The SWA is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District of Upstate New York (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) since 1974. We sponsor monthly Game-a-thon game days and a 3-day convention, Council of Five Nations, every October.
Submitted by ericpaperman on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:34.
We're looking for GMs for our next monthly SWA Game-a-Thon
You can submit events at:
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, February 5.
Submitted by DC on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 21:47.
Hello SWA Community,
There is a great show coming to Proctors next month, and we'd like to offer you the opportunity of a 10% group discount.
The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible is coming to Proctors on Feb 17-22. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show arrives in America hot off their limited Broadway run. The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible has shattered box office records across the globe, and this non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
While the show will run eight times over the six days, we are trying to organize a group for the show on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30 PM. If we get commitments for at least 10 seats, we will all get the discounted prices listed below:
A seats: $49.90
B seats: $40.90
C seats: $31.90
Cloud Club: $20.00
If you are interested in the group price, please email us at Proctors.Discount /at/ swa-gaming.org and let us know.
(Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign. We apologize for this necessary anti-spam measure).
Please include your seating preferences and number of tickets you'd like in your email. Once we get 10 or more interested, we will ask you to send us payment via PayPal (we'll eat the PayPal markup fee) and we will work with the Group Sales office at Proctors to coordinate the purchase. If we do not get interest in at least 10 tickets, we'll let you know and you can make arrangements on your own.
We must have your initial email expressing interest by Friday, January 23rd.
You can get full infomation about the show at the Proctors web site here:
We hope you are interested in this group discount opportunity. We at least hope you will make one of the shows.
Submitted by DC on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:01.
Greetings SWA Gamers,
My name is Dan Masucci and I am one of the regular Game Masters at Council of Five Nations. I have been an avid role-playing gamer for almost 30 years. Sadly, part of gaming can mean poor eating habits. To battle that, I’m creating a FREE 7-Day Clean-Eating Accountability Group on Facebook for gamers.
People who have joined my accountability groups have lost up to 18 pounds and a felt dramatic increase in energy, almost like they drank a potion of heroism! So join this “campaign” so we can support one another in our quest for healthier living. I’ll be your guide (much like a Dungeon Master). I’ll provide accountability, answers and advice regarding nutrition, as well as motivate you to stick with it. The rest will become legend!
The Free 7-Day Clean Eating Accountability Group for Gamers will begin November 10th. To join, please friend me at facebook.com/danmasucci or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time to level up is now!
Independent Team BeachBody Coach
Submitted by ericpaperman on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:24.
Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 8, 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.
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Morning Session ( 12:30pm - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Submitted by DC on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:15.
William Gibson, the science fiction author probably most responsible for the Cyberpunk literary genre, will be appearing at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on sunday, November 9th.
Here is the full information:
William Gibson, science fiction author
November 9 (Sunday)
Reading — 7:00 p.m., EMPAC Concert Hall, Rensselaer (RPI), Troy
William Gibson is a visionary author of speculative fiction whose work explores the future implications of contemporary human technologies. His 1984 novel, Neuromancer, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards, helped to define the popular culture of the Computer Age. His other major works include Pattern Recognition (2003), Virtual Light (1993), and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988). Regarding Zero History (2010), a novel about present-day consumer tracking technologies, the New York Times reviewer said, “To read Gibson is to read the present as if it were the future….” Gibson’s new novel is The Peripheral (2014), about drones, drugs, outsourcing, telepresence, trailer parks, kleptocracy, and 3D fabbing. In advance praise, Cory Doctorow called it, “Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation….”
Cosponsored by Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Union Speakers Forum; and Department of Communication and Media
For more information, contact the New York State Writers Institute at 518-442-5620, or visit our website at www.albany.edu/writers-inst.
Submitted by DC on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:47.
It looks like the gaming gods are bestowing their favor upon our convention festivities.
According to the Weather.com weekend forecast:
It's Convention Time
As if you didn't know, Council of Five Nations is this weekend, starting at 8:00 AM tomorrow.
Pre-registration was very healthy compared with last year, and we expect plenty of walk-ins as usual.
A few reminders...
Parking. Please remember that if you show your Council badge, you can park free in the Broadway garage all weekend. Newsies is playing in the big theatre at Proctors on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will have competition for parking spots.
Events. We have over 200 events scheduled for the weekend. See the Chronological Event listing for the whole list, or download the registration packet in PDF format and print it yourself.
Free Events. We have free Demo events in every session. No tickets necessary. Just walk up and play.
We hope to see you at Council this weekend.
For more information about the convention...
Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.
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 your chance to play with the game Designers.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click to see all the Free Demo game events during Council weekend.
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 for the list of Avalon Hill Classic games.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the list of all our Old School classics.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.
Please click for the Train games event track.
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.)
Submitted by DC on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:59.
Christian N. St. Pierre’s work has appeared in dozens of gaming products. Examples include Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Hero Games, Mongoose Publishing and Hero Games. He will have many original works on display in the Vendor’s Hall at Council. You can see dozens of his works at his web site: www.ChristianNStPierre.com.
Chris will also be sponsoring a group discussion/seminar on how to get your art published in the gaming industry during the lunch break on Sunday, October 12th, 1:00-2:00 PM, at his table in the Vendor Hall.
Breaking In and Staying In for Artists
Artist Christian N. St. Pierre will discuss the dos and don'ts of breaking in and working in the table-top game industry as an artist. This presentation will focus on the steps to building your portfolio, establishing your reputation, and maintaining your career.
Also, please remember that you have three days to pre-register for Council of Five Nations. Pre-reg closes at 11:59 PM this Monday, October 6th. You can still register on-site, but the cost goes up by roughly 25%. Pre-registering also increases your chances of getting your first choice of events.
You can find all the Council of Five Nations information at this info hub link:
We hope to see all of you next weekend, at Council of Five Nations XXXVII.
Submitted by DC on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 22:49.
We are very fortunate to have a whole bunch of events on the Council event schedule this year where you can play with that game's designer. We are sure that Jeannie (Behutunsburg), Eric (AstroSmashers), Nick (Waking Dreams RPG), Jim (Merchants of Freeburg), Ken (Squadron Strike) and the team from Griggling Games (Quartermaster General, Destination: Neptune & Celestial Rainbows) would love to have you play in their creations. Here is your chance.
Please also note that all the Waking Dreams RPG sessions are free demos - just walk up and jump into the game at table 15 in the GE Theatre any time. No ticket necessary.
Here is the session summary of all the Designer games:
A-Board-1 * Behutunsburg
A-Board-3 * Celestial Rainbows
A-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
B-Board-7 * Giant Quartermaster General * Quartermaster General
B-Minis-3 * Die Another Day * Squadron Strike
B-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
C-Board-13 * Quartermaster General
C-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
C-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
D-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
D-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
E-Board-9 * Destination: Neptune
E-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
E-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
F-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
F-Minis-6 * Battle of Drorke’s Rift * Squadron Strike
F-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
G-Board-5 * AstroSmashers
G-Board-11 * Destination: Neptune
G-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
H-Board-1 * AstroSmashers
H-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
Please click for full event descriptions for games where you can play with the Designer.
Please also remember that pre-registration for Council closes at 11:59 PM on this coming Monday, October 6th.
We hope to see all of you at Council of Five Nations next week!