Council of Five Nations XLII, September 20-22, 2019

Hello Star Fleet Battles fans,

Three news items related to SFB at Council of Five Nations XLII.
1.  Save the date
2.  Judge(s) Wanted
3.  Format change - need your feedback.

September 20-22, 2019
Yes, this is a bit earlier than usual.  Council has to float, based on scheduling of other events at Union College and Proctors Theater.

John & Dave, the guys who have been judging this thing for many years, are both getting old.  If one or two folks want to step up and judge the tournament, that would be great!
Some things to understand:
  1. The main responsibilities are coordinating matchups and teaching walk-in newbies.
  2. You get to play. We are not sanctioned, so there is no prohibition against the judge(s) competing. In fact, we insist that you do indeed play and have fun.
  3. You do not need to be a rules expert.  There are plenty of those in the room.
  4. If we get more than one volunteer, two people can split this job.  You both get into the con for free, and you both get a world-famous, GMs-only Council T-Shirt.
  5. There are probably one or two more we will think of later.
Please reply to this message if you're interested.


Two factors to consider.
  1. For many years, we have never actually played the Finals match onsite at Council.  It has been played after the con via SFBOnline.  This bothers us a little bit, but not enough to stop the practice.
  2. Interest in getting into the finals and playing for the win, seems to be ebbing a bit.  It seems our players are coming more for fun and socializing, with less emphasis on competitive play.

Given these factors, we are proposing a new finals format:

  1. Finals will be top FOUR players as of 6pm on Saturday, not top eight.
  2. Semi-finals (top 4) will be Saturday at 7:00 PM.
  3. Finals (top 2) will be Sunday at 9:00 AM.
  4. No more finals via SFBOnline.  If you are not able to stay and play Sunday at 9am, then you are not eligible to advance to the finals.

We would like your feedback on this possible format change.  However, please note that not all opinions will count equally.

  1. Folks who have been regularly playing SFB at Council for years have the most say
  2. Folks who have occasionally attended Council count next
  3. Folks who have been active in SFB Tournament discussion on the ADB BBS, and the Star Fleet Battles Open Community forum, but have not attended Council, count next
  4. Folks who don't fall into any of the three categories above can chime in, but those opinions will have the least amount of weight.

Please reply to this message with your feedback.

Hope to see many of you at Council this year,
Dave Cheng
Grumpy Old Man


Does ADB ever sponsor this event?

Dennis Surdu

ADB Sponsorship of SFB at Council

In the past, whenever we requested prize support from ADB, they have been very generous. They send a box with multiple items, probably over $200 in retail value. A mix of new good stuff and older stuff they want to clear out of the warehouse. In return, they ask that we run an ad in our registration booklet. This was a very fair exchange. After a while, we just stopped asking. We don't get the sense our players are really in it for the prizes.

There might be some other factors at work. Come to Council and we can talk about it in person.


Roll Call for Council

I have just updated the SFB at Council web page for this year's tournament.
You can see that here:

Time to start our annual Roll Call tradition.

We've already got brothers Jarod (SFBOL: sleepy_cat) and Tyson Ikeda committing to flying all the way in from California. And with our earlier date this year, we hear there's a good chance that several Battlegroup Toronto folks will attend as well.

Please either post here, on the ADB BBS, or contact me directly with your Committed/Probable/Maybe status.

I will update the web page regularly.