Carnage XX Wants You to Run Games

This November, Carnage celebrates twenty years of playing tabletop games in Vermont with a bang, but we can’t do it without your help! A tabletop game convention is only as good as the variety and quality of games that are on offer. At Carnage, all the games are run by volunteer GMs, people who step up to teach or moderate a game as a service to those who want to play. We can’t do it without all our GMs, and we’re grateful for each and every one of you!

To submit a game proposal, visit our GM Sign Up form and fill in the details of the game you’d like to run. After Carnage reviews your proposal, the appropriate field marshal will be in touch to discuss it further. Submissions must be received by July 31st, 2017 in order to be included in the Carnage convention book, which is the primary catalog of what’s scheduled to play at the convention. Once the convention book is assembled and the online registration system populated, sometime around late September, we’ll announce that pre-registration is open and invite conventioneers to sign up.

Traditionally, there is a theme set for Carnage each year. For those who want it, the theme gives some guidance to the role-playing or miniatures scenarios they write or the board games they select. In celebration of twenty years of Carnage, the theme for 2017 is officially “whatever.” Choose whatever theme you like for your games this year from Carnages past, from the Z-grade alien invaders of Carnage 9 from Outer Space to the simpler halcyon days of lounging by the lake at Camp Carnage. “Whatever” is entirely what you choose to make it, so get creative, and get those proposals in by July 31st!

Carnage Royale Will Return . . .

A panoramic view of a ski lodge ballroom full of people playing tabletop games.
One of the game rooms at Carnage Royale, Friday afternoon.

Thank you everyone who joined us last weekend for Carnage Royale, our nineteenth outing to play tabletop games all weekend long. By our count, there were at least 700 people playing games at the Killington Grand and Snowshed Base Lodge as part of Carnage Royale.

A convention like Carnage runs on its volunteers, those behind the scenes, and those who step up to teach their favorite games. Without games for people to play, Carnage would be no game convention at all. Thanks goes out to all the GMs who volunteered their time and energy to provide Carnage-goers with fun games to play all weekend long. We literally could not host a game convention without you all.

This year, we had some fun new groups and activities going on, in addition to the usual slew of board games, miniatures matches and role-playing scenarios.

Extra Life

Sean Murphy runs a role-playing session as part of Extra Life charity fundraising.
Sean Murphy runs a role-playing session as part of Extra Life charity fundraising.

Carnage hosted games that raised money for Extra Life, a charity that supports Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. In addition to players joining Team Extra Carnage and collecting donation pledges from friends and family, a core of GMs ran specially-themed games all weekend to raise additional funds, like Dr. Nik’s Casino Royale LARP and David Clarkson’s Carnival of the Damned, where players could make donations to influence the game, have the GM throw them a bone and more. All told, the Extra Life efforts at Carnage Royale raised over $3,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Thank you to everyone who contributed and organized, particularly the people who originally came to the Carnage board and said, “We’ve got this crazy idea . . . “: Sean Murphy and Edwin Nagy.

Cube of Death Pub Trivia

Trivia-fiends gather for Cube of Death at Killington.
Trivia-fiends gather for Cube of Death at Killington.

Cube of Death, pub trivia style, returned to Carnage for its fifth year, with a special guest emcee, Chris Griffin. Four teams converged on Preston’s in the Grand Hotel to compete to be the last standing by virtue of their command of nerdly trivia. In the end, it was Chicken Pot Pie that emerged victorious. Thanks to TSR for sponsoring Cube of Death, as they have from the beginning.

Thank You!

And again, thank you to everyone who joined us on the mountain this year for Carnage Royale. We put this convention for tabletop game-players to have a place to make friends, rekindle old friendships and, of course, play a whole bunch of games. We hope you’ll join us again, or for the first time, in November 2017, back at the Killington Grand. More news will be forthcoming in the new year, so keep an eye on our web site, like the Carnage Facebook page and follow @Carnagecon on Twitter.

