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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.

SWA Leadership Positions Open

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About six months ago, we put out a call for some new blood on for the SWA
Leadership Team. Several of you responded, and Council preparations were
especially smooth this year as a result.

We're writing today to let you know that there are several spots we'd still
like to fill. Here's a quick list:

  1. More Council Czars
  2. Another Game-a-thon Czar
  3. SWA Web Site Czar
  4. Regional Retailer Czar
  5. Iron Right Hand of the Benevolent Dictator
  6. Local School Gaming Club Czar
  7. Internet News Group Czar
  8. Prize Support Czar
  9. Web Ring Czar

For a more complete "job description" for each of these positions, please
click
here
to go to the page on the SWA web site. This page also talks about
our expectations, what we're not looking for, and the benefits of
volunteering.

If you're interested in helping out, please call Dave Cheng at (518) 464-1977,
or email him at dave@swa-gaming.org.
Let's talk about how you

Here is the current roster of the SWA Leadership Team:

Steve Bachman
Game-a-thon Czar, Web Calendar Czar

David Cheng
Benevolent Dictator, SWA Web Site Czar

Dave Cuatt
Web Promotion Czar

Bill Dickerson
Game-a-thon Czar

Frank DiNola
Internet Mailing List Czar

Steve Keyer
Historical Miniatures Czar

Jason Murphy
Gaming Club Czar, Convention Czar, Merchandising Czar

Eric Paperman
Promo Flyer Czar, Magazine Convention Listing Czar

John Rigley
Council Czar

Vince Romeo
Local Retailer Czar

We'd like to add your name to this list! Give Dave a call and let's
discuss how to make that happen.


Advanced Squad Leader Championship in Albany

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DrFlanagan writes, "New York State ASL Championship
December 02 - December 04, 2005
at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel Albany, NY
Contact: Joe Leoce
Phone : 718 356 0433 | Email : asl726@aol.com
For more info, check out the MultiMan Publishing site:
www.multimanpublishing.com

Any one going? I think I will.
Cheers,
DrFlanagan"


Camp Carnage 8: November 11-13

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Carnage is one of the best all-around gaming conventions in the Northeast,
and it's coming next weekend (November 11-13).

Carnage hosts a very well-balanced schedule full of RPGs, board games, miniatures,
WizKids, card games, and LARPs. The Northern Conspiracy will be hosting a
series of historical miniatures events focused on conflict in the 19th century.
There is a weekend-long Diplomacy tournament. Bunker Hill Games is
sposoring a wargame room all weekend. Miniatures painting contest. And
more!

You can get a full event listing by downloading the pre-registration booklet
in PDF format at their web site:
www.carnagecon.com

Camp Carnage will again be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.
This is a very nice resort facility with a golf course. Much of the gaming
area has vista windows with a scenic view overlooking Lake Morey.

The SWA sends several folks every year. If you're looking for a car pool
or hotel room share, click
here
to post an announcement on our discussion forums, or to read other
people's posts.


In Memoriam: William G. Shelly

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association is very sorry to announce that we've
lost another of our Founding Fathers.

Bill Shelly and his wife Norma have been the proprietors of the Studio of
Bridge and Games for over thirty years. Bill discovered the very first
edition of Dungeons & Dragons. He attracted a group of gamers and invited
them to play regularly at the Studio. That small group grew into the SWA that
still exists today.

Please note there will be a memorial service for Bill this Saturday, October
29th, at the Studio of Bridge and Games, starting at 12 noon.

Below is the text of the obituary that appeared in the Albany Times Union.

SCHENECTADY William Gerard Shelly died on September 21, 2005. Bill was
born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on January 24, 1932.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life at the Studio of Bridge and
Games, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday, October 29 at
12:00.

Bill and his wife Norma have devoted the past 31 years to promoting and
preserving bridge, chess and war games which we hope have brought pleasure
and friendships to many of our players. Bill's service in the front lines
of Korea shaped much of his life. He was a humanitarian and put his family
and everyone else in his circle ahead of himself.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Goska Shelly, and his
brother, Thomas. He is survived by his wife Norma; sister, Florence Kennedy
of Calif.; sons, Michael of S.C., Thomas of Fla.; daughters, Patricia Starkey
(Steven) of Fla., Dorothy of Schenectady; and grandson, Erin of S.C. He
is also survived by his extended family, his mother-in-law and companion
Brunhilde Fitzgibbons, Charles Miller of NYC, Steven Miller, Renee Santoro
(and Victor), Justin Miller, all of Esperance, N.Y., Sara Miller of NYC;
five great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to Victoria Roberts, Laryssa Robertson, Marianna
Atwell and Glenn White, all of whom cared for him during his long illness
and, along with his family, brought love and joy to his life. Our thanks to
the staff at Ellis Hospital for their kindness.

