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Council of Five Nations XXXVII (2014): Pre-Registration Booklet Text - Adventure Gaming Convention

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc.

presents the

37th Annual


Council of Five Nations

Gaming Convention

October 10-12, 2014

at the
Proctors Theatre and Conference Center
Schenectady, NY

THE COUNCIL OF FIVE NATIONS PHILOSOPHY

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.  


BIG NEWS FOR THIS YEAR

Last year's expansion of square footage was a big success, so we're planning on keeping that as a regular feature. To help fill all that space, we're happy to have a Warhammer 40K tournament all day Sunday, sponsored by Grimfoe Games.  This is just part of over 200 events over the entire weekend (three full sessions on Friday and Saturday, two gaming sessions on Sunday).  Please keep reading to see all the gaming goodness we have arranged for you.

WHO’S MAKING THIS HAPPEN?

The Schenectady Wargamers Association is an adventure gaming club that has served the Capital District for forty years. We sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month, and our flagship event, Council of Five Nations, every Columbus Day Weekend in October.  Our excellent 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.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Council of Five Nations is happy to have two special guests this year:
  • Artist Christian N. St. Pierre, returning for his second Council, and
  • Immersive role-play GM Andre Kruppa, of Game Soapbox Productions.

Artist Christian N. St. Pierre at Council of Five Nations XXXVII - Adventure Gaming Convention - 2014Christian 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.

Chris will also be sponsoring a group discussion/seminar on how to get your art published in the gaming industry during the lunch break on Sunday, October 12th, 1:00-2:00 PM, at his table in the Vendor Hall.

Breaking In and Staying In for Artists
Artist Christian N. St. Pierre will discuss the dos and don'ts of breaking in and working in the table-top game industry as an artist. This presentation will focus on the steps to building your portfolio, establishing your reputation, and maintaining your career.



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 (C-RPG-3), Saturday afternoon (E-RPG-1) and Saturday evening (F-RPG-1).

Andre recently launched Game Soapbox Productions, a 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, audio books, soundscapes, e-books, and immersive RPG tabletop production elements. Keep your eye out for the booklet Theater of the Mind: Theatrical Elements in Roleplaying. 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!


CONTACT & REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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 CONVENTION SITE

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).


DISABLED ACCESS

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.


DIRECTIONS TO THE SITE

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).


PARKING  

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.

Parking in the Broadway garage is free all weekend.  Even if there is a garage attendant at the booth, just take the ticket.  You will not be required to pay when you leave.  If you want extra peace-of-mind, we will have a Broadway Garage parking pass that you can download and show any booth attendant that might be present.  Please click here to go to the SWA downloads page to download the Broadway Garage pass.

Parking in the South Clinton lot is usually for pay during business hours on Friday, and free on weekends.  But there are two shows at Proctors Theatre on Saturday and a Sunday matinee, so there will probably be attendants both days, looking for money.

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.


SCHENECTADY DINING & ATTRACTIONS

You will have many convenient food options during your Council weekend.  Within a two minute walk are places for pizza, burritos, subs, and a 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.


CONVENTION HOURS

The Registration Desk will open at 8:00 AM all three days of the convention. 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).


NO SMOKING POLICY

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.


REGISTRATION

Weekend pre-registration is $30 if we receive it by Monday, October 6th.  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/CouncilOnlineRegistration)


GROUP DISCOUNT

The SWA wants to encourage you to get your friends attend with you.  Groups of three or more that submit all pre-registrations together will get a $5 discount for each attendee.  You do not need to be an official or organized gaming club to receive this discount; any 3+ people who pre-register together are eligible.  Please note this offer only applies to pre-registration.

If you pre-register by mail, you must send all the registrations and payments in the same envelope.  Separate checks are OK.

If you pre-register online, please note your group affiliation in the comments section on all the registration forms and make sure everyone takes the discount (it really helps if you submit them all at the same time).  Also (very important), you must make only one online payment to cover the whole group.  The PayPal fees for several small payments really sting, so we must insist on this for you to receive the group discount.

Either mail or online, please fill out a separate form for each registration.  Trying to squeeze multiple people on one form messes up our accounting & registration system.  Thanks!


