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Star Fleet Battles Tournament at Council of Five Nations - Adventure Gaming Convention

Star Fleet Battles Tournament

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Star Fleet Universe Games


Council of Five Nations XXXVIII

Last Update: Friday, September 25th, 2015

Council of Five Nations XXXVIII is coming this October 2-4.  Once again, we are poised to host the biggest and best Face-to-Face Star Fleet Battles Tournament in the whole world! 

The Star Fleet Universe room at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming ConventionWe pamper our loyal SFB crowd with a nice private SFB room all weekend, the best room in the facility.

* Focus in 2015 - the whole Star Fleet Universe *

With ADB announcing they will no longer attend Origins, we are making a special effort to welcome all Star Fleet Universe gamers.  We want to expand our reach beyond tournament SFB.  If you are a fan of the following games, we would love to see you at Council this year and many years into the future:
  • Federation & Empire
  • Star Fleet Miniatures
  • Federation Commander
  • A Call to Arms: Star Fleet
  • Star Fleet Role-Play
  • Non-tournament Star Fleet Battles
  • Any and all Star Fleet Universe games!
Council has long-considered Star Fleet Battles one of our flagship events.  We give the SFB guys the best room in the whole facility (up on the 2nd floor, with a big glass wall looking down upon the main convention thoroughfare - please see the second photo).  We offer a friendly, welcoming environment where you can not only play, but hang out and socialize with other SFU gamers over a beer.

Two years ago, we expanded our square footage by almost 50%.  This allowed us to shift events around so that more of the ‘adult’ wargaming events were also on the 2nd floor, where SFB has been for years.  We are ready to make this prime table space available to all members of the SFU community.

The dealers area at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming Convention

SFU Games on the Schedule

It looks like our effort to promote the breadth of Star Fleet Universe games is gaining some traction.  We've got six events on the schedule this year.

SFB * Star Fleet Battles Patrol Tournament - The Council Cup * Star Fleet Battles
B-Minis-3 * Romulan Privateers * Star Fleet Battles
C-Minis-2 * A Call to Arms: Starfleet
D-Minis-2 * A Call to Arms: Starfleet
F-Minis-5 * The Pirates Find an Ally * Federation Commander
G-Minis-2 * A Call to Arms: Starfleet

* New for 2015*  The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the spaceship Atremis.  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 viewscreen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It is all controlled by a central server computer.  We've received feedback from some of our members who have played at other conventions, and they unanimously say it is a blast!

Artemis Bridge Simulator Setup at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming ConventionHere is a link with lots more info:

Here is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:

To the right is a photo of what the setup will probably look like.

This is our first time offering the Artemis experience. Since this is a trial run, it will be free to all attendees.  Come to the registration desk and sign up for a spot. If things go well this year, and we have every reason to believe they will, then we'll charge tickets next year.

However, the Artemis will only be set up on Friday, October 2nd.

Many thanks to Eric S. and his compatriots at The Syracuse Society of Geeks for helping make this possible.

The Take One Leave One Swap Table

This is something we started in 2014.  Thanks to some generous donations by SWA members, we started Council 37 with a nice pile of used SFB stuff.  And then some of our attendees brought and donated even more stuff.

We've got some big plans for this pile of goodies.

New Players - Get Free Stuff
People new to Star Fleet gaming, who give it a try and like it, will get some free stuff to take with them.  We're doing what we can to help grow new players.  At last year's Council, we were happy to send a new player home with a rulebook and a few SSD modules.

Veteran Players - Swap Your Stuff
To those of you who already have a pile of Star Fleet gaming stuff, here is your chance to swap for something that you're looking for.  Bring your stuff to trade, and swap for something of roughly equal value.  We're not picky - this is all on the honor system.

The pile of stuff we have now takes up a full 30" wide shelf on a book case; dozens of different modules, and more than one old rule book.  If we get some time we'll post a full inventory here on this page, and on other related internet forums (see links below).  If you have stuff you'd like to donate, please bring it along.

The Council Cup - Star Fleet Battles Trophy

The Council Cup

The Council Cup is a tradition we began in 2009.   It memorializes the names and ships of all the Council of Five Nations SFB tournament winners going all the way back to 2002, when we held our first full Star Fleet Battles tournament of the new-era Councils.

Here is the list of all the winners that currently appear engraved on the trophy:
  • 2002 - Brian Evans - Romulan TKR
  • 2003 - Paul Scott - Hydran
  • 2004 - Tim Sheehy - Hydran
  • 2005 - Peter Bakija - Gorn
  • 2006 - Stephen McCann - WYN Aux (11g1)
  • 2007 - Kevin Block-Schwenk - Romulan TKR
  • 2008 - Jason Gray - Romulan TKR
  • 2009 - Paul Scott - Federation TCC with G-Rack
  • 2010 - Bill Schoeller - Klingon
  • 2011 - Stephen McCann - ISC
  • 2012 - Peter Bakija - Gorn
  • 2013 - Brett Johnson - ISC
  • 2014 - David Zimdars - Orion
You can see the Council Cup trophy in all its glorious magnificence in the photo to the right.

