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April Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - April 2018 Game-a-thon

April 14, 2018 Game-a-thon

Game-a-thon is being held at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (the basement). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.

Flea Market Time

Once per year, at the April Game-a-thon, there will be a Flea Market area at Game-a-thon where people can set out game stuff they want to sell. This is meant to help gamers thin out their hoard and not really intended for full merchant setups. You can have a table for free to set out your games. We'd appreciate it if you'd let us know in advance that you want a table (either send an email to game-a-thon /at/ swa-gaming.org or use the online registration form).

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Battle of Toco Bell
Napoleons Battles
John Rigley - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The French Army is on the march to the small town of Toco Bell where the Spanish are said to have a supply dump. Unknown to the French, the Spanish army is all ready their.

Open Bolt Action WWII games
Bolt Action II
Ron DuBray - GM
12 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Open play Bolt Action games 800 points ether league or just fun games. you don't have to be in the league to play a league player. Bring a 800 point force and have some fun.
what2bring: 800 point force and dice

Follow this link to Board game geek post.
Follow this link to Demo game video.

Lords of Hellas
Eric McCaughin - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Enter the Dark Ages of Greece, ruled by mighty Gods wielding advanced technology. Control asymmetric heroes and choose your path to victory, either by strategic control or adventure style monster hunting and quests.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek site.

Rising Sun
Kevin Bibicoff - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

From BGG: "Rising Sun is a spiritual successor in the same mythic big box series as Blood Rage: same designer, same artist, same studio and same sculptors. Rising Sun is a game about honor, negotiation, and warfare in a feudal Japan where the ancient gods (kami) have returned to rebuild the empire. Whereas the distant ancestor of Blood Rage was Risk, Rising Sun claims Diplomacy as its distant ancestor. Tackle negotiations, alliances, and war. Capture hostages and commit seppuku. The game features an honor track, which rises and falls based on your actions."
what2bring: Enthusiasm!

Follow this link to BGG Link.
Follow this link to CMON Product Page.
Follow this link to Direct Link To Rules.

Legendary Marvel Deck Building
Michael Moon- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Compete against the other players to defeat the villain, but work quickly or the villain will escape. This is a deck-building game where everyone can lose! The game is set in the world of Marvel Super Heroes.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.

DDEX-07 Bounty in the Bog
D&D 5E Adventurers League
James Rilley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Soldiery has grown weary of dealing with a particularly nettlesome band of miscreants who have holed up in the Flooded Forest to the south. And so, you have been called upon to quell their activities so that trade along the North Road can resume unmolested. However, in so doing, the truth behind their activities reveal that much more than simple banditry is at hand.
what2bring: 1st-4th level Adventurers League Legal Character

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Foraging In the English Woods
Pikeman's Lament
Stephen Keyer - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Parliamentarian Forces besieged by Royalist forces have sent foraging parties out to bring back badly needed supplies for the garrison. The Royalists are looking to destroy these parties and have dispatched Horse & Foot to do the job. Let's see how badly both sides want to succeed in their mission.
what2bring: Good Spirits

1830: Railways & Robber Barons Short Bank
David Bibicoff - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

This game features private rail companies and an extremely vicious, 'robber baron' oriented stock market. A game is finished when the bank runs out of money or one player is forced to declare bankruptcy, and the player with the greatest personal holdings wins.

Follow this link to BGG.

Clash of Cultures
Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Clash of Cultures, a civilization game in which each player leads a civilization from a single settlement to a mighty empire. Players must explore their surroundings, build large cities, research advances and conquer those who stand in the way.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

None More Black
Call of Cthulhu 7th edition
Sean Segrue - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

After successfully investigating the mystery of James Fraizer's disappearance from Miskatonic University in Arkham, there is more Cthuluian weirdness afoot. Set in 1920s New England, there is something sinister going on within the the Miskatonic University campus community.

All levels of experience welcome. While pre-generated characters will be available, feel free to roll up and bring you own character.
what2bring: Pencil and dice.


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.

Maturity Rating

To allow attendees and parents to make an informed decision on participation in an event, all events have been assigned one of the following Maturity Ratings:

  • Child rating is for children age 6 - 9 with adult supervision
  • E10+ rating is for players 10 and up in age
  • Teen rating is for players 14 and up in age
  • Mature rating is for players 18 and up in age.


Game-a-thons are held at the Proctors Arts Complex, at 432 State Street, in downtown Schenectady. We'll usually be meeting in the Hearst Education Center, also called the Underground, 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.

Session Fees

Show up and play one game session = $4.00
Show up and play both game sessions = $6.00
First time attendance at a Game-a-Thon is free.
GMs get in for free (even if you only GM in one session).
Full-time students get in for free.
For our purposes, "full-time students" are people in Kindergarten through college. Our intent here is to help allow younger games/"new blood" to participate at SWA events, and the gaming hobby in general. The student discount does not cover working adults who happen to be taking a Continuing Education class. Please help us fulfill the spirit and intent of this policy.


Our Game-a-thons are intended to be pretty casual events; people stroll in and sign up for the event of their choice on-the-spot. Occasionally, however, events fill to their maximum and beyond.

If you would like to increase your chance of getting into the game of your choice, you can pre-register online. Online pre-registration is not required; you can still just stroll in and get into a game.

Follow this link to go to the online registration page. We'll add your name to the sign-up sheet; no advance payment is necessary.

We will hold your spot until the start of the session. If you are late and there are players ready to play, the game may start without you.

Questions or Comments?

Email your questions or comments to game-a-thon /at/ swa-gaming.org and we'll get them answered for you.

Events at Future Game-a-thons

If you'd like to run a game at a future Game-a-thon, please click here to submit your event online.

If you'd like to see a particular game run at a future event, let us know by sending us an email.

Hope to see many of you soon.