STUDENT DISCOUNT

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, October 6th.  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.

Please note that you can stack the Group discount and Student discount together.  That’ll really bring the registration fee way down.  The SWA loves middle school, high school and college student gaming groups!

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.


VOLUNTEER DISCOUNT

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 21st if you're interested.  Please also include your phone number in your email message.  We'll get back to you to coordinate details.


GAME MASTER DISCOUNT

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.

Game Masters who submit events later, ones that don’t appear in the pre-registration booklet, get a flat-rate discount of $10 off your registration fee.  We’re pretty booked, so please know that we are not actively soliciting events at this time.  If you’ve got something that you think fills a glaring hole in our schedule, please feel free to inquire.

Game Masters registering as part of a Group of 3 or more:  Yes, you get to deduct another $5 of your total fees.  Yes, we might actually end up owing you money.  We prefer to see it as a subsidy toward your ticket purchases.  But however you see it, enjoy our thanks for not only running games for us, but bringing some of your friends along too.  Council of Five Nations appreciates it’s GMs, and we love to show the love!


MATURITY RATINGS AND GAMES SPECIFICALLY FOR THE KIDS

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.


HOTELS

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 ANNUAL COUNCIL DISCOUNT AUCTION

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 (October 12th), 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).


DEALERS

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




Special Interest Event Tracks


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


Play with the Game Designer
We have several games on the schedule where that game’s designer is present at Council, running the game.  Get all your questions answered with extra authority!  Please also note the Demo games are free; no tickets, just walk up and ask to play.

A-Board-1 * Behutunsburg
A-Board-3 * Celestial Rainbows
A-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
B-Board-7 * Giant Quartermaster General * Quartermaster General
B-Minis-3 * Die Another Day * Squadron Strike
B-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
C-Board-13 * Quartermaster General
C-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
C-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
D-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
D-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
E-Board-9 * Destination: Neptune
E-Board-18 * Merchants of Freeburg
E-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
F-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
F-Minis-6 * Battle of Drorke’s Rift * Squadron Strike
F-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
G-Board-5 * AstroSmashers
G-Board-11 * Destination: Neptune
G-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
H-Board-1 * AstroSmashers
H-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG

Please click for full event descriptions for games where you can play with the Designer.


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:

D-RPG-4 * Dungeons & Dragons for Juniors * Dungeons & Dragons
D-Board-5 * Monopoly
E-Board-5 * Kelly’s Kid’s Korner * Kids Games
G-Board-7 * Kelly’s Kid’s Korner * Kids Games

Please click for the Kids games full event descriptions.



Free Demo Games
We are happy to offer a full schedule of free demonstration games.  Please note there are no event tickets for these games.  Just walk up to the table and ask to play.  Please refer to the on-site event listing, available at the registration desk, to find the table assigned for these games.

Special Bonus - If you try out the Waking Dreams RPG or any of the offerings from Griggling Games, you will be playing with the folks who designed & publish the games!

A-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
A-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
B-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
B-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
B-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
C-Demo-1 * Wandering about lost * Waking Dreams RPG
C-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
C-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
D-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
D-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
D-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
E-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
E-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
E-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
F-Demo-1 * Just Add Steam * Waking Dreams RPG
F-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
F-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
G-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
G-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos
G-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
H-Demo-1 * To dream or not to dream * Waking Dreams RPG
H-Demo-2 * Griggling Games Demos

Please click for the full event descriptions of our Free Demonstration games.



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!

B-Board-8 * Lords of Waterdeep
B-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
C-Board-7 * Le Havre
C-Board-12 * Age of Steam
C-Board-14 * Through the Ages
C-Board-15 * Nations
C-Board-17 * Twilight Imperium, 3rd Ed
D-Board-2 * 7 Wonders (+ Cities & Leaders expansions) * 7 Wonders
D-Board-3 * A Game of Thrones Boardgame * A Game of Thrones
D-Board-7 * Puerto Rico
D-Board-10 * Russian Railroad
D-Board-16 * Battlestar Galactica
D-Minis-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Tournament * Star Wars: X-Wing
E-Board-3 * Caverna: The Cave Farmers * Caverna
E-Board-8 * A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2nd Edition) * A Game of Thrones
E-Board-10 * Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calandar
F-Board-5 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients & Supernova Expansions * Eclipse
F-Board-7 * Stone Age
F-Board-14 * Castles of Burgundy
G-Board-1 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients * Eclipse
G-Board-9 * Puerto Rico
H-Board-3 * Power Grid - Benelux * Power Grid
H-Board-5 * Lords of Waterdeep

