Gamers for a Cure at Carnage

Gamers for a Cure will be at Carnage again this year.  Robert Holden and his wife Jamie will have a table in the vendors room, Northstar, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. They will be selling tickets for a games raffle. The full list of games will be available at their table and at the main registration desk at the convention.  There is also a full list at their Facebook Page. If people would like to donate directly to their Making Strides team page, they can do so here. So be sure to stop by the table and check out the prizes and help Gamers find a Cure!

You can read more about the Holdens’ story of fighting cancer in this article in the Burlington Free Press.

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!

 

What to Do When You Arrive at Carnage XX

If you’re not quite sure how to check in for Carnage at Killington this coming Friday, this is the post for you. We break the process down into a couple easy steps: get your badge, find your game, have fun!

Get Your Badge

As you arrive at Killington for Carnage, your first stop after parking is the Killington Grand Hotel, noted in the lower right corner of the adjacent satellite image — link to Google maps. All Carnage-goers need to visit the convention registration desk in the hotel lobby to pick up their badges. Your badge is your proof of admission to the convention and all scheduled events.

Note: the convention information desk will open at 12pm on Friday. Prior to that, convention staff will be working to set up the desk and organize packets for attendees. Please do not crowd the desk before staff are ready to help attendees.

Preregistered Attendees and GMs

If you preregistered for Carnage, or are running games on the schedule, your badge and ticket packet will be waiting for you at the convention registration desk. Once the registration desk opens at 12pm, convention staff will help you find your badge, packet of games you’ve signed up for and any convention merch you may have purchased in advance. If you like, you can buy your merch right and there as well. Once you have your packet in hand, head on over to the Snowshed, where all of Friday afternoon’s games are scheduled to begin at 1pm.

Walk-Up Attendees

If you haven’t purchased a badge yet, your first stop is also the convention registration desk in the hotel lobby. If you have an internet-enabled device and a credit card, we recommend making use of it to purchase your badge and sign up for games on Tabletop.Events while waiting in line. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, you’ll need to wait in line until convention staff can create your badge, and then you can sign up for games. Again, having a device with internet access will help speed this process along.

Go Find Your Game

Once you have your badge and game sign-ups in hand, it’s time to find your first game of the weekend!

Friday afternoon of the convention, all the games are located in the Snowshed, the white building to the Killington Grand. See the above image for an overview of the resort’s layout. From the Grand, you can cross the bridge to get to the Snowshed in the lower left corner of the image, or walk around the edge of the pond and pass through the Snowshed’s parking lot.

Pro-tip: some people prefer to drive over to the Snowshed for Friday, since it is typically much easier to find a space there while the other conference that uses spaces in the Grand winds down.

At the Snowshed, almost all the games are on the main level, in either the Snowshed Ballroom, Snowshed Cafeteria and Snowshed Bakery, with some located in Group Sales on the lowest level of the building. The Venue page on Tabletop.Events includes diagrams of each room used in the convention schedule.

If you need help finding a game, there is a convention information desk located on the bridge between the two halves of the Snowshed, which connects the Ballroom and Cafeteria. Convention staff and volunteers there can help you find the room or table you’re looking for.

Play!

This is usually the easy part.

The Rest of the Weekend

After 5pm on Friday, the Snowshed becomes the domain of the role-playing contingent of Carnage. Board games, miniatures, card games make their way back across the pond to filter through the ground floor of the Grand to their various designated rooms. The convention desks in the lobby of the Grand and the Snowshed are open from about 7:30am to 9pm-ish to check in attendees, answer questions, provide directions, etc. Once it opens on Friday at noon, the registration system on Tabletop.Events is available 24/7 for attendees to adjust their schedules, watch for new additions and so on.

Special Offerings at Carnage XX

As the countdown to Carnage XX marches on, we wanted to highlight some special offerings at the convention this year. Falling outside the usual categories like board games or miniatures, these are the special kinds of events you often find only at conventions.

