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Council of Five Nations XXXIX (2016): Pre-Registration Booklet Text - Adventure Gaming Convention

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc.

presents the

39th Annual

Council of Five Nations

Adventure Gaming Convention

September 23-25, 2016

at the
Proctors Theatre and Conference Center
Schenectady, NY


Council of Five Nations is one of the longest-running Adventure Gaming conventions in the world; we’ve been around since 1976!  We strive for Council to be a good, fun, “traditional” gaming convention.  Our goal is to have a nice balance between role-playing, board games, miniatures and other stuff.  


  • We’ll still open the doors at 10am for the Star Fleet Battles tournament and Open Gaming. But the registration desk won’t officially open until 12noon on Friday, and the first formal event slot will be Friday at 2:00pm.
  • We’re very happy to offer the Artemis Starship Bridge simulator at Council this year for the entire weekend! (details below).
This is on top of over 200 events over the entire weekend (three full sessions Saturday, two gaming sessions on Friday and Sunday).  Please keep reading to see all the gaming goodness we have arranged for you.

The Schenectady
Wargamers Association - Artilleryman LogoWHO’S MAKING THIS HAPPEN?

The Schenectady Wargamers Association is an adventure gaming club that has served the Capital District for over forty years. We sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month, and our flagship event, Council of Five Nations, every year, usually in early October or late September.  Our web site (www.swa-gaming.org) serves as the hub of a virtual community of gamers and gaming organizations around the entire Northeastern United States.  You should check it out if you haven’t already; there’s a lot of good content there.


Artist Christian N. St.
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Gaming Convention - 2014Council of Five Nations is happy to have three special guests return this year:
  • Artist Christian N. St. Pierre, returning for his fourth Council
  • Immersive role-play GM Andre Kruppa, founder of Game Soapbox Productions
  • Rhiannon's Lark, who you know as the Dice Witch, will be performing a short concert

Christian N. St. Pierre’s work has appeared in dozens of gaming products. Examples include Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Hero Games, Mongoose Publishing and Hero Games.  He will have many original works on display in the Vendor’s Hall at Council.  You can see dozens of his works at his web site: www.ChristianNStPierre.com.

GM Andre Kruppa
at Council of Five Nations adventure gaming conventionAndre Kruppa runs a theatrical style game with a presentation designed to create an immersive role-playing experience. Characters are provided with modest biographical and description to give players a solid role to play. Lights, sound, music, handouts, and some props are used to help set the scene and the mood. Players should expect a solid session and some fun role-playing opportunities. Look for his events on Friday evening (B-RPG-3), Saturday afternoon (D-RPG-2) and Saturday evening (E-RPG-4).

Game Soapbox Productions is Andre’s studio and publishing company dedicated to the passion and power of storytelling. In the works are campaigns set in the dark 50s and a shadowy post Lovecraftian 30s, soundscapes, e-books, and immersive RPG tabletop production elements. The booklets Bringing Theater to the Mind: Theatrical Elements in Roleplaying and Madness and Mayhem Live Action Role-Playing are both available via Amazon and RPGNow. The Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine, a core system for gritty role-playing, is in the final stages of development as well! Game Soapbox Productions is also offering game studio design consulting, helping gamers set the scene in their own game rooms!

Rhiannon's Lark (aka The Dice Witch) will be performing a short concert during the Friday dinner break (6:00 - 7:00 PM).  Be sure to stop by to listen to her performance!


The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator at Council of Five
Nations Adventure Gaming ConventionCouncil of Five Nations is very happy to be able to bring you the Artemis starship bridge simulator, with thanks to Eric Stolar and the Syracuse Society of Geeks.

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the starship Artemis.  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 view screen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It's 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:

This year the Artemis experience will be available at Council for the entire weekend! Sessions are 45 minutes long, and start at the top of each hour (with a 15-minute break at the end of each hour). Each session of Artemis will cost $1 per person.  These tickets will not be sold through the pre-registration, but will be available at the main registration table.

This year, Artemis will be setup in the middle dressing room past the GE Theater on the first floor.


