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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.

Game-a-thon: Saturday, December 13, 2008

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We're smack in the middle of the Holiday Season, but we've still managed to pull together a very nice lineup of games for our December Game-a-thon.

Afternoon Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the December 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, November 15, 2008

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With all the energy we put into Council of Five Nations last month, the November Game-a-thon took a bit of a back seat.  But we've got our act together and have a nice schedule of events.  We also expect some FCS D&D in the morning session.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the November 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.


Report on Council of Five Nations XXXI

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The results from Council of Five Nations (three weeks ago, for those of you who missed it) are in.  We thought you might like to hear about how things went.


ATTENDANCE
We had about 225 attendees this year; up 18% from last year's 190. 

Of special note, forty (18%) of you got $5 off your entry fee by registering in a group.  We love that kind of group commitment to attending Council.

Also, nineteen (8%) attendees got in at the heavily-discounted student rate.  Today's students are tomorrow's gamers, and we're happy to make it easier for students to attend Council.


EVENTS
We had roughly the same number of events as last year (125).  We're very happy to see so many of them filling up, and there were far fewer "did not run"s this year.  We'll keep working to build attendance and have even more run at full in the future.

Highlights: Our Star Fleet Battles tournament was, once again, the largest in the country - even larger than the national championships at Origns.  RPGA D&D and TC Realms D&D were particularly well attended. And most of our historical miniatures events ran at full or near-full.


THE FACILITY: PROCTORS CONFERENCE CENTER
This was our second year at Proctors, and we learned from the mistakes we made last year.  Registration and the dealers area were on the ground floor, making them easier to find.  RPGs were upstairs, to better manage the sound levels.  We had fewer tables down in the basement, again to mitigate sound issues.

We've received mostly good feedback about the facility and how things went this year.  We're finalizing our report to Proctors' management; do you have anything you think we should add?  Please reply to this email and let us know.

After things went well last year, we entered into a three-year agreement with Proctors, so we're very confident we will be there at least two more years.  And since there is more space for us to grow into, expect us to be there even longer as long as things continue to go well.  The Schenectady Wargamers Association is happy to be part of the Downtown Schenectady renaissance!


PROFITS
Even with the expense of about $800 for all our GMs to receive a Council logo t-shirt, we still made a decent profit this year.  Thanks to all of you for your support!  Having a nice little treasury means we can do good things:
* not worry about spending a little extra money to make everyone's Council experience better
* do even more to promote Council & the SWA so attendance at all our events improves.

Watch for even more good stuff from us in the future!


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many, many thanks to all the Council of Five Nations XXXI Game Masters:
Jonathan Abrams, Eric Alexopoulos, Philip Armstrong, Bill Ashbaugh, Gene Beirne, Eric Belser, Paul Bennett, Chris Bernardi, Grant Bolling, Dan Bostwick, David Bostwick, Carey Bostwick, Mildred Cady, Veronica Cano, Tim Carleton, David Carr, Tersha Choy, Tom Ciampa, Michael Crossman, David Cuatt, Brian Damour, Charles Davis, Troy Ferris, Joe Fox, Jaime Francis, Mike Griffin, Mike Haggett, Austin Hogan, Alex Jurkat, Robert Kirker, Art Lobdell, Frank Luberti Jr, Ralph Mabb, Tom Marli, Chris Martino, Dan Mazzola, Ben McFarland, Brett McLean, Ewan McNay, Dage McNitt, Robert Mulligan, Doug Neet, Chris Nichols, Ben Ossenfort, Mike Paine, Jennifer Paperman, Steve Parenteau, Jane Pattison, John Robb, Andy Roy, Mike Russman, Karen Seiz, Gerry Seypura, Rodney Sheldon, Christopher Tosh, Bernie Trombley, Michael Tutt, Marvin Veeder, David Waxtel, Nathan Whitchurch, John Whitehead, Mark Zaslavsky & Andrew Zorowitz

The SWA Leadership Team organized the event:
Jonathan Choy, Bill Dickerson, Jarrod Ferullo, John Fitzpatrick, Stephen Kent, Stephen Keyer, Nick Klercker, Jason Murphy, Eric Paperman, Mike Reynolds, John Rigley, Eric Rocque (currently serving in Iraq, but with us in spirit), Vince Romeo, Robert Rowe Jr., Robin Toll, Joe Tomasulo & David Cheng

And Thank You to our local retailers in attendance:
Zombie Planet
Coopers Cave Games & Paintball
Silver Eagle Wargame Supplies


COUNCIL XXXII in 2009
This is the time of year when people buy their calendars for the upcoming year. Please mark October 9-11 as Council of Five Nations XXXI.
We'd love to see you there.

... and we'd love to see you at our monthly Game-a-thons.


Living Forgotten Realms Special Event @ Flights of Fantasy

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This Saturday, 25 October 2008.

The Albany RPGA Group and Flights of Fantasy present

Wizard's of the Coast's  Weekend in the Realms - a one-shot global event in three parts.

We will be offering multiple tables of this three-round mega-adventure for Living FR characters of levels 1 through 4 at Flights of Fantasy, starting at 11 AM.

