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Welcome to the SWA Web Site

The Schenectady Wargamers Association, Inc. (SWA) is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District area (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) of upstate New York. We support all forms of adventure gaming: Role Play * Board Games * Miniatures * Card Games (Collectible and otherwise) * Computer Games * Live-Action / Interactive Literature * and whatever else you've got. We sponsor a three-day convention, Council of Five Nations, every October on Columbus Day weekend. We also sponsor a one-day Game-a-thon every month. Even if you're not local, we've got news and content representing what's going on with the Adventure Gaming hobby all around the Northeastern United States. Welcome to our web site! Feel free to stay and browse around for awhile. If you have any questions, please contact us and ask.

BIG NEWS: SWA Game-a-thons moving to Proctors

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association has enjoyed a great relationship with the Studio of Bridge and Games / Price Chopper Community room since 1974.  With the passing of both Bill Shelly (2005) and Norma Shelly (2012), the original founders and proprietors of the Studio, we knew things would change eventually.

It seems that time has finally arrived. 

We received notice from Price Chopper / The Golub Corporation that the Studio will not be available for our events starting in January 2014.  They are putting the building up for sale.

So, next month's Game-a-thon, scheduled for December 14th, will be our last event at 1639 Eastern Parkway.

... but no worries!

We have an agreement already in place for Proctors to start hosting our monthly Game-a-thons. 

What we know now:
  1. Game-a-thon fees ($4 for one session, $6 for both sessions) will not change.
  2. We will be in the basement.
  3. We will have plenty of tables and good chairs.
Watch your email box, and the SWA web site, for more information as things develop.

We want to thank the Golub Corporation for hosting us, along with many other community groups, for thirty-nine years.

This is truly the end of an era.


NYS Advanced Squad Leader Championship 2013

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The 10th Annual New York State ASL Championship

When:      Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Where:      Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany NY
Cost:         $40

Great regional ASL competition with ASL heavy-hitters such as Gary Trezza, Steve Pleva, Paul Sidhu, Gary Mei, Tom Morin, and other highly ranked players from all over the Northeast and beyond.  Come enjoy great ASL competition and camaraderie!

Web site:  http://www.nys-asl.com/

Prizes:
First Place:  Another classic diorama by Joe himself
2nd-4th place:  Plaques
Tremendous raffle prizes and games for sale.

Please send payment (check or money order) to:
Joe Leoce
39 Ashton Drive
Staten Island, NY 10312
ASL726 /at/ aol.com

Please contact Joe Loece with any questions.


Revised November 9th Game-a-thon Schedule

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association - November 2013 Game-a-thon Summary

Game-a-thon: Saturday, November 9, 2013

We've lost one game in the evening, but added Griggling Games playtests to both sessions. So here is the revised schedule for this weekend's Game-a-Thon.

For more information, including full event descriptions, click here for the November Game-a-thon page.

Morning Session ( 11am - 4pm )

Evening Session ( 5pm - 10pm+ )

Pathfinder Events

Follow this link to the local Pathfinder's Lodge to see the event schedule and descriptions and sign up to play.
The Capital Region Pathfinder's Lodge also has a Facebook group.


The Council Discount Game Auction

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It's only two days until the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI.  We're busy processing the ~250 pre-registrations that we received.  We're looking forward to a good year of walk-ins, especially with the extra media exposure we received from our mention in All Over Albany.

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.  It will be happening again this year during the long lunch break on Council Sunday, 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 click here to download the Council Auction Seller's materials in PDF format  (390 Kb). The Auction packet is now updated with newer and better PDF technology.  It's easier then ever to prepare your goods for sale.

Please keep one 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.


Council Event Updates & Cancellations

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We’re only four days away from the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI!
We have a few almost-last-minute Council of Five Nations updates for you.

Event Changes

Sometimes real life gets in the way of our volunteer GMs.  We regret that have several event cancellations to announce:
  • A-Board-4 * Penny Arcade: The Game - Gamers vs. Evil
  • C-Minis-6 * Aces High! * Wings of Glory WWI
  • D-Minis-5 * Mars Attacks!
  • E-Board-13 * Andean Abyss * GMT COIN (Counterinsurgency) Series- Vol. 1
  • E-Minis-3 * Is that Garlic I smell? * Sharpe Practice 28mm Napoleonics
  • G-Minis-2 * Trapped in Ambush Alley * Force on Force 20mm
  • All the sessions of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (A-Board-6, B-Board-10, C-Board-18, D-Board-20, E-Board-20, F-Board-20, G-Board-14, H-Board-7)
If you have pre-registered for any of these events, please do not contact us about your event choices.  As an all-volunteer effort, we do not have the resources to answer individual questions about your event registration.  We will follow the order of your 1st-2nd-3rd choices as normal.  If you do not get into an event, you will have a generic ticket in your pre-registration envelope that you can apply towards a different event ticket.