Please make all checks payable to “Schenectady Wargamers Association”.

Please direct your registrations, questions and comments to:
Eric Paperman
1291 Windemere Ct
Schenectady, NY 12309
council.registrar /at/ swa-gaming.org
(518) 347-2158  [before 9pm Eastern Time]

You will find comprehensive information about the convention on our web site.  We have dozens of pages dedicated to Council of Five Nations information.  You can even scan the event listings and register online.  The hub of all those pages is here: (www.swa-gaming.org/Council).


The Proctors Theatre and Conference Center is a classic Vaudeville-era theater, and a national landmark. As part of the recent renovation efforts for downtown Schenectady, Proctors received funding to greatly expand into an adjacent space next door (formerly a department store).  This new space holds administrative offices, an iwerks extreme screen theater seating over 400, retail space, and most importantly to us, thousands of square feet of meeting space.

You can read more about the new Proctors at their web site: (www.proctors.org).


Proctors has excellent accessibility for the disabled.  There are elevators serving all areas of the convention.  There are also fully-compliant disabled rest room facilities.


The street address of Proctors Theatre:
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Detailed directions, with MapQuest maps, are available on the SWA web site at our special Council Directions page (www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilDirections).


There are two main places you’ll want to look to park: the parking garage on Broadway, just south of State Street and the open lot directly behind Proctors (best accessed from South Clinton Street).  Both these lots are a short walk to Proctors. 

We have a special Parking at Council page on our web site: (www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilParking).  If you download the Downtown Schenectady Map from our web site you will see both these areas clearly marked with “(P)”.  Proctors is highlighted in red, right in the middle of the map.

Your best bet is the Parking Garage, off Broadway (cell D4 on the map).

Parking in the Broadway garage is free for all Council attendees, all weekend

If you arrive before 5:00 PM on Friday, September 23rd, you will need to take a ticket when you enter the garage.  (Many commuters working in downtown Schenectady park in this garage during the week.)

If you leave before 5:00 PM, an attendant will be at the booth. Please show them your Council badge and you will not have to pay. Tell them you are attending an event at Proctors. We have been in touch with the management at LAZ Parking and we have had this arrangement for several years.

Since there are no major shows at Proctors on Council weekend this year, there should be plenty of spots in the Broadway garage on Saturday and Sunday. 

The Parker Inn shares a parking lot with Proctors, with some spots reserved for their guests, so that’s a no-brainer for you if you’re staying at the Parker. If you’re staying at the Hampton Inn, they have a private lot for their guests.  That’s the best option for you.

If you need to unload a lot of stuff for your game, there are access doors directly off the convention area.  Park temporarily, come to the registration desk, and we’ll help get you situated.


You will have many convenient food options during your Council weekend.  Within a two minute walk are places for pizza, burritos, subs, Indian, and more than one pub.  There are several more restaurants within a five minute walk.

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation has some excellent resources on its web site for those not familiar with the area.  Please check out the links for Dining, Shopping, and a very nice Map.


The Registration Desk will open at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 23rd for games starting at 2:00 PM.  But tables will be available for open gaming as soon as 10:00 AM.  The Reg Desk will open at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Events start at 9:00 AM. The gaming areas will open at 8:00 AM for GMs to set up.

We need to vacate the building no later than 2:00 AM on both Friday and Saturday nights, and no later than 9:00 PM on Sunday night.  That means no overnight gaming at Council (unless you arrange something in your hotel room).


Proctors is a smoke-free facility.  There will be no smoking allowed in the convention areas all weekend.  There are areas right outside for smokers.


Weekend pre-registration is $30 if we receive it by Monday, September 19th.  After this date, weekend registration is $37. Saturday-only is $17 pre-reg, $20 at the door.  Friday-only and Sunday-only are $12 pre-reg, $15 otherwise.  Please also note that individual events are typically $2 each.  A few events are more, but those tend to have prize opportunities.  A few events are free; please see the event listings for costs.

Please make all checks payable to “Schenectady Wargamers Association.”  

