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Update - All counters identified - Thank you!


Many thanks to the whole SWA community. In just a few hours you helped us identify all the mystery counters.

Game 1 & Game 4 both belong to SPI's _The Fast Carriers_.
Game 2 is from Avalon Hill's _Russian Campaign_.
Game 3 is from Avalon Hill's _Caesar's Legions_.

Special thanks to Bryant, Haggett, Johnson, Landry & Kollmer for their quick replies.

Watch this space for an update very soon on the sale of the Wargo game collection.

Happy Holidays!

Help Us Identify the Counters for 3 or 4 Games


Hello SWA Community,

You have seen a few messages from us about the passing of Tom Wargo, and our efforts to help sell his game collection. Please know that we are very close to announcing an opportunity for all of you to bid on up to 39 different lots of items. But before we do that, we need to tie up a few loose ends. 

First off, we have a bunch of orphan wargame counters we'd like to re-unite with their parent games.  We are hoping you can help us with that - wisdom of the masses and all that.

Game #1
This game looks like it's set in the modern-era, with lots of counters for planes and ships. USA is blue, Japan is gold, and the Soviet Union is brown. The Japanese planes have WW2 names, and we also see counters for jets and helicopters.
Here are three photos.
USA Counters
Japanese Counters
Russian Counters

Game #2
This one is clearly WW2.  Russia has tan counters, and Germans are green, with SS counters in black.  Notice how both Stalin and Hitler are represented with their own counters with a "1-8" value. One photo:
Stalin vs Hitler

Game #3
This one is a bit tougher. We see counters with four color schemes.  Black on green, black on red, black on lighter-red, and white on red.  We see various examples of standard military unit symbology, and some other counters that might be leaders or something.  One photo:
Four color mystery

Game 4?
These counters might go with one of the three games shown above, or they might be for another game entirely.  They seem to not be military units, but record-keeping markers of some kind.  Grey and green.  Two photos:
Green markersGrey Counters

If you can help us identify any of these games, please email us at wargo-bids /at/ swa-gaming.org

(Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure).

More news on your chance to acquire some of the Wargo treasure real soon.

Thank you.

SWA looking for FileMaker database software


Let's talk a little bit about an integral tool that helps make Council of Five Nations happen - FileMaker Pro database software.

The SWA has been using FileMaker Pro for years, in lots of ways...
  • We track over 2,000 adventure gamers in a FileMaker database
  • We have separate databases to track hundreds of Star Fleet Battles and Historical Miniatures gamers
  • We track and schedule all the events at Council of Five Nations each year
  • We create over 1,000 tickets for Council event registration each year
  • We have a stand-alone server that SWA officers can log into remotely, just to house our FileMaker databases.

We currently have six legit, paid licenses (thanks to the Redlich Law Firm for donating five of them). 
We are coming to the realization that we could use several more, to spread the work across more people.

We are wondering if any of you fine folks in the SWA community might have some unused FileMaker Pro licenses.
We are looking for the full retail license, not any "upgrade" disks.

Older versions are not only fine, they are preferred!  FileMaker v14 is the most current, but we run v9. BUT, versions 7 through 11 can all share files with no problem. So we're really looking for any legit FileMaker licenses for versions 7 through 11.  Either Window or Mac - we'll take both.

Outright donations would be awesome. If that's not reasonable for you, we'd be happy to talk about some compensation. FileMaker is popular enough that copies of older versions go for a pretty high price on eBay. If you can give us a discount off the roughly $100 they go for on eBay, we would really appreciate it. 

Please contact dave /at/ swa-gaming.org if you have full retail versions of FileMaker Pro v7 - v11 that you have to donate, sell or barter.

(Please replace the /at/ with the usual @ symbol. We apologize for this necessary anti-spam measure.)

And, while we're talking about Council of Five Nations, please remember the con is less than two weeks away (October 2-4)!
Pre-registration is open for ten more days.  Pre-reg has been very strong for us this year, so we're looking forward to a good con.

