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August Game-a-thon

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

August 11, 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.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

In a Forest North of Kiev
Battlefront WWII
Michael Dixon- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

3 November 1943; the Soviet steamroller is approaching Kiev. As Soviet tanks and Infantry advance through a forest north of Kiev, the battle-weary 196th regiment of the German Infantry Division blocks the road.

(A historical scenario, from "Small Unit Actions During the German Campaign in Russia", by Maj.-Gen. Burkhart Mueller-Hillebrand, and others.)
what2bring: All equipment supplied

Follow this link to Publisher's description and summary of rules.
Follow this link to BGG page.

28mm Roman Games
Habet, Hoc, Habet
Peter Huston- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

28mm skirmish level miniatures with a model arena

Players will control one of a variety of historically authentic types of Roman gladiators in a model arena in a series of bloody contests. Rules will be taught, miniatures will be provided.
what2bring: Nothing. A pencil might be nice.

Food Chain Magnate
Kevin B- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

"Food Chain Magnate is a heavy strategy game about building a fast food chain. The focus is on building your company using a card-driven (human) resource management system. Players compete on a variable city map through purchasing, marketing and sales, and on a job market for key staff members. The game can be played by 2-5 serious gamers in 2-4 hours."

Follow this link to BGG Page.
Follow this link to Rulebook.
Follow this link to Publisher Page.

Troy Ferris- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature


Eye of The Tempest DDEX2-9
Joshua DeBenedetto- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A storm of unparalleled fury has been ravaging the peaks of the Earthspur Mountains for a tenday, and the Monastery of the Yellow Rose sits in its eye for now. Some monks have fled the monastery to the safely of Mulmaster and beseech you to convince their more obstinate brothers to retreat to the city before the eye of the strom shifts, and the monastery is in terrible danger. Can you brave the elements and convince the monks to escape? An eight-hour adventure for 6th-10th level characters.
what2bring: Level 6 Adventure League character. Pencil. Dice.

The Great Cat Conspiracy
karen seiz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Doberman family is the second most powerful family in Pugmire, so when Duke Heinrich requests their presence, it would be imprudent to say no...

"My Dearest Friends - I know you are tired from your recent adventures, but this is a matter of vital importance, and I think you are just the dogs to help us resolve it quickly, justly, and quietly. As you know, the Doberman family has been entrusted with supplying the good dogs of Pugmire with iron ore. Recently however, a band of villainous cats has been raiding our storehouses. I would send my own forces to handle the matter, but...well, it would be an embarrassment that the situation has gotten so bad. I would very much appreciate if this could be handle with an measure of...discretion. Between friends, you understand."

Tracking down a band of raiding cats? And the rewards the Duke could bestow would certainly be worth it....After all, how hard could it be?
what2bring: dice - including d20s, and the usual bribes to the GM

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Scenario B: Seek and Destroy
The Men Who Would Be Kings
Jenni Paperman- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Colonial Officer: "What is speculative, punitive, and ends with your cutlery stolen and your house burning down?"
Indignant Local: "I don't know. What is speculative, punitive, and ends my house burning down?"
Colonial Officer: "The raid portrayed in this scenario, of course, Old Boy."

The British and their Egyptian allies have been tasked with punishing the local tribes by bringing their village tumbling down. The local tribes, naturally enough, are having none of it.
what2bring: Nothing: all will be provided.

1830: A Level Playing Field
David Bibicoff- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Players are seeking to make the most money by buying and selling stock in various share companies located on eastern United States map. The stock manipulation aspect of the game is widely-regarded as one of the best. 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.

Follow this link to BGG.

Terraforming Mars
Eric Paperman- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources, and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet.

In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards! Will your corporation lead the way into humanity's new era?

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to Game site .

A Time To Harvest
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition
Sean Segrue - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A group of college students, in an effort to get extra credit and some real world field experience, sign up to be part of a field study in Vermont co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Geology Departments of Miskatonic University.
what2bring: Pre-generated characters will be available, although you are encouraged to make your own if so inclined. All characters should be college students, either undergraduate or graduate students. There is no need to limit your major to anthropology or geology. Perhaps you are studying literature and thought this might be an unusual way to spend your break. This is the first chapter of a 6 chapter story arc. As always, all levels of experience are welcome.

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Green Vaccine
Savage Worlds
Devin Fortman- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The cowardly humans have unleashed a vile plague against the goblin tribes, and this is one foe the goblins are ill-equipped to deal with. There is still hope, though: a priestess of the Shadow Queen knows of an ancient fortress on Windpoint Island, and your task is to unlock its' arcane secrets, and discover a cure before it is too late.

This is part of an ongoing campaign, but new players are welcome, and pre-gen characters are available.
what2bring: Pencils, dice, snacks and/or goblin minions

Follow this link to Goblin Horde player's guide.


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

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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.