Please note the following free demo event has changed:
D-Demo-1 * Steampunk Battle
Is now "Quartermaster General", another game in development by Griggling Games.

Last-Last-Call for Pre-registrations

Online Pre-registration will close tonight at 11:59 PM.  The web form will be disabled.  We need the next couple of days to process all the pre-regs that have come in to date.  If you do not pre-register by tonight, we will happily register you on-site.

Extended Weather Forecast = Awesome!

The forecast, according to Weather.com, looks spectacular:
Friday:  Cloudy and mild.  High 70.  Low chance of rain.
Saturday:  Partly cloudy cloudy and seasonably mild.  High 67.  Low chance of rain.
Sunday:  Partly cloudy and seasonably cool.  High 61.  Low chance of rain.

This looks very favorable for those of you traveling to Schenectady to join us for three days of gaming goodness.


You can find lots and lots of information about Council of Five Nations at this link:


We look forward to seeing several hundred of you this coming weekend.


LAST CALL for Council pre-registration

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We're only six days away from the start of Council of Five Nations XXXVI, one of the longest-running adventure gaming conventions in the world.

Council 36 is October 11-13, 2013.  We're growing in several different ways this year. We've expanded our square footage by 50%, and our events by 60%.  We're starting the con earlier, 9am on Friday, Oct 11th. We've expanded the vendor's area by 500%, with several game companies on-site to demo their offerings. 

Please note that pre-registration closes at 11:59 PM this Monday, October 7th.  If you pre-reg, you save about 25% on the cost of entry, and there's a better chance of you getting your first choice events.  Save money and pre-register online.

Please follow the web links below to get lots of information about the convention and the events. 

We hope to see all of you next weekend at Council of Five Nations.




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 to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

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 details on the Vendors at Council of Five Nations.

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 events in the Council Wargame Room (*New for 2013*)

Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.

Please click to get details on the Conflict of Heroes tournament.

Please click for the list of Board Game Geek Top 50 events.
Please click for the list of Board Game Geek 51-100 events.

Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.

Please click to see the lineup of Shadowrun RPG events.

Please click for the Horror games event track page.

Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.

Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament

Please click to see all the Free Demo game events during Council weekend.  You can even play games with the developers.

Please click for the Train games event track.


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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Event tracks at Council of Five Nations 36 (Oct 11-13)



We've got some great 'event tracks' lined up for all the different types of Adventure Gamers that like to come to Council of Five Nations each year.  We know that increasing our event offerings by 60% makes it harder for you to choose from all the gaming goodness.  These event groupings might help you decide.

Quick jump to:

Click on the event code of any listing to see the full event description on the Chronological event listing.



Kids Games

We are offering a series of games where younger players are especially encouraged to attend. If this frees up mom or dad to play in another game, great! We’re asking that you exercise proper parental judgment as to whether your kid is old/mature enough to be participating without your supervision. This is not intended to be Day Care.  That being said, here is the list of Kid’s games:

A-Board-6 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
B-Board-10 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
C-Board-9 * Small World plus Expansions * Small World
C-Board-18 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
D-Board-15 * Kids of Carcassonne
D-Board-18 * Young Kids Games
D-Board-20 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
D-RPG-1 * Dungeons and Dragons Next: Open Play * Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Ed.
D-RPG-2 * Living Forgotten Realms Open Play * Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Ed.
D-RPG-5 * Adventure Maximus- Adventure to the Max! * Adventure Maximus
E-Board-11 * Family Fun with Colors and Shapes! * Qwirkle
E-Board-17 * Young Kids Games
E-Board-20 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
E-RPG-1 * Dungeons and Dragons Next: Open Play * Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Ed.
E-RPG-2 * Living Forgotten Realms Open Play * Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Ed.
F-Board-8 * Sitting Ducks
F-Board-20 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
F-Minis-4 * Survive in Hanghai * Mike Paine's Home Crafted system
F-RPG-1 * Dungeons and Dragons Next: Open Play * Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Ed.
F-RPG-2 * Living Forgotten Realms Open Play * Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Ed.
G-Board-9 * RoboRally
G-Board-11 * Young Kids Games
G-Board-14 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
G-Minis-1 * Hanghai Raiders * Home Crafted
G-RPG-1 * Dungeons and Dragons Next: Open Play * Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Ed.
G-RPG-2 * Living Forgotten Realms Open Play * Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Ed.
G-RPG-7 * D&D for Beginners * Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition)
H-Board-7 * Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings * Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
H-RPG-1 * Dungeons and Dragons Next: Open Play * Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Ed.
H-RPG-2 * Living Forgotten Realms Open Play * Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Ed.
H-RPG-5 * D&D for Beginners * Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition)