Please sign up at http://www.warhorn.net/AlbanyRPGAWeekly or by calling the store at ; note that while you can play the parts out of order or with different characters, it is not recommended by the event staff.

We will be mustering tables for balance and viability at the store; please bear with us as we want to ensure that there is a mix of players on each table to ensure a good balance for this adventure.

There is no cost for this event.


Parking Update for Council of Five Nations

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Just got back from Proctors. There is a situation you will want to know about if you're driving in for Council this weekend.

They are repaving the South Clinton Street lot that is directly behind Proctors and the Parker Inn.  There are some spots still available, but they are working with about 65% fewer than normal.

Unless you get there really early, you should probably plan on parking in the garage on Broadway. 

For maps and such, feel free to check out our parking page:

www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilParking



See you this weekend!

Carnage 11 news, and your chance for a big discount

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Carnage: We go to 11 is coming November 7-9, back at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.  Carnage is one of the SWA's favorite conventions, and we send a large group every year.

Pre-registration info is now available on the Carnage website:  www.carnagecon.com
Click on the "Events" link in the menu to download their 40 page booklet (folded) in PDF format.

Carnage has over 200 events.  Features include: Diplomacy tournament, Bang! tournament, the GM Challenge, Elder Dragon Highlander tournament, Centuries of Conflict themed event track, and a whole weekend of RPGA D&D.  Normal fees are $48 for the whole weekend in pre-registration and $60 at the door.

Big Discount Opportunity
Carnage has a nice group discount policy.  In pre-registration only, groups of 5+ can get in for only $40, a 17% discount.

We consider all SWA folks one big happy family, so here's what we can do:
  • Come to Council of Five Nations this coming weekend (Oct 10-12, but you knew that)
  • Have your Carnage 11 pre-registration form completed
    • Or, get a Carnage booket at Council and fill it out on-the-spot
  • Bring your registration form and $40 payment to the Registration Desk
  • We'll put them all in one big envelope and hand them to one of the friendly Carnage staff attending Council before they depart on Sunday afternoon.
This way, we all get the discount!

Hope to see you at Council, and then again at Carnage.

Council of Five Nations: Pre-Registration & Event Update

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We've started compiling the registrations for Council of Five Nations (coming in six days, October 10-12).  Our numbers are really strong so far, and several events have already sold out.  If you wanted one of these, it might be best to look at another choice.  However, keep in mind there is always the chance that someone's plans might fall through, or they change their mind and play a different game.  Please also note some games (like Puerto Rico and Agricola, below) are offered in multiple time slots.

Anyway, here are the events that are already full:
  • A-Board-1: Puerto Rico
  • A-Minis-1: Storming Snitterton Hill
  • B-Board-8: A Game of Thrones
  • C-RPG-4: TC Fantasy D&D, Ghosts of the Broken Kingdoms
  • C-Board-1: Pillars of the Earth
  • C-Board-4: World of Warcraft: Adventure Game
  • C-Minis-3: Rescue Rudel
  • E-RPG-4: D20 Modern: Digital Burn
  • E-Board-10: Agricola
  • E-Minis-2: Battlefront WW2 North Africa
  • F-Board-4: Fury of Dracula
  • F-Minis-2: Crucible of War - Assault on a Blockhouse
  • F-Minis-3: Starcruiser
Please do not email to ask us "Did I get into the ____ game I signed up for?"  We just don't have the time to answer all such requests; too many Council preparations yet to do!  So far, only a handful of people did not get their first choice of some events.  We've got over 120 great games for you to choose from, so we're confident you'll find something to your liking.

Cancellations:  We know of no cancelled events to at this point.  Everything listed in the pre-reg material is still on the schedule.

New Events:
We have one new event of particular note to announce.

David Waxtel is one of the Founding Fathers of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS).  He will be fielding what promises to be a spectacular table setup of figures and terrain. He will be running this event both Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening, and there are plenty of spots available.

Napoleonic Battle in Spain • Shako 2 • Event Code: D-Minis-7 • $ 2
Napoleonic Battle in Spain • Shako 2 • Event Code: E-Minis-5 • $ 2
Game Master: David Waxtel • 5 Players
Dave Waxtel will introduce SHAKO 2 and a Small Action Between Spanish and French forces in Spain 1808. Its not going to be easy but this a 25mm battle you will never forget.   Beginners encouraged.


It's not too late to pre-register and get the lower prices.  You have four days.  We must receive them by midnight, Wednesday, October 8th

You can download the pre-registration booklet (three layouts for you to choose from) in Adobe Acrobat PDF format , please click here to go to our downloads page. 

You can also browse all the registration information online; we have everything posted.  You can even register online.
  • Please click here to read the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings)
  • Please click here to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
  • Please click here to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment)

Things are looking great for for Council this year, and we look forward to seeing hundreds of you this coming weekend.

Council of Five Nations pre-registration - One Week Left

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Council pre-registration has been open for about three weeks, and we're doing great.  This year, pre-regs are coming in 55% faster than last year, and last year was really good!  We are already up over 100.  Thank you to everyone who has already registered.


