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November Game-a-thon

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

November 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.

Titan Tournament ( 9am - 10pm )

9th Annual Northeast Titan Championship
Nick Klercker-GM
12 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The tournament will consist of two rounds. The first round (starting at 9am) will be open to all who know the game, but seeded based on previous tournament placement. The final game will consist of the winners from the first round.

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 Tournament Rules.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Epic Minigeddon
NetEA: a fan-maintained version of GW's Epic Armageddon
James Damour-GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Learn to play Epic Armageddon (a game of mass combat set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe) using scaled down battles on half a table. I'll be using the NetEA rules, as modified by the Minigeddon rules. Beginners are not only welcome, they are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. I will not only explain the rules, but identify some winning tactics, provide the terrain your army will battle over, and supply a variety of painted armies to you to select from. Experienced players can bring their own 1000 point army based on the NetEA lists, with the Minigeddon restrictions and changes. I have a Badmoonz Ork Warband, An Evilsunz Ork Warband that went Feral, an Armageddon Steel Legion with Titan support, a Minervan Tank Legion, a battleforce from an Eldar Craftworld, the shattered remnants of a Tyranid Swarm, and two different Space Marine chapters. Email me at SWA.Epic.Fan /at/ gmail.com to reserve an army for a slot! Beginners encouraged.

Follow this link to What is NetEA (Net Epic Armageddon)?.
Follow this link to NetEA Tournament Pack (including army lists).
Follow this link to Minigeddon changes to NetEA rules.

Nuts! Double Feature
Nuts! By Two Hour Wargames
Nathan Whitchurch-GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+


A Level Playing Field
David Bibicoff- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Players are seeking to make the most money by buying and selling stock in various share companies located on eastern United States map. The stock manipulation aspect of the game is widely-regarded as one of the best. This game features private rail companies and an extremely vicious, 'robber baron' oriented stock market. A game is finished when the bank runs out of money or one player is forced to declare bankruptcy.

We plan on taking a break around 4-5pm and then finishing up the game.

Follow this link to BGG.

Arthur, King of the Britons (A Quartermaster General Game)
Quartermaster General
Ian Brody- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

I'm running a playtest of my next title.

The struggle of the Romano-British against the encroaching invaders. The Arthur and Merlin team are pitted against the Saxons, as well as the Britons that opposed Arthur, led by the sorceress Morgan le Fey.

Terraforming Mars w/ Prelude Expansion
Troy Ferris- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

In Terraforming Mars, you play one of many those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Follow this link to Terraforming Mars BGG page.
Follow this link to TM - Prelude Expansion BGG page.

The Great Cat Conspiracy - the Dogs of Pugmire
Karen Seiz- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

At last, the Dogs of Pugmire will confront the nefarious Cat Conspiracy that threatens Pugmire

what2bring: dice, sense of humor

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Le Harve
Michael Moon- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is an economic game in which the players compete to have the most money at the end of the game. Gradually increasing food expenses encourage the production of boats, which reduce food expenses every round. The production of buildings allows you to earn immediate points for the construction of the building, and additional points from other players for the use of the building. Resources can be upgraded. Special buildings which change from one game to the next allow for various strategies.

Tigris and Euphrates
Leonardo Kammer- GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Tigris & Euphrates is set in the ancient fertile crescent with players building civilizations through tile placement. Players are given four different leaders: farming, trading, religion, and government. The leaders are used to collect victory points in these same categories. However, your score at the end of the game is the number of points in your weakest category, which encourages players not to get overly specialized. Conflict arises when civilizations connect on the board, i.e., external conflicts, with only one leader of each type surviving such a conflict. Leaders can also be replaced within a civilization through internal conflicts.

Follow this link to BGG.

A Time To Harvest
Call of Cthulhu 7th edition
Sean Segrue- GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

At our last session the investigators, young undergraduate and graduate students at Miskatonic University, found themselves confronting agents of the mi-go. Chapter 3 of the 6 part story arc finds the investigators dealing with the aftermath of these events while discovering an unexpected ally.

If you were unable to attend the first 2 sessions, no worries. New players are welcome and encouraged.

what2bring: Pencil, paper and dice, if you have them. While pre-generated investigators are available, you are welcome to come with an investigator of your own making. Ideally that investigator would be a student at the University, or someone with close ties to the University or one of the existing investigators.

Necessary Evil
Savage Worlds
George Burch- GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

When all the super heroes of the world are blown to kingdom come by an army of invading aliens, who will save the day? Evil…

The only forces left to take on the alien menace are the crafty and self serving super villains!

what2bring: Dice, paper, pen/pencil, mini

Follow this link to Pinnacle Entertainment Group website.


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.