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September Game-a-thon

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

JenEriCon 25 (A.K.A. September 8, 2018 Game-a-thon)

Jennifer and Eric Paperman met while gaming at a Game-a-Thon and were married in September 1993. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, they are taking over the September Game-a-Thon and renaming it.

They will pay the Game-a-thon admission for anyone who brings them a card, wishing them a happy 25th anniversary. To qualify, the card has to have the following at a minimum: And, Anniversary, Eric, Happy, Jennifer, 25th.

No gifts, please. After 25 years, Jennifer and Eric have plenty of stuff. If you really want to mark the occasion, become an organ donor. (We will have forms on hand at the September Game-a-thon.)

Jennifer and Eric will also be providing food (bagels and cream cheese in the morning, pizza and cupcakes in the evening) and drinks (soda, water, milk).

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 )

47 Ronin
Home grown
John Rigley - GM
8 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Play test game for Council , The witch Queen is running the show, and your being sent out to with your troops ,in a vain hope of cutting her head off . Good Luck

Troy Ferris - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Mature

Belfort is a worker placement game with area majority scoring in each district as well as for each type of worker. Buildings give you influence in the districts as well as income, but taxes increase based on your score so the winning players will have to pay more than those behind! Manage your resources and gold well, choose your buildings wisely, and help build the city of Belfort!

Follow this link to BGG Page.

Here I Stand
Paul McCarthy - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Wars of the Reformation. Plan to play the three turn tournament game, I got the updated cards, rules, etc. at WBC.

hold the line: american revolution
tom marli - GM
4 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

brand new game! hex map and plastic soldiers help play it! should be fun1

Follow this link to board game geek.
Follow this link to Worthington Games.

Mike Rizzuti - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

Defend your territory from both internal and external threats to become the military leader of Japan. This exciting game of conquest and deception features action programming and a unique conflict resolution mechanic. Will your troops return from the tower of war?

Power Grid Deluxe
David Bibicoff - 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.

Additionally, players must acquire the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage, and uranium) needed to power said plants (except for the 'renewable' wind farms/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.

Follow this link to BGG.

The Great Cat Conspiracy
karen seiz - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

The Doberman family is the second most powerful family in Pugmire, so when Duke Heinrich requests their presence, it would be imprudent to say no...

"My Dearest Friends - I know you are tired from your recent adventures, but this is a matter of vital importance, and I think you are just the dogs to help us resolve it quickly, justly, and quietly. As you know, the Doberman family has been entrusted with supplying the good dogs of Pugmire with iron ore. Recently however, a band of villainous cats has been raiding our storehouses. I would send my own forces to handle the matter, but...well, it would be an embarrassment that the situation has gotten so bad. I would very much appreciate if this could be handle with an measure of...discretion. Between friends, you understand."

Tracking down a band of raiding cats? And the rewards the Duke could bestow would certainly be worth it....After all, how hard could it be?
what2bring: dice - including d20s, and the usual bribes to the GM

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Carnage in the Sky: Blitz on the Base (in the Bahamas)
Pulp Alley
Jim Dirmaier and Jennifer Paperman - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Dr. Carnage wants to capture the Sword of Damocles, which is on its way to drop a base-busting bomb on his current secret base in the Atlantic. The race is on to see whether he is successful in capturing the attacking airship or if he is himself captured and his base destroyed. Join the action in "Blitz at the Base", and find out!

GMs Jennifer Paperman and Jim Dirmaier have combined to create a two-fisted, action packed, story worthy of the best Pulp B-movies. Help them playtest their scenario for Carnage 2018.

Aladdin's Dragons
Joanna Wagner - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

Aladdin's Dragons features players sending out their minions to collect treasure, interact with the city and finally present themselves at the palace to bid for artifacts. Which minion(s) you send where will determine your success!

Follow this link to BGG.

Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge
Jeannie Compter - GM
5 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

You and your fellow voodoo spirits have traveled back in time to poke a little fun at the hepcats of the 1950s cocktail culture. Your mystical influences will link these lounge-goers into social cliques that give you access to the coolest party-people that all the hipsters want to be near. Mix a few drinks, rack up the magical monkey points, and crown yourself king of the Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge.

Follow this link to Link to BGG.

Saga of the Goblin Horde: Slay Day
Savage Worlds
Devin Fortman - GM
6 Players
Maturity Rating: E10+

It all ends here! The human invaders are marching into goblin territory in full force, straight toward the sacred Spire of Flame. Their army is truly formidable, but the Redfang goblins are prepared for a showdown, backed by the full strength of the other tribes... plus a few more tricks up their diminutive sleeves. It's time to send the humans packing, and teach them to never again challenge the might of the Goblin Horde!
what2bring: Pencils, dice, snacks and/or minions

Follow this link to Goblin Horde player's guide.

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

At the last session, in an effort to get extra credit and some field experience, you joined a field study in Vermont co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Geology Departments at Miskatonic University. At this second session of a six chapter story arc, you have returned to Miskatonic University still processing the fact that the dark rumors about Cobbs Corner turned out to be very real.

If you missed the last session, fret not. It is not too late to get caught up in untangling the mystery of what happened at Cobbs Corner.
what2bring: Pre-generated characters will be available, although you are encouraged to make your own if so inclined. All characters should be college students, either undergraduate or graduate students.

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.

Follow this link to BGG.

Terraforming Mars
Bill Dickerson - GM
10 Players
Maturity Rating: Teen

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?

Follow this link to BGG.
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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.
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.