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March Game-a-thon

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

March 10, 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 )

Concordia Salsa
Mike Rizzuti - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Compete to build the best trade network in the Roman Empire in Concordia Salsa. Gain new privileges and score multipliers by buying new cards; getting the most out of each card is a great challenge elegantly presented. We'll be playing with the Salsa expansion, which adds a wild card resource and an extra set of privileges that provide incentive to pick up your cards early.

Follow this link to BGG for Concordia.
Follow this link to BGG for Salsa expansion.

Twilight Imperium 4th Edition
Kevin - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Each player takes command of one of seventeen unique civilizations to compete for interstellar supremacy through warfare, trade, uncertain allegiances, and political dominance. Every faction offers a completely different play experience, from the wormhole-hopping Ghosts of Creuss to the Emirates of Hacan, masters of trade and economics. These seventeen races are offered many paths to victory, but only one may sit upon the throne of Mecatol Rex as the new masters of the galaxy.

3rd and 4th edition are similar enough that veterans will have few problems. 4th edition is more streamlined though and has a hard cut off.

New players welcome, just be aware this is a long game.

Follow this link to FFG Game Page.
Follow this link to BGG Game Page.

Legendary Marvel Deck Building
Michael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is a deck-building game where the players play semi-cooperatively, trying to defeat the main villain before the game defeats them. You may earn points by rescuing bystanders and capturing villains. The game is themed around Marvel Super Heroes.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.

DDEX2-16 Boltsmelter's Book
D&D 5E Adventurers League
James Rilley - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A dwarven expedition has stopped in Mulmaster for much needed supplies. Their leader is looking for some "no questions asked" protection for the duration of his stay in the city. Are you game?
what2bring: 1st-4th level Adventurers League Legal Character

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Firefly the Boardgame
Troy Ferris - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Players begin with a ship, and travel from planet to planet, hiring crew, purchasing ship upgrades, and picking up cargo to deliver (jobs) all in the form of cards. Some crew and cargo are illegal, and can be confiscated if your ship is boarded by an alliance vessel. Travelling from planet to planet requires turning over "full burn" cards, one for each space moved. Most do nothing, but you can also encounter an Alliance ship, have a breakdown, or even run into Reavers. Completing jobs gets you cash. First player to complete the story goals wins.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

Hardback and Paperback: Unabridged
Mike Rizzuti - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A pair of deckbuilding word games by Tim Fowers. Make words, buy letters, make better words. It's interesting how minor changes to this core concept can make the games feel very different. Paperback is more of a word game; making long words with hard letters lets you buy victory cards. Hardback is more of a deckbuilder; any card can be wild, so success is a matter of maximizing synergies and getting through your deck quickly.

If you've played Paperback before, note we'll be using the new expansion, so it'll probably play significantly faster than you remember. Any disputes will be settled with dictionary.com and/or wiktionary. The host uses too many loanwords, so there will be some if he's playing.

Follow this link to BGG for Hardback.
Follow this link to BGG for Paperback.

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Short Straw
Savage Worlds
Devin Fortman - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Redfang Goblins' "headhunting" mission was a little too successful, and now the humans have declared war on the goblins for using their prince's cranium as a kickball! Their Dwarven allies are mobilizing for the first major assault, digging tunnels and constructing a bridge to create a foothold in goblin territory. Naturally, some of the goblins will have to sabotage these plans... and you drew the short straw.
what2bring: Dice and pencils

Follow this link to SGH Player's Guide.


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.