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February Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - February 2017 Game-a-thon

February 11, 2017 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 )

Chito Bantug - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Talon is a game of tactical space combat set in a growing universe with its own history and back story. This game introduces battles during the First Talon War between the Terran Confederation and the Talon Empire.

This is a Fleet Combat game. Battles with individual ships can be fought, but the game easily and quickly simulates combat with fleets of 3-10 ships. These are fleets of Capital Ships. This is NOT a game about fighter combat in space. Most ships in the game are large and you must balance your ships' power output between shields, weapons, sensors and maneuverability - you are not just doing an Immelman. Each faction has unique abilities and each ship has unique features. Proper strategy involves assessing the different abilities of your ships and the enemy's.

This is an Accessible game. The complexity of managing fleets of capital ships has been baked into the game system, leaving the player free to make interesting decisions. It is also a Fast Paced game. Small fleet scenarios can be played in one hour, larger ones in under two. This makes the game thematically rich and full of quick but meaningful choices.

How can the game do all this? All a ship's energy use is integrated into something called a Power Curve. All a player has to do is adjust the speed of the ship. A ship's speed determines how much Available Power it gets to charge weapons faster, reinforce shields, tighten turns... but there will never be enough of it. The game is fought on a Map - distances moved, firing arcs, shield arcs are distinct and easily resolved. The game uses Very Large, Laminated Counters. All of a ship's systems are displayed directly on the counter and lamination allows you to mark damage and other ship info with a dry erase marker. All of the important information is at your fingertips, at-a-glance, on the map. Being able to see the battle unfold on map allows the game system to handle a much larger number of ships without confusion and effort.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.

Bolt Action escalation league, Month 2
Nate Whitchurch - GM
12 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The NY/NJ Bolt Action escalation league continues. Bring your 750 point list and battle against other players. Don't have an army and want to play anyways? No problem! Just email nate@whitchurchphotography.com and let me know and I'll make sure we have something for you!
what2bring: 750 point single platoon list, dice, etc...

Follow this link to the full Bolt Action product line.
Follow this link to read more about the game.
Follow this link to Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page.

1830 Railways and Robber Barons
J Mirant - 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 play with the $500 bills removed from the bank so the game ends at a reasonable time. We will keep the diesel trains in the game.

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

Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

In the city of Orleans and the area of the Loire, you can take trade trips to other cities to acquire coveted goods and build trading posts. You need followers and their abilities to expand your dominance by putting them to work as traders, builders, and scientists. Knights expand your scope of action and secure your mercantile expeditions. Craftsmen build trading stations and tools to facilitate work. Scholars make progress in science, and last but not least it cannot hurt to get active in monasteries since with monks on your side you are much less likely to fall prey to fate.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.

Destination: Neptune 2nd Edition Rules
Ian Brody - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

After 3 years of hearing comments on what people did and didn't like about Destination: Neptune, I took what people did like, gotten rid of the bad parts, and have created a second edition rules set and cards. Easier, more exciting, and faster playing!

The Harbormaster
Mansions of Madness 1st ED
Michael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Based on works from the author of "The King in Yellow."

Triumph and tragedy 2nd edition
Skylor Edwards - GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Triumph & Tragedy is a geopolitical strategy game for 3 players (also playable by 2) covering the competition for European supremacy during the period 1936-45 between Capitalism (the West), Communism (the Soviet Union) and Fascism (the Axis). It has diplomatic, economic, technological and military components, and can be won by gaining economic hegemony or technological supremacy (A-bomb), or by vanquishing a rival militarily.

Follow this link to BGG.

Beneath the Fetid Chelimber / Chelimber's Descent
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Rob Kirker - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The ruined wizard tower in the Marsh of Chelimber may hold a clue to defeating the super-intelligent hill giant, Bad Fruul, and prevent him from troubling the town of Parnast. To find the tower, adventurers must overcome the watery magic of the fetid marsh and discover or clear a route to the ruins. Then the heroes must journey deep beneath the ruins of the tower to recover an ancient secret known as rune magic to save Parnast from the onslaught of Bad Fruul and his armies.
what2bring: A D&D Adventurer's League legal character of levels 1-4 (pregenerated characters are also available), dice, pencil.

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Website.
Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer's League Public Play Website.

Carnival of Terriers
Kobolds Ate My Baby!
Devin Fortman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It's not your fault that King Torg (All hail King Torg!) is hungry. It's not your fault that the tastiest thing a kobold has ever eaten is human baby! And it's definitely not your fault that kobolds are the most incompetent, reckless, and accident prone race to ever crawl out of a cave. But it is your problem…

King Torg (All hail King Torg!) needs you - yes, you - to go out to the nearby town and bring back the freshest, tastiest babies you can find... or you'll be on the menu instead.
what2bring: Six-sided dice, tribute for King Torg (All hail King Torg!)

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. .

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Shogun - Milton Bradley version
Eric Paperman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

In Shogun, players represent one of the factions in a civil war in feudal Japan, trying to consolidate their strongholds and then defeat other armies for the right to be called Shogun, the supreme ruler.

Follow this link to BGG.

Atwar: world Map
On Line Turn Based play
Dennis O'keefe - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A unique gaming system that combines the best elements of both Risk and Axis & Allies with the goal of world domination
what2bring: It would help to register at website before the game (free). A laptop will make it easier to watch, but is not mandatory.

Follow this link to Link to website.

Spartacus- a game of blood and treachery
Skylor Edwards - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Mature themes and language

In Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series, each player takes on the role of Dominus, head of a rising house in the ancient Roman city of Capua. Each house is competing for Influence to gain the favor of Rome. Through a combination of political schemes and glorious battles on the arena sands your house will rise in fame and stature. As Dominus, you have a variety of resources at your disposal. Guards protect you from schemes launched by rivals. Slaves run your household and earn gold. Gladiators compete to bring glory to themselves and influence to their Dominus.

Follow this link to BGG.

Michael Thomas II - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

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.

We'll be choosing from the Playsets found below.

Follow this link to Game Designer.
Follow this link to Wil Wheaton and Table Top play Fiasco.
Follow this link to Playset's we'll be using.

Do Not Meddle In the Affairs of Wizards...Unless They're Dead...
Runequest 2nd, with an over lay of Conan D20
John P Whitehead - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Just across the border in Zingaria, a tower rumored to be a sorcerer's lair was repeatedly hit by lightning. That is usually a good sign that the place is now vacant. Lots of gold, and things that can be sold for gold, just there for the taking. Of course, the tower is right on the edge of the Ghoul Forest. Eh, that won't stop the Foreigners, right? Hyborian age adventure. Pre-gen characters provided. Don't get get too attached.
what2bring: Dice, especially Percentiles, paper, pencils

Writhing in the Dark
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Luke Trombley- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

An unexpected envoy arrives in Sporedome and offers to give aid against the fire giants of Maerimydra, if you are willing to help his people with a small problem.
what2bring: A D&D Adventurer's League legal character of levels 5-10, dice, pencil.

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Website.
Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer's League Public Play Website.

Star Wars Armada
Ron DuBray - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The start of The Corellian Conflict.

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.