Historical Miniatures

Council has a long tradition of offering an excellent selection of historical miniatures events throughout the convention.  (We snuck the sessions of “Conflict of Heroes” onto this list because we think Historical gamers will love this “Squad Leader Lite” game.)

COH * Conflict of Heroes - Weekend Tournament * Conflict of Heroes WW2
A-Board-1 * Conflict of Heroes: Warm-Up Games * Conflict of Heroes WW2
B-Board-1 * Conflict of Heroes: Warm-Up Games * Conflict of Heroes WW2
B-Board-2 * Roads to Moscow
B-Minis-1 * The February Forage; February, 1814 * Rockets Red Glare Land Rules (with some modifications)
C-Minis-1 * Battle of Hubbardton July 1777, The Rebels Fight Back * Crucible of War
C-Minis-6 * Aces High! * Wings of Glory WWI
D-Minis-1 * The Lost Battalion * Battlefront WW2
D-Minis-2 * Warrior Ancients: Wars of MesoAmerica * Warrior
D-Minis-3 * Trench Wars: Russia 1921--Back Of Beyond Campaign Game * Trench Wars
E-Minis-1 * Trench Wars: Russia 1921--Back Of Beyond Campaign Game * Trench Wars
E-Minis-2 * The Raid on M'Zilikazi's Kraal * Brother Against Brother (with some Modifications)
E-Minis-6 * Panzer Relief - Senno II * Battlefront WWII
F-Minis-2 * Prokhorovka – July 12th, 1943 (Russia) * A Fierce Tempest - Modified
F-Minis-3 * The Kraal * The Sword and the Flame
F-Minis-5 * Stop the bombers! * Wings of Glory
G-Board-7 * Tactical Assault Combat Cards - Russian Front, 1943
G-Demo-3 * Griggling Games, Inc. Playtests & Demos of SHAEF * SHAEF WWII Wargame
G-Minis-3 * The Battle of Coffee Hill * ACW Warmaster - Modified
H-Minis-1 * Thrilling Naval Engagement! * Fistfull of Lead

The Council Wargame Room (*New for 2013*)

We're setting aside a special room upstairs where the Council Grognards can sit and play their wargames in peace.  No kids games and no Euro games allowed in this room.  We plan to make this an annual tradition.  Help us start things off right this year.

B-Board-2 * Roads to Moscow
C-Board-7 * Wellington: The Peninsular War
C-Board-11 * Axis & Allies 1914 * Axis & Allies
C-Board-15 * Warparty
C-Board-17 * Northeast Titan League Game * TITAN
D-Board-4 * The Napoleonic Wars, 2d ed * Napoleonic Wars CDG
D-Board-8 * Diplomacy
E-Board-7 * Axis & Allies 50th Anniversary edition * Axis & Allies
F-Board-6 * Angola * Angola (2012 rules)
G-Board-2 * Here I Stand
G-Board-4 * Axis & Allies: Europe & Pacific (combined) * Axis & Allies
G-Board-7 * Tactical Assault Combat Cards - Russian Front, 1943

Shadowrun RPG

We are very happy to have a weekend-long Shadowrun Missions event track, thanks to Todd 'Wailer' Stoops, a member of the Catalyst Demo Team.