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



Star Fleet Battles
We will be running a Star Fleet Battles tournament all weekend.  We’re even opening the doors early to make sure SFB players have the time to get in as many games as possible.  Registration for this tournament is $5.  Last year we had the largest SFB tournament in the world, bigger than even the National Championships at Origins. Early indications are that our tournament will be even bigger this year.  If you’re interested in giving this challenging game a try, please look in your registration packet for a coupon, redeemable for a free game.

We also have a special web page dedicated to the SFB tournament at Council.  Please check it out here:  www.swa-gaming.org/SFBatCouncil



Historical Miniatures
Council has a long tradition of offering an excellent selection of historical miniatures events throughout the convention. 

B-Minis-2 * US Navy vs the High Seas Fleet - May 1918 * When Dreadnaughts Ruled the Seas
D-Minis-4 * Ambush!: French and Indian War Campaign Game * Trench Wars (modified)
D-Minis-7 * Warrior: Ancients - Hundred Years War * Warrior
E-Minis-1 * Intro to Bolt Action * Bolt Action WW2
E-Minis-2 * Bekaa Valley Turkey Shoot * Check Your 6! Jet Age
E-Minis-6 * The Retreat: French and Indian War Campaign Game * Trench Wars (modified)
F-Minis-1 * Close Action Squadron Battle * Close Action
F-Minis-3 * Sails of Glory
F-Minis-5 * Wings of Glory * Wings of Glory: WW1
G-Minis-1 * The Austro-Hungarian Navy vs the Italian Navy–Adriatic Sea, November, 1917 * When Dreadnaughts Ruled

Please click for the full event descriptions of all the Historical Miniatures events.



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:

C-Minis-5 * Battleground Battle Royale * Battleground: Fantasy Warfare
D-Minis-6 * Conquest of the Badlands (Weekend Campaign) * Battleground: Fantasy Warfare

Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.



Horror
If you’re a fan of things that go bump in the night, we’ve got a whole weekend of ghoulish games to entertain you.

B-RPG-2 * Intro to CoC: The Death Of Randolph Corrbin * Call of Cthulhu 6th Ed.
C-RPG-1 * Delta Green: The Colony * Call of Cthulhu
C-RPG-3 * Dead Light * Call of Cthulhu, 7th Ed
E-RPG-1 * The Colony * Call of Cthulhu, 7th Ed
E-Board-11 * Eldritch Horror
F-RPG-5 * Echo Blue: Terror At the Crystal Cavern Casino * Call of Cthulhu, 6th Ed.
F-Board-4 * Arkham Horror
F-Board-18 * Cthulhu Wars
G-Board-3 * Arkham Horror
H-RPG-1 * Of Dreams and Shiny Things.... * Cathulhu / Call of Cthulhu

Please click for the Horror games event track page.



Science Fiction
Another popular genre.  If you want to play nothing but science fiction offerings all weekend, we’ve got you covered.

