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Star Trek and Star Fleet gaming at Council of Five Nations - Adventure Gaming Convention

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Star Trek / Star Fleet Universe Games


Council of Five Nations XLI

Last Update: Monday, September 24, 2018

The 41st annual Council of Five Nations is coming October 5-7, 2018

What's going on with Star Fleet gaming at Council this year?

A lot!

The Star Ship Enterprise - Star Trek gaming at Council
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So much, in fact, that we are giving you an Executive Summary here at the top of this web page.  Please scroll down to read all the material, or click on the summary link to jump right to that section.

What's the latest news?

There are only a few days left to save a few dollars by pre-registering for Council of Five Nations XLI.
Deadline:  Saturday, September 29th, 11:59 PM

Please click here to download the pre-registration booklet in PDF format.

Please click here to go to the the online registration page.

And, you can always click here for the main Council general info page.

Weekend Kickoff - Thursday night banquet

Star Fleet Battles players at dinner - Council of Five
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We will host a Star Fleet banquet on Thursday, October 4th, at 8:00 PM.

Some of our players travel to Schenectady on the Thursday before Council each year, so they can start the SFB action bright and early on Friday.  We want to give you all a special reason to do so this year.  This will allow us to kick-off Council weekend in high style.

To the right you'll see a photo of a bunch of our SFB guys at lunch from 2014.  We want to offer you all an experience like this! 

If you're interested in joining us for a group dinner on Thursday, October 4th, please let us know.  We'll start compiling a headcount.  When we're close to Council weekend, we'll poll the group for food preferences and book a space at one of our nicer local restaurants. We will happily provide transportation to anyone who needs it.

To get on the list, please email us at SFB /at/ swa-gaming.org  if you’re interested. (Please replace the “/at/” with the usual “@” sign – our apologies for this necessary anti-spam measure).

Star Fleet Universe Gaming

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).  We offer a friendly, welcoming environment where you can not only play, but hang out and socialize with other SFU gamers over a beer.

The Star Fleet Universe room at Council of Five Nations
Adventure Gaming ConventionFour 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. 

Council has featured Star Fleet games from the Amarillo Design Bureau for many years. We are planning on offering several sessions of all their Star Fleet Universe games. With ADB no longer attending Origins, we are making a special effort to welcome all Star Fleet Universe gamers.  We have been working for years now to expand our reach beyond tournament Star Fleet Battles.  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
  • Starmada
  • Star Fleet Role-Play
  • Non-tournament Star Fleet Battles
  • Any and all Star Fleet Universe games!

The Council Cup - our big annual Star Fleet Battles tournament

Council of Five Nations has been the home of the biggest, best Star Fleet Battles tournament in the whole world for many years now.

The Council Cup - Star Fleet Battles TrophyThe 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 tro phy:
  • 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
  • 2015 - Bill Schoeller - Klingon
  • 2016 - Chris Proper - Lyran
  • 2017 - Bill Schoeller - Klingon (3rd time's the charm!)
You can see the Council Cup trophy in all its glorious magnificence in the photo to the right.

Platinum Hat Tournament Tactics Seminar with Dr David Zimdars

Two years ago, Dave Zimdars presented a well-received tournament tactics seminar at our special 50th Star Trek Anniversary tournament event.

Dr Zimdars has been following his own advice, as he was the winner of the 2017 Platinum Hat Online Tournament, finalized this past July. 

Dave has agreed to do a follow-up presentation at this year's Council, discussing in tactics in detail in his various Platinum Hat games, culminating in the finals with his Kzinti versus Peter Bakija's Gorn.

The tactics seminar will be around 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 6th.

Special Tournament Rules for Council 2018

There are two non-sanctioned, variant ships we will be allowing at the Council 2018 tournament:

1.  Playtest Fast Federation TCC
  • This ship has 32 warp, three Photons, seven Phaser 1s, and a G-Rack
  • You can download the SSD in PDF format by clicking here.
2.  Lyran Democratic Republic Red Jaguar TCC
  • We are once again giving this bottom-of-the-pack ship the same small tweak as last year
  • The front two Phaser 1s (#1 and #2), instead of having FA firing arcs, now have FX firing arcs.
3.  *New* Federation Tournament Crusier with G-Rack
  • Elder Statesman "Big Ed" Slusarek has successfully lobbied us to once-again allow this ship into the tournament field.
  • No special SSD - just draw an extra box on your standard Fed TCC SSD and label it "Drone".