Tournament Attendance

As usual, we are compiling a list of the players we know will be coming, and the certainty of their attendance.  You will see below what we've heard so far. 

It's early yet, so the list is just starting to grow.  We will almost certainly get our typical mid-20s attendance; keeping us the biggest and best FtF SFB tournament in the whole world.

If you're thinking about attending, please email us at sfb /at/ swa-gaming.org and tell us your (Committed / Probable / Maybe) status so we can add you to the list.  If you're already on one of these lists, but your status is changing, please let us know that too.

  1. Stephen McCann [New Jersey]
  2. Bill Schoeller [Texas] - Council Cup Champion
  3. Ed Slusarek [New Jersey]
  4. Peter Bakija [Ithaca] - Council Cup Champion
  5. Ken Stuart [Ithaca]
  6. Courtenay Footman [Ithaca]
  7. Chris Proper [Ithaca]
  8. Andrew Sackett [Ithaca]
  9. Andy Koch [Rochester]
  10. Tom Compter [Vermont]
  11. Marcus Giegerich [New Jersey]
  12. Brook Villa [New Jersey]
  13. Tos Crawford [Downstate NY]
  14. David Zimdars [Michigan] - Council Cup Champion
  15. Sebastian Palozzi [Toronto, CANADA] - Council First-Timer
  16. Kosta Michalopoulos [Toronto, CANADA] - Council First-Timer
  17. John Rigley [SWA]
  18. Mike Rogozinski [SWA]
  19. Doug Riggi [SWA]
  20. Dave Cheng [SWA]
Tournament Judge:  Stephen McCann

  1. Seth "Kingzilla" Shimanski [North Carolina]
  2. Tim Sheehy [Pennsylvania] - Council Cup Champion
  3. Brett Johnson [New Hampshire] - Council Cup Champion
  4. Ron Pilotte [Maine]
  5. Brian Kelly [SWA]

This is a list of guys who have attended in the past, talked about attending, had a friend mention they were thinking about attending, or that we know is thinking about attending because of our NSA-certified email monitoring software.  We hope to promote many of them up to "Committed" or "Probable".
  1. William "Sheap" Wilson [Colorado]
  2. Brian Evans [Upstate NY]
  3. Ben Kalb [Ithaca]
  4. Barry Kirk [Pennsylvania]
  5. Ken "Old_School" Lin [Ohio]
  6. Clayton "Krieg" Krueger [Illinois] - Potential Council First-Timer
  7. Andy Vancil [Colorado]
  8. Paul Scott [California]

Tournament Schedule
The tournament officially starts at 11am on Friday, October 2nd.

A bunch of us locals will be there when the doors open.  However, you do not need to be there that early to participate. We expect another wave of guys on Friday night after dinner, and yet another bunch on Saturday morning when the doors open at 8am.

See below for the details of the open Patrol round and finals bracket.

Experience Level
Most people on the three lists above have at least a solid knowledge of the rules and has played several games (a bunch of folks listed have Ace Cards). However, we know we'll have several players who are more at the novice level. We strongly encourage everyone to attend, whatever your experience level. We will try to pair you with players who can coach as you go along.

  • Our rent went up, but we're keeping prices flat to last year, just as we've done for four years in a row.
  • Students get roughly a 50% discount on their registration.
  • Groups of 3+ who pre-register in the same envelope, or together online, get $5 off each one.

Online Discussion

You can follow the latest online discussion about the Council SFB tournament at the following sites:

The Star Fleet Battles Open Community Site - Specific discussion forum about the Star Fleet Battles tournament at Council of Five Nations 38

The ADB Star Fleet Universe BBS
(Click "Company-Conventions-Stores-Ideas", then "Convention News (Multi Games)", then "Council of Five Nations".

Questions?  Comments?
Please send an email to sfb /at/ swa-gaming.org and we'll get 'em answered. 

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Tournament Format and Rules

Patrol Phase
  • Starts at 9am on Friday
  • Finals will start at 7pm on Saturday evening. 
  • Play as many games as you want
    • You must play at least two patrol games to qualify for the finals bracket.
  • Tournament Judge will assign matches by availability and blind draw.

Finals participants determined by a three-step process:
  • Net wins
  • Total number of games played
  • Strength of record of opponents (if we have time to calculate this), OR a simple die roll (if we're short on time), as per the Tournament Judge's discretion.

Finals Bracket:
  • Quarterfinals (Top 8) at 7pm Saturday
  • Semi-finals (Top 4) at 9am Sunday
  • Finals at 2pm Sunday

Special Prizes
  • "Iron Man" = most Patrol round games played
  • "Cosmic Hitchhiker" = the player who traveled the farthest to attend.
  • "Nailbiter" = closest victory (fewest boxes left when opponent blows up).

  • Most importantly, the winner will have their name engraved on the Council Cup, to be honored for time immemorial.
  • We'll also have stuff from the Council prize stash.
  • Maybe some other stuff.

For more information about the convention...

Please click for the Council of Five Nations general information 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 the list of Kids games.

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

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

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