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Council of Five Nations XXXIX

Last Update: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The 39th annual Council of Five Nations is coming September 23-25, 2016

What's going on with Star Trek / 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.

  • Run as a Sanctioned event this year
  • Special arrangement for casual tournament players
  • Slusarek Invitational – May 21, 2016
  • Ithaca Cup – August 27, 2016

What's the latest news?

Expected Attendance

We are doing great, and we expect record attendance.  This is fitting, since it's the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and all.

We as of today, we have 44 players committed (more on that below).
Maybe we'll have a few more surprise late arrivals and get "50 for 50"?...


Convention pre-registration is now closed.  But don't worry, you can still register at the door.
You can find all the details at the main Council info page.

Pre-Con Details to Finalize

STAR TREK SET TOUR - Thursday morning

I have not heard from any of the out-of-towners that you are interested in the 2-hour road trip out to Ticonderoga, NY to see the Star Trek Set Tour.  If you want to go, please speak now or forever hold your peace. We local folks can go some other time if there is no interest from our traveling guests.


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.

John Rigley and I will pick a nice place based on your preferences.

Please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org by 6:00 PM Wednesday, September 21st (tomorrow!)
If we don't hear from you by then, we will assume you are not joining us for dinner.

The Star Ship Enterprise Bridge Crew - Star Trek
gaming at Council of Five Nations adventure gaming convention50th Anniversary of Star Trek

The first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC in September of 1966.  Council of Five Nations is very happy to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon with a weekend-long programming event track.

We have a whole bunch of Star Fleet / Star Trek-themed games scheduled for the weekend.
  • Star Trek: Frontiers
  • Two different Star Trek RPG scenarios using the Savage Worlds rules set
  • Star Trek: Ascendancy
  • Star Trek: Axanar - play with the Designer, Ad Astra Games
  • The old classic Star Fleet Battle Manual
  • And probably some more...
Please watch for the full event schedule when we release the pre-registration booklet some time during the last week of August.

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 22nd, 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, but bigger and better! 

If you're interested in joining us for a group dinner on Thursday, September 22nd, 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 ConventionThree 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 hope to fill this space up with lots of quality Star Trek / Star Fleet games this year, in honor of the 50th anniversary.

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!

*Returning in 2016*  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 offered this for the first time in 2015, and the players had a blast, so we’re bringing it back for all of Council weekend this year.

Here 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 action looked like last year.

If you are interested in helping us out, we need volunteers to run the Artemis Star Ship simulator (more on that below).  We will train you.  You will count as a GM and thus get into the con for free.  Please contact 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).

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

Transporter Room on the Starship Enterprise - Star Trek
Set Tour*Just Announced #1* 

Star Trek Set Tour - the Thursday before Council

We can't believe someone built this way out in Ticonderoga, NY, but it's true...
In fact, we hear that some Star Trek: New Voyages fan video was filmed on this set.

From their web site:
Recreated exactly as they were laid out on the “Desilu” (now Paramount Pictures) Stage 9 in Hollywood for the original run of Star Trek, guests will be able to step onto the soundstage and be transported directly back to 1966. Starting this July, visitors can receive guided tours, photo opportunities and an immersive experience into the world of the classic television series.

If anyone is interested in a 2-hour drive each way, we will coordinate a road trip north to Ticonderoga, NY to see this awesome Enterprise set recreation on the morning of Thursday, September 22nd.  Remember, we've got to be back in time for the Star Fleet banquet at 8pm on Thursday.

Adult tickets are $24.30 each. 

You can click this link to check out the full Star Trek Set Tour web site.

If you're interested in joining our road trip on Thursday, September 22nd, please email Dave and let him know:
Dave /at/ swa-gaming.org

(Please replace the “/at/” with the usual “@” sign – our apologies for this necessary anti-spam measure).

*Just Announced #2*

Star Fleet Battles (Tournament) Tactics Seminar with Dave Zimdars

Dave "AdmiralDZZI" Zimdars is going to give a presentation on SFB tournament tactics during the dinner break on Friday night.

Dinner will be provided by the SWA for all seminar attendees.

Please click here for a list of Dr Dave's talking points.  It's a long list, but he swears, after brutal Klingon interrogation, that he can cover all this stuff in 45 minutes.  There will be time for Q&As at the end.

This looks like it will be awesome!

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
You can see the Council Cup trophy in all its glorious magnificence in the photo to the right.

Back for 2016 – Ace Card Sanction

For several years now, the Council SFB tournament has not had official ADB “Ace Card” sanction.  This gave us flexibility to allow non-sanctioned and playtest ships into the tournament.  Our attendees appreciated this variety, and the ability to generate playtest game data.

