[game pieces]

July Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - July 2016 Game-a-thon

July 9, 2016 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.

All-day ( 11am - 10pm )

Attack Vector Full Immersion
Attack Vector: Tactical
Ken Burnside - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Learn the space combat game endorsed by NASA, Scientific American and the AAAS: Attack Vector: Tactical.

3D, vector movement, weapon and damage models based off of real science, pilot perspective orbital mechanics.

NOTE: This is a two-session game, and everything will be taught from ground zero.
what2bring: Pencils. All other materials will be provided.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Description.
Follow this link to Product Description Page.
Follow this link to Tutorial Rules.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

The Seer
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Luke Trombley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The time has come to venture beyond the village of Orasnou and explore the realm of Barovia. However, in your travels, you happen across an unusual tribe of people - distrusted denizens of the Demiplane of Dread. Do the Vistani truly possess the ability to see the future, or is it simple parlor tricks and deceit?

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

Fiasco - SciFi
Michael Thomas - 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. Beginners encouraged.

We'll be choosing from a collection of SciFi playsets.

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

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

Cancelled. But it is still being run in the evening session.

1812: The Invasion of Canada
Mike Rizzuti - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The funniest game about the funniest war in American history! Will taking Canada be a matter of marching, or will all your men run away, leaving the British to burn down the White House? Simple hand management and unique teamplay mechanics make this an interesting light wargame experience.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek.
Follow this link to Shut Up and Sit Down!.
Follow this link to the wikipedia page about the War of 1812.

Mare Nostrum: Empires
Skylor Edwards - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Beginners very welcome!

Play as one of five leaders of the Ancient World: Caesar of Rome, Hammurabi of Babylon, Cleopatra of Egypt, Perecles of Greece, and Hannibal of Carthage as you strive for Cultural, Military, or Commercial dominance of the Ancient World. Recruit Heroes and create Wonders, expand trade caravans, build cities to collect taxes, construct temples, and build the Pyramids to display your stature in this world and the next!

Follow this link to BGG page.
Follow this link to Publisher page.
Follow this link to H How to play video.

Steampunk, Production, and Commerce (oh my!)
Planet Steam
Rich Hutnik - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Planet Steam is a board game inspired by the computer game MULE. It is an attempt at a commercial board game inspired by the computer game, arguably one of the first. While inspired by the computer game, it goes in its own direction, allowing for up to 5 players, and also borrowing play mechanics from the games like Puerto Rico. The end result is a serious economic sim with very little luck involved. The game also handles 2 players. This is a hardcore economic sim that maps things like supply and demand, and other elements found in the original game MULE.
what2bring: If possible, please read the rules. I played the game several times, and will look to teach, but reading will help.

Follow this link to BoardGameGeek entry.
Follow this link to Fantasy Flight site page for the game.
Follow this link to R Rules to the game.

Epic Minigeddon
NetEA: a fan-maintained version of GW's Epic Armageddon
James Damour - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Learn and play Epic Armageddon, a game of mass combat set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, using scaled down battles on half a table. I'll be using the NetEA rules, as modified by the Minigeddon rules.

Beginners are not only welcome, they are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. I will not only explain the rules, but identify some winning tactics, provide the terrain you will battle over, and a supply variety of painted armies to you to select from. Experienced players can bring their own 1000 point army based on the modified NetEA lists.
what2bring: A willingness to let me know when my instructions are unclear

Follow this link to What is NetEA (Net Epic Armageddon)?.
Follow this link to Pictures of NetEA in play.
Follow this link to Minigeddon changes to NetEA rules.

Carentan: June 14th, 1944
Chain of Command
Nate Whitchurch - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

June 13th, 1944. After a failed counter attack on Carentan German Fallschirmjäger attempt to hold open a roadway for their retreating troops. Elements of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment have been tasked with taking a manor house being used to cover an important crossroad.

Chain of Command is a platoon based skirmish game using 28mm figures.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

DDEX2-14 The Sword of Selfaril
D&D 5E
Emily Gallinger - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The fabled sword of Selfaril is said to bestow wisdom and power upon whomever wields it, so naturally its discovery has caused quite a stir in Mulmaster. All of this is complicated when a masked benefactor claims to not only know the truth about the blade, but also how it can be used to benefit the oppressed people of Mulmaster. Can it truly change Mulmaster for the better? A D&D 5E adventure for characters lvl 5-10.
what2bring: legal character of lvl 5-10, pencil and dice.

Follow this link to Wizards of the Coast.
Follow this link to Adventurers League.

A Cold Death
RuneQuest/Mythic Iceland
Devin Fortman - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

After two years on the longships, a band of Viking warriors returns to Iceland, bringing loot and tales of victory. They bring sad news as well, and a few have the duty of telling the chieftain Einar of his son's death. However, they find Einar's village frozen in an early winter, under siege by monsters prowling in the snow, with the old chieftain nowhere to be seen.
what2bring: Dice, pencils, readiness for Valhalla.

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

The Napoleonic Wars, 1805 - 1815, brings you a fast-paced, tension-filled, card-driven wargame using a point-to-point movement system that pushes the envelope in a new direction for this pivotal period of history. Having a simple-to-learn strategic system and short rulebook, The Napoleonic Wars, can be played in an evening as the cards and Diplomatic Track make for tough decision-making in the face of everchanging enemy threats. Set in 1805 Europe, you must weigh the strategic dilemmas facing the two alliances in mortal conflict. Napoleon's France enjoys a superb army, central position, superior leadership, and a useful, if not powerful, ally in Spain. However, she faces three foes. Napoleon must beware of Britain's seapower and wealth, Austria's threatening position, and Russia's reinforcing hordes. Beginners encouraged.

Baseball Highlights 2045
Michael Thomas - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Playing Baseball Highlights: 2045 is like watching TV highlights of early 21st-century baseball games, with the game play being full of theme with no outs or innings and without bogging down in a play-by-play baseball simulation. In this quick and interactive game, two players build their teams as they play, combining both strategy (building your team) and tactics (playing the game) without any of the downtime. During each "mini-game", each player alternates playing six cards to simulate a full game's highlights. The mini-game includes defensive and offensive actions, and your single card play may include elements of defensive and/or offensive plays. Do you try to thwart your opponent's pending hits, put up strong offensive action of your own, or use your better players to do both? Players buy new free agents after each mini-game to improve their roster, and the team who wins the most mini-games in the series is the champ!

Follow this link to Baseball Highlights on BGG.
Follow this link to Watch it Played.
Follow this link to BH 2045 Rule Book.

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.

Star Wars Armada
TroyFerris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. You assemble your fleet and engage the enemy. Using the game's unique maneuver tool, you steer your capital ships across the battlefield, even while squadrons of starfighters buzz around them. Then, as these ships exchange fire, it’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.

Follow this link to BGG Page.


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.