Thank You for 20 Years of Carnage

Even Steam Park can be timey-wimey, with the right player at the table.
The certified comedians of Improvised Weapons make Dungeons & Dragons even funnier.
Mike and Doug snuck into the cheap seats at Fenway Park.
Robin Lea gets into her role running “Timelash Redux.”

This year at Carnage XX, we:

  • raised over $2300 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals with Team NEG and Extra Life
  • raised over $1100 to find a cure for cancer with Gamers for a Cure
  • proposed — and accepted! — marriage during Cards Against Humanity
  • told ghost stories by the fireside with Oscar Rios and Golden Goblin Press
  • caught a ball game at Fenway Park with Green Monster Invades the Green Mountains
  • streamed Dungeons & Dragons games for laughs and good causes with Improvised Weapons, Gemhammer and Sons and Victory Condition Gaming
  • passed Sneaky Carnage cards around all weekend
  • played a ton more games

Thank you, everyone, who helped make Carnage possible this year, last year and every year prior since Carnage at the Crossroads kicked the whole thing off in 1998. A convention like Carnage exists entirely because of you, the gamer, the one who wants to spend a whole weekend meeting new friends, trying new games and enjoying the daylights out of the tabletop hobby.

From the very beginning, Carnage has been a labor of love. The committee members love playing games, learning new games, teaching the games they love to other people. But you can’t make a whole convention out of that without so many more people also believing in that same vision of sharing their love for the hobby. Without GMs to teach the games and players to play them, there would be no Carnage.

Moreover, without the friendships that spring up among conventioneers — there’s nothing quite like standing in line to pick up your badge and catching up with friends you haven’t seen since last year, or the annual Saturday night dinner out before rushing back — there’s no way Carnage could have lasted 20 years. Carnage is here because you are here. Carnage is fun because you make it fun. You make the friendships and the memories that keep you and all your friends coming back. Every year, we are humbled that you all choose Carnage to be the place to renew those friendships, make new ones and celebrate our hobby.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for helping make Carnage the best little game convention in New England for the last 20 years. We could not have done it without you.

Carnage 21 is November 2-4, 2018 in Killington, Vermont. We’ll see you on the mountain!

Saturday Morning Kids Game Event at Carnage XX

People have asked, “Is the Kids Games Event being run this year? I do not see it on the registration site.”

Have no fear, Carnage is once again offering a kids-only event Saturday morning (8am-12pm) in the Oscar Wilde Ballroom. The event will be run by Justin Berman, Kevin Day and Kris Lubinsky for the fifth year. This year they will also be getting help from Oliver Dienz. There is no need to sign up for the kids games. It is a free drop-in event for younger kids. They do not have to have a badge to participate in the event, but if kids with youth badges want to play they are welcome to join.

The only thing we ask is that a parent or responsible adult be present with the younger kids without badges. The guys will have plenty of great kid-friendly games ready to go. So bring the kids down to the Oscar Wilde Ballroom Saturday morning for some great games and fun. It is as good as Saturday morning cartoons, only without the Captain Crunch!

 

Local Designers Offer Demos and Playtests at Carnage XX

This year at Carnage XX, the convention is pleased to present a selection of regional game designers showing off games both in design and ready for prime time. Some will be available for perusal in the vendor room — Northstar Room, on the ground floor of the Killington Grand — and others are on the formal schedule in the Oscar Wilde Ballroom, just down the hall from the Northstar Room.

Epic Endeavor Games (Northstar Room)

Pocket Kung Fu (Demo / For Sale)
The Original Kung Fu Fighting Microgame, 2-6 player
Turn your table top into an arena full of Kung Fu masters with Pocket Kung Fu! (Everyday) objects like books, glasses, or cellphones transform into active game elements as fighters leap, flip, and battle their way to victory. This portable game can be played anywhere, in between other games, while ordering food, or even while waiting in line.

