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February Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - February 2020 Game-a-thon

February 8, 2020 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 )

Dana Longley - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Prepare your faction to dominate a 26th Century post-apocalyptic earth in this strategic worker placement game. Contacted by the future via time rifts that an asteroid will soon destroy the last free city on the planet, you must use powered up mechs, unique leader abilities, and time travel to gather resources, build facilities, and entice citizens to join your underground faction so you can dominate the post-asteroid world. But beware, other factions are competing for the same limited resources, and time travel paradoxes and deadly anomalies could sink you.

Follow this link to Anachrony on BGG.
Follow this link to How to Play Anachrony.

Battle of the Sun Temple
Dragon Rampant
John Rigley - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Lich lord Piedeath is tired of looking out his window at night and seeing the Elves Sun Temple. To solve this problem he has been building his own Army of the Dead. A long with his allies he plans on paining the Sun Temple Black.

Star Wars Legion: Learn to play
Star Wars Legion
Jake Morris & Roland Paperman - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Learn to play the hit new platoon-level miniatures game set in a galaxy far far away. We'll be bringing terrain and minis for up to four players to participate in 500 point learning battles.
Legion Veterans Welcome, Newbies Preferred. May the force be with you.
what2bring: Nothing, we got you covered

Dark Spiral: Part 2
Cypher System / The Strange
Neal Tanner - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The team now knows the supplier of the street drug, and must track to its source in the recursion of Crow Hollow. Will they be able to blend successfully among the crows who call this trading recursion home?
what2bring: Dice and pencils.

Follow this link to Publisher website.
Follow this link to RPG website.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

1830 railways & robber barons
david bibicoff - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Players are seeking to make the most money by buying and selling stock in various share companies located on eastern United States map

Follow this link to 1830 railways & robber barons.

Terraforming Mars with Turmoil
Eric Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A chance to try out the latest expansion to Terraforming Mars. We'll use the base game plus Prelude and Turmoil. This is a game for experienced players of Terraforming Mars. Only the new expansion rules will be explained.

Follow this link to pdf of Turmoil rules.

The Crawford Inheritance
Call of Cthulhu
Devin Fortman - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Good news! Your family has just inherited a sizeable piece of property outside of town, including a lovely two-story Georgian house, carriage barn, and a great view of the Manuxet Salt Marsh, not to mention some very interesting records concerning the family history. Pay no attention to the unfriendly locals or the scratching noises in the attic...
what2bring: Dice, pencils, a healthy dose of paranoia.

Tripods vs Triplanes
Wings of Glory
Jennifer Paperman - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

March, 18th 1918: Martian tripods are invading Earth, so World War One comes to a halt as airplane pilots from all nations cooperate to stop them.

Follow this link to BGG.


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.