Please note you can also register and pay online.  Click the big “Council of Five Nations” button in the upper left corner of any page on our web site.  We can accept PayPal payments.  You can also pay online with your MasterCard or VISA; you do not need a PayPal account.

After you have chosen your events for each time slot, here is the online registration form:  (www.swa-gaming.org/Council-Online-Registration)
Please note that while the Group Discount has been dropped from the convention, we have maintained the same entry fees for Council for four years running.  We believe that we are still providing the best bang for your gaming dollars! 


The SWA understands that today’s student gamers are the future of the hobby.  We want to encourage you to attend our events, so we’ve really slashed the entry fee for full-time students.

Kids age 9 or less get in for free.  You need only pay for the event tickets for individual games.

For all other full-time students:
Weekend pre-registration is $15 if we receive it by Monday, September 19th.  After this date, weekend registration is $18. Saturday-only is $9 pre-reg, $11 at the door.  Friday-only and Sunday-only are $6 pre-reg, $8 otherwise.

For our purposes, "full-time students" are people in Kindergarten through college.  The student discount does not cover working adults who happen to be taking a Continuing Education class.  Please help us fulfill the spirit and intent of this policy.

By the way, our monthly Game-a-thon events are FREE to all full-time students.  We hope to see more of you at those in the future.


We're accepting applications for volunteers to work at Con Staff functions.  These would include the Registration table, the Annual Council Discount Auction, and other various duties.

Volunteers will get free entry, just like our volunteer GMs.

There are two volunteer 'packages':
  • Weekend volunteers plan to attend most/all of Council weekend.  They work two full time slots and two rush hours (explained below).  They get their weekend registration free (just like GMs), meaning they only pay for the event tickets for the games they play.
    • Weekend volunteers get to designate two slots they do not want to work, so they can be sure to play in some games of their choice (Council has seven time slots.   You work two slots, leaving five for gaming).
  • One-Day volunteers plan to attend only one day of Council (probably Saturday).  They work one full time slot and one rush hour.   They get their one-day registration free, meaning they only pay for the event tickets for the games they play.
    • One-day volunteers get to designate one slot they do not want to work (Council Saturday has three time slots. You work one slot, leaving two for gaming).
  • We have a limited number of Volunteer opportunities available, so we cannot guarantee to take all folks who are interested.
  • We prefer local Capital District volunteers, as there will probably be a mandatory short training session before Council weekend.  But out-of-towners are welcome to apply as well.
What's a "rush hour"?
Rush hours are the hour-long periods before or between time slots (8-9am, 1-2pm, 6-7pm).  They are our busiest time at the Registration desk.  We need the most number of staff working during these times, due to the numbers of people registering and buying event tickets.

Let us know if you're interested.  We figure this is a great way for a few of you to attend Council if money is a factor.  Trade some 'sweat equity' for free entry.

Please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org by September 14th if you're interested.  Please also include your phone number in your email message.  We'll get back to you to coordinate details.


Game Masters whose events appear in the pre-registration booklet get the whole weekend entry fee waived.  You only need to pay for the tickets of the events in which you play.


Many of us got started in adventure gaming before we were old enough to drive, and we want Council of Five Nations to welcome families and kids. But we also know that the thematic content or complexity of some games makes them unsuitable for young players. To allow attendees and parents to make an informed decision on participation in an event, all events have been assigned one of the following Maturity Ratings:
•    Child rating is for children age 6 - 9 with adult supervision
•    E10 rating is for players 10 and up in age (This is the default rating)
•    Teen rating is for players 14 and up in age
•    Mature rating is for players 18 and up in age.

We have also identified some games as particularly geared to Kids.  You will see the “Kids” flag in the event description header, and outlined in the special event track below.  We have tried to distribute the events so that our younger attendees will have something to do in most time slots across the entire Council weekend.


We have a special web page dedicated to hotel options for Council of Five Nations.  You’ll find the info we list here, and also extras like maps, driving directions, photos, etc.  You can check it out here:  (www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilHotels). If you’re coming in from out of town, we suggest the accommodations listed there. Please also note the rates listed are based strictly on availability. 