Extra Life Fundraising

Team NEG returns to Carnage to lead the charge in raising donations for Extra Life, the charity that benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Highlights include the Dungeon Crawl Classics meatgrinder adventure “Prince Charming, Reanimator,” the Star Wars cantina LARP “Episode 3.25: Incident at Kaba,” and a raffle of many, many donated prizes. You can hear it all straight from the folks behind Team NEG through their Q&A on Victory Condition Gaming.

Improvised Weapons Comedy Dungeons & Dragons Shows

The Burlington-based actual play podcast Improvised Weapons, featuring improv comedians playing Dungeons & Dragons, makes their Carnage, convention and live performance debut with two shows on Friday evening of the convention, November 3rd at 7 and 9pm. Horses may be punched. Sample some episodes of the podcast itself, then check out the cast’s recent appearance on Victory Condition Gaming, where they talked about role-playing, comedy and who would win a mayonnaise-drinking contest.

Ghost Stories with Golden Goblin Press

Oscar Rios, owner of Golden Goblin Press and Call of Cthulhu writer extraordinaire, hosts late night ghost stories by the fireside at 11:30pm on Friday. Tell your own story for a chance to win one of Golden Goblin Press’ horror fiction collections, or just come to listen if you dare.

Sip and Felt

Saturday evening, Scratch Makerspace teaches you a new craft while you make some fun and geeky needle felted creatures. Learn to make needle felted models of your favorite characters, or an adorable critter. Materials fee applies. See the event listing for details.

Gemhammer & Sons Dungeons & Dragons Live Game

Gemhammer & Sons‘ on-going live game, traveling from convention to convention, arrives at Carnage on Saturday night. Catch up on previous episodes and then settle in for the show as the party tries to get something, anything, accomplished.

Gamers for a Cure

Gamers for a Cure will be raising money for cancer research with a raffle in the Northstar vendors’ room, and the Dungeons & Dragons tournament “The Gauntlet!”

Cube of Death Pub Trivia

Now in its 7th year at Carnage as a late Saturday night tradition, Cube of Death is pub trivia with a role-playing twist. Assemble your elite squad of minutiae-masters, discover whether your team will play as the sneaky thief, the doughty warrior or other character class, then answer questions plumbing the depths of nerd trivia to do damage to your competitors and knock them out of the game!

Check out the special events category on Carnage’s Tabletop.Events page for all these and more!

One Week Remains to Preregister for Carnage XX

Picture of the Grim Reaper holding out a magic 8-ball. Text reads, "Signs point to Carnage registration closing on October 24th. Get your badge now and play all of the cool games at Carnage! registration.carnagecon.com 11.3.17-11.5.17, Killington, VT

The preregistration period for Carnage XX is coming to an end. If you haven’t purchased your badge yet, or have friends who haven’t, this is your opportunity to save a couple bucks and know exactly what you’ll be playing come the convention.

After October 24th, badges will be available at full rates starting the morning of Friday, November 3rd, either online through Tabletop.Events or at the convention registration desk in the lobby of the Killington Grand Hotel. You have until October 24th to take advantage of the preregistration discounts, and then all the badge prices go up.

For those attendees who have already preregistered, you have until the end of the 24th to finalize your game sign-ups for the convention. If you haven’t looked at your schedule since the initial mad dash, maybe this is a good time to look things over and see what you think of current offerings on the schedule. After the 24th, ticket sales will close as well, so that we can create everyone’s badge and rundown of games for which they’ve signed up. Ticket sales will reopen along with badge sales on November 3rd, at which point badge-holders can manage their game sign-ups through Tabletop.Events all weekend long.

As always, any questions can be directed to info@carnagecon.com. If you’re not yet following Carnage on Facebook and Twitter, those are good channels to get news about the convention as it’s posted.

