The SWA is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District of Upstate New York (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) since 1974. We sponsor monthly Game-a-thon game days and a 3-day convention, Council of Five Nations, early October or late September every year.
Submitted by DC on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 21:46.
The Schenectady Wargamers Association has enjoyed a great relationship with the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community room since 1974. With the passing of both Bill Shelly (2005) and Norma Shelly (2012), the original founders and proprietors of the Studio, we knew things would change eventually.
It seems that time has finally arrived.
We received notice from Price Chopper / The Golub Corporation that the Studio will not be available for our events starting in January 2014. They are putting the building up for sale.
So, next month's Game-a-thon, scheduled for December 14th, will be our last event at 1639 Eastern Parkway.
... but no worries!
We have an agreement already in place for Proctors to start hosting our monthly Game-a-thons.
What we know now:
We want to thank the Golub Corporation for hosting us, along with many other community groups, for thirty-nine years.
This is truly the end of an era.
Submitted by DC on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 22:05.
It's only two days until the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI. We're busy processing the ~250 pre-registrations that we received. We're looking forward to a good year of walk-ins, especially with the extra media exposure we received from our mention in All Over Albany.
As we're in the final approach to Council weekend, you're probably packing up your gaming materials to bring to the con. You might be thinking to yourself you should get rid of some of those games that don't fit on the shelves any more.
We can help you with that!
The Discount Game Auction is one of our most popular events, and a long-time Council tradition. It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available.
This is an open, competitive bidding auction. If you've got some games you'd like to sell, this is your chance to do so. If you've got a few bucks left in your pocket at the end of Council weekend, this is also an opportunity for you to pick up some bargains. If you'd like to sell merchandise at our auction (any Council attendee is welcome to do so), please click here to download the Council Auction Seller's materials in PDF format (390 Kb). The Auction packet is now updated with newer and better PDF technology. It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.
Please keep one thing in mind. If your goal is to get top dollar, you'll probably want to sell on eBay or Board Game Geek. This is the Council discount game auction, after all. The general tone of the event is buying and selling bargains. Some items get bid up pretty high, but many of our items sell well below original list price.
Even if you're not looking to sell, please consider the Auction a great way to spend a long Sunday lunch break as you wind down from your Council weekend. And you might pick up another gaming treasure or two to take home with you.
We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations this weekend.
Submitted by DC on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 21:11.
You've heard how Council is expanding its floor space by 50%, and the number of games offered by 60%.
We're also expanding the square footage of the Dealer's Area by 500%. This allows us to not only have have several more dealers, but many of our dealers will be hosting demos at their tables all weekend.
Please check out this highlight of all eight vendors we will have on site.
Griggling Games, Inc. is proud to attend this year’s Council of Five Nations. We are a local publisher of family, euro-style strategy and historical games. Join us as we launch Celestial Rainbows, a light, cooperative card game of fun and enlightenment. Celestial Rainbows features the fantastic rainbow art by the visionary artist, Aurora.
All weekend you can come by and learn to play; and we invite you to join in on a light hearted tournament on Saturday afternoon. Participants will play in groups of four, with the winning group earning free copies of the game!
Later, celebrate with us at our Game Release Party on Saturday evening. Refreshments will be available as well as casual play.
FIRST LOOK: All through the weekend, we will be running demos of several upcoming games:
DESTINATION: NEPTUNE - Colonize the solar system and manage an evolving economy in this science-based board game envisioning the next century of space exploration.
SHAEF - Take command of opposing forces on the Western Front during WWII! SHAEF is a 2 player historical wargame featuring constructible card decks with a traditional map based approach.
QUARTERMASTER GENERAL - Command a major world power during WWII in this fast-paced game of global struggle. Lead your troops and navies in battle as you manage your supply lines in this strategy board game.
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Submitted by ericpaperman on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 10:08.
JenEriCon: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Jennifer and Eric Paperman met while gaming at the Studio of Bridge and Games and were married in September 1993. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they are taking over the September Game-a-Thon and renaming it.
Jennifer and Eric will be providing food (bagels in the morning, pizza and cake in the evening) and beverages (soda and milk). They will also pay the admission for anyone who brings them an anniversary card (hand-made or store-bought). To qualify, the card has to at least have the following words: Anniversary, And, Eric, Happy, Jennifer, 20th.
The SWA has arranged to have both the front and back rooms at the Studio of Bridge and Games (aka Price Chopper Community Room) at 1639 Eastern Parkway in Schenectady. So there'll be plenty of room for everyone who wants to help Jennifer and Eric celebrate this joyous milestone.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the September Game-a-thon page.
