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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.

Three days left for Council Pre-Registration

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You have three days until pre-registration for Council of Five Nations XXXVIII closes at 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28th.

You can click here to Pre-Register via the online form.

We need a few days to process all your pre-regs and to get ready to have the doors open at 11am-ish on Friday, October 2nd. That's next weekend!

If you are downloading the pre-reg material and sending your printed registration form to us via US Post, you need to act really quickly.  We must receive it by Monday, September 28th.

Please remember, registration prices go up about 25% if you miss pre-registration.  You can still pay at the door of course, but why not save yourself some money?

Please see below for links to all the Council info.  Everything you need is below.


We hope to see all of you at Council this year.



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).
Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).
Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.
Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.
Please click for the Council Hotels page.
Please click for the Council Parking page.
Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.

Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks

Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.
Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.


If you have any questions, please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org
(Please replace the "/at/" with the typical "@" sign.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)



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SWA looking for FileMaker database software

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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!


Flipside Gaming demos at Council

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Flipside Gaming will be sponsoring free demos of several games during Council weekend.  Feel free to stop by their vendor booth and give these a try.

Friday, October 2nd
4:00pm Tokaido
9:00pm Xcom

Saturday, October 3rd
Noon Flip City
4:00pm New York 1901
8:00pm Dead of Winter
 
Sunday, October 4th
11:00am Warmachine
5:00pm Specter Ops

Please also remember that Flipside will be bringing a whole bunch of games as a lending library. If you're not in one of our regular events, but still looking for a game, you might want to check this out.

Council of Five Nations XXXVIII is only nine days away!  Over 200 events!
Please also remember the deadline to pre-register and save yourself some money is Monday, September 28th.

See you soon!


Council of Five Nations XXXVIII - October 2-4, 2015 - Schenectady, NY

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Pre-Registration

Registration for Council of Five Nations has been active for several days now.

Good news! We track yearly trends, and we had the best "first 24 hours" of pre-reg ever! That's a great sign that we will have another good con this year.

Please remember that the pre-reg deadline is Monday, September 28th. We will shut down the online registration page at midnight on Monday the 28th. For those of you using old-fashioned US Post, please note we must receive your pre-reg envelope by Monday the 28th.


Council Info Web Pages

All the web pages related to Council information, including all the special interest tracks, have now been fully updated. We thank you for your patience.  Here they are, for your reference:

For more information about the convention...

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).

Please click for the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).

Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.

Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.

Please click for the Council Hotels page.

Please click for the Council Parking page.

Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.

Web pages highlighting our game events and special event tracks

Please click to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

Please click for the list of Kids games.

Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.

Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.

Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.

Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.

Please click for the Horror games event track page.

Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.

Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.

Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.


We hope to see many of you at Council of Five Nations this year, October 2-4.


Council Pre-Registration, coming real soon

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Once again, we are happy that a whole lot of GMs stepped-up to run games for us at the upcoming 38th annual Council of Five Nations adventure gaming convention.  This will be the first time for some of you, and others have been volunteering for over 20 years now. We are looking at having close to 200 events this year, as in previous years.

Council is coming in just about one month: October 2-4, 2015.

We are furiously working to compile the event schedule and other pre-registration material. We expect to be able to get that posted to the web this coming holiday weekend, maybe Sunday night, or maybe Monday the 7th. We will send out another announcement when it is available.

For those of you coming in from out of town - have you booked your hotel? Availability is generally good, and rates are reasonable.  Please see the recently-updated Council Hotels web page for options that we suggest.

Watch this space for more news soon.

We look forward to seeing many of you next month at Council!


September Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - September 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, September 12, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the September Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


Wanted - Council volunteers to run an awesome Star Trek-inspired computer game

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We are looking for one or more people who would be interested in helping bring a special group-interactive computer simulation game to Council this year (October 2-4).

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the spaceship Atremis.  Every officer but the Captain has a touch-screen computer console they use to perform their duties.  The Captain gives orders to the other officers.  Everything is projected up on a big viewscreen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It is all controlled by a central server computer.

Here is a link with lots more info:

Here is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:


Here is what the setup at Council might look like:
Artemis Bridge Simulator Setup at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming Convention


We need some volunteers

We need some volunteers to "GM" this game.  Don't be intimidated - you can learn in 15 minutes, and we will train you.  The game practically runs itself. 

The main responsibilities of the GM:
  1. Organize the groups of players and start the game.
  2. Watch over new people as they get the feel for the game.
  3. Call for tech support if something breaks down.
  4. Jump in as an extra officer if a group needs another player.
Yes, we really can train you in all this in 15 minutes.

Council GM Goodies

  1. Volunteer to run one full session, you get in the whole weekend free, just like other GMs.  (You only pay for your individual event tickets. See all the details here:  http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm
  2. Volunteer to run two or more full sessions, and not only do you get into the con free, but you also get one of our special, GMs-only T-Shirts.

Deadline:  Monday, August 31st

Our apologies for the tight deadline. We need to make this happen fast so we can get the pre-reg booklet out the door soon.

Please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org * with the following info:
  1. Your name
  2. Phone number - evenings
  3. Days you will be attending Council of Five Nations (October 2-4 this year).

Thank you!


* Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign.  We apologize for this unfortunate but necessary anti-spam measure.


Council GMs - Extension to August 22nd

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Hello potential Council Game Masters,


We have passed first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVIII, coming this October 2-4, 2015.

Many thanks to those of you have have already responded.  We just shy of 100 events at this point.  That is excellent, but we are looking for around 200 this year, to fill up all that extra space we are renting at Proctors.

We still need all kinds of events.  The only thing we have totally covered at this point is Pathfinder RPG and RPGA D&D. 

We are extending the GM event deadline to August 22nd (five days from now). 
  • Run one event for us and get your whole weekend Council entry free (a $30 value).
  • Run two or more events for us and get not only free entry, but a special GMs-only, very classy, Council Iroquois warrior logo t-shirt.  This year's color is Deep Red.
  • No convention treats it's GMs as well as we do!

For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm


You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/Council


We hope to see you all this October!

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August Game-a-thon Event Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2015 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 8, 2015

We're meeting at Proctors in the Hearst Education Center (a.k.a. the basement area). The primary entrance to this space is a staircase next to Proctors Box Office.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the August Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


Call for GMs - Council of Five Nations (Oct 2-4, 2015)

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Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up.  It's time for our annual "call for events".

We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it.  We look forward to seeing you all again, and we look forward to those of you who are new to GMing for us.

There is a lot of good stuff to share, so here's the Executive Summary:
  • Quality over Quantity
  • We're one week before Columbus Day weekend this year: October 2-4
  • Same place as the past several years - Proctors
  • Events just for the Kids
  • Send us your photos to help promote your events
  • GM Incentives - changes this year
    • Free entry
    • Free T-Shirt if you run two events.
  • Submission Deadline = Sunday, August 16th
  • Link to web form to submit your events:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

Please click here to see the full GM invitation.

We look forward to seeing the many of you who volunteer to GM for us each year.  We also look forward to events from those of you who are new to GMing for us.

You can always keep up on the latest Council of Five Nations news and updates at the main page here:



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