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

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Council of Five Nations XL

Last Update: Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The 40th annual Council of Five Nations is coming September 29 - October 1, 2017

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

A lot!

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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.

  • Slusarek Invitational – April 1, 2017
  • Ithaca Cup – August 26, 2017

What's the latest news?


Council Pre-Reg is now open!  It closes on Monday, September 25th, so act soon.

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).

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

Council XL - Our Ruby Anniversary

This is our 40th Council, which is the anniversary celebrated with Ruby.
To recognize this, we will have a special give-away for all attendees.
We won't say just yet what it is, but if you think it has something to do with Rubies, that's probably a reasonable guess...

Pre-Con Details to Finalize


If you will arrive in time to join us for dinner at 8:00 PM on Thursday, please email us ASAP with the following:

1.  Where are you staying?
2.  Your mobile phone number
3.  Kinds of food you would like
4.  Kinds of food you would prefer to avoid.

We will pick a nice place based on your preferences.

Please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org by 9:00 PM Saturday, September 23rd.
If we don't hear from you by then, we will assume you are not joining us for dinner.

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, September 28th, 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, September 28th, 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 Council /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. 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
  • GURPS Star Fleet RPG
  • 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 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
  • 2015 - Bill Schoeller - Klingon
  • 2016 - Chris Proper - Lyran
You can see the Council Cup trophy in all its glorious magnificence in the photo to the right.

Warm-Up Events

We had a couple of events to lead up to the big 3-day convention in September.

The Slusarek Invitational – Saturday, April 1, 2017

“Big Ed” Slusarek is an old Star Fleet grognard.  He has been coming up from New Jersey to play SFB at Council for several years now.  In his honor, we hosted a one-day Star Fleet Universe event on Saturday, April 1st, at Dave’s house in Albany, NY. 

We had good turnout - eight guys came and played some good SFB. 
We hope you can join us next time.

The Ithaca Cup – Saturday, August 26, 2017

For over twelve years now, the SFB players of Battlefleet SWA have staged an annual summer raid on the farmsteads of idyllic Ithaca, NY.  We invite all interested SFB mercenaries to join us in plunder and pillage.  The winning team gets immortalized with an engraving on the Ithaca Cup trophy.

If you’d like to read up on how things have gone in the past, here are some links:
Ithaca Cup 2015
Ithaca Cup 2014
Ithaca Cup 2013
Other Ithaca Cup events over the annals of time

The Ithaca Cup Trophy Presentation Ceremony - 2015

The photo to the right shows the traditional trophy ceremony for 2015. Team SWA (with some help from mercenaries and an Ithaca turncoat) scored a rare win over Team Ithaca.  The trophy you see has so many engraved plaques from over the years, they spill over to the back and sides.  We've got room for several more years, so no worries...

This happened on Saturday, August 26th this year.  We had nine players total.  Team SWA pulled-off another rare win, mainly on the strength of our ringer Ken Burnside coming out of retirement and going 3-0 undefeated.

We do this every summer.  We hope you can join us next time.

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 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.

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.

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. 

We had record attendance, 42 (!), for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary event last year.  We doubt we'll ever see numbers like that again, but who knows?...

Here's who we've heard from so far:

  1. Peter Bakija [Ithaca] - Council Cup Champion
  2. Chris Proper [Ithaca] - Council Cup Champion
  3. Courtenay Footman [Ithaca]
  4. Andrew Sackett [Washington DC via Ithaca]
  5. Brian Evans [Syracuse] - Council Cup Champion
  6. David Zimdars [Michigan] - Council Cup Champion
  7. Bill Schoeller [Texas] - Council Cup Champion
  8. Big Ed Slusarek [New Jersey]
  9. Brett Johnson [New Hampshire] - Council Cup Champion
  10. Steve McCann [New Jersey] - Council Cup Champion
  11. Sebastian Palozzi [Toronto, CANADA]
  12. Kosta Michalopoulos [Toronto, CANADA]
  13. Fred Werenich [Toronto, CANADA] - Council First-Timer - Welcome!
  14. Ron Pilotte [Maine]
  15. Kevin Block-Schwenck [Boston, MA] - Council Cup Champion
  16. Marcus Giegerich [New Jersey]
  17. Brook Villa [New Jersey]
  18. Tim Sheehy [Wisconsin] - Council Cup Champion
  19. Hank Gorbsky [Rockland County, NY] - Council First-Timer - Welcome!
  20. Seth "Kingzilla" Shimanski [North Carolina]
  21. Ken Burnside [SWA]
  22. John Rigley [SWA]

Probable / Maybe

  1. Ben Kalb [Ithaca]
  2. Tos Crawford [Downstate NY]
  3. Barry Kirk [Pennsylvania]
  4. Andy Koch [Rochester]
  5. Chris Dixon [New Jersey]
  6. Tony Cox [Catskill, NY]
  7. Some more of our local SWA guys?
  8. We might have a few more sneak in late...

Tournament Judge:   Dave Cheng

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, September 29th, 2017.

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 40

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 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 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.

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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