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

Note: This post links to the 2016 convention book and is made available for informational purposes only. If you’re looking for the current year’s convention book, check the sidebar, or the top of the News page, to see if it has been released yet.

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 — 2016 [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!

Carnage of the Lost World’s Convention Book is Available for Download

Note: This post links to the 2015 convention book and is made available for informational purposes only. If you’re looking for the current year’s convention book, check the sidebar, or the top of the News page.

Carnage of the Lost World convention book cover: Death, wielding an elephant gun, stands with one foot on the neck of a dead tyrannosaurus.Carnage of the Lost World’s convention book is now available for you to download as a PDF, as well as a schedule grid to help plan your weekend. Check out the addendum page, explained below, for the latest game news. Once you’ve picked out the games you would like to play, fill out the preregistration form at the back of the book and send it in before the first week of November. There are no guarantees in preregistration, of course, but sooner is always better, and it never hurts to include a second choice.

GMs, if you would like to sign up to play in addition to running games, send in the pre-reg form, noting on it that you are a GM.

Once that’s taken care, all you have to do is sit back and relax and get ready for Carnage of the Lost World, November 6-8, 2015 at the Killington Grand! You could also rustle up some games to offer for trade in the annual no-ship math trade, Trading in the Land of the Lost, too.

  • Carnage of the Lost World Convention Book — 2015 [PDF, 2.6MB]
  • Carnage of the Lost World Schedule Grid [PDF, 110kB]

Addenda, Errata and Other Updates

Now that the convention book is published, we’ll be using the addendum page to list late additions, corrections and cancellations. Visit it often to see the latest and greatest of what Carnage of the Lost World has to offer. Any questions can be directed to info@carnagecon.com.

New Spaces, Venue Changes

Carnage has access to some new convention spaces this year in the Snowshed building: the Ticket Room, the Pods and Snowshed-Gateway are all rooms on the ground floor, below the Snowshed ballroom, which most convention-goers know as the main role-playing game space. The new rooms are all pictured in the map on page 29 of the convention book.

Additionally, the Killington resort is in the process of renovating, which changes some of the routes prior attendees may be used to, and the availability of some amenities. Check out our rundown of what’s to eat and where for details.

Prepare for Trading in the Land of the Lost This November at Carnage

One of Carnage’s newest traditions is the no-ship math trade, an opportunity for gamers to swap away unwanted games for something new and fresh. What, specifically, is a math trade? This Boardgamegeek geeklist explains it nicely: “In Math trades people offer the games they want to trade and then say the games they want to swap for from those on offer. The organiser uses a piece of software to maximise the number of trades.” The no-ship part means there’s no postage involved. Bring your trade to Carnage of the Lost World this November and walk away with your new goodies. In the math trade, you’re likely to find board games, role-playing games, and other gaming and maybe non-gaming goodies.

Matt Golec, coordinator of the math trade lo these years, has laid out a timeline for Trading in the Land of the Lost, a no-ship math trade:

  • October 12th, 2015: the math trade geek list opens. Post the games you want to trade away, start scoping out what other people are offering.
  • October 26th, 2015: the for trade submission period for the math trade closes. Start composing your want list, noting what you would trade for and wouldn’t.
  • November 2nd, 2015: the want list submission closes. Matt runs the trade program and announces who’s trading what to whom for what.

It’s just that easy! Keep an eye on the Carnage news feed and Facebook page for news of when the math trade opens, and other Carnage of the Lost World developments.

Food and Drink at Killington Resort in 2015

Note: As of 2016, Killington’s renovations are complete and on-site food and options are back to normal. See the Lodging page for more information.


 

The Killington resort informed Carnage that the main hotel’s restaurant, Ovations, would be closed during the fall of 2015 for renovations. Unfortunately, the resort’s renovation schedule coincides with Carnage of the Lost World. Recognizing the impact the lack of an on-site restaurant space would have on Carnage-goers during the convention, Killington has worked with Carnage to ensure there are ample options for food and beverages throughout the weekend.

Below you will find listed options to purchase food and drink from Killington during Carnage of the Lost World in 2015. Some of these options have always been available. Others are being offered by the resort to make up for the loss of the main restaurant space.

Carnage regrets any inconvenience this may cause our guests. The Killington resort is making all efforts to provide the usual dining amenities, as well as additional options. Carnage believes the options provided by the resort will meet convention-goers’ needs for dining and socializing during Carnage of the Lost World. We hope you will join us in 2015 for the best convention yet.

Clubhouse Bar & Grill

Across the road from the Grand Resort — a three to five minute walk from the front lobby — is the Clubhouse Bar & Grill. Normally closed in November, Killington is offering this venue as an alternative venue for sit-down dining during Carnage in 2015. The Clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Oscar Wilde Ballroom

Outside the Oscar Wilde ballroom, the main space Carnage uses for board games and miniatures, Killington will set up a point of sale for pub-style food and beverages. This point will be open Friday evening til close, 11am on Saturday to close and Sunday morning and early afternoon.

Snowshed Food Court

The food court space in Snowshed, attached to the card game room, will be selling hot beverages and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and sandwiches, hot and cold beverages, beer and wine in the afternoon and evening. Snowshed food options will be open from 1pm to 11pm on Friday, 7am to 11pm on Saturday and 7am to 2pm on Sunday.

Ski Check Bar

In lieu of the bar in Ovations, Killington will configure the Ski Check room as a service bar. The area outside the Ski Check room, and the lounge area outside the Northstar room — also known as the dealer’s room — will be furnished with couches, chairs and tables for convention-goers to socialize. The bar will be open from 5pm t0 closing Friday night and 11am until closing on Saturday.

Further Options

Killington’s convenience store, Grand Essentials, will offer their usual assortment of drinks, snacks and prepared food. The mountain road to the resort offers a bevvy of restaurants and convenience stores.