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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.

Last Call for Council Events


Just want to give you fine folks an update on where we stand with Council of Five Nations events & registration.  Council is coming in two months, October 10-12 this year.


A big Thank You to all of you who have volunteered to run games for us.  We have all that nice square footage to fill up, and we are doing well. 

Please consider this the "last call" for events to get listed in the pre-reg booklet.  We would especially like to offer a few more Miniatures events.  Please remember, run one event and get your weekend registration free.  Run two events and not only do you get in free, but you also get a special GMs-only T-Shirt.  But only if you get in before the deadline.

You can see full details on submitting events here:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

The final, final deadline for getting events listed in the pre-reg booklet is Sunday, August 17th.

Council Pre-Registration

We expect to have pre-registration material out some time during the last week of August.  We will, of course, send out messages via multiple internet channels.

Watch your email box and the SWA web site for the latest updates.

We hope to see all of you this coming October 10-12 at Council of Five Nations.

SWA Member Crowdfunding


Mike Haggett has been a fixture at SWA events for many years.  He's in the top five for the highest number of events run at Council & Game-a-thons (over 70!), so many of you have probably played in a game with him.

Mike is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his upcoming move to Providence, Rhode Island.  He and his wife are offering some very nice rewards for various funding levels.  If you are looking to get some gaming material published, Mike would be an excellent editor to have working with you.

You can see all the details of the campaign here:

The campaign ends on September 1st.

Thank you.

Looking for Star Fleet game donations


Hello SWA Community,

For many years, Council of Five Nations has been one of the largest face-to-face gatherings of Star Fleet Battles (SFB) players in the whole world.  With Amarillo Design Bureau no longer attending Origins, we are making a special push to attract players of all their Star Fleet Universe (SFU) games to this year’s Council.

Part of this effort is to have product for our new “Take One Leave One” table.  This will serve two purposes:
1.    Current players can swap an SFU product they have for another they would like.
2.    New players can walk away with something free, to help get them into Star Fleet gaming.

A few SWA members have already donated some used SFU games, and we have a pile of good stuff about 18” high.  We are looking to add to that, if you have something you’d like to donate.

We are happy to accept any-and-all ADB game products, in whatever usable condition:
•    Star Fleet Battles
•    Federation & Empire
•    Federation Commander
•    A Call to Arms: Star Fleet
•    Star Fleet Battle Force
•    Star Fleet Marines
•    Starmada
•    Prime Directive RPG
•    Captain’s Log magazines
•    Star Fleet miniatures
•    Star Trek collectibles
•    Anything you’ve got that you think would be appropriate for Star Fleet/Star Trek gaming!

You can click to read more about Star Fleet gaming at Council of Five Nations at the special page on the SWA web site.

If you have product to donate, please simply reply to this email, or just bring it to the Star Fleet room at Council (upstairs – 2nd floor) when you attend this year.

Thank you.

Revised August Game-a-thon Schedule


The Schenectady Wargamers Association - August 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, August 9, 2014

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. 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.

New Gaming Venue Opens in Dalton, MA


Introducing 2 Flights Up

There is a brand new venue in Dalton, MA dedicated to dancing and gaming.

The venue is called 2 Flights Up, and it's located at 399 1/2 Main Street in Dalton.

On the gaming side, we'll be hosting game nights every Thursday evening from 6 to 10PM. This will be an open gaming opportunity, where you can play games from our library, or bring your own games to play with others. For these short sessions, we are asking for a free-will donation to help defray the cost of the venue.

We will also be hosting monthly all-day game days (11AM-10PM), and for these days we are setting an entry fee of $5. For that paltry sum, you will get 11 hours of gaming goodness!

We envision these to be broken into 2 scheduled sessions, 11AM-4PM, and 5PM-10PM, (similar to SWA's Game-a-thons) and plan to have scheduled events that people can sign up for. Now Jeannie and I will be hosting games for each of those sessions, but to be really successful, we need some volunteers to be GMs for other games for those days. If you are willing to bring and host a game for 1 of the 2 sessions, you will get entry for the entire day for free.

Right now we have at least 2 of these Game Days scheduled: July 19 and August 16. If you would be willing to host a game on one or both of those days, please let us know, and we'll get you on the schedule.

Whether or not you decide to GM, please come out and enjoy yourself at our Game nights on Thursdays, or the All Day Game Days, or both. And bring some friends along!

See our website 2FlightsUp.com to contact us or for more info about scheduling for gaming and dancing events!

Thomas & Jeannie Compter

July 12th Game-a-Thon Schedule


The Schenectady Wargamers Association - July 2014 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, July 12, 2014

July is a Swap Meet month, so bring your games and game related items to sell!

We're meeting in the Hearst Education Center, which is the finished basement area of the old Carl Company. 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 July 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 10-12, 2014)


Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up.  We put out a preliminary message a few weeks ago, to get you thinking about what games you might like to run (you can see that message here.)  Thank you to everyone who replied with ideas, leads and commitments to run games.

We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it.  We look forward to seeing you all again. We also look forward to events from 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 keeping the expanded space - lots of quality gaming tables to fill up!
  • Events and event types that we are seeking
  • 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.  This year is Vibrant Yellow.
  • Submission Deadline = Friday, July 18th
  • Link to web form to submit your events:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

Please click here to see the full GM invitation.

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

Penny Press on Kickstarter


Some of our friends just across the border (in Massachusetts) are coming out with a new game: Penny Press.

Penny Press allows you to take the role of a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City. Cover the top stories, and go to press when the time is right!

Click here for a review from a playtester on Board Game Geek.

