OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.swa-gaming.org/node/26
(with imbedded links to various other goodies, some elaborated on below)
Dates: October 5-7, 2012
General Information Overview:
Council of Five Nations is the Schenectady Wargamers Association's (SWA) annual gaming convention, held every year on Columbus Day Weekend in October in Schenectady, New York, which is right next to Albany. It is one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world. We'll be sponsoring our 35th Council on October 5-7, 2012.
The Council of Five Nations Philosophy
Council strives toward the goal of "quality over quantity". We're a relatively small con, but we try to have top-notch events. We predict an attendance of about 250 this year. As with all the Councils over the years, our goal is a nice balance between role-play games, miniatures, board games and other stuff.
Proctor's Theatre & Conference Center
Council will once again be held at 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 (http://www.proctors.org/).
Schenectady, New York is:
•About 3 hours north of New York City;
•About 4 hours south of Montreal, Quebec;
•About 4 hours east of Buffalo, New York; and
•About 3 hours west of Boston, Massachusetts.
We had a good experience at Proctor's for several years now. We've also learned a lot since our first year there in 2007, so things get a little better every year. The Registration Area is on the main floor, very easy to find. We have games on three levels (all serviced by two elevators): first floor, second floor, and basement.
Group and Student Discounts
As we all know, things are a little tight with the economy these days. We're doing a few things to help make it easier for you to attend a Council of Five Nations weekend getaway:
1.We are keeping registration costs flat with last year. A whole weekend pre-registration is still $27, plus event tickets (most are $2 each).
2.We are keeping our policy of a $5 discount to everyone who pre-registers in a group of three or more. Details will be in the pre-registration packet. So start talking to your friends now! Carpool to save on gas, and pre-register together to save even more.
3.We are keeping our discounted entry fee for full-time students. Kids age 9 or younger still get in free. All other full-time students get in roughly half-price; a whole-weekend registration is $14. All students still pay for individual event tickets (most are only $2 each).
4.We are keeping our very generous GM policy - run an event and get your whole weekend registration fee waived. GMs only pay for individual event tickets. More on this a couple of sections down...
Star Fleet Battles
Council of Five Nations is the host of the largest face-to-face SFB tournament in the whole world. The best players from all around the world will be attending.
We're always willing to teach the game to new people. There will be a coupon in your registration packet good for a free game of Star Fleet Battles. Guaranteed to be redeemable any time before 1:00pm on Saturday, and we can probably find someone to train you later in the weekend too.
We have set up a special web site dedicated to the Star Fleet Battles tournament at Council.
The Council Discount Auction
The Discount Game Auction is one of our most popular events, and a long-time Council tradition. It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday (October 7th), from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll have over a hundred games and other gaming-related merchandise available. 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 check out our website to download the Council Auction Seller's materials. The Auction packet was updated last year with newer and better PDF technology. It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.
Why do you call it Council of Five Nations?
The Native American Iroquois tribes called the Upstate New York area their home. Each autumn, there would be a great gathering of the five (later six) tribes, or nations. We call our annual convention The Council of Five Nations in homage to the Iroquois autumn gatherings from long before most of us had ancestors here. This is also the source of the official Council logo, the Iroquois warrior.
Planning way ahead
If you'd like to mark your calendar now, here are the dates for Councils beyond 2012:
•October 11-13, 2013;
•October 10-12, 2014;
•October 09-11, 2015.
Here's an easy way to remember: Council of Five Nations is always Columbus Day weekend. When you see that national holiday on your calendar, block it off and make sure you're here with us, sharing in our gaming goodness.
Curious about the kind of events we've had in the past? The website link at the top of this message has links near the bottom to the Event listings for every Council of Five Nations since 2003. When you're browsing, it might help to know the following...
Councils #20-28 were all held at the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community Room. Space there was limited, we had fewer time slots, and we averaged around 100 attendees over those years. In 2006 (Council #29), we made the jump to a hotel. We doubled the number of events offered. It was a great success, and our attendance jumped to over 200. Councils #30-34 in 2007-2011 were at our current location, the Proctors Conference Center. These days, we have around 150 events and over 250 attendees.
Want to be a Game Master ("GM") at Council?
We are actively looking for Game Masters to run games.
No game convention can exist without folks volunteering to run games, and we're no exception. We'll have somewhere between 140-170 events this year, and it'll take a lot of GMs to make that happen. Maybe you? We offer some sweet incentives: Free entry to the Con and a special GMs-only T-shirt. If you're interested in running a game for us, you can find all the details here: www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilEventForm
Other SWA Events:
To keep current with other SWA events, including our Monthly "Game-a-thons" held in Schenectady, NY, make sure to join the BGG SWA guild - http://boardgamegeek.com/guild/435.
Questions or Comments?
You can ask any questions here on this thread and we will answer them. If you have something private or lengthy you wish to ask about you can contact us directly at council /at/ swa-gaming.org (please replace the "/at/" with the standard "@"). If you want to talk to a human, you can also call Dave at (518) 464-1977, any day until about 11pm Eastern time. Or, you can send me a private message on BGG here and I will get back to you. Whatever method you choose, we would love to talk to you about Council!
- Last edited Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:50 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:11 pm
Hello Northeast Gamers,
You have six days until pre-registration for Council of Five Nations XXXV closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 3rd.
We need a couple of days to process all your pre-regs and to get ready to have the doors open at 10am on Friday, October 5th for Council events.
Please remember, registration prices go up about 25% if you miss pre-registration. You can still pay at the door of course, but why not save yourself some money.
Please see the links above to all the Council info.
We hope to see all of you at Council this year.
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.)
I'm already pre-registered! Can't wait...
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