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August Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2019 Game-a-thon

August 10, 2019 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 )

Cosmic Encounter
Raymond Bachman- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Build a galactic empire... In the depths of space, the alien races of the Cosmos vie with each other for control of the universe. Alliances form and shift from moment to moment, while cataclysmic battles send starships screaming into the warp. Players choose from dozens of alien races, each with its own unique power to further its efforts to build an empire that spans the galaxy.

In Cosmic Encounter, each player is the leader of an alien race. The object of the game is to establish colonies in other players' planetary systems. Players take turns trying to establish colonies. The winner(s) are the first player(s) to have five colonies on any planets outside his or her home system. A player does not need to have colonies in all of the systems, just colonies on five planets outside his or her home system. These colonies may all be in one system or scattered over multiple systems. The players must use force, cunning, and diplomacy to ensure their victory.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.
Follow this link to Designer's website.
Follow this link to Download the rules.

Food Chain Magnate
Kevin- 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.

Follow this link to BGG Link.

Battle of Ocano
Napoleons Battles
John Rigley- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Its 1809 and Napoleon and his French Army have put Napoleon's brother on the throne of Spain. Now that Napoleon has gone off to fight Austrians. 50,000 Spanish have decided it's time to help Joseph pack and leave.

Timmy's Fallen Down the Well! PT 2
Karen Seiz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Well, maybe not Timmy. But that bedraggled pup sure looks like he needs help. Of course, Fiona of the Pioneers has informed you that the Master Librarian needs your assistance. And the City Guard would like a word with you - something about a forged family heirloom...."What do you mean, the armband's a fake!"
what2bring: dice - including d20s, and the usual bribes to the GM

The Search Begins (Where in the World is Dr. Carnage?)
Pulp Alley
Jennifer Paperman- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Although his secret base was destroyed via aerial bombardment, Dr. Carnage was never found. And rumors abound as to his current whereabouts and nefarious doings. The search begins in the smoldering wreckage of Dr. Carnage's former base. In their haste to relocate, did one of his goons leave a clue to . . . where in the world is Dr. Carnage?

Space Base
Troy Ferris- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

In Space Base, players assume the roles of Commodores of a small fleet of ships. Ships begin docked at their stations and are then deployed to sectors as new ships are commissioned under your command. Use cargo vessels to engage in trade and commerce; mining vessels to build reoccurring base income; and carriers to spread your influence. Establish new colonies for a new Commodore in a sector to gain even more influence. Gain enough influence and you can be promoted to Admiral!

Follow this link to BGG page.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

A Visit to Scenic Dunnsmouth
Knave OSR
Devin Fortman- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

WANTED: Freelance tax collectors. City officials understaffed, need enterprising individuals to travel to village of Dunnsmouth and collect unpaid taxes in excess of £10,000. Expect picturesque weather, a bucolic seaside town, and welcoming inhabitants, if slightly odd.

"...you're trying to get to Dunnsmouth? We don't... go there any more."
what2bring: Dice, pencil, sense of impending doom.

Power Grid
David Bibicoff- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The objective of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.

Follow this link to BGB.

Warehouse Rumble (Where in the World is Dr. Carnage?)
Pulp Alley
Jennifer Paperman- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Although his secret base was destroyed via aerial bombardment, Dr. Carnage was never found. And rumors abound as to his current whereabouts and nefarious doings. The trail has led you to a warehouse in NYC where items from the base are being held. Could one of these crates possibly tell you . . . where in the world is Dr. Carnage?


Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.

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.