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August Game-a-thon

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

August 12, 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.



Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )


Bolt Action Casual play
Bolt Action v2
Nate Whitchurch - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Bring your Bolt Action army and recreate platoon level battles World War II. Want to learn the game? Don't have an army? Email me at nate@whitchurchphotography.com and let me know, we can almost certainly accommodate you.

We suggest you bring a 1000point list, 2 platoons max. We expect there to be enough time to play at least 2 games per slot.

Follow this link to BGG entry.
Follow this link to Warlord Games website.
Follow this link to Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page..


The Red Baron flies again
Wings of Glory
Matt Gerbino - GM
8 at a time Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Come fly the "Not so friendly skies" of Western Europe during World War 1. Strap yourself into the cockpit of an old fabric covered biplane and duel with other knights of the sky for fame and glory. I plan a constant free flowing air battle just come on in, choose a plane and get into the action. Easy to learn rules will have you flying in no time. Get shot down pick another plane and start all over again.


Battle of two hills and a Bridge
Napoleons Battles
John Rigley - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Two small armies move to control the river crossing. The French want the bridge so they can keep attacking. The Russians and Austrians need to control it to keep from being over run and destroyed.


1846: The Race to the Midwest
David Bibicoff - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

1846 is an 18xx game set in the Midwestern United States. Differences from other 18xx games include scaling the number of corporations, private companies, and bank size to the number of players, fewer restrictions on actions such as raising money and using private company powers, the initial distribution of private companies, and paying for virtually all track builds.


Caverna
Troy Ferris - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Following along the same lines as its predecessor (Agricola), Caverna: The Cave Farmers is a worker-placement game at heart, with a focus on farming. In the game, you are the bearded leader of a small dwarf family that lives in a little cave in the mountains. You begin the game with a farmer and his spouse, and each member of the farming family represents an action that the player can take each turn. Together, you cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deeper into the mountain. You furnish the caves as dwellings for your offspring as well as working spaces for small enterprises.

Follow this link to BGG Page.


Talon
Chito Bantug - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

This is a Fleet Combat game. Battles with individual ships can be fought, but the game easily and quickly simulates combat with fleets of 3-10 ships. These are fleets of Capital Ships. This is NOT a game about fighter combat in space. Most ships in the game are large and you must balance your ships' power output between shields, weapons, sensors and maneuverability - you are not just doing an Immelman. Each faction has unique abilities and each ship has unique features. Proper strategy involves assessing the different abilities of your ships and the enemy's.

This is an Accessible game. The complexity of managing fleets of capital ships has been baked into the game system, leaving the player free to make interesting decisions. It is also a Fast Paced game. Small fleet scenarios can be played in one hour, larger ones in under two. This makes the game thematically rich and full of quick but meaningful choices.

Follow this link to board game geek page.


Star Trek Ascendency
Rob Rodger - GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Boldly go where no one has gone before. In Star Trek: Ascendancy - a board game of exploration, expansion and conflict between the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire - you control the great civilizations of the Galaxy, striking out from your home worlds to expand your influence and grow your civilization.

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to Rules.
Follow this link to Drive thu review.


DDEX2-1 City of Danger
D&D 5E
James Rilley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Introductory adventure for 1st-2nd level characters.

On the southern shores of the Moonsea, the residents of Mulmaster have eked out a living where others would likely have given up a long time ago - a bleak city where corruption is rampant and the Church of Bane holds sway. In five short introductory adventures you will travel the breadth of the City of Danger.
what2bring: A 1st-2nd level Adventurers League legal character.


Cruise Ship of the Damned
Spirit of 77
Michael Thomas - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Romance! Action! Blood Curdling Horror! That's what's in store for the group of passengers on the brand new SS Tangerine Cruise ship.

Spirit of 77 is a role playing game about action and adventure in an alternate 1970's where rock gods from outer space came to Earth to share with us the powers of Glam, Richard Nixon made a deal with aliens to stay in the White House, the streets are run by multinational crime syndicates and brave souls step forward to fight the oppressive minions of The Man.

Follow this link to What is Spirit of 77?.



Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )


Bolt Action Casual play
Bolt Action v2
Nate Whitchurch - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Bring your Bolt Action army and recreate platoon level battles World War II. Want to learn the game? Don't have an army? Email me at nate@whitchurchphotography.com and let me know, we can almost certainly accommodate you.

We suggest you bring a 1000point list, 2 platoons max. We expect there to be enough time to play at least 2 games per slot.

Follow this link to BGG entry.
Follow this link to Warlord Games website.
Follow this link to Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page..


Le Havre
Michael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is an economic game in which you build up a French shipping village while trying to cover the ever-increasing cost of feeding your workers. Ships reduce your food cost and can be used to send goods to distant ports. Buildings provide income from other players paying you for their use. Resources can be upgraded at buildings, sold overseas, or duplicated during harvests.

A note to experienced players: if we play the long version, we will use the mini-expansion of extra special buildings.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.


Scythe
Chito Bantug - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war still darken the snow. The capitalistic city-state known simply as "The Factory," which fueled the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries.

In Scythe, each player represents a fallen leader attempting to restore their honor and lead their faction to power in Eastern Europa. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.

Each player begins the game with different resources (strength, victory points, movement capabilities, and popularity), their choice of several faction-specific abilities, and a hidden goal. Starting positions are specially calibrated to contribute to each faction's uniqueness and the asymmetrical nature of the game.

Follow this link to company website.


The Village (with the Inn supplement)
Jennifer Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Send your family members out into the cold, cruel world to become famous . . . by dying in the right place at the right time. And see if you can get some other benefit from them first. We'll be playing with the Inn supplement, which adds beer.


War in Crow's Foot
Blades in the Dark
Neal Tanner - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Now Crow's Foot was never the prettiest neighborhood in Duskwall, but it's about to get a whole lot uglier. Right, there's four crews in Crow's Foot, and two of them reckon that's at least one too many. The Lampblacks and the Red Sashes have been at each other's throats for years, only kept in check by a peace treaty brokered by Roric, the leader of the Crows, the third (and biggest) gang in the area. Problem is, ol' Roric's gone and gotten himself killed, so now there's nothing stopping war (and blood) from spilling out into the streets. And the fourth? That's you lot. You picked the worst time (or the best, dependin' on your point of view) to start up your own crew, because now you're right in the thick of it all, and everyone's looking to see which way you'll go. So what's it gonna be then, eh? Pick a side, or play both of 'em against each other? Best make your choice quick. There are riches to be had if you're bold enough.

Follow this link to Game website.
Follow this link to RPG Geek page.


Demon Hunters - There and Back Again (maybe)
Demon Hunters
karen seiz - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

"I have a little job for you," he said. Then he gave them a box with a red button that said "Don't Panic". What could possibly go wrong?

A highly specialized team determinedly fights to save the unsuspecting from the unexplainable, amid chaos and carnage, leaving confusion & major property damage in their wake. They are....The Demon Hunters
what2bring: characters provided - bring dice, munchies, bribe for GM & sense of humor.



PATHFINDER EVENTS ( 11AM - 10PM+ )


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.

Location

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.

Registration

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.