“Let’s play!” — Carnage Royale Makes the Front Page of the Rutland Herald

An older man with glasses and a beard gives a thumb's up while holding up a newspaper with a front page article about Carnage, with the headline 'Let's play!'

Two men grabbed a passerby in a hotel lounge, seeking an outside perspective on whether the Norwegian navy should attack St. Petersburg.

No, it wasn’t the beginning of a very strange spy novel. It was the second day of Carnage Con, Vermont’s largest gaming convention, held last weekend at the Killington Grand Hotel and Snowshed Base Lodge.

That’s how reporter Gordon Dritschilo’s article about Carnage Royale began on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Rutland Herald last week, on the final day of the convention. You can now read the article in full over on the Rutland Reader‘s website. Thanks to Gordon and photographer Robert Layman for coming out to visit the convention. Articles like these are a great way for gamers to tell their stories to the local community, and catch the eyes of people interested in the tabletop hobby who haven’t yet figured out how to make contact with fellow players.

The Name is Trade — Math Trade: a Carnage Royale No-ship Math Trade

The annual Carnage annual no-ship math trade, in which game swaps are arranged in advance and made at the convention in Killington, is now open on BoardGameGeek, thanks to host Matt Golec. Putting games on offer runs until October 23rd. Traders have until October 30th to compose their want lists, with results posted shortly thereafter.

If you’ve never participated in a math trade before, the premise is that participants list the games they want to trade away on the geeklist Matt has created, linked above. Then everyone who’s listed games to trade makes a want list of what games they would accept in return for those they’re offering up. Once the want list period closes, Matt uses the On-Line Want List Generator to automatically calculate a maximal number of trades based on who’s willing to take what for what. During the convention weekend in Killington, trade participants find each other and make the hand-offs, which is what makes it a “no-ship” math trade.

Sound interesting? Matt’s got some great notes in his geeklist to help newcomers get into the mix. Go check it out!

Carnage Royale Opens for Registration

Cover of the Carnage Royale convention book. The grim reaper is sighted down the barrel of a gun, holding a pistol in its hand.Carnage is very pleased to announce the opening of registration for Carnage Royale!

As in past years, you can download the convention book as a PDF — linked below, with the schedule grid — peruse the games listed and mail in the form on the last page to preregister for the convention. However, now you can also use our new online registration system to preregister for the convention paperlessly, and use Paypal for payment. Note that clicking the link above will redirect you to a second website, www.carnageconregistration.com, which is a Carnage-owned and operated web site, hosted separately for quality of service purposes. As with a paper registration form, online registration lets attendees indicate their first, second and third choices for games to play in a schedule slot. Those preferences are fulfilled on an as-available basis.

Carnage Royale, Vermont’s own tabletop game convention, runs from November 4-6, 2016, at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. For more information about booking a room for the weekend, visit our Lodging page. Walk-in registrants are always welcome, but we encourage attendees to preregister for the weekend to reserve seats in scheduled games on a first-come, first-served basis. And do check the web addendum for late arriving games that didn’t make it into the convention book.

  • Carnage Royale Convention Book [PDF, 1.7MB]
  • Carnage Royale Schedule Grid [PDF, 77kB]

Carnage Royale Fall Update

Corner of a file folder, stamped "Top Secret." Photo by Acid the meme machine. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Topsecretsidebar.jpgCarnage Royale is a little over a month away, and the Carnage staff has been focused on getting all the games in from our trusty GMs and the convention book put together. We’ve also been working on developing some new options in the preregistration process to make it easier for our attendees. Once the process of implementing those new options is complete, we plan to open preregistration for the convention, and will announce it here and in the usual social media channels. That should happen Real Soon Now, but we are very aware the ways projects can encounter unexpected hurdles along the way, and are being conscientious in setting expectations.

