not looking to sell, please consider the Auction a great way to spend a long Sunday lunch break as you wind down from your Council weekend.  And you might pick up another gaming treasure or two to take home with you.

We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations this weekend, October 2-4, 2015.

Council highlight - musical performance - Rhiannon's Lark


We're offering something a little different this year.
Alyssa Yeager, whom many of you know as the Dice Witch, will be giving a short musical performance on Friday afternoon around 1:00 PM.

Our scheduled events start at 2:00, so some of you early-birds will be here around then getting the event tickets you pre-registered for.  Or maybe you'll be registering on-site.

Either way, please consider wandering a few paces over to the vendor area where Rhiannon's Lark will be performing.

Rhiannon’s Lark was created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl. Alyssa is known for her “magickal, mystical storytelling”. She brings gaming, fantasy, morality, and t-rexes together into a show that will comfort your ears, get you laughing, and possibly even <gasp> make you think.

Find music and YouTube songs of the week here: http://rhiannonslark.com/music.html

Three days left for Council Pre-Registration


You have three days until pre-registration for Council of Five Nations XXXVIII closes at 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28th.

You can click here to Pre-Register via the online form.

We need a few days to process all your pre-regs and to get ready to have the doors open at 11am-ish on Friday, October 2nd. That's next weekend!

If you are downloading the pre-reg material and sending your printed registration form to us via US Post, you need to act really quickly.  We must receive it by Monday, September 28th.

Please remember, registration prices go up about 25% if you miss pre-registration.  You can still pay at the door of course, but why not save yourself some money?

Please see below for links to all the Council info.  Everything you need is below.

We hope to see all of you at Council this year.

Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.
Please click to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment).
Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.
Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.
Please click for the Council Hotels page.
Please click for the Council Parking page.
Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.

Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks

Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.

If you have any questions, please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org
(Please replace the "/at/" with the typical "@" sign.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)

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SWA looking for FileMaker database software


Let's talk a little bit about an integral tool that helps make Council of Five Nations happen - FileMaker Pro database software.

The SWA has been using FileMaker Pro for years, in lots of ways...
  • We track over 2,000 adventure gamers in a FileMaker database
  • We have separate databases to track hundreds of Star Fleet Battles and Historical Miniatures gamers
  • We track and schedule all the events at Council of Five Nations each year
  • We create over 1,000 tickets for Council event registration each year
  • We have a stand-alone server that SWA officers can log into remotely, just to house our FileMaker databases.

We currently have six legit, paid licenses (thanks to the Redlich Law Firm for donating five of them). 
We are coming to the realization that we could use several more, to spread the work across more people.

We are wondering if any of you fine folks in the SWA community might have some unused FileMaker Pro licenses.
We are looking for the full retail license, not any "upgrade" disks.

Older versions are not only fine, they are preferred!  FileMaker v14 is the most current, but we run v9. BUT, versions 7 through 11 can all share files with no problem. So we're really looking for any legit FileMaker licenses for versions 7 through 11.  Either Window or Mac - we'll take both.

Outright donations would be awesome. If that's not reasonable for you, we'd be happy to talk about some compensation. FileMaker is popular enough that copies of older versions go for a pretty high price on eBay. If you can give us a discount off the roughly $100 they go for on eBay, we would really appreciate it. 

Please contact dave /at/ swa-gaming.org if you have full retail versions of FileMaker Pro v7 - v11 that you have to donate, sell or barter.

(Please replace the /at/ with the usual @ symbol. We apologize for this necessary anti-spam measure.)

And, while we're talking about Council of Five Nations, please remember the con is less than two weeks away (October 2-4)!
Pre-registration is open for ten more days.  Pre-reg has been very strong for us this year, so we're looking forward to a good con.

Please click for the Council of Five Nations general information page.

Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.

Please click to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment).

We hope to see all of you at Council real soon!

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