Click here for the Kickstarter page for Penny Press.

The kickstart is already fully funded, but we figure some of you SWANews subscribers might want to get in on the extras, and for a chance to be one of the first to get this promising new game.

Bolt Action Beginners Tournament - Sunday, June 22nd


Bolt Action Beginner’s Tournament

Bolt Action is a fast-play, easy-to-learn squad level WW2 game using 28mm figures. 
It is growing in popularity here in the Capital District, and around the USA.

New players are welcome!

June 22st, doors open at 11am first round at Noon
Entry: $20
Rounds: 2 ½ Hours
(Bring two printed lists)

Grimfoe Games
598 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush NY, 12061

List Rules
  • 1000pts any theater list or Reinforced platoon.
  • Man packed Flamers only.
  • Max of one platoon per 500 points
  • Bring two printed lists

Scoring Guide
  • Win = 7 Points
  • Loss = 1 Point
  • Tie = 4 Points
  • Moral Victory = 5 Points (Scenario tie but you have 2 more battle points then your opponent)
  • Moral Loss = 3 Points (Scenario tie but you have 2 less battle points then your opponent)

Battle Points (scored at the end of the game)
  • 1 battle point for each objective under your control
  • 1 battle point is scored for each enemy unit destroyed at the end of the game.
  • ½ battle point is scored for each enemy unit at 50% or less of its starting strength.
  • ½ battle point is scored for each immobilized enemy vehicle.

  • Players will select a prize from the prize pool based on their placement
  • 1st) Infantry Box + Command
  • 2nd) Infantry Box
  • 3rd) Tank Box
  • 4th) Tank Box
  • 5th) Command
  • 6th) Command

Prize Pool
  • German Army: Panzer III Ausf J BOX
  • German Army: German Infantry (25)
  • German Army: Command (4)
  • Soviet Army: Soviet Infantry BOX
  • Soviet Army: T34/85 Soviet Medium Tank
  • British Army: Churchill Mk VII BOX
  • British Army: Infantry BOX Set (25)
  • British Army: Command (4)
  • American Army: US Infantry
  • American Army: M3A1 Halftrack PLASTIC BOX
  • American Army: US Command

You can see the full Bolt Action product line here:

Read more about the game here:

You can get in on the discussion at the Bolt Action of Albany Facebook page:

For more info about the tournament, or regular Bolt Action games at local retailers, contact Skylor at:  SEdwards2881 /at/ gmail.com

(Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ symbol.  We apologize for this anti-spam measure.)

Coming Soon – Call for Council Events, and Your Ideas


Hello SWA Community,

The theme of this post is “ideas”.  

We want to get you thinking about three different kinds of ideas, and we want you to share those ideas with us.

Ideas #1 – What games do you want to run at Council of Five Nations?

Council of Five Nations XXXVII is not that far off; October 10-12 this year.

We will soon be putting out the Call for Events.  We’re making some improvements to the online event form, so we’re not ready just yet.  But we want to get you thinking about what games you might want to run.

As a reminder, Council treats its GMs better than almost any other convention out there.  
  • Run just one event and get your entire weekend registration free (you pay only for the events you play in).
  • Run two or more events and you also get the special, GMs-only, never-for-sale, Council T-Shirt.  

So, please start thinking about what you might be enthusiastic about running.  We’ll let you know when the GM online form is up and ready to accept your submissions.

Ideas #2 – What games do you want to see at Council?

We’d like to know what games you would particularly like to see at Council.

We know that many of you attend Council every year, because you appreciate how we always offer a nice balance between RPGs, board games, miniatures, and other good stuff.

Are there games that you would particularly like to see at Council this year?
  • Maybe a game that we have not offered in the past?
  • Maybe a particular new game that you have not had the chance to try?
  • Maybe an old favorite that you have not seen offered in years?

What game(s) could we offer that you would be sure to sign up for?  What games would make you really want to be sure to attend?

Please email us with your requests for games at this year’s Council. 
Send them to Council /at/ swa-gaming.org

Please change the /at/ to the normal '@' sign.

Ideas #3 – Two-player tournaments

Those of you who have attended Council the past few years know that we’ve used the basement space differently over the years.  With us expanding into the GE Theatre, and having space for over twenty new gaming tables in there, we could give the basement games a little more elbow room.

We now realize the best use of the basement is for a series of weekend-long, two-player tournaments.  Maybe focusing on miniatures, but not necessarily.  We can have 20-24 setups of two 6’x2.5’ tables all weekend.

Now we just need to figure out what games to put there.  We have eight gaming slots to work with (three on Friday, three on Saturday, and two on Sunday).

We already have the Warrior tournament committed to filling half the space for the three slots on Saturday.  That tournament has done well for several years now.

Here is where we need your ideas.  What tournaments do you think would draw well?  What kinds of tournaments would you make the effort to attend, especially if you are not a regular Council attendee?

There are a lot of different games we can sponsor:
Warhammer/40K, Confrontation, Malifaux, Warmachine, Hordes, whatever.

We are working on leads for Flames of War and Bolt Action.  

Please don’t just throw out names of games.  Please give us leads like…
  • “I know of a group of guys who play ___, and one of them, {Name}, would probably like to run a tournament for you.”
  • “I don’t know of anyone who would judge the tournament, but if you had a ___ tournament, I know five guys who would attend.  They love that game!”
If you can help us with leads on good 2-player tournaments that we can host at the October 10-12 Council of Five Nations, please email us your ideas.
Send them to Council /at/ swa-gaming.org

Please change the /at/ to the normal '@' sign.

Watch your email box for more Council news as things develop.

Thank you.  

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