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March Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - March 2017 Game-a-thon

March 4, 2017 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.

Titan Session ( 9am - whenever )

8th Annual Titan Tournament
Nick Klercker - GM
12 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

PLEASE email TitanTournament@swa-gaming.org if you would like participate in the tournament so we can anticipate the number of players. Just email and tell us "Yes or Maybe, I'm planning on playing".

Follow this link to the full details on the event.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Bolt Action escalation league, Month 3
Nate Whitchurch - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The NY/NJ Bolt Action escalation league continues. Bring your 1000 point list and battle other players. Don't have an army but still want to play? No problem, just email me at nate@whitchurchphotography.com and I'll make sure we bring something for you!
what2bring: 100 point single platoon list, dice and other play aids.

Follow this link to the full Bolt Action product line .
Follow this link to Read more about the game.
Follow this link to Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page.

1830 Railroads and Robber Barons
scenario 1.0 "A Level Playing Field"
J Mirant - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It is the dawn of the "Age of Railroading" in America. You're a wealthy investor and speculator betting that the new technology will revolutionize transport. Commerce will no longer depend on rutted roads and slow canals. Instead, it will ride the rails on swift, powerful "Iron Horses." 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. As president, generate revenue by building track and buying and operating trains-regardless of shareholders' needs. Meanwhile, you pay heed to the volatile stock market. You strive to invest in flourishing companies in order to earn healthy dividends. You try to buy stock in corporations that are rising in value, collect strong, and sell before the stock values drop. We'll try the first 1830+ scenario which adds more trains (including two 7-trains), several tiles, 2 corporations and 1 private company. The scenario rules are on pages 34 -36. Rules for initial purchasing of the private companies are on page 26.

Follow this link to Boardgame Geek.
Follow this link to Rules.

Star Trek Ascendency
Michael Rector - GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Boldly go where no one has gone before. In Star Trek: Ascendancy - a board game of exploration, expansion and conflict between the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire - you control the great civilizations of the Galaxy, striking out from your home worlds to expand your influence and grow your civilization.

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to Rules.
Follow this link to Drive thru review.

Star Wars Imperial Assault
Kevin Bibicoff - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Fight the evil Galactic Empire as the spunky Rebel Alliance operatives through a series of campaign style missions.
what2bring: A positive attitude and a love for Star Wars!

Follow this link to FFG Product Page.

Sword of Rome
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Rome began the 4th century BC as no more than the leading city of a small league of Latin communities and ended it controlling all of Italy and on the doorstep to Western prominence. Players recreate the climatic struggles among the peoples of Italy and Sicily in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Who among the Greeks, Gauls, Etruscans, Samnites and Romans will dominate the western Mediterranean and with it earn the right to vie for control of the known world?

We will be playing the short game to fit it in one session.

Halcyon Days
Masks RPG
Michael Thomas - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

For decades Halcyon City has been home to mighty heroes and dastardly villains. Now it time for the fourth generation of superheroes to step up and make their mark. Fight crime and fight for your right to party.

Masks is a game about teenagers with great powers dealing with secret identities, raging hormones, homework and more than a little responsibility. Masks produces stories like those found in Young Justice, Teen Titans,Young Avengers and X-Men.
what2bring: Pencils, dice.

Follow this link to Publisher's Page.

Iron Heroes Introduction
D&D 3rd E/Iron Heroes
Michael Moon - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Play as a character who relies on skill, not magic, in a world where magic exists, but is rare and unreliable. In this brief introductory session, we will create characters and possibly attempt 1 or two low-level challenges.
what2bring: Minatures, pens/pencils, paper, and dice will be helpful to have on hand for this game.

DDAL05-10 Giant Diplomacy / DDAL05-12 Bad Business in Parnast
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Luke Trombley- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Gralm, a powerufl ettin, and his followers may be joining the hill giant known as Bad Fruul and his army bent on destroying the town of Parnast. Can you find some way to ensure Gralm remains neutral or encourage the ettin to challenge Bad Fruul to single combat? Parnast's fate hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, as Bad Fruul's attack on Parnast is imminent, the town is at risk from within as internal politics threaten to tear it apart. Can you stop the in-fighting and prepare the town for the hill giant's onslaught?
what2bring: A Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer's League legal character of levels 1-4 (or pre-generated characters will be available), dice, pencils.

Follow this link to Dungeons and Dragons Official Homepage.
Follow this link to Adventurer's League Homepage.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

The Corellian Conflict
Star Wars Armada
Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

We will be looking to play out a Star Wars Armada campaign over the next couple of game-a-thons. New players can be accommodated.
what2bring: Regular players Must bring your starting 400 point fleet constructed using the Corellian Conflict build rules.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

Robo Rally (2016)
Rob Rodger - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The race is on for the robots of the Robo Rally automobile factory who work long, hard days at the assembly line building high-speed supercars, but never get to see them in action. On Saturday nights, the factory comes to life as the ultimate race course with treacherous obstacles and rival sabotage. In Robo Rally, players move their robots through the course by speeding through corridors and dodging traps to reach each checkpoint first. Only the strongest robots survive!

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Avalon Hill's Robo Rally page.
Follow this link to Rules PDF.

Shadows Over Brimstone
James Parks - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Play the game from Flying Frog Productions; a Old Western town built over a load of mysterious Dark Stone was blown sky high, and now creatures from other dimensions are spilling through; outlaws and adventurers are crossing over to find treasure.

Terraforming Mars
Rich Hutnik - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This game rose onto the Hotness List of BGG over a short time to end up in the top 20.
what2bring: Please read the rules on BGG

Follow this link to BGG entry.
Follow this link to Company site for game.
Follow this link to Rules to the game.

Michael Thomas - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

In Colosseum each player is a Roman impresario - producing great spectacles in his or her arena in the hopes of attracting the most spectators. Players earn wealth and glory for each event run, using it to create ever more ambitious events. They will need to improve their arena, find the best performers, lure the Emperor and his nobles, and manage assets for long-term success to be granted the title of Grand Impresario, with tales of your extraordinary spectacles acclaimed throughout the empire.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page for Colosseum.
Follow this link to Game Boy Geek Review.

The Shadow Beneath the Ruins
Runequest 2nd
John P Whitehead- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A new day dawns, and more bodies are discovered in Pavis. Heads gone, and blood everywhere. Vampires wouldn't leave the blood. Chaos Beasts wouldn't leave the bodies. And Divinations are finding nothing. A mystery to solve, and a reward to be claimed,and danger at every turn. Pre-generated characters.
what2bring: Dice, esp. percentiles, paper, pencils. Snacks.

DDAL 4-08 and 4-09: The Broken One and The Tempter
D&D 5E
Matt and Emily Gallinger- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The village of Orasnou is buried in winter's snows and facing starvation. Even if they had enough food and supplies, Lord Strahd's taxe beast has ravaged the livestock culled to pay Lord Strahd's tax and the village is thrown into panic and chaos. Can you find the monster and save the village from starvation, or worse? A two-hour adventure for character levels 5-10.

Followed by: The people of Orasnou are desperate. The village is on the brink of starvation and has little chance of surviving the harsh winter. The Burgomaster and others in the village have recently learned of a wealthy estate that might have enough resources to solve both of Orasnou's problems. It is a temptation he cannot afford to resist or can he? Another two-hour adventure for character levels 5-10.

Follow this link to wizards of the coast.
Follow this link to Adventurers League.

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.