Bill continues to give of himself even after his death. He has donated
his remains to Albany Medical Hospital for anatomical research. At his request,
donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale,
Memphis, TN 38106.

Published in the Albany Times Union on 9/28/2005.


Full Master of Orion boardgame available for download

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As many of you know, Kevin Hidinger has been working on a board game version
of the Master of Orion computer game for over two years. We've had
several rounds of playtesting at the Studio of Bridge and Games.

Kevin has prepared a ZIP file containing all the materials you need to play.
This file contains the most updated version of the rules, and files for the
maps, counters and record-keeping sheets.

If you're interested, you can download that file here:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=7

You want the file titled "FULL GAME Download". Ignore the others; they're
from outdated previous playtest versions. We'll get them cleaned up someday.

If you have questions or feedback, you can email Kevin directly at: KevinH111@aol.com.

Enjoy.


In Memoriam: Patrick Stevens

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Patrick Stevens, one of the founding fathers of the Schenectady Wargamers
Association, died this past Sunday.

Pat was there, back in the days when the building we ~now~ know as the Studio
of Bridge and Games was still a Price Chopper supermarket, and the "Studio"
was a much smaller place around the corner.

Pat was there in the 1970s, running the original Dungeons & Dragons
when it was three little booklets in a white box. He went on to develop
a reputation as one of the best Game Masters the SWA has ever produced.

Pat was there back in the days when Saturday gaming at the Studio regularly
had 20-30 people attending. He was gracious in welcoming newcomers,
even us young "rugrats" who have since grown up to become the old-timers of
the SWA.

Pat was there at every Council of Five Nations, running several events.
Only last year, as he battled cancer, did his name not appear on the GM roster.

Please consider joining us to say goodbye this Thursday afternoon at Pat's
memorial service in Schenectady. The details are outlined below.

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Here is the text of the Obituary that appeared in the Times Union:

Patrick A. Stevens, 56, of Keyes Ave., died suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2005
at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Stevens was born in Schenectady
and was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He was a US Navy veteran
and had been employed with the New York State High Education Security Department
as a systems support aid for many years. Patrick's favorite pastime was fishing
and he was an avid gamer. Patrick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Pearson
Stevens; a son, Anthony Stevens of Green Island; a stepdaughter, Sarah Irvine
of Schenectady; his parents, Daniel and Sylvia Smith Stevens of St. Petersburg,
Fla.; two brothers, John Stevens of Staten Island and Daniel Stevens of the
Poughkeepsie area; a sister, Margaret Baker of St. Petersburg. A memorial
service will be held Thursday afternoon at the Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242
McClellan St., Schenectady at 4:30. There will be no calling hours. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Strong Memorial Hospital Blood and Bone
Marrow Transport Program, 60 Elmwood Ave., P.O. Box 650, Rochester, NY 14642.


Last call for Havoc XXI this weekend (March 18-20)

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Havoc XXI will be held this coming weekend, March 18th through the 20th,
at the Maironis Park in Shrewsbury MA. Havoc has a long tradition of being
the best miniatures convention in the Northeast with high quality games,
displays and tournaments. For additional information on registration and
hotel options, please check the Havoc website at:

http://Havoc.BattleGroupBoston.org

The SWA sends a whole bunch of folks to Havoc each year. We hope to
see you there too!


World Diplomacy Championship - Bulletin #1

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If your summer plans start in 1901 with stabbing the French with a surprise
move to the English Channel or a Lepanto cruise to the Turkish coast, then
make your reservations and register now for the Fifteenth Annual World Diplomacy
Championship (WDC XV) in Washington, D.C.!!!

Visit http://www.wdcindc.org/, the
Official Webpage of WDC XV, for more information

The Potomac Tea & Knife Society (PTKS) will be your host for WDC
XV, which will be held from 29-31 July 2005 in the heart of Washington, D.C.


Funeral Notice - Peter Walker

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To the members of the SWA,

As some of you might have heard, Peter Walker had an auto accident on the
morning of Thanksgiving. Peter passed away Wednesday night, December 1. Peter
was a past member of the SWA, and remembered his years at the Studio fondly.

Peter's wake will be at De Legge, Henry S - De Legge Funeral Home Inc, 1346
Chrisler Ave, Schenectady, NY 12303, (518) 346-3562. Calling hours will be
5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday December 3.

His memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 603
State St, Schenectady, NY 12305, (518) 374-4403. The service will begin at
11:00 AM Saturday December 4. I understand that there is parking for the
church on Chapel St. which is approximately one block away.

Sincerely,
Mark Menard


Boston Massacre, June 19-20

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The Boston Massacre is a convention in the Boston area dedicated to the classic game of Diplomacy. This is their second year; I believe they had about 25 people last year, with several prizes awarded for various categories of play.

Please click "Read More" to see the full info from the Con organizer.


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