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!

Carnage XX Opens for Registration!

Text: "Register Now for Carnage. Registration closes 10.24.17."
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.

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.

Extra Life at Carnage Royale

Extra Life charity logo. Slogan: "Play games. Heal kids." Benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

 

We are happy to announce that Extra Life is coming to Carnage Royale!

Extra Life is a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Players sign up to join the Extra Carnage team, ask the people in your life to donate, then at Carnage Royale play games for 24 hours! The money you raise will go to your local hospital to help kids.

Oh, and don’t worry, it’s not 24 straight hours of gaming. Bathroom breaks are highly encouraged!

Organizer Edwin has exciting news:

Our Extra Life extravaganza at Carnage Royale will kick off with a multi-table, high-action, DCC tournament of Carnival of the Damned Friday at 7 PM. The Carnival of the Damned is a Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG zero level adventure with tournament style play. Characters who survive gradually uncover the sinister purpose of the carnival and its twisted overseer, the Black Jester! Play one character or many, those that survive the most encounters can win prizes and all can take home nightmares. 

Other events planned for the 24-hour period between Friday at 7 and Saturday at 7 include Saturday Morning Cartoons (kids helping kids), Midnight Fiasco, and some very exciting exclusive Call of Cthulhu content. More info on all these events in the coming weeks.

Extra Life Carnage RoyaleYou can participate in Extra Life by playing other kinds of games, too. All of the time you spend playing games during the weekend goes toward your 24 hours. This includes RPGs, board games, miniatures, Diplomacy and even pickup games you play with your friends! There are board games that can be checked out outside the Oscar Wilde room, so grab some gamers and add to your hours with a pickup game.

Since you are going to be playing games at Carnage Royale anyway, why not sign up and raise some money for a good cause? Join the Extra Carnage team if you are willing to be a fundraiser.

If you are running a game and would like it to be in support of Extra Life, please include “This game supports Extra Life” in the game description. If you have already submitted your game and would like to add this statement please email Carnage staff member Nyssa at missnyss17@gmail.com

Keep checking the Carnage Lounge on Facebook for updates and consider joining the Extra Life team to help make a difference for children in your area!

 

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.

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.