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Council of Five Nations

Council Registration is now CLOSED!


Online registration has closed. Now we'll get to work stuffing envelopes with badges and tickets for the folks who registered in advance. For those who didn't, we still have plenty of spots left in events. Come to the Registration Desk at the convention to register and buy tickets during the con.

Council event highlight - Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator


The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator at Council of Five
Nations Adventure Gaming ConventionCouncil of Five Nations is very happy to be able to bring you the Artemis starship bridge simulator, with thanks to Eric S. and the Syracuse Society of Geeks.

Artemis is inspired by the Star Trek TV shows, where up to five players take the roles of officers on the starship Artemis.  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 view screen, just like in the Star Trek episodes.  It's all controlled by a central server computer.

Since our trial run last year went so well, the Artemis experience will be available at Council all weekend this year.  Sessions are 45 minutes long, and start at the top of each hour (with a 15-minute break at the end of each hour). Each play session will be only $1.  Tickets will be available at the Registration Desk (Even though you cannot pre-reg for this event, don't worry, we have plenty of spots available.  We can take six players per hour, which is 24 per standard 4-hour event session).

Sessions will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 23rd, and run until about 1:00 PM Sunday. This is a great reason to get to the con early.

Look for the Artemis setup in the "Green Room" area behind the GE Theater.

Here is a link with lots more info:

Here is specific info on each of the bridge officer roles:

Artemis Starship Simulator in action at Council of Five
NationsHere is a link to a whole bunch of videos on YouTube:

Volunteers Needed

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

We need at least six volunteers, one for each time slot except the Sunday "G" slot. Ideally, we will have twelve Artemis GMs.  We will send you a link to some online training videos, and we'll give you a quick primer onsite.

Our preference is for those of you who have played Artemis before, even a little.  If you have, please be sure to mention this in your email to us.  Please also mention which time slots you would be available to volunteer.  (We suggest you coordinate this decision with your event choices when you pre-register.)

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).

Council of Five Nations starts in less than three weeks - Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th.

You can find full information on the convention here:

Council event highight - Immersive RPGing


Council of Five Nations strives to give our attendees a good balance of Board games, Miniatures and RPGs all weekend.

As Role Play Gaming has evolved and matured, we are seeing some really innovative stuff. We emailed you last night about a four-table interactive group event, the Clockwork Riddle, running two sessions on Council Saturday, 2pm-11pm.

We have three other GMs we'd like to highlight as well.

Andre Kruppa - Soapbox Productions - Council of Five Nations - Adventure Gaming ConventionAndre Kruppa runs a theatrical style game with a presentation designed to create an immersive role-playing experience. Characters are provided with modest biographical and description to give players a solid role to play. Lights, sound, music, handouts, and some props are used to help set the scene and the mood. Players should expect a solid session and some fun role-playing opportunities. Look for his events:

Friday at 7:00 PM -
B-RPG-3 * And Some Fell on Stony Ground * Call of Cthulhu
Saturday at 2:00 PM - D-RPG-1 * The Jazz Man * Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine
Saturday at 7:00 PM - E-RPG-4 * Executive Meeting * Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine

Game Soapbox Productions is Andre’s studio and publishing company dedicated to the passion and power of storytelling. In the works are campaigns set in the dark 50s and a shadowy post Lovecraftian 30s, soundscapes, e-books, and immersive RPG tabletop production elements. The booklets Bringing Theater to the Mind: Theatrical Elements in Roleplaying and Madness and Mayhem Live Action Role-Playing are both available via Amazon and RPGNow. The Lucid Dreams Role-Playing Engine, a core system for gritty role-playing, is in the final stages of development as well! Game Soapbox Productions is also offering game studio design consulting, helping gamers set the scene in their own game rooms!

Ben Ossenfort is the SWA's own celebrity GM. His events have been pushing the boundaries of RPGing for years. He and co-GM Jon Stein will be running two split-table events at this year's convention:

Friday at 7:00 PM -
B-RPG-5 * Barbarians at the Gate * Edge of Empire (with modifications)
Saturday at 7:00 PM - E-RPG-5 * Papa Bravo Romeo * Savage Worlds Tour of Darkness

Devin Fortman is an up-and-coming GM who has been gaming with the SWA since his teenage years.  He and legendary SWA co-GM John Whitehead will be running an immersive RPG horror game with mood lighting and sound effects.

Saturday at 2:00 PM - D-RPG-4 * Grace Under Pressure * Call of Cthulhu

Click on the event code link to see the full description of the game on the SWA web site.