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 (September 25th), from 2:00-3:00 PM.

We'll probably have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available.  This is an open, competitive bidding auction.  We go fast (we have to, in order to sell all those games), so be ready to be quick with your bids!

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.

All items sold will be subject to an auction fee of at least 10% of the selling price.  If you choose to donate a higher percentage, your items will be given preferential selling treatment.  You can download the necessary forms from our web site (click here).  Or, stop off at the Registration Desk.  All items must be tagged and ready to go by 12:00pm on Sunday.  Bring your tagged items to the Registration Desk.  Please do not bring items before Sunday.

Please also note that in order to participate in the auction, either as a bidder and/or a seller, you must be registered to attend the convention (i.e. you must have a valid con badge).


We’ll have seven dealers onsite who are looking forward to selling you all sorts of good stuff:


Flipside Gaming, one of our esteemed vendors, will bring along a big bunch of board games for you to borrow and play.  Please visit their booth in the vendors' area to borrow a game.


2017 will be the 40th Council of Five Nations!
This solidifies our position as one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world.
Please mark the date on your calendar now and help us celebrate our Ruby Anniversary next year!
     Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

Special Interest Event Tracks

We have a bunch of event “tracks” that may appeal to your particular gaming interests.

Star Trek
To honor the 50th anniversary of Star Trek first appearing on TV (in September 1966), we have a series of games set with a Star Trek theme.
SFB * Star Fleet Battles Patrol Tournament - The Council Cup * Star Fleet Battles
B-RPG-1 * My Kingdom for a horse ! * Savage Worlds Star Trek
E-Board-4 * Star Trek: Frontiers
E-RPG-1 * Foreshadowing our Demise * Savage Worlds Star Trek - Cthulhu
E-Minis-4 * Star Fleet Battle Manual
E-Minis-5 * The Battle of Cochrane's Star (Squadron Strike: Axanar) * Squadron Strike, 2nd Edition
F-Board-6 * Star Trek: Ascendancy
Please click for the full event descriptions of all the Star Trek games.

Kids Games
We are offering a series of games where younger players are especially encouraged to attend. If this frees up mom or dad to play in another game, great! We’re asking that you exercise proper parental judgment as to whether your kid is old/mature enough to be participating without your supervision. This is not intended to be Day Care.  That being said, here is the list of Kid’s games:

B-Board-19 * Assortment of Kids Games * Kids Games
C-Board-15 * Gaming with Kids 1 * Various
C-Board-17 * Halfling Feast
C-RPG-1 * No Thank You, Evil!
C-RPG-2 * Adventure Maximus: Into the Lands of Ex Machina * Adventure Maximus
D-Board-16 * Gaming with Kids 2 * Various
D-Minis-2 * Return of the Hanghai Dragon. * Home Crafted
E-Board-9 * Dixit
E-Board-21 * Assortment of Kids Games * Kids Games
F-Board-5 * Santa's Bag, a game for the whole family! * Santa's Bag
F-RPG-3 * D&D For Kids * D&D

Please click for the Kids games full event descriptions.

Board Game Geek Top 50
We’ve gone out of our way to recruit GMs for the most popular games.  The Board Game Geek ranking is one good way for us to gauge that, and we’re well represented.  BGG favorites all weekend long!

