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January Game-a-thon

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

January 12, 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 )

Command and control mini campaigns
Chain of Command by two fat lardies
Ron DuBray- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We will be starting mini campaigns matching up players in to groups of two these games use two fat lardies chain of command rules with their at the sharp end campaign supplement, I have a copy of the " old hickory " campaign. But feel free to bring any you would like to play. Pdf of all their campaigns are available for down load.and show you how to set up the tables to play on. Table one in old hickory has one road the length of the table and lots of trees and hedges (not bocage).
what2bring: Their force to play with and any terrain they have to build the tables needed. The gm is just organizing and helping the games not running them. I have some extra but bring what you have. Thanks.

Follow this link to How to play 6 videos.
Follow this link to Videos of a campaign being played, with some wild out comes with the dice..

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Jeff Sterling- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival. Based on the epic and widely-acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.

The group will collectively decide if we go for a full play, or a Training game, as a way to teach the game to everyone.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek's link.

History of the World
Paul McCarthy- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Players receive one empire in each of six epochs. All players try to control as much of the world as possible while reducing opponent's control.

Chito Bantug- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD is a fast-playing board game in which one to four players explore and develop outer space over three eras. Each player controls an Earth-based enterprise seeking profit by driving the expansion of humanity into the Solar System and beyond.

Follow this link to company website.
Follow this link to boardgamegeek.

Terraforming Mars w/ Prelude Expansion
Troy Ferris- GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating:

In Terraforming Mars, you play one of many those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Follow this link to Terraforming Mars BGG page.
Follow this link to TM - Prelude Expansion BGG page.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Caratacus' Revolt - Roman controlled Britain 47 AD
One-Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas
David Cuatt- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The British tribal chieftain Caratacus waged a bloody guerilla war against the Roman occupiers of southern Britain for many years. In this scenario, he targets Roman supply lines by attacking a key road and some river crossings. 28mm miniatures. Rules will be taught and they are very easy to learn.

Follow this link to boardgamegeek page.
Follow this link to Caratacus on Wikipedia.

A Salute to Cheapass Games
Kathy Moon- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Come meet (or revisit) Devil Bunny, Unexploded Cow, Lord of the Fries, and a host of others as we once again haul out the box of generic-looking components with wildly creative rules! Game lengths and themes vary; we'll play as many as there's time and interest for. You can bring your own favorite pawn and counters, or borrow some from the GM!

Gates of Loyang
Michael Moon- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Hahn Dynasty is transforming the city of Loyang into the capital of Ancient China. Your characters are farmers trying to provide various crops to the inns and taverns which are arising as the city grows. Satisfy your regular customers to make money and avoid incurring penalties, while using various cards (such as one-time lucrative orders, assistants, and market stalls,) to obtain money and crops. Become prosperous and avoid going into debt.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Link.

Power Grid
David Bibicoff- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

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.

Follow this link to BGG.

Defenders of the Commonwealth: Old Business
Call of Cthulhu 6th, with some house rules.
John P Whitehead- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

With the New Reanimated safely in Arkham Sanatorium, the Defenders are called in for a new case. Two M.U. students went missing. One has been found, but is in a state of shock. This could be mundane, or it could be a job for the Defenders.

Also, a meteorite landed some where near Dunwich. This... might be of no interest, but don't count on it.
what2bring: pencils, paper, dice (especially percentile).

Necessary Evil
Savage Worlds
George Burch- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The team has rescued Santa and gained an ally in the cause against the alien invaders. Let's see what happens next.
what2bring: Writing utensils, dice

Follow this link to Pinnacle Entertainment Group.


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

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Hope to see many of you soon.