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July Game-a-thon

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

July 14, 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 )

2nd Annual D-Day in July
Bolt Action
Nate Whitchurch- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

2nd Annual D-Day in July. An 8 player extravaganza covering over 30 feet of table. US Airborne troops and the Big Red One assault Normandy as the German garrisons attempt to hold back the tide of pure freedom coming ashore. Please note: Unlike most of our Bolt Action events we are limiting this to players with some experience, with a preference for players who have appropriate forces for this scenario game. Please E-mail nate@whitchurchphotography.com or join the Bolt Action of Albany facebook page for any questions or to see if a spot is still available. Pre-registration only, all spots will be filled by game day.
what2bring: Pleyers should email nate@whitchurchphotography.com or join the Bolt Action of Albany facebook page to coordinate forces and sides.

A Level Playing Field
David Bibicoff- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

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. So, get ready to be a railroad baron. Start investing and building. Become America's first great rail tycoon!

Follow this link to BGG.

Evolution: Climate
Rob Rodger- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

In Evolution: Climate, players adapt their species in a dynamic ecosystem where food is scarce, predators lurk, and the climate can swing between scorching hot and icy cold. Traits like a Hard Shell and Horns can protect your species from Carnivores while a Long Neck will help them get food that others cannot reach. Heavy Fur and Migratory can protect your species from the cold while being Nocturnal or Burrowing will provide protection from the cruel desert sun. With over 200,000 ways to evolve your species, every game evolves into a different adventure.

Evolution plays quick, plan on staying for a second or even third game, including the Flight expansion!

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.

The Fun Sized Gaming Session
Troy Ferris- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Offering up multiple games to play including: One Deck Dungeon; Warhammer Quest Adventure Card Game; Star Realms; Tiny Epic Galaxies; Epic Spell Wars; and Dice City.

Players will vote to determine games played and in what order

Napoleonic Wars
Eric Alexopoulos- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The wars of the French Revolution came to an end, or at least a pause, with the peace of Amiens in 1803. One year later Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French, an act that hurled a challenge to the established order that the crowned heads of Europe could not ignore. In 1805 Europe declared war not on France or its revolutionary ideals, but on man: Napoleon.

Napoleonic Wars covers the conflict that raged across Europe in the early 19th century. Will the Coalition triumph over Napoleon again?

The Dogs of Pugmire
karen seiz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

They strive to follow the Code of Man, as they search the wilderness for artifacts, and the knowledge left behind. In search of plastic, they contend with badgers, the Monarchies of Mau, the rats of Labo Tor. Defending their homes and loved ones from demons and -- the Unseen. They are the People of Pugmire - and they are Good Dogs.

The first part of the session we will be creating characters, and talking a bit about the culture & society of the world of Pugmire. Followed by a short scenario leading into... "The Great Cat Conspiracy"
what2bring: dice - including d20s, and the usual bribes to the GM

DDEX-06 Mayhem in the Earthspur Mine
D&D 5E Adventurers League
James Rilley- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Earthspur Mountains have long been a valuable resource for anyone able to mine them. One such mine has gone silent and the only thing more concerning than its long overdue shipment is the fate of the members of the Soldiery sent to discover what has happened. Though the mine lay in a region of the Mountains once claimed by a clan of reclusive dwarves, the Ludwakazar clan wouldn't be so bold as to violate their long-standing peace with Mulmaster.
what2bring: 5th-10th level Adventurers League Legal Character

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Habet, Hoc, Habet --28mm Roman Games
Peter Huston- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

28mm skirmish level miniatures with a model arena

Players will control one of a variety of historically authentic types of Roman gladiators in a model arena in a series of bloody contests. Rules will be taught, miniatures will be provided.
what2bring: Nothing. A pencil might be nice.

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Fighting Fire With Ice
Savage Worlds
Devin Fortman- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Goblin-Human war is heating up, and things just got a lot hotter thanks to a band of drake-riding human knights who are terrorizing and incinerating goblin camps. There seems to be no stopping the airborne raids, but rumor has it the strange northern Icerunner tribe has been training griffins, which could be just what the goblins need to take back the skies!

This is part of an ongoing campaign, but new players are welcome, and pre-gen characters are available.
what2bring: Pencils, dice, snacks and/or goblin minions

Follow this link to Goblin Horde player's guide.


Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
This month, PFS will be starting our first game at 11 AM instead of 12 noon. We will be offering 8-99B The Solstice Scar, the follow up to 8-99A The Solstice Scar, which we ran at Council of Five Nations last year. The scenario will be retired in August so this is one of the last chances to play it.

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.