To those of you who have not yet done so, there are definitely benefits:
  • Lower cost: On-site registrations are a few dollars higher.
  • Chance to save even more by registering as a group: the $5 group discount does not apply to onsite registrations.
  • Better chance to get the events of your choice.

It's not too late.  You have one week to get your Council pre-registrations in.  We must receive them by Wednesday, October 8th

You can download the pre-registration booklet (three layouts for you to choose from) in Adobe Acrobat PDF format , please click here to go to our downloads page. 

You can also browse all the registration information online; we have everything posted.  You can even register online.
  • Please click here to read the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings)
  • Please click here to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
  • Please click here to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment)
Highlights:
Over 120 events!  A nice balance of RPGs, Board Games & Miniatures.  Lots of RPGA D&D in every slot.  Historical miniatures in every slot.  Lots of Euro games.  Kid-Friendly games in almost every slot.  White Wolf WoD: Changeling LARP.  The biggest Star Fleet Battles tournament in the country.  Warrior: Ancients tournament.  TC Realms D&D.  FCS D&D.  Fellowship of the White Star.  Friedrich tournament.  Our Annual Discount Auction.  Witch Hunter: Dark Providence.  Avalon Hill classics.  Pathfinder Society.  Big Warhammer 40K game.  Wilderness War tournament.  More!

We have numerous event tracks that we're highlighting.  Each has its own special web site (all these events are in the Chronological listing too, of course):
  • Please click here to see the list of Kid Friendly events.
  • Please click here to see the listing of all the RPGA D&D games.
  • Please click here to see the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
  • Please click here for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
  • Please click here to see the list of TC Realms D&D events.
  • Please click here to see the list of the FCS D&D events.
  • Please click here to see the series of offerings from The Gathering.
We hope you'll find lots of events to your liking, and that we'll see you at Council of Five Nations XXXI.

Only nine days until the start of the convention (Oct 10-12)!

Heroscape Tournament, Sept 27 at Zombie Planet

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The North East Scapers Association (NESA) is holding a Heroscape Tournament on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 27th At Zombie Planet

This will be a "themed" event. Your army of 600 points must have an underlining theme throughout. More about the themes will be posted as the event draws closer.

Start Time 12 PM **Upstairs**
600 Points
Themed*
No Glyphs
24 Hexes
4-5 Rounds depending on the number of players that show up.

Entry Fee:
5$ (Store Fee) but we will have equal amount in StoreCredit/GiftCertificate for prizes. So if 20 show up, 100 dollars in Gift Certificates.
Prize for the Prize Table.

Themes - Below are some examples of themes. Just because it is not on the list, does not mean it is not acceptable.
Generals(Vydar, Utgar etc...)
Unit Type(Soldier/Knight etc...)
Personality(Tricky/Valiant)
All Heroes or Squad Members
All Large or Small figures
All Elves/Humans etc...
All Ranged Units
All Melee Units
All Flyers

LIMIT 32 Players.

Please Pre-Register at the Eden Studios Discussion Boards
http://edenstudiosdiscussionboards.yuku.com/topic/5992

Council of Five Nations pre-registration info - Available Now!

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We know you've been waiting for it, and it's finally here...

You can now see and download the Council of Five Nations XXXI (October 10-12) registration material at our web site.

Highlights:
Over 120 events!  A nice balance of RPGs, Board Games & Miniatures.  Lots of RPGA D&D in every slot.  Historical miniatures in every slot.  Lots of Euro games.  Kid-Friendly games in almost every slot.  White Wolf WoD: Changeling LARP.  The biggest Star Fleet Battles tournament in the country.  Warrior: Ancients tournament.  TC Realms D&D.  FCS D&D.  Fellowship of the White Star.  Friedrich tournament.  Our Annual Discount Auction.  Witch Hunter: Dark Providence.  Avalon Hill classics.  Pathfinder Society.  Big Warhammer 40K game.  Wilderness War tournament.  More!

The event information is available to you in various formats too.

If you'd like to download the pre-registration booklet (three layouts for you to choose from) in Adobe Acrobat PDF format , please click here to go to our downloads page. 

You can also download our promotional flyers.  We'd appreciate it if you could post one at your local game store and send them to your friends.  (Hint: we offer discounts to groups of 3+ that pre-register together; we want to encourage you to bring some friends along!)

If you'd like to browse the offerings online, we have everything posted.  You can even register online.
  • Please click here to read the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings)
  • Please click here to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
  • Please click here to Pre-Register via the online form (with immediate PayPal or Credit Card payment)

We have numerous event tracks that we're highlighting.  Each has its own special web site (all these events are in the Chronological listing too, of course): 
  • Please click here to see the list of Kid Friendly events.
  • Please click here to see the listing of all the RPGA D&D games.
  • Please click here to see the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
  • Please click here for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
  • Please click here to see the list of TC Realms D&D events.
  • Please click here to see the list of the FCS D&D events.
  • Please click here to see the series of offerings from The Gathering

We hope you'll find lots of events to your liking, and that we'll see you at Council of Five Nations in less than five weeks.


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