B-RPG-2 * Welcome to the Sixth World * Shadowrun 5th Edition
C-RPG-3 * SRM 5A-01 - Chasin' The Wind * Shadowrun 5th Edition
D-RPG-6 * Dragon’s Song 1 - Jailbreak Rock (CMP 2013-01) * Shadowrun 5th Edition
E-RPG-4 * Dragon’s Song 2 - Berlin Waltz (CMP 2013-02) * Shadowrun 5th Edition
F-RPG-3 * Dragon’s Song 3 - Neo-Tokyo Drift (CMP 2013-03) * Shadowrun 5th Edition
G-RPG-4 * Dragon’s Song 4 - Ballroom Blitz (CMP 2013-04) * Shadowrun 5th Edition
H-RPG-3 * SRM 5A-02 - Critic’s Choice * Shadowrun 5th Edition

Titan

The SWA is happy to host the Northeast TITAN Championships every year.  Play qualifying games from June through March, and the top players will meet in March for the Finals.  You can see full information here:  http://swa-gaming.org/TITAN-2013-14

C-Board-17 * Northeast Titan League Game * TITAN
E-Board-3 * Northeast Titan League Game * TITAN
F-Board-16 * Northeast Titan League Game * TITAN

Board Game Geek Top 50

We’ve gone out of our way to recruit GMs for the most popular games.  The Board Game Geek ranking is one good way for us to gauge that, and we’re well represented.  BGG favorites all weekend long!

B-Board-3 * Through the Ages
B-Board-4 * Power Grid - Benelux * Power Grid
B-Board-5 * Agricola
B-Board-7 * Race for the Galaxy
B-Minis-2 * Star Wars: X Wing miniatures casual play * Star Wars: X Wing
C-Board-2 * Twilight Imperium, 3rd Ed
C-Board-5 * Stone Age - Style is the Goal * Stone Age
C-Board-6 * Battlestar Galactica
C-Board-10 * Le Havre
C-Board-14 * Descent: Journeys in the Dark * Descent 2nd Edition
C-Board-16 * Lords of Waterdeep
D-Board-1 * 7 Wonders * 7 Wonders board game and all expansions
D-Board-3 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients & Supernova Expansions * Eclipse
D-Board-14 * Caylus
D-Board-17 * El Grande
D-Minis-6 * Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures Tournament! * Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures
E-Board-4 * A Game of Thrones
E-Board-6 * Pandemic and Pandemic on The Brink * Pandemic
E-Board-14 * Battlestar Galactica
E-Board-15 * Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
E-Board-18 * The First Sparks * Power Grid
E-Board-19 * Ora et Labora
F-Board-1 * Through the Ages
F-Board-4 * Brass
F-Board-14 * Agricola
F-Board-15 * Railways of the World
G-Board-8 * Le Harve
G-Board-10 * Terra Mystica
G-Board-12 * Eclipse
H-Board-2 * A Game of Thrones : The Board Game (2nd Edition)
H-Board-3 * Puerto Rico
H-Board-6 * Dominion

Board Game Geek Top 51-100

... Because there are a lot of great games that don't make (or no longer reside in) the Top 50.

B-Board-9 * Carcassonne - Basic & Advanced * Carcassonne
C-Board-8 * die Macher (1998) * die Macher
C-Board-9 * Small World plus Expansions * Small World
D-Board-2 * Arkham Horror w/ expansion * Arkham Horror
D-Board-6 * Mice and Mystics: Sorrow and Remembrance * Mice and Mystics
D-Board-9 * Hansa Teutonica
E-Board-1 * Mice and Mystics: Sorrow and Remembrance * Mice and Mystics
E-Board-12 * Ticket to Ride Europe and Map Packs * Ticket to Ride
F-Board-2 * Mice and Mystics: Sorrow and Remembrance * Mice and Mystics
F-Board-3 * Arkham Horror w/Expansions * Arkham Horror
F-Board-17 * Endeavor
G-Board-2 * Here I Stand
H-Board-1 * Sentinels of the Multiverse

Demos - All Free!

We have several vendors and demo agents on site this year, courtesy of our expanded Vendors area (five times bigger than last year).  Please note that all these games are free to play.  You might even get your name published as a playtester if you try some of the great games that Griggling is developing.