Please click for the Council of Five Nations general information page.

Please click to download the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format.

Please click to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment).

We hope to see all of you at Council real soon!

Clean Eating for Gamers


Greetings SWA Gamers,

My name is Dan Masucci and I am one of the regular Game Masters at Council of Five Nations. I have been an avid role-playing gamer for almost 30 years. Sadly, part of gaming can mean poor eating habits. To battle that, I’m creating a FREE 7-Day Clean-Eating Accountability Group on Facebook for gamers.

People who have joined my accountability groups have lost up to 18 pounds and a felt dramatic increase in energy, almost like they drank a potion of heroism! So join this “campaign” so we can support one another in our quest for healthier living. I’ll be your guide (much like a Dungeon Master). I’ll provide accountability, answers and advice regarding nutrition, as well as motivate you to stick with it. The rest will become legend!

The Free 7-Day Clean Eating Accountability Group for Gamers will begin November 10th. To join, please friend me at facebook.com/danmasucci or message me at danmasucci@gmail.com.

The time to level up is now!

Best wishes,
Dan Masucci
Independent Team BeachBody Coach
E-Mail: danmasucci@gmail.com
Phone: 518.881.8024

Clean Eating - Before and After - Dan Masucci

SWA Member Crowdfunding


Mike Haggett has been a fixture at SWA events for many years.  He's in the top five for the highest number of events run at Council & Game-a-thons (over 70!), so many of you have probably played in a game with him.

Mike is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his upcoming move to Providence, Rhode Island.  He and his wife are offering some very nice rewards for various funding levels.  If you are looking to get some gaming material published, Mike would be an excellent editor to have working with you.

You can see all the details of the campaign here:

The campaign ends on September 1st.

Thank you.

Evil Dice


Two of our members - Traci & Susan - have written the following song....thought others would enjoy it.....

EVIL DICE (sung to the tune "Eidleweiss")

Evil dice, Evil dice,
Cursed adventures forever
Fumble once, fumble twice,
Live in fear ever after.
Luck of the roll
we will see no more
See no more, if ever.
Evil dice, evil dice,
Killing spree is your mantra.

Electronics Recycling on Saturday, April 20th


Hello SWA Community,

Once again, WNYT and their partners will be sponsoring a huge electronics recycling day.

When:  This Saturday, April 20th, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at Taft Furniture in Colonie (1960 Central Avenue, 1 mile west of Route 155).

Unlike similar events in the past, there is no longer any requirement to get a permit from your local town hall.  Drive up and they'll take your stuff.

We know from past experience that this event is very well attended. Plan on waiting in line for a little while.

Here is the web site will all the info:


List of Acceptable Electronic Equipment for Recycling

Computer Devices:    Computers/Laptops
Monitors:     CRT, LCD, Security
Televisions:     CRT, Flat Panel (LCD, Plasma, LED), Console, Projection
Networking Devices:     Servers, Routers, Switches, Hubs, Arrays
Printing Devices:     Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Copiers, Duplicators, Plotters, Typewriters
Audio/Video Devices:     CD/DVD/VHS/Blue-Ray Players, MP3 Players, iPods, Projectors, Stereos, Video Game Consoles, Speakers, Receivers (audio, cable, satellite), Recorders, Converter Boxes
Communication Devices:     Cell Phones, Smart Phones, PDA’s, Telephones, Pagers, Answering Machines
Power Supplies:     UPS’s (Uninterrupted Power Supplies), Surge Protectors
Peripherals:     all items used in the function of these devices (Ie. keyboards, mice, speakers, pointing devices, etc)
Wire/Cabling:     all cables, wires and power chords used in the function of these devices
Hardware:     all parts that are, or once were, part of these devices (Ie. circuit boards, hard drives, RAM, processors, power supplies, optical/floppy drives, etc)
Batteries:     Those from cell phones, laptops, UPS’s, and Power Supplies
Telecommunication Devices     
Lab/Test/Measurement Devices:     Meters, Oscilloscopes, Analyzers, Testers, etc
Paper/Cardboard:     White ledger (copy paper any size with light printing), Office Mix (magazines, newspapers, colored paper, envelopes, sticky notes, register tape, etc); Cardboard
Air Conditioners:                     Dehumidifiers & Air conditioners*

*There will be a $15 fee for freon removal from these items.