Carnage No-Ship Math Trade: The 20th Anniversary Edition

Carnage’s traditional no-ship math trade is now live on BoardGameGeek, guest-helmed by Carnage’s own board game field marshal, Rod Sheldon, while Matt Golec takes the year off to be a gadabout.

A math trade is a way of swapping games you no longer want, aided by a computer program which constructs a web of trades based on what individuals are offering and willing to accept in return. Once the offer period ends, you can compose your want list, things you’d like to get and what you’d exchange for them. The computer crunches possibilities and works out an optimal series of trades. The “no-ship” part means the trades are done in person, specifically during the afternoon of November 5th at Carnage XX. Drop off any games you are swapping away and pick up what you’re receiving in return. It’s that easy!

The offer period closes October 23rd at 9:00pm, so you have until then to decide whether to participate. Head on over to the BoardGameGeek list check out what folks are offering. You can also read the instructions on how to participate. They’re meant to lead you through step by step, and you can also ask questions in the comments section if something’s unclear.

Announcing Youth Rate Badges for 2017

After a number of inquiries from attendees this year, Carnage has decided to offer youth rate badges. For attendees ages 11 to 15, they can now register to play games at a reduced rate. Head over to the Carnage XX registration site to see the new badge rates. As always, all minors at Carnage are to be attended by a parent or responsible adult at all times.

For attendees qualifying for the youth rates who purchased badges before this announcement, they and a parent or responsible adult may visit the registration desk during the convention and request a refund of the difference between a full rate and youth rate badge.

Youth 10 years and younger may play in games for free, as in the past, on a walk-up basis as space is available and at the GM’s discretion. Saturday morning of the convention, there is a kids gaming area available, free for players 10 and younger to enjoy.

How to Register for Carnage Using Tabletop.Events

If you’re wondering how to navigate the online registration system Carnage is using this year, this post can give you a quick walkthrough on the basics.

Get Your Badge

Red circle highlighting the Buy Badges button.The first thing you need to do is get your badge. This is your ticket to the convention. From the registration home page, look for the green button in the right column labeled “Buy Badges.”

Note: If you are GMing at the convention and have events on the schedule, you already have a badge! Make sure you are logged in to Tabletop.Events with the account your Carnage field marshal asked you to create during the summer. You can check this by visiting Get Your Badge page and checking under the “My Existing Badges” header at the top of the page. If you see a badge assigned to you, you can skip straight to getting tickets, unless you want to buy badges for friends or family. If you don’t, double check with your field marshal and they’ll help you get sorted out.

On the Get Your Badge page, you can choose which badges you want to buy. A weekend badge gives access to all events at Carnage for the whole convention, or you can choose badges for particular days, if you can only attend Saturday, for instance. A short form will ask for contact details of the attendee.

You can buy multiple badges, either by filling the form in again after clicking “Add to Cart,” or returning to the Get Your Badge screen through the Attend menu to choose a different type of badge. Each badge you add to your cart can have its own tickets associated with it, so you can register family members and friends this way all in one checkout. Just remember that whatever account buys the tickets for a badge manages them during the convention.

Get Tickets

After adding badges to your cart, click the “Buy Tickets” button to see the schedule of games for the weekend at Carnage. You can use the dropdown menus to filter by type of game — board game, role-playing games, etc. — the day and time it starts, or search for specific game names or rule systems.

A ticket represents your reserved seat in a game. That means you’re guaranteed a seat in the game, and that the GM and other players are expecting you to show up. If you want to add the game to your schedule, click the “Get Ticket” button. If you added multiple badges to your cart, you will see buttons to add an event ticket for each badge attached to your account. Likewise, during the convention, only the account that bought the badges will have the ability to add or remove tickets, so bear that in mind.

Game Full? Try the Waiting List!

Red circle highlighting the Notify Me button under waitlisting.