Vigilante (Demo)
1-4 player, semi-cooperative, campaign
In Vigilante, you create a character of your own design by building a deck of abilities, weapons, allies and locations. You and your fellow players work together to defeat the Criminal’s forces and schemes before the “Grand Scheme” timer runs out. Be sure to manage the Public’s opinion so as not to fall out of favor with those you seek to protect — or game over!

The Excavators (Demo)
1-4 player
Dig into the adventure as you and your team uncover lost treasures in search of the ultimate prize. Compete with up to 3 other players as you attempt to match artifact pieces, scoring points and ultimately grab the ancient artifact of lore. This unique spin on Rummy combined with pulp adventure will get your heart racing!

2 Ton Porcupines (Northstar Room)

Kapow! (Demo)
Our first project is Kapow!, a comic hero vs. villain dice-battle showdown. Use a mix of static power dice and customizable “Action Dice” (with removable faces) to perform superhero moves and unique special powers. The Kickstarter launches in late October 2017!

 

First Stall Productions (Oscar Wilde Ballroom)

History 101: The POTUS Punch-Out (Demo)
What if all the former U.S. Presidents walked into a bar? In this unique new board flipping game you will be leading a team of former presidents and competing to see what former President will still be standing when the dust settles.

See the convention schedule for scheduled demo times and sign up for one.

Society of Ultimate Evil and Terror the Card Game – S.U.E.T (Demo)
Play an Evil Genius competing to gain entry into the Society of Ultimate Evil and Terror. To do so you must be the first to complete a doomsday device and blackmail the world.

See the convention schedule for schedule demo times and sign up for one.

Endeavfour Studios (Oscar Wilde Ballroom)

Apoc.EXE (Playtest)
You and up to 3 of your closest thrill seeking friends could try to survive the end of the world. Whether you survive or not, please remember one thing: don’t touch the zombie T-Rex –or was it don’t let it touch you?!

See the convention schedule for scheduled demo times and sign up for one.

 

 

Resonym (Oscar Wilde Ballroom)

Visitor in Blackwood Grove (Demo)
Fresh from its successful Kickstarter campaign, a mysterious Visitor has crash-landed in Blackwood Grove. Race to figure out the secret rule and save the alien in this induction game by local designers! This is a quick game, demos will continue thru out the slot.

See the convention schedule for scheduled demo times and sign up for one.

Carnage XX Opens for Registration!

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Click to visit the online registration system and get your Carnage XX badge today.

Registration for Carnage XX has officially opened! This year, we are using a third party website, Tabletop.Events, to facilitate attendee registration before and during the convention this year. Visit our site there, Carnage XX 2017, to browse the schedule of games for the weekend. This system has the ability to filter the schedule by game type, rules used, time of day and search for keywords, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for fast.

How It Works

We have a short walkthrough written up if you’d like more detail about how to use the new online registration system.

Once you create an account with Tabletop.Events, you can purchase badges for yourself, friends and family members with a credit card and sign up for seats in games for all the badges you’ve purchased, plus preorder Carnage souvenir shirts. When you arrive at the convention, you can pick up your packet with your badge and tickets from the convention registration desk at noon on Friday and go enjoy the weekend!

This registration system works in real time, meaning the seats you see listed as open are available at that moment. If a game is full, you can get on the game’s wait list, which means you will be notified when a seat becomes available. Carnage staff will be keeping an eye on which games fill up to see where we might be able to add games to the schedule, so don’t be shy about using the wait list button.

After you’ve completed buying your badge, you can continue to manage your registration, adding and removing games from your schedule, until the end October 24th. At that point, registration will close until the convention begins so we can process badges and packets. After that, all financial transactions are final and game reservations can’t be adjusted until the convention begins.

Important Dates to Remember

Registration reopens noon on Friday, November 3rd, at which point preregistered attendees can pick up their packets. The online registration system then reopen so people can purchase walk-up badges and make their ticket reservations on their personal devices. If you need help or don’t have a web-ready device, the convention registration desk staff can give assistance.