Please note that all five of these games carry our "Mature18" rating. We do not consider them suitable for younger players.

We hope to see many of you this weekend at Council of Five Nations XXXVIII, one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world.

Council Demo Highlight - Mantic Games


Mantic Games will have a rep onsite all Council weekend running quick demos of their games: Dreadball, Deadzone, Warpath, Kings of War, Mars Attacks, and Dungeon Saga.  Download free rules to all these games at the Mantic website.

Mantic Games is all about providing the best fantasy and sci-fi miniatures and games at great value. Stop by the dealers area on the main floor and check out our latest games such as:

Kings of War
Kings of War is the game of mass combat between mighty armies in a fantasy world torn apart by epic conflict and legendary battles. Its fast-paced, competitive rules make the game ideal for massed battles between hundreds of troops - and with Mantic's range, it's possible to do just that without breaking the bank!

Two coaches compete for victory with teams of beautiful miniatures, on a highly stylised and finely detailed sci-fi pitch. The game is easy to learn yet tactical, with carefully orchestrated plays and counter attacks hinging on positioning and the mercy of the dice gods.

Dreadball Extreme
In vicious unground matches sinister Sponsors set up illegal, blood drenched contests between teams of players who are desperate, dangerous or mad enough to risk their lives in this no holes barred ball game. Played in makeshift arenas, bloodthirsty crowds are whipped up into hysterical frenzies as they cheer on ever more violent and exciting contests.

In Deadzone, you control an elite squad of soldiers and engage your opponents in furious fire-fights within the cramped confines of an urban battle zone.

Featuring stunningly detailed miniatures and fully modular scenery, Deadzone puts you in the centre of exciting battles with variable mission objectives: capture enemy intel, assassinate the enemy leader… eliminate the opposition!

Please note there are no event tickets for these games.  Just walk up to the table in the Vendor area and ask to play. 

Council Event Highlight - The Clockwork Riddle


“King Isadore, you will pay for your treachery. The queen was mine to marry until your meddling ways destroyed her love for me. Now your most precious daughter has been spirited away, secreted in the first plane of the Abyss. At the stroke of midnight, I -- Chronos, Master of Time -- shall make her my bride. I offer you one chance for her return -- The Clockwork Riddle. I am certain that this challenge shall prove more than a match for your bravest, strongest, and most intelligent heroes. Please, do send them against my master creation -- so much sweeter will be my triumph!”

Up to 16 brave adventures are needed to help solve the Clockwork Riddle and rescue the princess. 5th-level 5th edition D&D characters will be provided. This two-slot event features a variety of encounters demanding roleplaying, combat, and problem solving. You will marvel at and manipulate dozens of hand-crafted props. Facilitated by some of the region’s most enthusiastic DMs, this once-in-a-lifetime roleplaying event should not be missed! Beginners welcome. Be there Saturday, October 3, at 2 pm - 11 pm (slots D & E).

Here is what veteran game designer Alex Jurkat has to say about this game:
Mike [Sanchez, the author] has lead an extraordinary effort and event this year. I was proud of last years multi-GM, multi-table event last year, but Mike has clearly and wonderfully taken it to another level. The prop value, coordination between different groups, set up, session dynamics, and individual encounters are some of the most unique and interesting that I've ever seen (in 25 years of RPGing). It's truly what roleplaying at large events should be. 

There are still a few tickets available for this event (D-RPG-5). If you get to the Registration Desk and they are sold out, keep checking back - tickets get traded in all the time.

Council is very happy to be able to offer you events like this.
We hope to see you this weekend.

Council highlight - the Annual Discount Auction


It's only two days until the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVIII.  We've finished processing the ~240 pre-registrations that we received.  We're looking forward to another good convention this year.

As we're in the final approach to Council weekend, you're probably packing up your gaming materials to bring to the con.  You might be thinking to yourself you should get rid of some of those games that don't fit on the shelves any more.

We can help you with that!

The Discount Game Auction is one of our most popular events, and a long-time Council tradition. We usually have a crowd of at least 50-60 bidders. It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll probably have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available. Unlike the past several years, it will be upstairs this year, close to the Registration Desk.

This is an open, competitive bidding auction. If you've got some games you'd like to sell, this is your chance to do so.  If you've got a few bucks left in your pocket at the end of Council weekend, this is also an opportunity for you to pick up some bargains. If you'd like to sell merchandise at our auction (any Council attendee is welcome to do so), please click here to download the Council Auction Seller's materials in PDF format  (401 Kb). The Auction packet is freshly updated. It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.

One request... Please do not bring your items to sell until Sunday morning. We don't want to be responsible for storing them securely overnight.