A-Demo-1 * Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
B-Demo-2 * Wyrd Games Demos * Wyrd Games
B-Demo-1 * Demos * Magic: The Gathering
C-Demo-1 * Playtests & Demos * Destination: Neptune
C-Demo-2 * Hull Breach! Corporate Wars Demo * Hull Breach CCG
C-Demo-3 * Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
D-Demo-1 * Steampunk Battle
D-Demo-2 * Hull Breach! Corporate Wars Demo * Hull Breach CCG
D-Demo-3 * Demos * Magic: The Gathering
D-Demo-4 * Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
E-Demo-2 * Celestial Rainbows Game Tournament * Celestial Rainbows
E-Demo-4 * Wyrd Games Demos * Wyrd Games
E-Demo-1 * Hull Breach! Corporate Wars Demo * Hull Breach CCG
E-Demo-3 * Demos * Magic: The Gathering
F-Demo-1 * Celestial Rainbows Release Party * Celestial Rainbows
F-Demo-2 * Hull Breach! Corporate Wars Demo * Hull Breach CCG
F-Demo-4 * Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
G-Demo-3 * Griggling Games, Inc. Playtests & Demos of SHAEF * SHAEF WWII Wargame
G-Demo-1 * Hull Breach! Corporate Wars Demo * Hull Breach CCG
G-Demo-2 * Demos * Magic: The Gathering

Horror

If you’re a fan of things that go bump in the night, we’ve got a whole weekend of ghoulish games to entertain you.

B-RPG-1 * Devourers in the Mist * Trail of Cthulhu
C-RPG-1 * More Than Hell In the Pacific * Call of Cthulhu, 6th Ed. w/Some Delta Green additions
C-RPG-4 * Some Things Never Go Away * Shadows of Esteren
D-Board-2 * Arkham Horror w/ expansion * Arkham Horror
D-Board-12 * Elder Sign: Unseen Forces
E-RPG-5 * Devourers in the Mist * Trail of Cthulhu
F-Board-3 * Arkham Horror w/Expansions * Arkham Horror
F-RPG-4 * Coffee Break of the Living Dead * All Flesh Must Be Eaten
F-RPG-6 * The Hound of Tombstone * Call of Cthulhu
F-RPG-7 * Dead Ops * All Flesh Must Be Eaten
F-RPG-8 * Of Elder Gods and Generals * Savage Worlds Cthulhu

Science Fiction

Another popular genre.  If you want to play nothing but science fiction offerings all weekend, we’ve got you covered.

SFB * Star Fleet Battles Patrol Tournament * Star Fleet Battles
A-Board-2 * Stellar Conquest
A-Minis-1 * Emergency Transmission * Infinity Skirmish: 28mm
B-Board-7 * Race for the Galaxy
B-Minis-2 * Star Wars: X Wing miniatures casual play * Star Wars: X Wing
B-RPG-3 * Gamma World - 1st edition (35th anniversary) * Gamma World - 1st edition
C-Board-2 * Twilight Imperium, 3rd Ed
C-Board-6 * Battlestar Galactica
C-Minis-4 * Mobile Soldier 0079 * Mobile Soldier in Action (modified)
C-Minis-5 * Into the Hornet's Nest * Future War Commander - Modified
D-Board-3 * Eclipse + Rise of the Ancients & Supernova Expansions * Eclipse
D-Board-10 * Merchant of Venus
D-Minis-4 * Shell Game - Federated Suns vs. Death Stalkers Mercenaries * Battletech
D-Minis-5 * Mars Attacks!
D-Minis-6 * Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures Tournament! * Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures
D-RPG-3 * Escape from Mos Shuuta * Star Wars: Edge of Empire
E-Board-14 * Battlestar Galactica
E-Board-16 * Starcraft: The Boardgame with Brood War * Starcraft: The Boardgame
E-Minis-5 * Last Stand for Dear Leader * Tomorrow's War in 15mm
E-RPG-6 * Slipstream: Flight of the Nightwing * Savage Worlds
F-RPG-5 * Spiders, Spiders Everywhere * Battlelords of the 23rd Century
F-Board-13 * Ad Astra
F-Minis-1 * Blood on Red Sands * Tomorrow's War in 15mm
G-Board-12 * Eclipse

Train Games

Rail games are a very popular genre.  We don’t have enough for a full Puffing Billy tournament this year, but we’re looking to build toward that. 

E-Board-8 * Empire Builder - North American Rails * Citadels; Love Letter; Behütunsburg
E-Board-12 * Ticket to Ride Europe and Map Packs * Ticket to Ride
F-Board-15 * Railways of the World




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 to go to the Chronological listing of all events.

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, Lodging, and a Visitor's Map.


We hope to see all of you at Council of Five Nations!



Vendor Highlight at Council of Five Nations (Oct 11-13)

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You've heard how Council is expanding its floor space by 50%, and the number of games offered by 60%. 

We're also expanding the square footage of the Dealer's Area by 500%.  This allows us to not only have have several more dealers, but many of our dealers will be hosting demos at their tables all weekend.