With our big push for the biggest possible tournament this year, we will once again be seeking official ADB “Ace Card” sanction. 

Special arrangement for casual tournament players

We see two types of people at our annual SFB tournament:
  1. Committed players who play several games in the Patrol round, who are trying to quality for the finals bracket.  We pretty-much know who you are.
  2. More casual players who play one or two games in the Patrol round, with little intention of playing in the finals.  We have a good idea about who fits into this category too.
The casual players tend to drift in at random times. We’re hoping to add a little extra certainty this year. 

We will compile a list of all the folks we know to be casual players, and we’ll try to allocate them in a balanced way to the Patrol round time slots (Friday 9-1, 2-6, 7-11; Saturday 9-1 & 2-6).  This will make it easier for casual players to plan what other games they want to register for at the convention, and it will even out the player pool.  Win-win all around.

More on this as we get closer to Council registration, and the actual event (September 23-25).

Warm-Up Events

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

The Slusarek Invitational – Saturday, May 21, 2016

“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, May 21, 2016, at Dave’s house in Albany, NY. 

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

The Ithaca Cup Trophy Presentation Ceremony - 2015The Ithaca Cup – Saturday, August 27, 2016

For over ten 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 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...

We plan on continuing the Ithaca Cup tradition this summer as well.  The date is now set - Saturday, August 27th

Please email us at Council /at/ swa-gaming.org if you would like to join us for an awesome day of SFB.

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

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.  With the special Star Trek 50th Anniversary push this year, we're pretty confident we'll get in the 30s.  Forties is a possibility if all of you SFB grognards dust off your address books and get your old gaming crew to attend Council as a group and relive the glory of launching, or eating, 100 points of plasma.

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

  1. Peter Bakija [Ithaca] - Council Cup Champion
  2. Tom Carroll [New Jersey] - Shaking off the rust after years away
  3. Don Clarke [New York] - Shaking off the rust after years away
  4. Tos Crawford [Downstate NY] - Brewmaster
  5. Susan Davis [Toronto, CANADA] - Council First-Timer
  6. Chuck "Hacksaw" Davis [Vermont]
  7. Rob Estrada [Virginia] - Shaking off the rust after years away - Council First-Timer
  8. Brian Evans [Syracuse] - Council Cup Champion
  9. Courtenay Footman [Ithaca]
  10. Paul Franz [Pennsylvania] - Council First-Timer, Owner - Star Fleet Battles Online
  11. Marcus Giegerich [New Jersey]
  12. Carl Herzog [Massachusetts]
  13. Brett Johnson [New Hampshire] - Council Cup Champion
  14. Barry Kirk [Pennsylvania]
  15. Andy Koch [Rochester]
  16. Tim Linden [Toronto, CANADA] - Welcome Back!
  17. Dana "Madman" Madsen [Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA] - Council First-Timer
  18. Steve McCann [New Jersey] - Council Cup Champion
  19. Sebastian Palozzi [Toronto, CANADA]
  20. At least one more Toronto Player whose name we don't have but he/they are riding with Sebastian
  21. Ron Pilotte [Maine]
  22. Chris Proper [Ithaca]
  23. Leslie Richardson [Toronto, CANADA] - Council First-Timer
  24. Andrew Sackett [Somewhere via Ithaca]
  25. Bill Schoeller [Texas] - Council Cup Champion
  26. Seth "Kingzilla" Shimanski [North Carolina]
  27. Big Ed Slusarek [New Jersey]
  28. Ramon Snir [New York City] - Council First-Timer
  29. Andy Vancil [Colorado]
  30. Brook Villa [New Jersey]
  31. David Zimdars [Michigan] - Council Cup Champion
  32. Ken Burnside [SWA - Recently moved here!]
  33. Travis Cunero [SWA]
  34. Brian Kelly [SWA]
  35. Chris Kelly [SWA]
  36. Dage McNitt [SWA]
  37. Michael Moon [SWA]
  38. Jason Murphy [SWA]
  39. Ben Ossenfort [SWA]
  40. Eric Paperman [SWA]
  41. Mike Rogozinski [SWA]
  42. Vince Romeo [SWA]
  43. Nate Whitchurch [SWA]
  44. Dave Cheng [SWA]
  1. Mark Leonard [New Hampshire]
  2. Doug Riggi [SWA]
  3. We might have a few more sneak in late...

Tournament Judge:   John Rigley

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 10am on Friday, September 23rd, 2016.

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.

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.  We hope to get even more extended travelers for our big 50th anniversary celebration this year.

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 39

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 the pre-registration booklet informational text (the stuff besides the event listings).

    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 Star Trek at 50 event track page.

    Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament 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

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

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