Please keep one other thing in mind.  If your goal is to get top dollar, you'll probably want to sell on eBay or Board Game Geek.  This is the Council discount game auction, after all.  The general tone of the event is buying and selling bargains.  Some items get bid up pretty high, but many of our items sell well below original list price. 

Even if you're not looking to sell, please consider the Auction a great way to spend a long Sunday lunch break as you wind down from your Council weekend.  And you might pick up another gaming treasure or two to take home with you.

We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations this weekend, October 2-4, 2015.

Council highlight - musical performance - Rhiannon's Lark


We're offering something a little different this year.
Alyssa Yeager, whom many of you know as the Dice Witch, will be giving a short musical performance on Friday afternoon around 1:00 PM.

Our scheduled events start at 2:00, so some of you early-birds will be here around then getting the event tickets you pre-registered for.  Or maybe you'll be registering on-site.

Either way, please consider wandering a few paces over to the vendor area where Rhiannon's Lark will be performing.

Rhiannon’s Lark was created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl. Alyssa is known for her “magickal, mystical storytelling”. She brings gaming, fantasy, morality, and t-rexes together into a show that will comfort your ears, get you laughing, and possibly even <gasp> make you think.

Find music and YouTube songs of the week here: http://rhiannonslark.com/music.html

Flipside Gaming demos at Council


Flipside Gaming will be sponsoring free demos of several games during Council weekend.  Feel free to stop by their vendor booth and give these a try.

Friday, October 2nd
4:00pm Tokaido
9:00pm Xcom

Saturday, October 3rd
Noon Flip City
4:00pm New York 1901
8:00pm Dead of Winter
Sunday, October 4th
11:00am Warmachine
5:00pm Specter Ops

Please also remember that Flipside will be bringing a whole bunch of games as a lending library. If you're not in one of our regular events, but still looking for a game, you might want to check this out.

Council of Five Nations XXXVIII is only nine days away!  Over 200 events!
Please also remember the deadline to pre-register and save yourself some money is Monday, September 28th.

See you soon!

Wanted - Council volunteers to run an awesome Star Trek-inspired computer game


We are looking for one or more people who would be interested in helping bring a special group-interactive computer simulation game to Council this year (October 2-4).

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.

Here is a link with lots more info:

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

Here is what the setup at Council might look like:
Artemis Bridge Simulator Setup at Council of Five Nations Adventure Gaming Convention

We need some volunteers

We need some volunteers to "GM" this game.  Don't be intimidated - you can learn in 15 minutes, and we will train you.  The game practically runs itself. 

The main responsibilities of the GM:
  1. Organize the groups of players and start the game.
  2. Watch over new people as they get the feel for the game.
  3. Call for tech support if something breaks down.
  4. Jump in as an extra officer if a group needs another player.
Yes, we really can train you in all this in 15 minutes.

Council GM Goodies

  1. Volunteer to run one full session, you get in the whole weekend free, just like other GMs.  (You only pay for your individual event tickets. See all the details here:  http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm
  2. Volunteer to run two or more full sessions, and not only do you get into the con free, but you also get one of our special, GMs-only T-Shirts.

Deadline:  Monday, August 31st

Our apologies for the tight deadline. We need to make this happen fast so we can get the pre-reg booklet out the door soon.

Please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org * with the following info:
  1. Your name
  2. Phone number - evenings
  3. Days you will be attending Council of Five Nations (October 2-4 this year).

Thank you!

* Please replace the /at/ with the typical @ sign.  We apologize for this unfortunate but necessary anti-spam measure.

Call for GMs - Council of Five Nations (Oct 2-4, 2015)


Once again, the Council planning machinery is staring up.  It's time for our annual "call for events".

We get over 100 volunteer GMs every year, and we love you for it.  We look forward to seeing you all again, and we look forward to those of you who are new to GMing for us.

There is a lot of good stuff to share, so here's the Executive Summary:
  • Quality over Quantity
  • We're one week before Columbus Day weekend this year: October 2-4
  • Same place as the past several years - Proctors
  • Events just for the Kids
  • Send us your photos to help promote your events
  • GM Incentives - changes this year
    • Free entry
    • Free T-Shirt if you run two events.
  • Submission Deadline = Sunday, August 16th
  • Link to web form to submit your events:  www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm

Please click here to see the full GM invitation.

We look forward to seeing the many of you who volunteer to GM for us each year.  We also look forward to events from those of you who are new to GMing for us.

You can always keep up on the latest Council of Five Nations news and updates at the main page here:

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