We are open to other non-sanctioned ships.  In the past, we've allowed a few Omega ships (like the Maeseron and Frax, though they didn't get a lot of play).  If you would like a particular ship allowed at the Council tournament, please let us know at sfb /at/ swa-gaming.org.  Deadline for requests is Sunday, September 30th.

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 donated even more stuff.  We got even more donations in 2015.

We've got 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 you have stuff you'd like to donate, please bring it along.

To see the most current inventory list, please click here.

Tournament Attendance

The SFB tournament at Council is the biggest, best face-to-face tournament in the whole world. If you're looking for FtF SFB tournament action, this is the one-and-only place to find it in quality.  We had record attendance, 42 (!), for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary event in 2016.  We doubt we'll ever see numbers like that again, but who knows?...

Every year we post lists of all the folks who are Committed to attending, Probably going to attend, and who Might be attending.  We have consistently been getting in the 20s in attendance for years. 

Here is our current RSVP list (as of the Last Update date at the top of this website page):

  1. Big Ed Slusarek - NJ
  2. Bill Schoeller - TX
  3. Rob Estrada - VA
  4. Seth Shimanski - VA
  5. Peter Bakija - Ithaca
  6. Courtenay Footman - Ithaca
  7. Andrew Sackett - VA via Ithaca
  8. Dave Zimdars - MI
  9. Brook Villa - NJ
  10. Marcus Giegerich - NJ
  11. Carl Herzog - MA
  12. Tos Crawford - NY
  13. Brett Johnson - NH
  14. Keith Cornell - Trainee - Go easy on him!
  15. John Rigley - SWA
  16. Ken Burnside - Ad Astra Games & SWA
  17. Dave Cheng - SWA

  1. Chris Dixon - NJ
  2. The mythical Andy Koch Unicorn - Rochester
  3. Steve McCann - NJ

Regulars who regrettably won't make it this year
  1. Sebastian Palozzi - Ontario
  2. Chris Proper - Ithaca
  3. Brian Evans - Syracuse
  4. Kevin Block-Schwenck - MA
  5. Tim Sheehy - WI

If you’d like to let us know about your Committed/Probable/Maybe status, please contact us at sfb /at/ swa-gaming.org and let us know.  (Please replace the “/at/” with the usual “@” sign – our apologies for this necessary anti-spam measure).

Tournament Schedule
The tournament officially starts at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, October 5th, 2018.

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.

The Patrol round goes all day Friday, and Saturday morning and afternoon.  We probably won't start any new games past 2pm on Saturday, because all Patrol games need to wrap by 5:00 PM.  We will then calculate the top eight players and announce that by 6:00 PM.

The Quarter Finals (top 8) will start at 7:00 PM on Saturday.

The Semi Finals (top 4) will start at 9:00 AM on Sunday.

Theoretically, the Finals game is at 2:00 PM on Sunday.  However, there is a long precedent of the finals game being played via Star Fleet Battles Online because our top players usually have travel reservations before 6pm on Sunday.

Experience Level
Most of our attendees have at least a solid knowledge of the rules and has played several games (a bunch of folks 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.

Travel to Council of Five Nations

Council of Five Nations pulls most of its attendees from around the Northeastern United States. But every year we have a bunch that travel from beyond a 4-hour drive radius; many of these come for our Star Fleet Battles and other Star Fleet Universe games. 

By Air
If you are flying to Council, you will want to fly to Albany International Airport (code ALB). 
Fun trivia fact: Albany was the very first "international" airport established in the United States (probably because we had flights to Canada).

Albany Airport is roughly a 20-25 minute drive from the Council facility.  Many of our hotels offer a shuttle service to/from the airport.

By Train
If you are taking an Amtrak train, you want to go to the Schenectady, New York station. The Amtrak station is literally around the corner from Proctors, the host facility for Council. It is an easy walk, as long as you're not bringing too much luggage.

By Bus
There is a small bus station in downtown Schenectady, New York.  It too is within a reasonable walking distance of Proctors (about half a mile).

For your reference, Schenectady, New York, host city of Council of Five Nations, is:
  • About 3 hours north, by car, of New York City
  • About 4 hours south of Montreal, Quebec
  • About 4 hours east of Buffalo, New York
  • About 3 hours west of Boston, Massachusetts

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 41

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. 

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

For more information about the convention...

    Please click for the main Council general info page.

    Please click for Directions to Council of Five Nations.

    Please click for the Council Parking page.

    Please click for Downtown Schenectady resources for Dining, Shopping, and a Visitor's Map.

If you have any questions about the convention, 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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