If you’re looking for the traditional convention book and paper registration form, we still have it for you in electronic format as soon as we are able. Below you can download the paper registration form, and will be able to download the convention book when we are able to post it. Please note that if you choose to register by mail, your game choices will be entered as and when able by convention staff, and seats may no longer be available in your chosen games.

Countdown to Carnage XX: From Preregistration to the Convention

As Carnage XX approaches, we’re reminded that while the convention is entering its twentieth year, not necessarily everyone interested in attending has been before or is intimately familiar with how Carnage works. To that end, here’s a quick road map to the convention, from the day preregistration opens to the convention itself.


September 18th, 2017, 7:00pm

Preregistration opens for Carnage. The registration site opens for badge and ticket sales. The convention book is circulated electronically and to friendly local game stores.

Conventioneers can buy a convention badge, sign up to play games, order a souvenir shirt and generally work themselves into a frenzy thinking about all the fun to be had in November. Online registration is in real time: the seats you see available are available right then. You can also put yourself on the wait list for full games. Paper registration forms are processed as and when convention staff are able, and choices cannot be guaranteed.

Tuesday, October 24th, 11:59pm

Preregistration closes. Attendees can no longer request refunds if they cannot attend the convention, or buy or release tickets to reserve seats in games until the convention begins.

Friday, November 3rd, 12:00pm

Convention registration desk in Killington Grand lobby opens. Preregistered attendees can pick up their badge and game packets. Walk-in attendees can purchase one on their network-enabled device and then pick up their badge and packet from the desk. Desk staff can help those without a suitable device.

Friday, November 3rd, 1:00pm

The first slot of the convention begins! Go have fun.

Board Games, Board Games and More Board Games

Love board games? Like teaching people new board games? Carnage needs your help!

We are looking for board game GMs for this year’s 20th anniversary edition of Carnage.  Below is a list of games we are looking to have run at this year’s event. If you see a game you would like to run, please consider signing up to run a slot. As always running two slots of board games that  are approved and in the pre-reg book, gets you into the convention for free.

So head to our GM sign up form today! Now for the wish list in no particular order:

  • Great Western Trail
  • Blood Rage
  • Scythe
  • Mechs vs Minions
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Time Stories
  • Concordia
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Clank
  • Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
  • Terraforming Mars
  • COIN Games (Falling Sky, Cuba Libre, Andean Abyss, etc…)
  • Pericles: The Peloponnesian War
  • Agricola
  • Stone Age
  • 18xx Rail Games
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Innis
  • 1775: Rebellion
  • 1754: Conquest
  • Assault of the Giants
  • Pandemic: Iberia
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Terra Mystica
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Keyflower
  • Fields of Arle
  • Arcadia Quest
  • Memoir ’44
  • Captain Sonar

If you don’t see a game you want to run on the list, don’t worry. Submit it anyways. We love all board games!  (Okay…mostly all.)

See you in November!

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

Call for Board Games at Carnage Royale

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The general call has gone out for all GMs to submit their games! We need board games! The more we have to offer, the more you will have to play. We are looking for any and all board games. We are also looking to offer some specific board games. If you would like to help out by running a board game at Carnage, then please consider running one of the following games. (Other games are always welcome!)

  • Mombasa
  • Concordia
  • Agricola
  • World’s Fair
  • Dead of Winter
  • Imhotep
  • T.I.M.E Stories
  • Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt against Caesar
  • 1775: Rebellion
  • Orleans
  • Mare Nostrum: Empires
  • Blood Rage
  • Isle of Sky: From Chieftain to King
  • Terra Mystica
  • Caverna
  • Castles of Burgundy
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig
  • Russian Railroads
  • Five Tribes
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Dominant Species
  • Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
  • Clash of Cultures
  • The Gallerist
  • Grand Austria Hotel
  • Triumph and Tragedy
  • Tokaido
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
  • New Bedford
  • Endeavor

Thanks for taking a look. Please consider signing up to run some games at Carnage Royale. Just go to the GM Submission form.  Any questions on board game submissions please leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.