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May Game-a-thon

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

May 13, 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.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

In the dark dark.
home made reaction rules.
Ron DuBray- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Its been 2 day since any word, or people have come out of the town of Rednix mountain. Even the 4 state police patrols sent there to find out what the problem is have not been heard from. So a platoon of National guard is going in to find out what the problem is. You're an NCO with a squad of weekend warriors here to save the day. Can you save the day? Can you even make it out alive?
what2bring: 10 D6 dice

Battle of Dennewitz
Napoleons Battles
John Rigley- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It's 1813 and Napoleon wants Berlin burned to the ground. In the hopes of knocking Prussia out of the war, he put Marshal Ney in charge of 60,000 allied troops and a box of matches and sent him on his way.

Retrieve the Sword
Fistful of Lead
Jennifer Paperman- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The Luftschiff Zeppelin Sword of Damocles has been captured by a group of Allied infiltrators, intent on taking its military secrets back to their base. The Germans have sent out their elite squadrons of pterodactyl riders to land forces on the Sword of Damocles and reclaim it before the Allies can get away.

1830 Railroads and Robber Barons
scenario 2.0 "No One Expects the Canadian Pacific"
J. Mirant- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

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 second 1830+ scenario which adds more trains, several tiles, 2 corporations and 1 private company. The scenario rules are on page 37. Rules for initial purchasing of the private companies are on page 26.

Follow this link to BoardGameGeek.
Follow this link to Rules.

Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918
Skylor Edwards- GM
2 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Join me in the trenches of France to fight in an amazing modern block wargame. The fog of war is thick and a mixture of bluffing strength and sussing out weak spots in the line will win the day! lighter weight mechanics that do not detract from the overall feel of a full block wargames.

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to Marco video review .

Quartermaster General: Cold War Expansion Playtest
Ian Brody- GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Once again I'm reaching out to the good people of the SWA who might be interested in a Cold War variant. Believe it or not, it only accommodates 3 players.

Prefer people who have played Quartermaster General before, as this is a playtest of an expansion.

Noir World Quickstart
Michael Thomas- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Noir World is your chance to explore hardboiled and crime fiction and film noir using a combination of Apocalypse World stylings and the vocabulary we've all gained by watching television and movies.

Film noir is all about telling stories where characters who don't neatly fit into the binary of good and evil live with the terrible consequences of their emotionally fueled choices. Noir World reflects that throughout the game.

Follow this link to The Kickstarter.
Follow this link to Listen to it Played.

Treasure of the Broken Hoard
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Rob Kirker- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth - or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well?
what2bring: A 1st-2nd level Adventurer's League legal character.

DDAL 5-02: The Black Road
D&D 5E
Emily Gallinger- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is a special beginners adventure, perfect for those new to D&D.

Caravans are having a difficult time getting through to Parnast via the Black Road. Organized attacks by orcs and other monstrous humanoids working in concert with one another have folks baffled.

Little do they know that an unusually intelligent hill giant, going by the name of Bad Fruul is to blame. SEER has sent her emissary Hsing, to task your group to accompany a caravan with a very special cargo destined for the Shrine of Axes in Parnast, and to figure out who is responsible. D&D 5E adventure for character levels 1-4.
what2bring: Dice and a legal character of level 1-4

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

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Star Wars Armada
Corellian Campaign Turn 2
Troy Ferris- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Star Wars Armada Miniatures game, hoping to play out turn two of the campaign, if not we will just play a normal game. New Players can attend and can help play out the campaigns turn as new admirals or subcommanders of already existing fleets.

Follow this link to BGG Page.

A Call to Arms Starfleet
Tom Talasco & Mark Lurz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen


Mare Nostrum: Empires
Skylor Edwards- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Come compete for control of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding land through culture, economic prowess and military conquest in this amazing 4x game that is played in 2 hours.

Play as the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Carthaginians or Persians. Each with their own starting advantages. Add to these differences by buying wonders and heroic or noteworthy people of antiquity.

Follow this link to Board games Geek.

A&A classic night
Axis and Allies
Ben Bunday- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

original A&A Pacific and Europe to be played

Avenge the Desecration!!!!
Runequest 2nd, with some modifications from RQ3
John P Whitehead- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Temple of Yelorna, the Star Maiden, daughter of the Sun God, had been attacked, and a valuable relic stolen. Rewards are offered by the Yelmalio temple, and the Lunar Empire for this artifact. The Crew from Real City has a lead that no one else has: the location of part of the gang that attacked the temple. And, the Crew has a score to settle...with the Droppers!
what2bring: Dice, especially percentile. Pencils, paper.

DDEX4-10: The Artifact
D&D 5E
Matt Gallinger- GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

We return to Ravenloft where an expedition to the Amber Temple reveals another major minion of the enemy and uncovers a secret weapon that may help defeat them. An adventure for character levels 5-10.

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


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.