Please check out this highlight of all eight vendors we will have on site.

Griggling Games

Griggling Games, Inc. is proud to attend this year’s Council of Five Nations. We are a local publisher of family, euro-style strategy and historical games. Join us as we launch Celestial Rainbows, a light, cooperative card game of fun and enlightenment. Celestial Rainbows features the fantastic rainbow art by the visionary artist, Aurora.

All weekend you can come by and learn to play; and we invite you to join in on a light hearted tournament on Saturday afternoon. Participants will play in groups of four, with the winning group earning free copies of the game!

Later, celebrate with us at our Game Release Party on Saturday evening. Refreshments will be available as well as casual play.

FIRST LOOK:  All through the weekend, we will be running demos of several upcoming games:

DESTINATION: NEPTUNE - Colonize the solar system and manage an evolving economy in this science-based board game envisioning the next century of space exploration.

SHAEF - Take command of opposing forces on the Western Front during WWII! SHAEF is a 2 player historical wargame featuring constructible card decks with a traditional map based approach.

QUARTERMASTER GENERAL - Command a major world power during WWII in this fast-paced game of global struggle. Lead your troops and navies in battle as you manage your supply lines in this strategy board game.

Keep informed with all our news and events by following us on:

Facebook (Facebook.com/GrigglingGames)
Twitter @GrigglingGames.


The Dice Witch

Luck is a cold-hearted mistress who can reduce the most meticulously leveled characters to bungling plebes, disrupt your best-laid plans, and transform certain victory to defeat. She has always been the one element just out of your control…until now.

The Dice Witch has emerged with the power to rival Lady Fortune by summoning products designed to level up your precious polyhedrons and boost your luck:

•    Cleansing Kits wipe out the bad mojo your randomizers have collected and get you back to rolling critical hits.

•    Charging Stones are a RockStar Energy Drink for your dice, minis, meeples, or even you, providing quick boosts of strength, protection, and awareness.


Dice Witch fans share experiences:

“My friend is a newbie gamer. I used your cleansing kit on her dice the first time she played with us, and she didn’t roll lower than a 16 all night!”

“I tried the charging kit, and now my dice are so awesome, people are scared to play with me.”


In addition to luck boosting products, the Dice Witch offers meeple accessories, pewter character pendants, carved wood storage boxes, gamer jewelry, and more. Visit www.dicewitch.com or contact dicewitch@gmail.com

Level up your luck. Level up your game.

Special Council of Five Nations Promotion

The Dice Witch is running a free contest for Council of 5 Nations attendees!
Win a dice blessing, meeple bookmark, and more. http://bit.ly/XafRNi
Contest ends Wednesday, October 9th.


Christian N. St. Pierre, Artist

Christian N. St. Pierre is an artist who specializes in roleplaying game and comic book illustration. He has worked with gaming companies such as Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Catalyst Game Labs, Hero Games, and Mongoose Publishing, among others and has worked on projects including BattleTech, Ars Magica, Unknown Armies, and various Hero System and Champions titles.

He has also worked extensively with Evil Hat Productions over the last eight years contributing nearly all the art for their Spirit of the Century game line- including the Spirit of the Century RPG; the Spirit of the Season supplement; the Dinocalypse Trilogy, Khan of Mars, and King Khan novel covers; the newly-released Race To Adventure game and expansion sets; and the upcoming Zeppelin Armada card game- as well as providing a set of interior illustrations for their The Dresden Files RPG manuals.

In addition to RPG and gaming illustration, he has been involved with various charitable projects, private commissions, and independent comic book projects and is currently beginning production on Blackjack: The King Is Dead with Blackjack creator and writer Alex Simmons. To see samples of Chris’ art and for news and contact information please visit  www.christiannstpierre.com.


Hull Breach (NSB Games)

Wage interstellar war with the developers of Hull Breach!, an award-winning science fiction card game by NSB Games. Hull Breach! pits two or more Commanders against one another for dominance of space: build up your space station and deploy your warships and Marines and throw dice to take the fight to the enemy! Sometimes described as “a miniatures game that you don't have to paint,” Hull Breach! was designed by a combat vet and incorporates all the hard lessons that multiple firefights teach.

Hull Breach! has something for every kind of wargamer: you fight on the tactical, strategic and operational levels. It's infinitely replayable and infinitely customizable, but is totally playable in 'stock' configuration right out of the box.