In the meantime, we thank you all for your patience as Carnage works to make this as smooth and seamless a preregistration process as possible. Keep an eye on our website here, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the news as it’s relayed in those places and remember: like winter, Carnage is coming.

Your Role-Playing Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

Mid-combat on a battle grid with figures and dice.
Photo by Moroboshi. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dungeons_and_Dragons_game.jpg

No other type of tabletop game hosted at Carnage takes advantage of the year’s theme like role-playing games do. As a genre of game that draws heavily on tropes and genre conventions from books, film, television — from Dungeons & DragonsAppendix N up to the contemporary capsule pitch of “It’s like Pokémon meets Veronica Mars!”

We’ll always have our stalwarts like Dungeons & DragonsCall of Cthulhu and Pathfinder in their traditional modes and we love hosting them, but we also love it when you, our endlessly inventive GMs, come up with just the right spin to bring the year’s theme into their adventures.  Below are just some examples of spy-themed role-playing games from over the years, sometimes bringing a secret agent bent to an established world, sometimes adapting a property or creating a brand new one.

If you’re not yet sure of what you want to run this year at Carnage Royale, this list may help inspire you, or provide some direction. They are, of course, merely suggestions and fond wishes of what we’d like to see on the schedule. Ultimately, run the games you’re passionate about, because that passion helps make a good time for everyone at the table.

And a bonus inspiration source: the International Spy Museum!

Carnage Royale Opens for Game Submissions

Death with Walther and scythe in hand, captured in the closing shutter of a lens.Care for a game, Secret Agent 802?

Carnage Royale is looking for people to volunteer to share and teach their favorite games at this year’s convention, November 4th through 6th, 2016 in Killington, Vermont. A tabletop game convention like Carnage wouldn’t exist without passionate people who step up to volunteer to run games for players, so we’re putting the call out for game submissions. Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for fellow players, a designer who wants to get their game some exposure or a publisher with a stable of titles to show off, we want to hear from you! Carnage game offerings span the spectrum from board and card games to miniatures battles of all genres to role-playing adventures.

When you’re ready, fill out the GM submission form on our site with your game’s details and send them to us. If you would like to submit more than one game, wait a moment after submitting and your web browser will be redirected to the submission page.

The deadline to have your submissions in to Carnage for inclusion in the convention book is July 31st. Submissions received after that date may still be considered, but Carnage cannot guarantee they will be included in the convention book on publication, which is the best way to get maximum exposure for your game.

Carnage Royale is a tabletop game convention that runs November 4th through 6th, 2016 at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. Lodging information at Killington is available. Once the convention book is compiled, registration will open to conventioneers in the fall. For further updates, you can check back at www.carnagecon.com, and follow Carnage on Facebook and Twitter.

Killington Grand Checkout Time

As a reminder for Carnage attendees staying at the Killington Grand for the weekend, standard checkout time is 11:00am. If you are curious about the possibility of a later checkout, inquire with the front desk. Later checkout times usually depend on upcoming reservations, so it may vary from room to room.

Other places to stay on the mountain, including the various condominiums, may have different policies, and you should check directly with them about their checkout policies.

Trading in the Land of the Lost, Carnage of the Lost World’s No-Ship Math Trade, Is Now Open

As previously foreshadowed, Matt Golec is coordinating the now-annual Carnage math trade, wherein people offer games up for trade, compose want lists of what others are offering for trade, and then a computer program sorts it all out to optimize the trading. It’s pretty cool, and a fun way to turn over your game library. The types of items you’ll find in the math trade include board games, role-playing games, other gaming paraphernalia and even things outside the scope of Boardgamegeek.

From now until October 29th, 2015, people can post games offered for trade to the Trading in the Land of the Lost geek list on Boardgamegeek. After that deadline, participants have until November 2nd to submit their want lists, identifying the things they would like to receive and what they would be willing to give away in exchange. Then Matt will run the program, list the results and the exchanges will happen at Carnage of the Lost World the following weekend. It’s just that easy!