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December Game-a-Thon

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

December 14, 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 )

Coma Ward
Michael Moon- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

You awaken in an abandoned hospital-the only people here are you and the other patients. How long have you been out? What has happened to cause you to be left here? Explore the hospital for clues and figure out what is going on. The game ends with horrible finale, in which the truth is revealed and you are thrust into one of 2 dozen scenarios.

Nemesis with Aftermath & Void Seeders exp.
Dana Longley- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Horror survival semi-coop game with a possible traitor mechanism. Players are woken up from hibernation as a crew of a space ship. There is a critical system failure and the space ship can't continue its cruise. The goal of the crew is to find what is causing this failure and fix the situation to safely return back to Earth. The main problem is that one crew member is dead. Somebody crashed their hibernation chamber and pulled the body out. In addition, if you listen closely, some additional noises and sounds can be heard. New ones, strange ones, ones that were never heard before…

Follow this link to How to Play Nemesis.
Follow this link to BGG: Nemesis.

Space Empires 4X w/ expansions
Chito Bantug- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games - eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players. Exploration on the mounted map is simple for players (and dangerous for their ships), revealing different space terrain that affects movement and combat.

Space Empires was developed to keep a rich theme without overcomplicated rules. The game includes carriers and fighters, mines, cloaking, a very large technology tree, fifteen ship classes, merchant shipping, colonization, mining, terraforming, bases, shipyards, black holes, warp points, and non-player aliens.

Follow this link to board game geek page.

A Sigh of Relief (Scenario H)
The Men Who Would Be Kings
Jennifer Paperman- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

One side is in the center of the battlefield, protecting an immovable object and awaiting reinforcements. The other side, of course, needs to take control of said objective, preferably before said reinforcements arrive.
what2bring: GM will provide everything, though players are welcome to bring their own copies of the rules.

Infinity Shift
Cypher System / The Strange
Neal Tanner- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Welcome to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program! They call it HAARP. Your team has been sent in, posing as researchers, to investigate strange happenings at the HAARP. It's Alaska in the middle of the winter, in the middle of nowhere. What could possibly happen? Certainly not an accidental rift in the spacetime continuum. Don't be ridiculous!
what2bring: Dice and pencils. Characters will be provided.

Follow this link to Cypher System.
Follow this link to The Strange.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Legacy of Dunwich
Arkham Horror the Card Game
Roland Paperman - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Several months ago, three Miskatonic University professors armed themselves with secret knowledge, traveled to Dunwich, and brought an end to the strange and terrifying creature that had been terrorizing the secluded village. Their heroic efforts brought peace to the region—for a while—but also left the men scarred by the horrors they had witnessed. Now, one of those professors, Dr. Armitage, has need of your assistance. His colleagues have gone missing, and he fears the worst.

Power Grid - Expansion Maps
Jeremy Waligory- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We will be playing one of the expansion maps available for Power Grid. These maps slightly alter the rules of the base game of Power Grid, requiring players to alter their strategies.

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.

However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' windfarm/ solar plants, which require no fuel), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

Follow this link to BGG Link.

Terraforming Mars
Eric Paperman- GM
10 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 .

First Flight
Devin Fortman- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Mothership is a sci-fi survival horror RPG with elements of Traveller, Firefly, and Alien. Brave the dangers of the void to explore strange new worlds for fun and profit. Assemble a crew, captain your ship, find a job, and keep flying. Oh, and try not to get eaten by any xenofauna.
what2bring: Dice, pencils, nukes, knives, sharp sticks.

Follow this link to Home page w/ rules download.


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

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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.