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February Game-a-thon

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

February 10, 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 )

Bolt Action Escalation League - Month 1
Jason Murphy - GM
12 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We're kicking off the NY/NJ Bolt Action escalation league with 400 point games at the Schenectady Wargamer Association's monthly Gameathon in downtown Schenectady. Join us for for fast and furious WWII action, join the league, get a demo or just gun down some Nazis.

Follow this link to Escalation League Rules.

Quartermaster General: Prelude (playtest the next expansion)
Quartermaster General
Ian Brody - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This event will be a playtest of the next expansion to Quartermaster General.

Prelude adds new cards that are used prior to the regular game, as a Prelude to the war.

My intention is to play with just the base game but will bring the other expansions if everyone wants to use those too.

Follow this link to Boardgamegeek.
Follow this link to Griggling Games.

Railways of the World
Eric Paperman - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Revisit the early days of the Age of Steam as you begin with a locomotive and a vision From there, build your budding railroad network into a vast empire. Connect New York to Chicago, earn the most money, develop bigger and faster locomotives and maybe even span North America and build the Transcontinental Railway! I'm working on printing the map & cards for a Middle Earth variant known as Railroad Tolkoon (Railways was originally titled Railroad Tycoon); if it is ready in time we'll give it a try.

Sidereal Confluence
Paul Bennett - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant - An asymmetrical trading game where different alien races trade goods, colonies, research teams, and their own economic engines in order to obtain the necessary components to run their economies and develop new technologies. Six rounds of simultaneous action to determine which species will influence the galactic society.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek.

Star Wars Imperial Assault campaign
Michael Rector - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Imperial Assault puts you in the midst of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the destruction of the Death Star over Yavin 4. The campaign game pits the limitless troops and resources of the Galactic Empire against a crack team of elite Rebel operatives as they strive to break the Empire's hold on the galaxy.

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to FFG.

DDEX-06 Breath of the Yellow Rose
D&D 5E Adventurers League
James Rilley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The monks of the Monastery of the Yellow Rose have long cloistered themselves in their home atop the Earthspur Mountains, practicing their strange lifestyle which is rumored to give them longevity. Now, their dietary restrictions and practices of breath control have become the fashion amongst the well-to-do of Mulmaster. But when a few of these lay practitioners start dropping dead from suffocation and starvation, others start to question the validity of the monks' claims. Is this simply a deadly ignorance, or is there a fell wind blowing through the rich and powerful of Mulmaster?
what2bring: 1-4th level Adventurers League Legal Character

Castle of Necrosis
Battles of Ludonia
Neal Tanner - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Brave adventurers are needed to go in and clear out the castle of Necrosis! The minions of the foul lich are once again on the move, and must be dealt with, before they threaten the surrounding countryside.

This is a beta test of Battles of Ludonia (aka Blocks) from Dust Pan Games. This is a miniatures based, dungeon crawl RPG. Pregens will be provided.
what2bring: Polyhedral dice. 3d20 are needed, along with regular dice.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Scenario 2: "No One Expects the Canadian Pacific"
1830 Railroads and Robber Barons
J. Miranti - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Our regular monthly game of 1830. This month we'll try the second 1830+ scenario. The scenario rules are on page 37 (link below for pdf of rules).

Follow this link to BoardGameGeek.
Follow this link to Rules.

Star Trek: Ascendancy
with Cardassian and Ferengi Expansions
Rob Rodger - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Play as Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Cardassian or Ferengi! Boldly go where no one has gone before. In Star Trek: Ascendancy you control the great civilizations of the Galaxy, striking out from your home worlds to expand your influence and grow your civilization. Will you journey for peace and exploration, or will you travel the path of conquest and exploitation? Command starships, establish space lanes, construct starbases, and bring other systems under your banner.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Rules pdf.

Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga
Eric Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Trade, raid and settle the world of the Middle Ages. Cross seas to the edges of the world. Fight bravely under the banner of the Raven and proudly take your place in Valhalla! FIRE & AXE gives players a chance to take on the role of the Vikings during multiple voyages between 750 AD and 1020 AD. During the expeditions, players will trade with the locals, raid their treasures, establish settlements, or try to accomplish sagas. The amount of riches and notoriety will determine how great a mark your Jarl will have left on the Middle Ages.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.

Michael Thomas - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong - inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You'll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won't go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.

Follow this link to Game Designer.
Follow this link to Wil Wheaton and Table Top play Fiasco.

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

Tensions are heating up between the Redfang Goblins and their human neighbors, and the goblins are going to need some reinforcements. Chief Bignose will be meeting with the other tribes, but first he's sending his best goblin bosses on a double headhunting mission: Headhunt some new recruits for the Redfangs, and then headhunt some new trophies to impress the other chiefs!
what2bring: Dice, pencils

Follow this link to Player's Guide.

Servants of the Lake
Call of Cthulhu 7th edition
Sean Segrue - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

1920's New England. The son of a prominent banker has gone missing. This seems like a routine enough investigation until it doesn't. Pre-generated characters will be provided. Beginners welcome.


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.