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December Game-a-Thon

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

December 10, 2016 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.

If you want to sign up for games ahead of time, click here for Registration information..


Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )


1830 Railways and Robber Barons
J Miranti - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It is the dawn of the "Age of Railroading" in America. You're a wealthy investor and speculator betting that the new technology will revolutionize transport. Commerce will no longer depend on rutted roads and slow canals. Instead, it will ride the rails on swift, powerful "Iron Horses." 1830 is an acclaimed railroad investment and building game covering the years 1830 to present. You and your fellow players become the stockholders of America's first railroad corporations. Since the largest shareholder becomes president, you compete for control of the strongest firms. As president, generate revenue by building track and buying and operating trains-regardless of shareholders' needs. Meanwhile, you pay heed to the volatile stock market. You strive to invest in flourishing companies in order to earn healthy dividends. You try to buy stock in corporations that are rising in value, collect strong, and sell before the stock values drop.

We will probably play with the $500 bills removed from the bank so the game ends at a reasonable time.

Follow this link to boardgame geek.
Follow this link to rulebook.


Hell's Highway (Operation Market-Garden)
Tom Wargo - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Victory Games' elegant design of the ill-fated attempt by the Allies to breach the Rhine and strike at the industrial heart of Germany. We will probably continue the scenario begun in the first session, but players are welcome to join in even if they did not play in the early session.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.


Imperial Settlers
Troy Ferris - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Settlers from four major powers of the world have discovered new lands, with new resources and opportunities. Romans, Barbarians, Egyptians and Japanese all at once move there to expand the boundaries of their empires. They build new buildings to strengthen their economy, they found mines and fields to gather resources, and they build barracks and training grounds to train soldiers. Soon after they discover that this land is far too small for everybody, then the war begins


Kutuzov: The War in Russia, 1812
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Kutuzov covers the Napoleonic Wars on the Russian Front. In June 1812, Napoleon's Grand Army of 100,000 men invaded Russia. Roughly 10,000 men retreated from the Russian steppes after taking a beating from the Russian winter and Tsarist forces. Will Napoleon's Grand Army prevail this time? We'll be playing the On To Smoltz! scenario to fit the game within the time slot.


Quartermaster General: Victory or Death
Skylor - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian War, the next game in the Quartermaster General Series, is a card driven/hand management/area control eurogame/wargame for 2 to 4 players playing on two teams, and takes about 90 minutes to two hours to play. On one side are the Athenians and the Delian League, the Demos team; against them, the Oligarchs of Sparta and Corinth are teamed.

Follow this link to bgg.
Follow this link to rulebook.
Follow this link to Dev. video .


TITAN
Nick Klercker - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This Monster Slugathon Fantasy Wargame still has a very devoted following, a tribute to its depth and various strategies. The game is divided into two realms, the masterboard and the battleboards. Legions of mythical creatures roam about the masterboard trying to recruit bigger and badder monsters and kill opposing legions in the process. When a combat occurs, the action moves to the corresponding terrain's battleboard where the fight takes place. Lots of dice are tossed, and the legion that wins is returned to the masterboard with the spoils of war: points. As the points increase,Titans become more powerful. But be careful, If a player's Titan dies, the player is out of the game. The last Titan standing is the winner of the game.

Beginners are very welcome! This is an SWA Northeast Titan league game and the results will be recorded. Games will be made up at random from the available players. Game will be played on Super Size Deluxe Poker Chip Set of Titan. If you have any questions please email us at TitanTournament /at/ swa-gaming.org. Beginners encouraged.

Follow this link to BGG Geek.
Follow this link to Northeast TITAN League Info.


Racing for the Sun
Pulp Alley
Jennifer Paperman - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Attention: This is the Captain of the Luftschiff Zeppelin Sword of Damocles, on its maiden voyage from Europe to America. We have learned there is a vampire on board. I will lead the crew and passengers to find and destroy it. I have also turned around the airship, heading back east. Should we fail to destroy this terror, it is my fervent hope that the rising sun will succeed.
what2bring: Players are welcome to bring dice (d6s, d8s, and d10s)

Follow this link to check out the Pulp Alley website.
Follow this link to get a free version of the core rules.


In Volo's Wake
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Rob Kirker - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The town of Phandalin, nestled in the foothills to the east of the Sword Mountains, continues to grow since being rebuilt after the devastation wrought by rampaging orc hordes. It recently survived violent gang activity, drow machinations, and even the attention of a green dragon. But can it withstand a new threat, bizarre but no less perilous: the fame brought by a visit from none other than loremaster Volothamp Geddarm?
what2bring: Dice, pencil, Adventurer's League legal character (pre-generated characters will also be available)

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer's League Website.
Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Website.


