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August Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2016 Game-a-thon

August 13, 2016 Game-a-thon

Game-a-thon is being held at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

DDAL 4-6: The Ghost
D&D 5E
Luke Trombley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Old hatreds die hard, but sometimes it is necessary to set aside petty, personal disagreements for the greater good. The hag, Jeny Greenteeth, is wise and may prove instrumental in the troubles that lay ahead. Your task will not be easy, however; the dark forces of Barovia have agents everywhere, and eyes from beyond the grave no doubt watch your every move. A D&D 5E adventure for lvl 1-4 characters set in Ravenloft

Follow this link to Wizards of the Coast.
Follow this link to Adventurers League.

Mayhem by Monday
Monster of the Week
John Robb - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A team of monster hunters attempts to stop an incursion of deadly miscreants into the local area, gain clues to their fiendish purpose, and stop their master plan before Its Too Late.

A unique but simple system, character books preprinted.
what2bring: 2d6 suggested plus pencil

Mage Wars/Academy
Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Mage Wars pits powerful Mages against each other in deadly arena combat. Each Mage uses his own fully-customizable book of spells to achieve total victory over his opponent. Summon mighty creatures to do battle in your name; cast powerful spells to attack your foe and thwart his every plan and strategy; use hidden enchantments to turn the tables and rule the day; adorn yourself with mighty weapons, armor, and arcane artifacts - all of this and more await you in the arena of Mage Wars!

Follow this link to Mage Wars Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Academy Board Game Geek page.

Mansions of Madness
Micahael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Follow a crumbling parchment map to an abandoned church. What horrors await within?

Sword of Rome
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Rome began the 4th century BC as no more than the leading city of a small league of Latin communities and ended it controlling all of Italy and on the doorstep to Western prominence. Players recreate the climatic struggles among the peoples of Italy and Sicily in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Who among the Greeks, Gauls, Etruscans, Samnites and Romans will dominate the western Mediterranean and with it earn the right to vie for control of the known world?
what2bring: Nothing.

Epic Minigeddon
NetEA: a fan-maintained version of GW's Epic Armageddon
James Damour - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Learn and play Epic Armageddon, a game of mass combat set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, using scaled down battles on half a table. I'll be using the NetEA rules, as modified by the Minigeddon rules.

Beginners are not only welcome, they are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. I will not only explain the rules, but identify some winning tactics, provide the terrain you will battle over, and a supply variety of painted armies to you to select from. Experienced players can bring their own 1000 point army based on the modified NetEA lists.
what2bring: A willingness to let me know when my instructions are unclear

Follow this link to What is NetEA (Net Epic Armageddon)?.
Follow this link to Pictures of NetEA in play.
Follow this link to Minigeddon changes to NetEA rules.

Dr. Death's Doomsday Device
Pulp Alley
Jennifer Paperman - GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Dr. Death is threatening to detonate a doomsday device. You have found where the device is hidden. Now all you have to do is deactivate the lock on the door (and avoid the robot guarding it) to destroy it. Easy, peasy, right?

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

DDEX2-13 The Howling Void
D&D 5E
Matt Gallinger - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The characters must travel to the Monastary of the Yellow Rose in search of kidnapped monks and prevent cultists from opening a portal to the Elemental Plane of Air. If they fail all of the Moonsea region may be threatened. An adventure for characters lvl 5-10.

Follow this link to Wizards of the Coast.
Follow this link to Adventurers League.

Dark Moon
Rob Rodger - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

WELCOME TO DARK MOON. The Noguchi Masaki interplanetary mining corporation welcomes you to its outpost on Titan, the dark moon of Saturn! You will be joining an experienced crew of miners, technicians, and adventurous souls who live to experience all the wonders that our solar system has to offer. Purpose, loyalty, camaraderie, friendship, and sacrifice all await you as a new and valued member of the Noguchi Masaki family!

DARK MOON (formerly known as BSG Express), is a game of deception and betrayal at the cold edge of space. You are a crew member on a deep space mining expedition to Titan, the dark moon of Saturn. During a routine excavation, an "incident" occurs whereby some of the crew become infected with an unknown virus, and become paranoid, deceitful, and violent, trying to destroy the others.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Rules PDF.
Follow this link to Publisher's page.

Puerto Rico
Eric Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

In Puerto Rico players assume the roles of colonial governors on the island of Puerto Rico. The aim of the game is to amass victory points by shipping goods to Europe or by constructing buildings. Each player uses a separate small board with spaces for city buildings, plantations, and resources. Shared between the players are three ships, a trading house, and a supply of resources and doubloons. Puerto Rico uses a variable phase order mechanic: During each round, players take turns selecting a role card from those on the table (such as "Trader" or "Builder"). When a role is chosen, every player gets to take the action appropriate to that role.

Follow this link to BGG.

First (and last) night in our new house
The Anyville Horror
karen seiz - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Their house...their new house...
Heavy steps shuffled across the upstairs flooring. A loud guttural roar shook the windows from the second floor...
Something is definitely weird at 1313 Elm St. The previous resident has left a surprise of two for the new owners. Maybe they'll live long enough to hire an exterminator.....and maybe not. They will have to fight for their lives from dusk til dawn, with whatever weapons come to hand...a chair, a pan, an Hawaiian shirt...for they've just moved into...The Anyville Horror!
what2bring: lots of imagination for weapon building

Follow this link to BGG.

Star Wars Armada 400 points
Ron DuBray - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Build a 400 point fleet and bring it. modifPlaying a multi player game using the basic set up for play. Some fleets will be available.
what2bring: Bring your own fleet if you have one, but some fleets will be available.

Follow this link to Star Wars: Armada.


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.