SFB * The Council Cup - Star Fleet Battles Tournament * Star Fleet Battles
B-Board-4 * Firefly: The Board Game
B-Minis-1 * Federation Commander (Miniatures) * Federation Commander
B-Minis-3 * Die Another Day * Squadron Strike
B-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
C-Board-2 * Moon Shot
C-Board-17 * Twilight Imperium, 3rd Ed
C-Minis-1 * Mobile Soldier 0079--Gundam Battle Game * Mobile Soldier in Action (with some modifications)
C-Minis-2 * Starfleet Academy: Simulator Battles * Star Trek: Attack Wing
C-Minis-3 * Robot Apocalypse! * Tomorrows War 15mm
C-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
D-Board-13 * Stellar Conquest
D-Board-16 * Battlestar Galactica
D-Minis-1 * Assault on Grand Union Iron Works * Classic Battletech
D-Minis-2 * From Beyond Earth * Homemade Xcom Style Miniatures
D-Minis-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Tournament * Star Wars: X-Wing
D-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
E-RPG-2 * A Fist Full of Credits * Star Wars Edge of Empire
E-Board-4 * Alien Frontiers * Alien Frontiers 4th ed, with Factions
E-Board-6 * Firefly: The Board Game
E-Board-15 * Starcraft: the board game
E-Minis-5 * The Battle for Terok Nor * Star Trek: Attack Wing
E-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
F-Board-3 * Moon Shot
F-Board-5 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients & Supernova Expansions * Eclipse
F-Board-6 * Alien Frontiers * Alien Frontiers 4th ed, with Factions
F-Minis-4 * The Battle for Tiaret begins! * Tomorrows War 15mm
F-Minis-6 * Battle of Drorke’s Rift * Squadron Strike
F-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing
G-Board-1 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients * Eclipse
G-Minis-3 * From Beyond Earth * Homemade Xcom Style Miniatures
G-Demo-3 * Star Wars: X-Wing Demos * Star Wars: X-Wing

Please click for the full event descriptions of all the Science Fiction games.



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.

B-Board-2 * TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon * TITAN
B-Board-7 * Giant Quartermaster General * Quartermaster General
C-Board-8 * TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon * TITAN
C-Board-13 * Quartermaster General
D-Board-8 * Kriegspiel
D-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
D-Board-14 * Warparty
E-Board-7 * TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon * TITAN
F-Board-8 * TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon * TITAN
F-Board-12 * Quartermaster General
F-Board-17 * Advance Squad Leader - Multiplayer in Budapest * Advanced Squad Leader (ASL)
G-Board-8 * TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon * TITAN

Please click for full descriptions of all the games in the Council Wargame Room.



Avalon Hill Classics
We've got a few oldies but goodies for those of you who enjoy the classics.
D-Board-8 * Kriegspiel
E-Board-14 * Advanced Civilization (with Western Expansion map) * Advanced Civilization
F-Board-2 * Republic of Rome (AH) * Avalon Hill Classic
G-Board-4 * Age Of Renaissance

Please click for the full event descriptions of all the Avalon Hill classic games.



The Northeast TITAN League & Championship
The SWA has been sponsoring the annual Northeast TITAN League and Championship tournament for six years running. Qualifying games for this year's tournament started in July, and will go through February 2015. We will then congregate at the March SWA Game-a-thon at Proctors for the Semi-finals and Finals.

We will have qualifying game rounds during several sessions at Council:
Fri 2pm (B) • B-Board-2 • TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon  • E10
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Board-8 • TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon  • E10
Sat 2pm (E) • E-Board-7 • TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon  • E10
Sat 7pm (F) • F-Board-8 • TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon  • E10
Sun 9am (G) • G-Board-8 • TITAN: Fantasy Monster Sluggathon • E10

Please click for more details on the TITAN games at Council.



Old School Classics
Council is happy to offer a handful of games that will help transport you way, way back, to the beginnings of the Adventure Gaming hobby.

C-RPG-5 * A Stitch in Time (part 1) * Original Dungeons and Dragons
D-Board-8 * Kriegspiel
F-RPG-4 * A Stitch in Time (part 2) * Original Dungeons and Dragons

Please click for full descriptions of the Old School Classic games.



Train Games
Rail games are a very popular genre.  We don’t have enough for a full Puffing Billy tournament this year, but we’re looking to build toward that.
D-Board-10 * Russian Railroad
F-Board-16 * Santa Fe Rails
G-Board-13 * Ticket to Ride

Please click for full descriptions of the Train games.




THE FINE PRINT

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 to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

Please click here to see all our Special Interest Event Tracks.

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 your chance to play with the game Designers.

Please click for the list of Kids games.

Please click to see all the Free Demo game events during Council weekend.

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

Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.

Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.

Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.

Please click for the Horror games event track page.

Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.

Please click for the list of Avalon Hill Classic games.

Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.

Please click for the list of all our Old School classics.

Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.

Please click for the Train games event track.



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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