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Welcome to the SWA Web Site

The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc. (SWA) is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District area (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) of upstate New York since 1974. We support all forms of adventure gaming: Role Play * Board Games * Miniatures * Card Games (Collectible and otherwise) * Computer Games * Live-Action / Interactive Literature * and whatever else you've got. We sponsor a three-day convention every year, Council of Five Nations, usually early October or late September. We also sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month. Even if you're not local, we've got news and content representing what's going on with the Adventure Gaming hobby all around the Northeastern United States. Welcome to our web site! Feel free to stay and browse around for awhile. If you have any questions, please contact us and ask.

Boston Massacre Diplomacy Tournament

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The Boston Massacre Diplomacy Tournament dates are set for the 21st/22nd of June 2008 at Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant St, Cambridge MA 02139. That's right in the heart of Central Square.

The tournament will be played over three rounds. While it is not compulsory to play in all rounds, you will obviously be more competitive in the tournament if you do. To play in a particular round you should arrive before:

Round 1: 9am Saturday 21st
Round 2: 3pm Saturday 21st
Round 3: 9am Sunday 22nd

The scoring system will be Detour98F - so supply centers and lead matter at the end of a game.

There will be trophies for 1st/2nd/3rd and Best Country Lobsters plus others

Registration Fee will be $25 for the tournament or $10 per game. Proceeds will go towards tournament expenses including trophies and snacks and the venue for extending their opening hours especially for us.

There will be an evening of grilling and socializing at my house 6 Blackwood St #B2 Boston MA on the Friday night before the tournament

For accommodation options:

The nearest hotel for those who like luxury is the Le Meridian Cambridge (Hotel@MIT). But at $200+ per night it's a little on the pricey side.

For those that don't mind a bus or short taxi ride the Summer hostel at Fenway is a much more reasonable alternative at ~$40 per night. Email me if your up for this so I can organize private shared rooms with Tournament attendees.

And for the financially challenged we should be able to find a couch or two around for those that prefer to sleep for free.

Transport options:

We usually have people come from all over New England so if you'd like to come, but are not sure how to get yourself from A to B email me and I'll see if I can hook you up with a lift.

Central Square is serviced well by the MBTA with at least 6 different bus routes and the Red line dropping you off at the Venue doorstep.

To register your attendance or interest email me at
melissa_call@dfci.harvard.edu.  

You can also keep up on the most recent announcements at the Diplomacy World Blog:
http://blog.diplomacyworld.net/

Game-a-thon: Saturday, May 17, 2008

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Reminder: This month's SWA Game-a-thon was originally scheduled for May 10th.  Some of you may still have that date on your calendar.  We had to bump it down a week because of an availability conflict at the Studio of Bridge and Games.  Please take note!

Anyway, on to this month's events...

Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
RPGA Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the May Game-a-thon page.

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Game-a-thon: Saturday, April 12, 2008

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We're doing things a little differently at the April Game-a-thon.  We've got a special all-day Wilderness War tournament.  We've also got FCS D&D in both time slots. And other good gaming offerings as well...


Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the April Game-a-thon page.

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Close Action (Age of Sail) on Saturday, May 3rd

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Close Action is an Age of Sail miniatures game, and has been one of our most popular events at Council of Five Nations for years now.

Dan Bostwick will be coming to Schenectady to run a large game for us on Saturday, May 3rd.  This is open to veteran and beginner players alike.

Please check out Dan's invitation below.  Contact him directly if you'd like to reserve a spot for yourself.

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Fellow Captains and Admirals,

On Saturday May 3, I will be running a Close Action fleet game in Schenectady, NY, at the Studio of Bridge and Games <http://www.swa-gaming.org/node/45> , a facility kindly provided by Schenectady Wargamers Association.  The scenario we play will be based on the number of people that commit, with total seating limited to fourteen players. 

Please plan on arriving a little before 1000.  A rules refresher will begin at 1000, with command conferences starting about 1015 or so.  The game will end by 1900 at the latest. 

Send me email at wazdakka@twcny.rr.com to reserve your seat.  Please also give me indication of your experience level with the game, and preference (or tolerance) for a command rank position.  Something like "Yes I'll be there, and I would just love to be fleet admiral, please, oh please, oh please" would be fine. 

Firm commitments regarding attendance are required by 04/19, in order to give me time to setup a scenario, pick the Admirals, assign ships, and email the scenario information out.  Admirals can expect to have one week to plan, and will be given 20 minutes for command conference on game day.