Should the game you want to play be full, click on the event name and scroll down to the Waiting List section of the page. Click the “Notify Me” button and get on the waiting list. If a seat opens up, you’ll get an email inviting you to take the seat, and then you can add the ticket like you would any other. (Also, Carnage will keep an eye on waiting lists. If we see games with high demand and not enough seats, we’ll do what we can to make more available.)

Get Merch

Once you’ve added all the badges and tickets you want to buy, you can also order any souvenir Carnage shirts you may want on the Get Merch page. This is by no means required, but if you think you want a T-shirt, preorders are really helpful to the convention in estimating how many of any particular size to print.

Check Out

Finally, you need to check out. Any screen with the “Checkout” button will take you there, or you can visit the Cart page through the navigation bar at the top of the page. Tabletop.Events accepts credit card payments. If you want to pay with cash or check, you can register at the convention registration desk at Killington, or mail a check with the paper registration form.

After Checkout

You can make changes to your event choices up until the end of October 24th. You can drop games from your schedule, add new ones, maybe even luck into something for which you’re on the waiting list. After the 24th, preregistration will close so Carnage can process all the badges and ticket packets.

Then, lean back and relax until the convention kicks off on November 3rd! Online registration will open again at 12:00pm, and then you can start making adjustments to your schedule for the weekend.

Hopefully this walk through will help make your registration for Carnage go easily. Tabletop.Events has lots of other bells and whistles, but those are the basics you’ll need to get yourself set for the convention. We’ll see you on the mountain!


Carnage XX, Vermont’s tabletop game convention, runs from November 3rd through the 5th, 2017 at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. Preregistration runs from September 18th to October 24th. You can follow Carnage on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Carnage XX Preregistration Announcement: Newer, Shinier, Easier

Update: registration is now live on the Carnage XX Tabletop.Events site.

2016 was the first time that Carnage offered online preregistration. We got a lot of thanks for offering a paperless, electronic preregistration option for our attendees. We also got a lot of thoughtful feedback about the process from those attendees, much of which lined up with our own plans to make preregistration even better in 2017.

To that end, Carnage is partnering with a third party service to provide online preregistration and registration management during Carnage XX this year. Through a single web site designed to meet the needs of a tabletop game event, you will be able to:

  • See what games have been scheduled for Carnage XX and how many seats are available, and see latecomer games as they added to the system.
  • Preregister for the convention online and reserve seats in games in real time. That means the seats you see are the seats that are available that moment. You can also add yourself to wait lists if seats free up, and to help show which games are really popular.
  • Order items like the souvenir T-shirt in advance.
  • Manage your reservations through the web interface during preregistration and the convention itself. Yes, you will be able to review and adjust your game choices during the preregistration period and during the convention itself. Sign up for your Sunday morning game from the comfort of your hotel room!
  • Attendees registering the day of the convention can do so while standing in line to get their badge and packet.
  • For those preferring hard copies, Carnage will still accept preregistration forms sent by snail mail, but they will be processed slower than those sent through the online system.

Carnage staff are working now to fill the schedule with games and get everything set up for the big opening of preregistration. We aim to open preregistration in mid to late September, as per usual. Keep an eye on the Carnage news feed for a further update laying out the timeline between now and the convention, as well as the announcement of when preregistration for Carnage XX opens. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news announcements.

We’ll see you on the mountain!

Lodging Update for Carnage XX

Welcome to Killington, Vermont. Photo by jimmywayne.
Welcome to Killington, Vermont. Photo by jimmywayne.

Carnage has been alerted that rooms in the main Killington Grand building are nearly all booked up for the weekend of Carnage XX. The Killington resort still has many more properties available on the mountain. When talking to the booking agent for availability during Carnage weekend, be sure to ask them about condominium options. These units are a short walk down the road from the Grand building and offer private bedrooms and kitchens. Make a condo your home away from home for Carnage, and live it up in style!

And remember: when booking a room for Carnage, make sure to tell the booking agent you’re with the Carnage gaming convention and want to get the convention rate for your lodgings. See you on the mountain in November!