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April Game-a-thon

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

April 8, 2017 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.

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

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Bolt Action escalation league, Month 4
Nate Whitchurch - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The NY/NJ Bolt Action escalation league wraps up with a 1250 point round. Bring your 1250 point list and battle other players. Don't have an army but still want to play? No problem, just email me at nate@whitchurchphotography.com and I'll make sure we bring something for you!
what2bring: 1250 point list, two platoons maximum. Dice and other play aids

Follow this link to the full Bolt Action product line.
Follow this link to read more about the game.
Follow this link to Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page.

1830 Railroads and Robber Barons
scenario 2.0 "No One Expects the Canadian Pacific"
J. Mirant - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

It is the dawn of the "Age of Railroading" in America. You're a wealthy investor and speculator betting that the new technology will revolutionize transport. Commerce will no longer depend on rutted roads and slow canals. Instead, it will ride the rails on swift, powerful "Iron Horses." 1830 is an acclaimed railroad investment and building game covering the years 1830 to present. You and your fellow players become the stockholders of America's first railroad corporations. Since the largest shareholder becomes president, you compete for control of the strongest firms. As president, generate revenue by building track and buying and operating trains-regardless of shareholders' needs. Meanwhile, you pay heed to the volatile stock market. You strive to invest in flourishing companies in order to earn healthy dividends. You try to buy stock in corporations that are rising in value, collect strong, and sell before the stock values drop. We'll try the second 1830+ scenario which adds more trains, several tiles, 2 corporations and 1 private company. The scenario rules are on page 37. Rules for initial purchasing of the private companies are on page 26.

Follow this link to BoardGameGeek.
Follow this link to Rules.

Skylor - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

And Epic blend for euro resource management and ameri-thrash dice rolling. Come play Cooperatively with 2-3 other players against an evil overlord.

Follow this link to board game geek.

Imperial Settlers/The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game
Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

A card game mix and match. We should have enough time for at least one game of each, possibly more. Please check the BGG pages for a better description of each game.

Follow this link to Imperial Settlers BGG page.
Follow this link to Casltes of Burgundy Card Game BGG page.

Tragedy Looper
Michael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A tragedy occurs. You travel back in time to prevent it from happening, but it keeps ending in tragedy, despite all your best efforts. Play through multiple loops, and try to solve or prevent the tragedy.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Link.

1754-Conquest: The French and Indian War
Bill Ashbaugh - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It is 1754 and both France and Britain have thriving colonies in North America. New England has begun expanding into the Ohio River Valley but France has built a chain of forts extending from Lake Erie to protect their own claim on the land. Now fighting has erupted. France and its Native American Allies control the Ohio Valley but George Washington prepares an army to take it from them. A small war has started in the colonies between France and Britain but control of the world is at stake.

Follow this link to BGG page.

Michael Thomas- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong - inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You'll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won't go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started

Follow this link to Game Designer.
Follow this link to Wil Wheaton and Table Top play Fiasco.

Parnast Under Siege
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Rob Kirker - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Despite the adventurers' best efforts, more creatures joined under Bad Fruul's banner. No longer content to simply attack caravans or isolated homesteads, the hill giant warlord descends upon Parnast at the head of a great force of humanoids. SEER warns the adventurers (directly now) in time to rally the town and prepare defenses, but a heroic effort is required to break the siege.
what2bring: Adventurer's league legal character (pre-gens will be available), dice, pencil

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Website.
Follow this link to Adventurer's League Website.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

The Corellian Conflict campaign
Star Wars Armada
Ron DuBray - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

continuation of the Corellian Conflict campaign. bring your fleet
what2bring: their fleet and star wars armada playing stuff.

A Call to Arms Starfleet
Tom Talasco & Mark Lurz - GMs
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

In the coldness of space fleets and squadrons of Federation, Klingon and Romulan ships clash. This A Call to Arms game system game is set in the Star Fleet Universe created by Amarillo Design Bureau and is derived from Star Trek, the original series. This is the improved version 1.2 Deluxe rules.
what2bring: A good attitude and a desire to turn their rivals into scrap metal.

Follow this link to Publisher Website.
Follow this link to Boardgame Geek.

Red Sand, Blue Sky-Heroes of the Arena
Peter Huston - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We who are about to die salute you! In this event, players will take on the role of a Roman Gladiator of approximately 180 A.D. Each player will take on a the role of one of several historically accurate Roman Gladiator types and they will fight to see who survives and wins the admiration of the crowd.

Figures are 28mm mostly from Crusader or Brigade Games. If someone wishes they may bring their own historically accurate figures.

There may be a short, preliminary learning game involving characters being forced to fight a hungry lion.

Follow this link to BGG page.

A&A classic night
Axis and Allies
Ben Bunday - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

original A&A Pacific and Europe to be played

Ancients/The Great War/Memoir 44
Command and Colors
Skylor - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A few hours of casual fun play of the command and colors series. I own one copy of each game so can accommodate 6 people.

Michael Thomas- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

In Colosseum each player is a Roman impresario - producing great spectacles in his or her arena in the hopes of attracting the most spectators. Players earn wealth and glory for each event run, using it to create ever more ambitious events. They will need to improve their arena, find the best performers, lure the Emperor and his nobles, and manage assets for long-term success to be granted the title of Grand Impresario, with tales of your extraordinary spectacles acclaimed throughout the empire.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page for Colosseum.
Follow this link to Game Boy Geek Review.

Village (with Village Inn expansion)
Jennifer Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The actions of your family members may bring prestige to the family name, though many will end up dying in the attempt. But as long as they end up in the village chronicle, even their deaths will add to the family's prestige. We will be playing with the expansion, which adds a new craft (brewing beer) and a new location (the inn), and also allows for 5 players.

Follow this link to Village.
Follow this link to Village Inn expansion.

Once More Into the Rubble
Runequest 2nd
John P Whitehead - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Alchemist has another job waiting for the crew. And, there is trouble brewing, both in the Rubble and in the New City. The Star Maidens/Unicorn Riders are attracting unwanted attention from the Storm Bulls.

DDAL 4-09 The Tempter
D&D 5E
Matt Gallinger - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The people of Orasnou are desperate. The village is on the brink of starvation and has little chance of surviving the harsh winter. Even if they had enough food and supplies, Lord Strahd's taxes are due, and the ruler of Barovia does not accept excuses as payment. The Burgomaster and others in the village have recently learned of a wealthy estate that might have enough resources to solve both of Orasnou's problems. It is a temptation he cannot afford to resist or can he? A D&D 5E adventure for character levels 5-10
what2bring: Legal character level 5-10 and dice

Follow this link to wizards of the coast.
Follow this link to Adventurers League.


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.