br1ck reminds me that in addition to the Albany Gamedays, the gamers of New York’s Capitol District also have the Schenectady Wargamers Association’s monthly gameathons to enjoy.

They include both role-playing and board games, so there’s something for every tabletop enthusiast. The SWA also hosts the annual Council of 5 Nations convention in October, which I do hope to check out some day, as it’s rather popular with the Carnage gang.


Albany Gameday XIV is on deck for Saturday, September 3rd. Hosted by friendly local game store Zombie Planet in Albany, New York, it’s a day long event that occurs biannually or so.

Watch the website to see what games hit the schedule, or shoot them an email to run something yourself.

Free RPG Day 2011

Free RPG Day is not coming to Vermont this year, same as 2010. The nearest participating stores are in Albany, New York, Montreal, Quebec and Manchester, New Hampshire. In short, they’re way out of the way for some freebies.

It’s not a big deal, as many of those offerings show up for download sooner or later. And, to be honest, the only one I’ve ever used in any capacity was the Changeling: the Lost quickstart when it first came out, so it’s not as though they’re of startling utility to me.

If you’ve got a game store in your area participating in Free RPG Day, show them some love. Or they’ll decide role-playing games aren’t a viable source of revenue, as so many other stores, including Burlington’s own, have done.

Nonchalant Gnome Society Seeks New Members

Playing Gloom at the United Way of the Adirondacks.

The Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society, based around Plattsburgh, New York, is looking for expand their ranks — and they’re getting some ink about it, like an article in the Press Republican on October 20th:

The gamers are actively trying to recruit new members these days. They said they are “very happy to teach” any newcomers.

They said they welcome players of all abilities, too.

“Most of the games are new to us,” Henry said. “We are collectors who buy games periodically when we hear about them. You learn as you go.”

The article also mentions they intend to hold some play in public events, which I theorize comes from the blog Seize Your Turn‘s same-named Play in Public campaign. If you have any gaming friends in the Plattsburgh area, let them know about the Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society.

[Reposted from Green Mountain Gamers.]

Council of Five Nations XXXIII Preregistration Opens

Council of Five Nations Logo

The Schenectady Wargamers’ Association passed the word around this weekend: Council of Five Nations XXXIII, their annual Columbus Day weekend convention, has its preregistration information up and available for download — and that includes a listing of scheduled events.

Council has been traditionally more of a board game and miniatures convention, so it’s kind of surprising to discover the schedule has such a nice mix of role-playing games this year, not only the usual stuff like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, but also Deadlands and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Plus all the oldies and goodies and new stuff in board gaming, and the time-honored Starfleet Battles tournament.

Council is back at Proctor’s Theater this year, in downtown Schenectady. I haven’t been yet myself, but I hear it’s a funny little venue, not without the quirky charms that I find so endearing at Lake Morey.

Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society Site Redesign

I see the Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society launched a new website last month. If you hadn’t before — and even if you had, because the links have obviously changed — subscribe to their news feed to keep up with the board game doings in Clinton County, New York.

The Nonchalant Gnome site was one of the first I ran across when I first began looking around the web for online presences of gaming groups that met in real life in the Vermont region. They meet across Lake Champlain in New York state, so I haven’t been able to make a trip over there to visit one of their meetings, but I took some lessons away from their website. In short: make it personal so browsers can tell there are real, interesting people behind the web page, make it easy to find out where and when events happen and make it easy to contact someone who knows what’s going on.

Before now, I don’t think I realized quite how strong example the Nonchalant Gnome website has been to my efforts in making social media a useful tool for Vermont area gamers. So I tip my hat to Chuck Henry. If not for that quirky DokuWiki that was the first incarnation of the society’s website, I don’t know where or in what, if any, form the Green Mountain Gamers site, or Burlington Board Gamers before it, might have taken.

Council of Five Nations XXXII

The call has gone out for Council of Five Nations XXXII. Last night, Dave Cheng posted an email to, among other places, the Green Mountain Roleplayers email list, saying in part,

Hello Northeast Gamers,

About 1,400 of you have either already received or will soon receive a bright orange postcard from us.  Orange is the color of Autumn, and of Council of Five Nations.

It happens every year around this time; the Schenectady Wargamers Association starts cranking up the Council of Five Nations machinery once again.  This year will be our 32nd Council, one of the longest-running Adventure Gaming conventions in the world.  Please block-off October 9, 10 & 11 on your calendars.

Dave goes on to underline the need for GMs to run games. Council plans on hosting 125 – 150 events over Columbus Day weekend, which takes quite a few people. As a way of saying thank you to people volunteering their time and energy, GMs get free admission to the convention, as well as swanky GM-only T-shirt embroidered with the Council logo. Folks interested in GMing at Council this year should check out the event submission form. The deadline is Sunday, July 26th, so get those idea furnaces burning.

Council is also sponsoring a tour of the Saratoga battlefield, “cited as the turning point in the American War of Independence.” It’s Friday afternoon of the convention, so you’ll be back in time for the 7:00 PM game slot.