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Council Adventure Gaming Convention - General Information Overview - Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, NY

The 42nd Council Gaming Convention

Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22, 2019

General Informatin Overview

Last Update: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Council Gaming Con (formerly Council of Five Nations) is the SWA's annual gaming convention, held every year in early Autumn. It is one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world. We'll be sponsoring Council Gaming Con 42 on Sep 20 - Sunday, Sep 22, 2019.

If you have specific questions or requests, please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org.
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Council Auction Packets are now ready - more details below

We are now using TableTop.Events

Our convention site on TableTop.Events is at tabletop.events/conventions/council-42. If you don't already have an account on TableTop.Events go to tabletop.events, click on Login and create an account.

Our new Code of Conduct

In order to be considered eligible for Adventurers League materials from the the D&D Adventurers League, we are now required to have a Code of Conduct that we show to our attendees, guests, staff, and/or volunteers. So we now have a Code of Conduct available to read here or to download the pdf here.

The facility: Proctor's Theatre & Conference Center

Council will once again be held at the Proctor's Theatre and Conference Center, in the heart of downtown Schenectady, New York. You can learn more about Proctor's, a classic Vaudeville theatre, at their web site.

The formal address for Proctors is
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
For information about parking in near Proctors click here.

The Annual Council Gaming Con Discount Auction

On Sunday, we have an extra long meal break between the morning and afternoon slots. The first hour is for you to get something to eat; the second hour (2:00 to 3:00) is for our long- running tradition: our discount auction. This is a standard live competitive bidding auction open to all convention attendees. We usually get 100+ games and gaming-related merchandise, so the auction moves fast.

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).

Our auction fee is at least 10% of the selling price, and we give priority to selling items with a higher percentage. You can download the necessary forms from our website in pdf form or as an excel worksheet (xlsx).

We will accept items on Sunday before 1pm. If you choose to drop off your items before Sunday morning, there will be shelving units in the basement available to leave them at your own risk. This storage space will not be watched by the Con staff.


We have not negotiated a convention rate at any hotel. Use your favorite internet travel sites to book your room at the best available rate. There is a good variety of price points and commute distances. Some choices are literally next door to Proctors (The Parker Inn at 434 State St and Hampton Inn at 450 State St) and many others are within a 15 minute drive.

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.

By Air:
If you are flying to Council, you will want to fly to Albany International Airport (code ALB) Albany Airport is roughly a 20 minute drive from Proctors.

By Train
If you are taking an Amtrak train, you want to go to the Schenectady, New York station. The Amtrak station is two blocks from Proctors.

By Bus
There is a small bus station in downtown Schenectady, about half a mile from Proctors.

Questions or Comments?

You can contact us directly at council /at/ swa-gaming.org
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Curious about the kind of events we've had in the past?

You can click on these links to see the full event listings for the past 5 years of Council Con.