Dan Bostwick

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You can read more about Close Action at the Clash of Arms web site.
Link:  www.clashofarms.com/close-act.html

You can read even more about Close Action on Board Game Geek.
Link:  www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3553

Dan Bostwick has created a software package to custom print the ship log sheets.  This greatly speeds prep and play time.  If you like Close Action, you'll love this software.
Link:  www.thenavalregister.com/


In Memoriam: Gary Gygax

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Gary Gygax died this past Tuesday. As one of the co-creators of the original Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, Gygax is indesputably one of the founding fathers of the entire Role Play Game hobby. Here are some top story links:

New York Times:  Link
Associated Press:  Link
Gamespy:  Link
Salon:  Link
Ars Technica:  Link
CNet News:  Link
Wired News:  Link



Game-a-thon: Saturday, March 8th, 2008

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This is the last SWA Game-a-thon until Spring, so we've got a lot of good stuff on the schedule.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
All Day Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )
RPGA Events ( 11am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the March Game-a-thon page.

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Northeast Wars Needs You!

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Jonathan Chiaravalle here from Quarterstaff Games and the Convention Organizer for Northeast Wars (www.northeastwars.com).

Northeast Wars is coming to the Burlington Vermont Hilton on April 4-6.

We need people for Northeast Wars. We needs GMs to run events, we need people to volunteer to help, we need folks to show up and play games. I am hoping for 400 or more people to attend this con so we need to get the word out.

If you are interested in running an event, please go to:
http://www.northeastwars.com/?page=gms to sign up. We will post your information after editing. There are many time slots open. If you GM one event your get one day free. Two events gets you the whole weekend and Three events gets you the whole weekend plus a con t-shirt. Please get back to us soon to advertise your event.

If you volunteer it is the same as GMing. We need volunteers for the registration desk, info/help center, traffic controllers and managing general chaos.

If you are interested in signing up for the convention, please go to:
http://www.northeastwars.com/?page=prereg
Print out the page and mail it in.

If you are interested in vending or having your business represented please go to: http://www.northeastwars.com/?page=vendors or reply to this email.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you at Northeast Wars VIII in 08, the Resurrection.

Sincerely,
Jonathan G. Chiaravalle

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Quarterstaff Games
Attn: Northeast Wars
152 Church St.
Burlington VT 05401
p: 802-863-3666
e: northeastwars@gmail.com

Game-a-thon: Saturday, February 16, 2008

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This month's SWA Game-a-thon is right around the corner. We're sorry it took a little longer than we'd hoped to get out the schedule. Here's the reason - we need more more people to volunteer to run events for us. It's harder when we have to ask the same people to step up every month. If 20-30 of you could run just one game per year, that would help speed our scheduling tremendously!

Please click here for some Game-a-thon GM guidelines.
Please click here to request an event. Knowing what you want to play helps us focus our recruting efforts.
Please click here to submit an event.

You can also email us at gameathon@swa-gaming.org with any questions or comments - one of us will get back to your promptly.


And now, on to the offerings for this month...

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
RPGA Events (11am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the February Game-a-thon page.

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

We hope to see you there.


Total Confusion: February 21-24, 2008

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Angelia from Totalcon writes to say...

Time is almost up on getting the reduced convention hotel rate for Total Confusion XXII which is only three weeks away!!  Rates start at just $79 with code TCN.  When the early booking rate closes, the price will jump up starting at $99.95.
 
Saturday, February 2,  is the deadline for early booking but we have been told that if you call and ask to use the code, they will accept it for a few more days.  Rooms are booking fast.  For the best choice, at the best rate, it is highly recommended that you book soon!
http://www.holidayinnmansfield-foxboro.com/
 
Pre-registration for the convention is still open and will be until February 15, 2008.  You can pre-reg by paypal on-line or by mail-in form, both options can be found on the events page at www.totalcon.com .
 
OVER 220 events, tournaments and special events... from casual gaming to intense tournaments to family fun...WE'VE GOT IT!!
 
Come join us for what is shaping up to be a FANTASTIC event that you won't want to miss!!
 
Total Confusion XXII, co-sponsored by A Band of Orcs and Ye Olde Commons, will be held February 21-24, 2008 at the spacious Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA.


Game-a-thon: Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Ring in the new year with some gaming fun, brought to you by your friends at the Schenectady Wargamers Association.  Here are the events we've got lined up.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
RPGA Events (10am - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the January Game-a-thon page.

Also, please note that January is a Game-a-thon Swap Meet month. Three times per year (January, April & July) we will have a swap meet area at that month's Game-a-thon. This is a great place to spend your Xmas gift money, or to make a few bucks selling games that no longer fit on your shelf.  Please check out the January Game-a-thon page for details.

Several event descriptions have links to BoardGameGeek and other internet resources. Check them out for game reviews, pictures, rules and player aids.

Don't forget, Full-Time Students play FREE at all SWA Game-a-thon events.

We hope to see you there.


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