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November Game-a-thon

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

November 16, 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 )

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea
Chito Bantug- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea is an exciting, easy-to-learn, easy-to-play but challenging to master abstract game in which players guide the renowned and legendary civilizations that surged and receded around the shores of the Mediterranean, which the Romans aptly called the Mare Internum, or Inner Sea.

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea is not just one game but many games. From one to six players will take the role of one, two, or even three of these civilizations as they compete across up to four epochs on land and sea, seeking to survive a host of potential natural disasters while making their indelible mark on history through conquest and the building of cities and great Wonders: thereby becoming the dominant power of their age.

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Dune Learning Game
Rob Rodger- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Imagine you can control the forces of a noble family, guild, or religious order on a barren planet which is the only source for the most valuable substance in the known universe.

Who will control DUNE? Become one of the characters and their forces from the book and . . . You decide!

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Karen Seiz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It's nice to be wanted -- wanted by the City Guard for counterfeiting, wanted by Cat Society, wanted dead by a powerful family -- maybe it's time for a vacation in Waterdog Port.....
what2bring: dice, sense of humor, the usual

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Dungeon Craaaawl!!! w/ side trip to City-State
D&D 5th
John P Whitehead- GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

That's right: the City-State, complete with Invincible Overlord! That, and a dungeon craaaal! If that doesn't sell it to you, nuthin' will.
what2bring: Dice, all varieties. Pencils and paper.

Bat Rustlers of Pyre
Michael Moon- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Travel down by balloon to Pyre and meet the bat riders. Help them recover animals stolen from their flock. Learn more about the world of Overlight. Be one of those touched by the light, and strive to make things better. Enjoy a chromatic fantasy set in a rock album cover.
what2bring: You don't need to bring anything, but pencils and paper might be useful, along with some dice.

Power Grid - India Map

Jeremy Waligory- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The objective of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities.

However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' windfarm/ solar plants, which require no fuel), making it a constant struggle to upgrade your plants for maximum efficiency while still retaining enough wealth to quickly expand your network to get the cheapest routes.

The Indian Subcontinent is always in danger of suffering huge power outages if the players increase their networks too quickly. Additionally, the players must buy their resources on a limited resource market, which does not always guarantee enough resources for all players.

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Return to Halloween Town
Cypher System / The Strange
Neal Tanner- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Our intrepid heroes successfully escaped the clutches of the Game of Screams, but now they must investigate it. Where did it come from? What is this bizarre Halloween dimension that it leads to? Surely, this won't be any more dangerous than playing a simple board game was?
what2bring: Dice and pencils.

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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.