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

Council of Five Nations 41

Friday, October 5- Sunday, October 7, 2018

General Information Overview

Last Update: Sunday, September 30, 2018

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 our 41st Council on Oct 5-Oct 7, 2018.

If you have specific questions or requests, please email us at council /at/ swa-gaming.org.
(Please replace the "/at/" with the standard "@"; we apologize for this necessary anti-spam measure).

Quick Links

  • To see the the Council Pre-Registration packet in PDF format Click Here.

Council Pre-Registration has closed. See you at the con!

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.

Cost to Attend

We charge for admission (by day or for the whole weekend) for anyone playing games at the convention. In addition to the con admission fee, there is also a small (usually $2) ticket price for each event. We charge for tickets so if you change your mind you have a reason to return the ticket to us for a refund or exchange rather than just throwing it away.
We offer the following discounts for convention admission:
  • Children ages 9 or younger are free admission.
  • Full-time students ages 10 and older pay a discounted rate (about half price).
  • Gamemasters who run one or more games are free admission.
  • Volunteer workers are free admission.
The convention admission rates for 2018 are:

Pre-Registration (starting in September)
  • Weekend - $30 / Student rate $15
  • Friday - $12 / Student rate $6
  • Saturday - $17 / Student rate $9
  • Sunday - $12 / Student rate $6
At-the-door Registration
  • Weekend - $37 / Student rate $18
  • Friday - $15 / Student rate $8
  • Saturday - $20 / Student rate $11
  • Sunday - $15 / Student rate $8


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.

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. You can click here for the Wikipedia page about the Iroquois.

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 inspiration for the official Council logo, the Iroquois warrior.

Questions or Comments?

You can contact us directly at council /at/ swa-gaming.org
(Please replace the "/at/" with the standard "@"; we apologize for this necessary anti-spam measure).

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 several years of Council of Five Nations.

Council of Five Nations Iroquois Warrior Logo