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October Game-a-thon

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

October 15, 2016 Game-a-thon

Game-a-thon is being held at Proctors in the Fenimore Gallery on 2nd floor. The primary entrance to this space is an elevator next to Proctors Box Office.
FREE Admission this month!

All Day ( 11am - 10pm )

Attack Vector: Tactical Full Immersion
Attack Vector: Tactical 2nd Edition
Ken Burnside - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is a full immersion, two slot event teaching the ins and outs of Attack Vector: Tactical. Play with the designer as he shows you how all the myriad moving parts combine into a smoothly running Swiss watch of Newtonian space combat!

All materials will be provided; this is the definitive game of realistic space combat.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek Review.
Follow this link to Ad Astra Games Product Information for Attack Vector: Tactical.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

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

Clash of Cultures, 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 Board Game Geek page.

Micahael Moon - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

This is a deck building game set in the world of Marvel Super Heroes. You buy heroes and use them to capture villains and save bystanders. There is a main villain who must be defeated as well as lesser villains. It is possible for the main villain to win if the players are unlucky.

Wilderness War
Eric Alexopoulos - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Wilderness War covers the French & Indian War, the climactic struggle between France and Britain for control of North America. Players will need to raid the enemy frontier, build fortifications through harsh wilderness, recruit Indian allies, besiege forts and fortresses and deal with events occurring in Europe. Relive the history of this exciting time when the fate of Canada hung in the balance.
what2bring: Players should bring their copy of Wilderness War if they own it.

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

The Battle of Gorodetschan takes place on the south front of Napoleons army invading Russia in 1812. It pits Russians vs Austrians and Saxon troops.

Roman Gladiator Battles
Red Sand, Blue Sky - Heroes of the Arena
Peter Huston - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

28mm miniature battles of Roman Gladiatorial arena combat

Cypher Life: A Hello To Arms
Cypher System
Neal Tanner - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

You and your friends have heard about a new exhibit at the Museum of Random Stuff. Apparently a collection of rare hocus-poked artifacts are on loan from the Cheesenasium in Maankaas, including a set of prosthetic arms crafted for a previous Big Cheese back in the day. If they could nab those limbs they’d ingratiate themselves forever with their boss, the limbless gangsta Dregzie the Schnoz. That would be supercool. Uses the Low Life setting, powered by the Cypher System.
what2bring: Standard polyhedral dice (RPG dice) and pencils

Follow this link to System website.
Follow this link to Setting website.

Thornwatch demo
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. It is due out in 2017; this is the print-and-play demo version.

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 by those in danger tying knots of brambles around the trunk of 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+ )

Star Trek: Ascendency
Skylor Edwards - GM
3 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Join in a 3 way race for control of the Galaxy!

Follow this link to BGG.

Cuba Libre
Michael Thomas - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Cuba Libre, takes players into the Cuban Revolution. Castro's "26 July Movement" must expand from its bases in the Sierra Maestra mountains to fight its way to Havana. Meanwhile, anti-communist student groups, urban guerrillas, and expatriates try to de-stabilize the Batista regime from inside and out, while trying not to pave the way for a new dictatorship under Castro. Batista's Government must maintain steam to counter the twin insurgency, while managing two benefactors: its fragile US Alliance and its corrupting Syndicate skim. And in the midst of the turmoil, Meyer Lansky and his Syndicate bosses will jockey to keep their Cuban gangster paradise alive.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek page for Cuba Libre.
Follow this link to Rulebook.
Follow this link to Watch it played.

Kathy Moon - GM
7 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Get in a spooky mood! In the hopes that a miserable life guarantees a happy afterlife, you'll layer transparent misfortune cards atop your family of four oddball characters...and then kill them!

Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2nd edition)
Rob Rodger - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. In the second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne.

If sufficiently experienced players sign up, and all are interested, we may discuss playing either the "A Feast for Crows" or "A Dance with Dragons" variants.

Follow this link to Board Game Geek .
Follow this link to FFG's Game of Thrones page.
Follow this link to Rules PDF.

Take the Star Base
Star Wars Armada
Ron DuBray - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

The Rebels and the Empire both want control of this Pirate star base that has been raiding both of their shipping and has data on both ship sides ship movements and troop deployments. This data would be a boon to ether side. So the fight is on. 600 point forces.

Follow this link to Board game geek review.

Bookhounds of Boston Episode One: The Rainwood Auction
Call of Cthulhu, 6th Ed.
John P Whitehead - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

A collection of rare books, linked to perversion, grave robbery, black magic, murder and suicide. Just the sort of thing the clientele of Abicrombie & MacNair find irresistible. So, off go the Bookhounds, looking for whatever will fetch the best price, and hang the consequences.

Possible new campaign. Pre-gen characters to start, with new, player generated characters as needed.
what2bring: Dice, pencils, paper.


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.