Both Sessions ( 11am - 10pm+ )
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Submitted by DC on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 01:00.
Council online pre-registration is now available. Please click to go the Council Online Registration page now.
You have two options to pre-register (and save money by doing so).
We announced the pre-reg info was first available on August 27th. We told you that first PDF was a beta version in need of some editing.
The version now available for download has been edited.
If you have not already mailed in your pre-reg, we suggest you download the new PDF, since some events have been moved and some codes have been changed.
Please watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news. Lots of good stuff is happening.
We hope to see all of you in five weeks!
Submitted by DC on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 00:56.
Please disregard this message if you are not interested in a little convention planning drama.
However, if you would like some insight into what's going on behind the scenes as we prepare for Council of Five Nations, one of the longest-running Adventure Gaming conventions in the world, please read on.
Lets break it down into Good Stuff and Bad Stuff.
Good StuffCouncil has grown by 10-15% per year, every year, for the past 6-7 years. This is even as we have weathered the "Great Recession". Many thanks to all of you who have helped make that happen, no matter if you have been an organizer, a GM, or a paying attendee.
Because of this strong record of success, we decided to spend a lot more money and expand our square footage by 50% this year.
We knew that we would need a lot more good games to fill up that extra space. Many, many thanks to the GMs that responded. You folks really came through for us this year.
In 2012 (a very good year for us), we offered 227 'tables' of events. (For example, Pathfinder RPG might be only one listing in the schedule, but if we offer 10 tables in the slot, we count that as 10 separate tables of gaming.)
In 2013, we will be offering at least 376 tables of events.
This is an increase of 65%!
Again, we really want to thank all the GMs that responded to our call for events. Thank you - the convention cannot happen without you!
Bad StuffNot everything in life can be honey and roses...
Hotels. It seems we did not pick the ideal year to expand. We were sorry to learn that we are on the same weekend as Union College's Homecoming & Parents weekend. This has made our usual hotel rooms more scarce, and much more expensive. We have posted several new, excellent hotel options on our Council Hotels page, but we know you folks would rather not have to commute 10-20 minutes to the con. We hope this doesn't deter too many of you from attending.
Events. The good news is we are offering a lot more (65% more) events than last year. The bad news is it takes a lot of time to round up all those GMs. We wanted to get pre-reg out to you sooner, but sometimes herding GMs is harder than herding cats...
Weddings. We always seem to get stung by a wedding in one way or another. This year, not only are we losing some key GMs (congrats to Seth Z), but one of our key con staff had to travel for a wedding as we were trying to get pre-reg materials out. This put a squeeze on things, and the material didn't get a good edit before going out the door. We apologize for that. Updated materials are now available, and they are cleaner.
Computer stuff. You know the saying "The road to Perdition is paved with good intentions?". Well, we wanted to really improve the online pre-reg experience for you this year. But that kind of web programming takes time. And testing. And with the time crunch, things have been more squeezed. We released version 1 of the pre-reg ten days ago, and online pre-reg only went live tonight. And still without the new features (coming soon - really!).
More Good StuffOK, enough complaining. We are very happy to be hosting what we know will be an excellent convention this year. We have lots of good games and more space (and elbow room) for you to enjoy those games.
We are looking forward to many of you joining us in five weeks, October 11-13.
Pre-registration is now open. It closes on Monday, October 7th.
The sooner you pre-reg, the better your chance of getting your first choice of events.
Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more Council news. We have lots more good stuff to talk about.
Submitted by ericpaperman on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 09:13.
Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 10, 2013
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the August Game-a-thon page.
Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Submitted by DC on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:32.
Hello potential Council Game Masters,
We are just now passing the first deadline posted for GMs to submit events for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming this October 11-13, 2013.
Many thanks to those of you have have already responded. We have close to 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 also have a very nice Shadowrun RPG event track fully booked.
We are extending the "Purple Shirt" deadline to July 24th (12 days from now).
For the online event registration form, and full details on what we're looking for, please go to our Council GM registration page:
You can also see more details at our Council of Five Nations general information page on the SWA web site:
We hope to see you all this October!
Submitted by ericpaperman on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 10:22.
We want to remind you about this weekend's special two-day SWA Game-a-con.
Pathfinder RPG will be the big focus, sponsored by the Captial Region
Pathfinder Lodge. But on top of all Pathfinder on both
Saturday and Sunday, we have lots of other gaming goodness to offer.
For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the July Game-a-Con page.
Saturday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )
Saturday Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )
Sunday Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )