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.

Get Your Games in for Carnage of the Lost World

We’re nearing the end of the game submission period for Carnage of the Lost World. The last day to get the games you want to run submitted in time to be included in the Carnage convention book is July 31st, 2015. GMs, if you’re still thinking about whether or not to run games at the convention this year, now is the time to act! A game convention is nothing without the hard-working GMs who put in the effort to teach their favorite games and create new and inventive adventures and scenarios for eager players. Use our handy GM sign up form to send in the details of the games you want to run. If you have questions about running games at Carnage, you can reach us through our contact page, or leave a comment below.

Carnage of the Lost World runs from November 6th through 8th at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. Subscribe to our news feed and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on convention developments, including when preregistration opens!

Calling for GM Submissions for Carnage of the Lost World

As summer kicks off, some of us are already thinking about November and Carnage, Vermont’s tabletop game convention. Five months will fly by faster than you expect, so get thinking now about what games you would like to run at Carnage.

This year, Carnage explores the lost world, that hidden slice of an antediluvian time where prehistoric beasts survive, and unexpectedly come into contact with often unsuspecting denizens of a more civilized era. Whether it’s in a steamy jungle shielded from biting polar winds, a remote plateau in the arid desert or a deep loch in the rocky highlands, something has survived. And that something is a bit stroppy.

Carnage’s lost world theme can help role-playing and miniatures GMs find inspiration in writing their scenarios, and point toward board games that may not otherwise see play. However, running a game within the theme of the lost world and dinosaurs is always optional, never a directive, and should only be as utilized as much as it makes the game experience fun for everyone. Incorporate it as you see fit.

To submit your game proposal for Carnage of the Lost World, use our handy submission form. Submissions are open between now and the end of July. After that time, we cannot guarantee any further entries will be included in the Carnage convention book, though they may make it into the addendum.

Carnage runs from November 6th to the 8th in 2015, at the Killington Grand Hotel, in Killington, Vermont. Lodging information 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.

The Game With No Name Math Trade

The grim reaper, wearing a ten gallon hat, rides a pale horse, a rifle in each hand.
The orneriest high plains drifter you’ll ever meet.

The Game With No Name math trade is now live on Boardgamegeek! Organizer Matt Golec lays out all the details in the opening post of the geek list. The short version is that a computer program orchestrates trades among a large number of people, all offering and desiring to receive various games.

From now until 9:00pm on October 29th, 2014, people can post games offered for trade to the linked geek list on Boardgamegeek. After that deadline, participants have until 9:00pm on November 2nd to compose 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 A Fistful of Carnage, starting Saturday, November 8th. It’s just that easy!

Download A Fistful of Carnage’s Convention Book

Note: This post links to the 2014 Carnage 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.

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Download A Fistful of Carnage’s convention book and register for the weekend!

Saddle up, pardners! You’re about to hit the mother lode of tabletop games at A Fistful of Carnage: board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing and more at the Killington Grand Resort on November 7-9 this year. To effectively work such a rich vein of tabletop action, you’ll need to plan ahead. And so you can, with A Fistful of Carnage’s official convention book, racing across the land in pony express saddlebags, as well as available through modern telegraphy!

Once you’ve figured out what you want to play, download and fill out the registration form. Note your desired games, include second choices just to be safe, check whether you’re coming for the weekend or just a day or two and decide whether or not you want a T-shirt.

GMs, if you managed to find time in your Carnage weekend to play something and wish to register, be sure to check the box noting you’re a GM. If you’re registering as a group of five or more, all registration forms must be included in the same envelope.

Get your registration form in the mail and postmarked by October 31st! We do our best to accommodate last minute registrations, but your best shot of getting a seat at the games you most want to play is registering in advance.

  • A Fistful of Carnage Convention Book — 2014 [PDF, 1.1MB]
  • Carnage on the Mountain Pre-reg Form [PDF, 94kb]
  • Carnage on the Mountain Schedule Grid [PDF, 96kb]
  • Carnage on the Mountain Schedule Grid [XLS, 70kb]
  • Killington Grand Site Map [PDF, 62kb]

Addenda, Errata and Other Updates

The documents above reflect A Fistful of Carnage’s schedule as of their publishing on October 6th, 2014. Further changes will be noted on the addendum page. This includes new games, corrections and cancellations.

As always, questions can be directed to info@carnagecon.com.

Get your registration forms in before the end of October. We’ll see you on the mountain for A Fistful of Carnage!

A Fistful of Carnage Math Trade Coming Soon!

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Matt Golec, friend of Carnage, trusty organizer of math trades past, and co-designer of Penny Press, asked we pass on the word that the Game With No Name, a no-ship math trade coinciding with this year’s A Fistful of Carnage at Killington, is indeed in the offing:

The Carnage no-ship math trade will return! The submission window runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 30, and want lists are due Nov. 4. Results posted soon after. We’ll publicize this more as the dates draws near.

In the meantime, you can go here (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Math_Trades) to learn how math trades work. Start looking over your pile of games to see which ones might be trade-worthy!

If you’re curious about what people offer up in math trades, you can check out the lists of previous years’ swap offers:

Let Slip the GMs of War!

We come not to praise Carnage, but to perpetuate it! As mud season recedes into memory, let’s look ahead to the fall, and this year’s Carnage on the Mountain. And in particular, let’s look to what our hearty GMs have up their sleeves after a winter of scheming. Board games, card tourney formats, miniatures scenarios, role-playing adventures, we want them all!

GMs, you will find the now familiar sign up form available for your input through the adjacent link, as well as in the menu bar at the top of the site. Take the summer, think it over. But we want your game listings in by the end of July, as always, so we can have the book in conventioneers’ hands as soon as possible.

Ave Carnage!

Saddle Up for Carnage on the Mountain 2014

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The orneriest high plains drifter you’ll ever meet.

We are pleased to announce we have secured a date and place for Carnage on the Mountain 2014. Plan your next expedition up the slopes of Killington Peak for November 7th, 2014, executing a descent strategy on November 9th.[1] Carnage returns to the Killington Grand Resort for a full weekend of tabletop games: board games, card games, historical and fantasy miniatures, role-playing games and more.

The 2013 convention at Killington was a learning experience for everyone. The Carnage staff took their own notes, combined them with feedback from our conventioneers and are currently collaborating on how to provide an even better weekend of gaming for everyone at Killington in 2014.

Booking Rooms for Carnage on the Mountain 2014

For those who have not yet booked rooms for 2014, remember that in order to get the convention rate at the Killington Grand, you must call to reserve and you must specify you want the Carnage convention rate. Reserving online will not grant the convention rate.

In addition to hotel-style rooms, Killington also offers accommodations like the Pinnacle condominiums adjacent to the main building. Visit Killington’s website for full details on your mountainside options. You’ll find convention rates for Carnage on the Mountain 2014 listed on the Lodging page.

Running and Registering for Games

As is now tradition, Carnage’s field marshals will start contacting our trusty, ever-giving GMs in the late winter and spring. Around then, the GM submission form will also open. Registration should open in late summer, early fall.

The Latest News

As always, keep a weather eye on the Carnage website for the latest news. News posts are relayed to our presences on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.


[1] The very well prepared may wish instead to overwinter on the slopes of Killington. To those individuals, we wish godspeed.

Ski You at Killington: The Carnage on the Mountain No-Ship Math Trade

The Carnage on the Mountain no-ship math trade, dubbed Ski You at Killington, is now live at BoardGameGeek. Prospective traders have until October 27th to make their offers. Want lists are due November 3rd. The trade, of course, happens at Carnage on the Mountain at Killington the next weekend.

What’s a math trade, you ask? Matt’s post at the top of the list explains the details of the format more, but in short: list the board games, card games, miniatures and RPGs you want to swap away by 9:00pm on October 21st. Then create a want list from the gamers offered by others using the On-Line Want List Generator by October 28th at 9:00pm. Then wait for the good news of what you’re swapping and what you’re receiving.

Let’s get those games listed to find them new homes!

Carnage on the Mountain 2013 Addendum

To err is human. While we try as hard as we can, errors still slip through when compiling games for the convention book. This afternoon we published an updated convention book with key corrections to the fantasy miniatures section. Please use the updated version, named 2013_Carnage_Booklet_For_Web_10-08.pdf, for your registration.

Additionally, the web addendum is live. You will find a link in the Convention Book menu of the navigation bar. This is a living document of further clarifications, additions and cancellations. Keep an eye on it in the coming days for further offerings at Carnage on the Mountain.

We thank our friends, GMs and conventioneers alike, for their patience as we reconcile our perceptions with reality.