List of Unacceptable Electronic Equipment for Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste:     Paint, Oil, Cleaning Supplies, Medication (pills, liquids, etc)
Liquids:     Any and all liquids
Light-bulbs/Lamps:     Fluorescent, Incandescent, HID, Flood, PL, Biax, etc.
Home Appliances:     Washers/Driers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Stoves, Vacuum Cleaners, Lamps
Batteries:     Alkaline, Lead-acid, etc.
Gas Powered Equipment     
Lawn Equipment

Help take care of Mother Earth!

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the really Big Screen


Hello Capital District Gamers,

John Fitzpatrick of the SWA has a special invitation for you.

On Monday, November the 21st, the Palace Theatre in Albany will be screening Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at 7:00pm.

My employer, Enable Labs, is giving away free tickets. Claim your free tickets here:


Before the movie, there will be a costume contest with prizes.

After the movie, Enable Labs is hosting a catered Meet and Greet in the Mezzanine with free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Stick around and visit with some of Tech Valley's cutting edge tech firms. Costumed guests over 21 will receive a free drink ticket.

Electronics Recycling on Saturday, April 23rd


Hello SWA Community,

Once again, WNYT and their partners will be sponsoring a huge electronics recycling day.

When:  Saturday, April 23rd, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at Taft Furniture in Colonie (1960 Central Avenue, 1 mile west of Route 155).

Unlike similar events in the past, there is no longer any requirement to get a permit from your local town hall.  Drive up and they'll take your stuff.

We know from past experience that this event is very well attended. Plan on waiting in line for awhile.

Here is the web site will all the info:


Fax Machines
Network equipment
Cellular Phones
Computer Parts & Components
Televisions (no consoles)        
Wire & Cable                                                         
Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers*
Microwave Ovens

*Anyone can come to the event and dispose of acceptable items, regardless of municipality.  All items are accepted free of charge except for Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers ($15.00 processing fee). 

Hair Dryers
Software – Manuals
Medical Waste
Hazardous Waste
Ink Jet Cartridges
Vacuum Cleaners

Help take care of Mother Earth!

Independent Cinema and the SWA


Many of you probably don't know that the SWA's Dan Masucci is an active independent filmmaker.  We're very happy to announce that Dan will be hosting several film festival screenings over the next couple of months. 

In Dan's own words...

For anyone interested in catching some truly inspiring independent cinema, here are the dates for the Knickerbocker Film Festival where my own film BENEATH THE SAME SKY will screen.

The festival takes place at the Spectrum 8 Theaters and the Madison Theater in Albany, NY (see information below) and has eight short films making up a great evening of independent films.

*Local Screenings*

Monday, March 28th - 7:00PM and 9:30PM, $10.00
Q&A included in shows.

Tuesday, March 29th through Thursday, March 31 - 7:00PM and 9:30PM, $10.00
Shorts from across the world.

Thursday, March 31 at Pearl Street Pub's Upper Room - 8:00PM, $10.00
Performances by "Frankie's Theory"

Below are dates and the locations for other screenings of BENEATH THE SAME SKY and THE TRAMPOLINE around the country (more to come!).

Hills Film Festival (Beneath The Same Sky)
April 7-10 - New Milford, CT

Fallbrook Film Festival (Beneath The Same Sky)
April 8-9 - Fallbrook, CA

Garden State Film Festival (Beneath The Same Sky & The Trampoline)
March 31- April 3 - Ashbury, NJ

Fort Myers Film Festival (Beneath The Same Sky & The Trampoline)
March 24-27 - Fort Myers, FL


Thank you so much for your time and I hope to catch you at some future screenings!

All the best,

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