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May Game-a-thon

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

May 12, 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.

Event Registration

We're trying out a new way of letting people register to save a spot in a game. Each event description has a link like this [register]. Clicking on the link should create an email you can send us to reserve a spot in the game.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

DBA Learning Sessions
De Bellis Antiquitatis v2.2
Tom Talasco- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) is a flexible, fast-playing set of miniatures rules. An army consists of 12 units (called "elements"), classified as Blades, Warband, Knights and so forth. The rules are very simple (and can actually fit on one sheet of paper) but nevertheless pretty effective.

With the loaning of some armies from Eric Paperman to add to my own figures will be running 2-3 DBA games to teach interested people in how to play. If all goes according to plan we will have a Gondor vs. Harad game, a Roman Republic vs. Carthage game and an Imperial Roman vs. Dacia game. So both historical ancients and fantasy represented.
what2bring: An eagerness to learn and play.

Follow this link to video demo of game.

The Roman Circus
The Roman Circus by Brian DeWitt
Robert Kinkead- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Come test your courage and skill in the Roman Circus driving a chariot. Just about anything goes in the quest for victory. Easy rules will be taught.

Clash of Cultures w/ Expansion
Troy Ferris- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

A civilization game in which each player leads a civilization from a single settlement to a mighty empire. Players must explore their surroundings, build large cities, research advances and conquer those who stand in the way.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

Eminent Domain
Michael Moon- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is a deck-building card game of space exploration, where you can follow other player's actions. Gather planets through military force or peaceful colonization. Research technologies to gain their abilities. Produce goods and then trade or use them. When you take an action, you add more of that action to your deck, allowing you to take those actions you prefer more often and to a larger effect.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.

Mystic Vale
Leonardo Kammer- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Mystic Vale uses the innovative "Card Crafting System", which lets you not only build your deck, but build the individual cards in your deck, customizing each card's abilities to exactly the strategy you want to follow.

Follow this link to BGG link.

Amazing Adventures in Space
Neal Tanner- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+


DDEX2-3 The Drowned Tower
D&D 5E Adventurers League
James Rilley- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

You are approached by someone claiming to be a member of the Brotherhood of the Cloak investigating unusual incidents involving some of his brethren. Discretion is vital, as there is rumored to be a link between the denizens of the Tower of Arcane Might and one of the elemental cults. Can you uncover the truth?
what2bring: 5th-10th level Adventurers League Legal Character

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

The Battle of Sadras - 17 February 1782
Form on the Admiral's Wake
Robert Mulligan- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This battle was fought off the Coromandel coast, India between the well matched British fleet under the capable Admiral Hughes, and the French Fleet under the more than simply capable Admiral Suffren. Hughes was attempting to attack the troop transports that Suffren was escorting. Suffren's French captains were less than enthusiastic about being shot at, and hung back. Historically, Suffren was only able to gain a minor victory.

"Form on the Admiral's Wake" by Brian DeWitt, are a fast play convention style set of miniatures rules easily learned. Beginners are welcome to try their hand at commanding some Ships of the Line.

1846: The Race for the Midwest
David Bibicoff- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Set in the Midwestern United States. Differences from other 18xx games include scaling the number of corporations, private companies, and bank size to the number of players, fewer restrictions on actions such as raising money and using private company powers, the initial distribution of private companies, and paying for virtually all track builds.

Follow this link to BGG.

Defenders of the Commonwealth: An Extremely Dead End
Call of Cthulhu, 6th ed, w/some modifications
John P Whitehead- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

September, 1928. One month after the supposed dynamite outrages in Dunwich; Nine months after the raid on Innsmouth. A meeting takes place at Miskatonic University, between the Massachusetts Highway Patrol, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and a select group of the University faculty. Notes are compared. Witnesses testify. Evidence is presented. And a new organization is formed: the Defenders of the Commonwealth, charged with meeting a threat that most of the public would never, and must never, suspect existed.

Almost as soon as the Defenders are recruited, their first test is thrust upon them. A young woman is attacked on the campus. Her attacker is found two hours later, dead on the steps of the library. He had been suffocated. He had been suffocated thirty hours earlier.

Welcome to the front lines, Defenders.
what2bring: Pre-generated characters will be available. Bring pencils, paper, dice, esp. percentiles. Also, It would be very much appreciated if the players would read or re-read "the Dunwich Horror" and "the Shadow Over Innsmouth" before playing, to get a feel for the background.


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.