Do you want to be an economic powerhouse with the ability to influence events on a galactic level? Do you want to drown your enemies with a flood of ships? Or do you favor bold high-risk, high-reward operations to have your Marines seize your opponents' vessels? Our pre-constructed retail decks vary in function and composition and one of them is guaranteed to fit your style.

We completed a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund our new game Corporate Wars, and if you preorder with us at the Con you'll get a free deck from our award-winning alpha game. Come by and check us out! Demos are free and all materials are provided. Games typically run 30 minutes or more depending on the number of players.

You can follow the action at Facebook.com/HullBreachCCG


Quigley's Cakes

Quigley’s Cakes (www.QuigleysCakes.com, facebook.com/QuigleysCakes) will be providing gamers with the sugar they need to keep playing for hours at a time.

Quigley's Cakes - Dragon Cupcake at Council of Five Nations 36The owner started her business with a six-tier super hero wedding cake for two comic-book lovers, and from that went straight into Tardis cakes, the Enterprise and dragons — good to slay AND eat! All of Quigley’s Cakes artful edibles taste as good as they look.

Sandra Quigley doesn’t believe in making things that don’t taste great. Stop by her booth to buy cupcakes in an amazing variety of flavors, and pick out the ones that represent your character best — including armor and weapons. Add some delicious wandering monsters and you’ll have enough sugar to entertain you until your character dies. She also makes custom cakes. Order one for the whole table to enjoy! She can turn the cover of your campaign module into a sugar sheet to cover the top of your cake as an edible centerpiece for your campaign. She can even carve you a dragon out of cake and you can enjoy the discussion of who wants a leg, the tail or the head!

To place an order contact Sandra at 518*396*7889 or email QuigleysCakes@gmail.com. Want to make your own cupcake monster? She will teach you! There will several cupcake-decorating demos throughout the weekend offered conveniently in between campaigns.

Eat, fight, win!



Cooper's Cave Games & Paintball

Cooper's Cave Games and Paintball is the area's premier gaming venue.  They specialize in collectible card games and accessories, board games, miniatures games, and collectibles.  Cooper's Cave offers an enormous selection of Magic the Gathering singles and products.  They support a booming casual and tournament gaming scene through both weekly and special events.

Cooper's Cave carries: Funko, POP!, Magic the Gathering, Pathfinder, Ascension, Dungeons and Dragons, Yugioh, Vanguard, Board Games, My Little Pony, Dr. Who, and lots more.

Check out their web site at (www.CoopersCavePaintball.com).


Zombie Planet

Zombie Planet has been vending at Council for over a dozen years.  They will be bringing a full variety of gaming goodness. Check out their web site at (www.zombie-planet.com).


Mr Joshua's Collectibles & Consignment




Please remember that Council pre-registration closes on Monday, October 7th.  That's just nine days from now.

You can save money and increase your chance of getting your top choice events by pre-registering.

All the info you need is here:  www.swa-gaming.org/Council


We hope to see you at Council of Five Nations XXXVI.


Council info via Podcast

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If you’re interested in hearing about (instead of reading about) the good stuff we’ve got planned for this year’s Council of Five Nations adventure gaming convention, you now have the chance.

Many thanks to Tyler Dion for the opportunity to talk about the events and expansion plans at this year’s Council (coming in just 15 days, Oct 11-13!).

Here is the link to listen to the Carnagecast episode:


The entire conversation is about 35 minutes long.  If you have a particular subject matter interest, here is a rough outline of when certain topics come up:
4:00    Magic: The Gathering
6:00    Star Fleet Battles tournament
6:30    Conflict of Heroes tournament
8:30    Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare – weekend campaign
13:00    The Zombie Planet Game Library
14:30    Growth and expansion at this year’s Council - 60% more events than last year!
15:00    Pathfinder Society RPG
16:00    RPGA Dungeons & Dragons
17:15    Warrior: Ancients tournament
18:30    Wargame Room
20:15    Kids Event Track
22:15    Dealers Area – 500% bigger this year
28:00    Council Hotels

* SPECIAL PRIZE OPPORTUNITY *

If you listen to the whole podcast, it is obvious that Dave uses the word “absolutely” way too much. It’s really embarrassing. 
Here is your chance to poke some fun at him and win a prize.
  • Count how many times Dave says the word “absolutely”
  • Email the correct answer to Council@swa-gaming.org
  • We must receive your email no later than Monday, October 7th.
  • We’ll draw one lucky winner from all the correct responses
  • That person will win a pair of special custom “SWA” d6 dice (courtesy of Cooper’s Cave Games & Paintball)!
  • Show up at Council, or another SWA event soon, to claim your prize.

