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June Game-a-thon

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

June 8, 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 )

A Call to Arms: Star Fleet 1.2 (ADB Revision)
Troy Ferris- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

A Call to Arms: Star Fleet is a game of space combat in the Star Fleet Universe. Throughout humanity’s space-age history, the Federation has come under pressure from many enemies. Now you can play out these confrontations on the tabletop with entire fleets drawn from the Federation, Klingon Empire, Romulan Empire or any one of the many other fleets that range across the galaxy. This is the newer 1.2 version revised by the Amarillo Design Bureau.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

Home grown
John Rigley- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The first play test of Minion came off well and Great Scarlet Overkill won the first play test game. But now the Minions want to do 2 out of 3 battles to make sure they're getting the best Despicable they can find. Who will step up and win the next one - Ugg the caveman, Napoleon the general, Blackbeard the pirate, or just maybe Scarlet Overkill will do it again.

Heroes of Land, Air and Sea with Order & Chaos expansion
Dana Longley- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

An easy-to-learn, ~3 hour 4X miniatures game. Take one of 8 available factions as you attempt to explore, expand, exploit and exterminate your rivals.

Follow this link to Heroes of Land, Air & Sea on Board Game Geek.
Follow this link to Watch it Played: Heroes of Land, Air and Sea.

Rayguns & Rocketships
Christopher Tosh- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

From BoardGameGeek - "Rayguns and Rocketships is an action strategy game inspired by the sci-fi classics of the pulp era. The game features fast-paced strategy, pulse-pounding action and over 32 original miniatures!"

Follow this link to BoardGameGeek page..

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

With the choice made to end the V'sori threat once and for all, the group has decided to take the fight to the V'sori overlord. Witness the showdown of the century.
what2bring: Dice, writing utensils.

Follow this link to Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

4x, area control, dice, modular board
Chito Bantug- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. You will explore new star systems, research technologies, and build spaceships with which to wage war. There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors.

Follow this link to BGG.

Flamme Rouge: Grand Tour of Schenectady
Leonardo Kammer- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Flamme Rouge is a fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game where each player controls a team of two riders: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur. The players’ goal is to be the first to cross the finish line with one of their riders. Players move their riders forward by drawing and playing cards from that riders specific deck, depleting it as they go. Use slipstreams to avoid exhaustion and position your team for a well timed sprint for the win.

We will play a Grand Tour event with 5 stages, where points are tallied at each stage. We are going to use the Peloton expansion and the Grand Tour rules.

Follow this link to Flamme Rouge: Grand Tour (BGG).
Follow this link to Flamme Rouge: Peloton (BGG).
Follow this link to Grand Tour of Schenectady.

Terraforming Mars + expansions
Bill Dickerson- GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of 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 BGG Link.

The Ink-Bearded Scholar
Introductory RPG
Michael Moon- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A test run of a role-playing game. The new bride of a reclusive scholar invites some of her friends over, and they explore the mansion. Delve into dark secrets, and try to get at the truth.
what2bring: Bring along pencils and paper if you want.


Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
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.