Thornwatch demo, part 3
Devin Fortman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Thornwatch is an upcoming fantasy adventure game that combines board games and RPGs with some innovative mechanics. This is the third part of the print-and-play demo, but you do not need to have played the previous parts.

The game is set in the Eyrewood, an immense forest full of mystery and danger. Players are manifestations of the Thornwatch: scarred veterans of the Eyrewood who now live as spirits, summoned to help those in danger by tying knots of brambles around a birch tree, bound in blood.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Kickstarter page w/ more info.



Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )


Introduction to the Battles Of The Omninexis system
Rich Hutnik - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Attention Commanders and Forgers, the Omninexis needs your help! A recently discovered segment in the time-space continuum, which connects to every point of space and time, has been discovered and battles have begun. What are needed is Commanders to master the battlefield and win, and Forgers to change the battlefield.

Battles Of The Omninexis (BOTO) is a game system that challenges players to create and adjust to an ever-evolving environment.

BOTO, at its core is a system for combining Chess-like games together, and be able to be expanded. The limits to what can be involved is up to the players. Included in this session will be a bunch of pieces that can be used.

A minimum of one other person is needed. Beyond this, if more than 2 are involved, the group will be divided up into teams.

This system is still undergoing playtesting, and up for input from players.
what2bring: An interest in trying to combine different games of abstract armies (Chess and Chess variants) together, and help to playtest a new game system. Knowledge of Chess and games like Chess, is beneficial.


Hell's Highway (Operation Market-Garden)
Tom Wargo - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Victory Games' elegant design of the ill-fated attempt by the Allies to breach the Rhine and strike at the industrial heart of Germany.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.


Krosmaster: Arena
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Krosmaster: Arena is a tactical game in which players control a team of warriors from the Krosmoz. Each hero has their own characteristics and spells. Players take part in turn based battles where they upgrade their heroes, strategize the best way to use their hero's abilities and unleash mighty attacks to storm to victory!


Star Trek Ascendency
Skylor - 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.


Tragedy Looper
Michael Moon - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The object if this game is to solve the mystery within a limited number of loops. If you fail, the loop ends and the game resets. If you run out of loops, you lose.
what2bring: You don't need to bring anything, but scratch paper and pens or pencils might be helpful.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.


TITAN
Nick Klercker - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This Monster Slugathon Fantasy Wargame still has a very devoted following, a tribute to its depth and various strategies. The game is divided into two realms, the masterboard and the battleboards. Legions of mythical creatures roam about the masterboard trying to recruit bigger and badder monsters and kill opposing legions in the process. When a combat occurs, the action moves to the corresponding terrain's battleboard where the fight takes place. Lots of dice are tossed, and the legion that wins is returned to the masterboard with the spoils of war: points. As the points increase,Titans become more powerful. But be careful, If a player's Titan dies, the player is out of the game. The last Titan standing is the winner of the game.

Beginners are very welcome! This is an SWA Northeast Titan league game and the results will be recorded. Games will be made up at random from the available players. Game will be played on Super Size Deluxe Poker Chip Set of Titan. If you have any questions please email us at TitanTournament /at/ swa-gaming.org. Beginners encouraged.

Follow this link to BGG Geek.
Follow this link to Northeast TITAN League Info.


Star Wars Armada simple battles
Star wars armada
Ron DuBray - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Bring a 400 point fleet and fight it out.
what2bring: a force of 400 points, some forces available.

Follow this link to Star Wars: Armada.


The Quest for Sporedome
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Luke Trombley - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

In the search for allies in the Underdark, you are called upon to travel through the recently opened Waydown sinkhole to find the lost myconid colony of Sporedome. It is said that they once cultivated a strain of mushrooms that could protect one from falling into madness. Can this be the cure for the rapidly spreading onslaught of insanity?
what2bring: Dice, pencil, Adventurer's League legal character (pre-generated characters will also be available)

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer's League Website.
Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Website.


ECHO BLUE: Swamp Don't Want You Hangin' 'Round
Call of Cthulhu, 6th Ed.
John P Whitehead - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A deathly ill and nearly-insane woman has been found in the Louisiana swamps. The other members of her research team are missing. It could be they stumbled on a drug-factory, or a smuggling operation, or a violent militia group. Or...it could be something worse. That's means: It's MAJIC time.

The Multi-Agency Joint Intelligence Command, alias ECHO BLUE. Sworn to defend the US against all enemies, Foreign and Domestic, Natural and Supernatural, Terrestrial and Extra-Terrestrial, Living,Dead, and/or Other.
what2bring: Dice (esp. Percentile dice), Pencils, Paper.



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.