Here again is the link to listen to the Carnagecast podcast:


We hope you enjoy the program, and we hope to see you at Council of Five Nations in two weeks.

Full convention info:  www.swa-gaming.org/Council


New Events for the Council Schedule

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We have several more events to announce for the schedule for Council of Five Nations XXXVI, coming in just eighteen days (Oct 11-13).

Here is a quick summary.  Event descriptions are below.

Fri 9am (A) • A-Demo-1 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Fri 2pm (B) • B-Demo-2 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Board-19 • Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery • Teen14
Fri 7pm (C) • C-Demo-3 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 9am (D) • D-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sat 2pm (E) • E-Demo-4 • Wyrd Games Demos • Wyrd Games • Teen14
Sat 7pm (F) • F-Demo-4 • Malifaux Demos • Malifaux (2nd Ed) • Teen14
Sun 9am (G) • G-RPG-8 • Raid on the Temple of the Frog • Original D&D, Champions of ZED • Teen14


Malifaux Demos * Malifaux (2nd Ed)
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Based in an alternate Earth, Malifaux uses gothic, steampunk, Victorian horror with a dose of the wild west to inject fun and depth into the magical lawlessness of a world rife with monsters, necropunks, man-machine hybrids, gunslingers, and power-hungry politicos. Actively using character-driven stories to define the world of Malifaux, seek your fortune in this fast-paced and brutal 32mm tabletop miniature skirmish game. Assemble your crew and stake your claim!
     Please note: This is a demo game sponsored by Wyrd Games. No cost, no event tickets. Just show up and play. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Malifaux Web Site
Link: Download the Malifaux Rules


Wyrd Games Demos * Wyrd Games
Game Master: Curt Warrington - Wyrd Henchman * 6 Players * Teen14
Come try one of the Wyrd games here this weekend. We will have here for you fine folks.
Evil Baby Orphanage
Evil Baby Orphanage is a communal deck party card game for three or more players. Each player takes on the role of a Time Nanny using advanced time out technology to rid the time stream of the world's worst villains and "prehabilitate" them to be accountants, or ballerinas, or something.

Kings of Artifice
Kings of Artifice is a strategy board game for 2 to 4 players. The game is played in a series of building rounds, followed by one final crowning round. Victory Points (VP) are awarded for building structures during the game as well as at the end. In each game, two special scoring cards are drawn from a deck that allow players to gain bonus points by meeting certain conditions.

Showdown:Icons
A fast-paced card dueling game in which two players battle each other to win. Each deck in Showdown: Icons can be played against any other Showdown deck. Beginners strongly encouraged.
Link: Wyrd Games Web Site


Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
C-Board-19 * $ 2
Game Master: Charles Davis * 4 Players * Teen14
In Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, an exciting game of twisted schemes and bloody combats inspired by the hit STARZ Original series, each player takes on the role of Dominus, head of a rising house in the ancient Roman city of Capua. Each house is competing for Influence to gain the favor of Rome. Through a combination of political schemes and glorious battles on the arena sands your house will rise in fame and stature. As Dominus, you have a variety of resources at your disposal. Guards protect you from schemes launched by rivals. Slaves run your household and earn gold. Gladiators compete to bring glory to themselves and influence to their Dominus. Yes-All_Materials_Provided Beginners encouraged.
Link: Board Game Geek page link


Raid on the Temple of the Frog * Original D&D, Champions of ZED
G-RPG-8 * $ 2
Game Master: Dan Boggs * 9 Players * Teen14
A strange artifact, hidden deep within the dungeons of the Temple of the Frog, may be crucial to defeating the latest evil lord bent on world domination. You and the other adventurers must infiltrate the Temple of the Frog, & find the artifact. Of course, returning with the artifact may not be as easy as stealing it.......


Pre-Registration

Pre-registrations are coming in at a nice pace. 
We are over 100 and climbing. 
Be sure to pre-reg by Monday, October 7th at the very latest.  Not only do you save on your entry costs, but you increase your chance of getting your first choice events.

You can always see the latest news on Council of Five Nations at the main site:


We hope to see you all at Council of Five Nations this year.


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