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March Game-a-thon

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

March 2, 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 )

Scenaro B: Seek and Destroy
The Men Who Would Be Kings
Jenni Paperman- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Colonial Officer: "What is speculative, punitive, and ends with your cutlery stolen and your house burning down?"
Indignant Local: "I don't know. What is speculative, punitive, and ends my house burning down?"
Colonial Officer: "The raid portrayed in this scenario, of course, Old Boy."

The British and their Egyptian allies have been tasked with punishing the local tribes by bringing their village tumbling down. The local tribes, naturally enough, are having none of it.
what2bring: Nothing: all will be provided

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

The goal of Power Grid Deluxe is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network reaches a predetermined size. Players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they need to power these cities. However, as power plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Follow this link to BGG page.

The New Revolution
Robert Fisk- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

4 Player Cooperative game.

Players take on the roles of historical figures while traveling to map locations to bolster a newly formed revolution. The revolution grows by recruiting an army, gaining money, and winning over the hearts and minds of the people. Players win by defeating a historical Villainous Dictator revealed at the end of the game.

Mechanics: Worker placement, Variable Player Power, Hand Management, Press Your Luck

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.

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

After recovering necessary items to further the goal of world reclaimation, Dr. Destruction has more up his sleeve to ensure the world is back in their hands.
what2bring: Writing utensils, dice

Follow this link to Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2nd Ed) with A Dance with Dragons Expansion
Dana Longley- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Players take on the roles of the great Houses of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Will you take power through force, use honeyed words to coerce your way onto the throne, or rally the townsfolk to your side? Through strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, spread your influence over Westeros!

Follow this link to A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2nd Edition) Complete Tutorial.
Follow this link to A Dance with Dragons Expansion Review.

Terraforming Mars
Leonardo Kammer- GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We'll play the base map + Prelude expansion + randomized awards and milestones

Follow this link to Terraforming Mars on BGG.
Follow this link to Prelude on BGG.

Beneath The Village of Harken
Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition
Jake Morris- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Along the King's Road sits the quiet logging village of Harken. While drowning the road-weary night away your company are approached by a village elder seeking their aid dealing with marauding creatures plundering local homes and businesses.

This is a 1st level dungeon crawl adventure which leads into heroic-tier adventures in the Netir Vale setting.
what2bring: Dice and pencils are suggested (but not required!), Pre-Gens will be available but any legal 1st level 4e character is fair game

Echo Blue: Red Right Hand
6th Call of Cthulhu, w/ some house rules
John Whitehead- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on weird. Las Vegas is catching up. UFOs, cults, vampires, cabals, chupacabras. And Karl Kolchak ain't around anymore.

Bodies found in the desert, drained of blood. And like I said, Kolchak ain't around. Go to it.


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

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.