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November Game-a-thon

The Schenectady Wargamers Association - November 2016 Game-a-thon

November 12, 2016 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 )

Castle of Magic
Neal Tanner - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

A Monster is lurking in the depths of Castle Bondi. The rulers of three neighboring countries journeyed to the Castle to vanquish the monster but were themselves devoured. When they died, the three Items of Power - a Crown, an Amulet and a Scepter - were lost with them.

Follow this link to Publisher's website.
Follow this link to Board Game Geek.

Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
2 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The Second Punic War was the inevitable return match between Rome and Carthage for the control of the western Mediterranean. Carthage's hope to defeat the growing Roman Empire lay in the hands of Hannibal Barca, one of the greatest military commanders and tacticians in history. Play Carthage and utilize Hannibal to defeat the tenacious Roman legions or play Rome and figure out how to defeat the mighty Hannibal! As this is a two player game, please bring your copy of the game.
what2bring: Players should bring their copy of the game.

Play test Lord of the Rings/Quartermaster General
Ian Brody - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Come and play test a new Lord of the Rings board game from Griggling Games that uses game mechanics from their popular strategic World War 2 game Quartermaster General

Mystic Vale
Mike Rizzuti - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

You can be a druid doing druid stuff at druid places in this unique deckbuilder featuring the brand new "card crafting" mechanic.

Follow this link to BGG!.
Follow this link to Shut Up and Sit Down!.

Pulp Alley Round Robin
Jennifer Paperman - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Learn this fast-play minis game in a series of one-on-one match ups. Pick a league, set up some terrain, and see who can earn the most plot points in 6 turns. Mix and match, and repeat. Expect to get 2 to 4 games in during the session.
what2bring: Players are welcome to bring dice (d6s, d8s, and d10s)

Follow this link to check out the Pulp Alley website.
Follow this link to get a free version of the core rules.

Fiasco! - Horror
Michael Thomas - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong - inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You'll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won't go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.

We'll be choosing from a selection of Playsets with a horror theme.

Follow this link to Game Designer.
Follow this link to Wil Wheaton and Table Top play Fiasco.
Follow this link to Playset Sneak Preview.

Thornwatch demo, part 2
Devin Fortman - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Thornwatch is an upcoming fantasy adventure game that combines board games and RPGs with some innovative mechanics. This is the second part of the print-and-play demo, but you do not need to have played the first part.

The game is set in the Eyrewood, an immense forest full of mystery and danger. Players are manifestations of the Thornwatch: scarred veterans of the Eyrewood who now live as spirits, summoned to help those in danger by tying knots of brambles around a birch tree, bound by blood.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Kickstarter page w/ more info.

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

1830 Railways and Robber Barons
J. Mirant - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

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.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page.
Follow this link to Download the rules to this game.

Krosmaster Quest
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The Demons of the Hours have grown bored watching time pass and jealous of the activity on the world of Twelve, home to adventurers seeking danger and fortune. To entertain themselves, they kidnap Krosmaster adventurers and steal part of their world, and force them to participate in cruel games. Their new favorite activity is to play out a small scale version of the adventures that take place on Twelve, using the kidnapped adventurers as actors. Players play a Krosmaster who is determined to win his quest and maybe even his freedom. A truly epic journey awaits you, full of battles, travel and challenges.

Terraforming Mars
Skylor Edwards - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Come and learn how to Terraform Mars in this new highly reviewed game.

The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources, and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet.

In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards! Will your corporation lead the way into humanity's new era?
what2bring: Come enjoy learning and playing A game of terraforming Mars.

Follow this link to BGG.
Follow this link to Game site .
Follow this link to Dice tower review .

Star Wars Armada: Reversal of Fortuned
Star Wars Armada
Troy Ferris - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. You assemble your fleet and engage the enemy. Using the game's unique maneuver tool, you steer your capital ships across the battlefield, even while squadrons of starfighters buzz around them. Then, as these ships exchange fire, it's your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Page.

The Rainwood Investigation
Call of Cthulhu, 6th Ed.
John P Whitehead - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

16 dead in a small town in Mass. Including four Lawmen, and prime suspect in a dozen identical murders. And one ridiculously wealthy foreign national, so the State Dept. is involved, too.

This is a continuation of last months Rainwood Auction. Pre-generated characters will be provided.
what2bring: Dice, esp. D100s. Pencils, etc.


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.