A-Board-3 * Lords of Waterdeep
A-Board-6 * Colt Express
B-Board-1 * Ticket to Ride Series * Ticket to Ride
B-Board-2 * Concordia
B-Board-3 * Five Tribes
B-Board-4 * Power Grid
B-Board-7 * Lords of Waterdeep with Scoundrels of Skullport Expansion * Lords of Waterdeep
B-Board-8 * Blood Rage
B-Board-11 * Splendor
B-Board-13 * Codenames
C-Board-6 * Isle of Skye
C-Board-11 * Pandemic
C-Board-16 * Voyages of Marco Polo
D-Board-5 * Settlers of Catan plus Expansions * Settlers of Catan
D-Board-7 * It's a SMALLWORLD after all! * Small World
D-Board-11 * Star Wars: Imperial Assault Campaign One-Shot * Star Wars: Imperial Assault
D-Board-13 * Stone Age
D-Board-14 * Coup and Love Letter
D-Board-18 * Agricola Tournament * Agricola
E-Board-2 * Eldritch Horror
E-Board-3 * Imperial Settlers w/ Expansions * Imperial Settlers
E-Board-9 * Dixit
E-Board-10 * Colt Express (with Expansions) * Colt Express
E-Board-19 * Star Wars: Imperial Assault Campaign One-Shot * Star Wars: Imperial Assault
F-Board-1 * 7 Wonders * 7 Wonders
F-Board-4 * Betrayal at House on the Hill
F-Board-8 * Power Grid
F-Board-11 * Castles of Mad King Ludwig
F-Board-14 * Star Wars: Imperial Assault Campaign One-Shot * Star Wars: Imperial Assault
G-Board-2 * Roll for the Galaxy
G-Board-4 * Takenoko
G-Board-6 * The Grizzled

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

Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare
Battleground: F/HW is an excellent miniatures game, disguised as a card game.  There are no figures to buy or paint; you can fit a whole army in your pocket.  This is NOT a “collectible card game”, where you buy many packs to get a bunch of rare cards to pump up your hand. These events have grown in popularity each year at Council, and we’re developing a reputation for one of the biggest and best Battleground cons. We’ve even got guys driving in from all over the Northeast to play at Council weekend.  Please stop by the Battleground table any time during the weekend to play a demo game.  Or, try one of these more formal events:

BFW * Seige of Hawkshold * Battleground: Fantasy Warfare
A-Minis-4 * Battleground: Fantasy Warfare Open Play * Battleground: Fantasy Warfare

The Council Wargame Room
We're setting aside a special room upstairs where the Council Grognards can sit and play their wargames in peace.  No kids games and no Euro games allowed in this room. We started this tradition last year. Help us keep it going, if these kinds of games appeal to you.
A-Board-7 * Titan
B-Board-5 * Quartermaster General - Giant Carpet Version * Quartermaster General
B-Board-9 * Twilight Struggle
B-Board-12 * Age of Renaissance
B-Board-17 * Titan
C-Board-4 * Clash of Cultures + Civilizations Expansion * Clash of Cultures
C-Board-8 * Pacific War
C-Board-20 * Twilight Struggle
C-Board-22 * Axis & Allies: 1942 2nd Edition * Axis & Allies
D-Board-4 * Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
D-Board-8 * Victory or Death, The Peloponnesian War * Quartermaster General
D-Board-9 * Talon
D-Board-15 * Alien Frontiers with Outer Belt * Alien Frontiers
D-Board-20 * Titan
E-Board-1 * The Napoleonic Wars
E-Board-5 * Republic of Rome
E-Board-6 * Triumph and Tragedy
E-Board-8 * Axis and Allies
E-Board-11 * Eclipse
E-Board-13 * Alien Frontiers with Outer Belt * Alien Frontiers
E-Board-14 * Quartermaster General - Giant Carpet Version * Quartermaster General
E-Board-18 * Titan
F-Board-3 * Here I Stand
F-Board-7 * Space Empires 4X
F-Board-16 * Axis & Allies: 50th Anniversary Edition * Axis & Allies
Please click for full descriptions of all the games in the Council Wargame Room.


The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc., is a Not For Profit organization incorporated in the state of New York.  “Schenectady Wargamers Association”, “Council of Five Nations”, the Council Indian logo, and the SWA Artilleryman logo are trademarks of the Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc.  Many gaming product names and images referred to in this booklet are trademarks or registered trademarks of the company that produces the game in question, and we acknowledge that here.  The use of such trademarked names and images without mention of trademark status should not be construed as a challenge to such status.  In fact, you should probably be thanking us for running your games, and thus helping generate sales, by sending us some free convention support goodies (if you haven’t planned to do so already).  Thank you.

For more information about the convention...

Please click for the main Council general info 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 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 games related to the Star Trek 50th Anniversary celebration

Please click for the list of Kids games.

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

Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.

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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