In episode 58 of Carnagecast, we talk about A Fistful of Carnage, the game convention Carnage held at Killington, Vermont last month. Yes, it’s been a month. We’ve recovered and are back, ready to talk about the fun we had and games in general in the coming year. Highlights of the weekend include, but are not limited to: the resurgence of interest in Dungeons & Dragons with the arrival of the fifth edition, Golden Goblin Press running Call of Cthulhu, Andre Kruppa’s own Lucid Dreams game, the pageantry of Miss Phoebe’s steampunk LARP and the metamorphosis of Gygax Magazine’s pub quiz into the less explicable pub calvinball.
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!
Late breaking news! The Game With No Name no-ship math trade is now live on Boardgamegeek. Follow the link for details.
The new edition of Dungeons & Dragons descends on A Fistful of Carnage this November, giving convention-goers not only a chance to sample the latest version of the hobby’s most well-known game, but the new Adventurers League organized play structure, which brings the excitement not only to the convention circuit, but game stores and your own home. Ray talks with Al Spader of Jetpack Comics and lead Dungeon Master for the Adventurers League offerings at A Fistful of Carnage to get the inside scoop of what’s new and cool in Dungeons & Dragons.
The Jetpack Comics crew has a full slate of events for the weekend at Killington, with some cool perks of their own to pique your interest. Listen to the episode for details, and then sign up to play in their games at A Fistful of Carnage!
A Fistful of Carnage’s convention book is available for download! Go register for games today!
Ray and Tyler talk about the convention book and web addendum. To err is human, so as mistakes turn up in the convention book, we update the addendum accordingly, plus it includes new games that didn’t make the deadline for print, which makes them great candidates for games that didn’t get swamped by preregistration.
This year, Ray gets back to his GMing roots, running a Wild West role-playing adventure, while also assisting Michael Tutt with the annual Dominion tournament. Tyler’s playing desk jockey all weekend, but looking forward to the Gygax Magazine Pub Trivia event on Saturday night.
Talk turns to first Carnages, and good times had, like the first game Ray ever ran and the lengths his friends went to maximize sleeping space. The 7-3-1 rule of conventions is emphasized: seven hours of sleep, three meals, one shower.
Taurine is not a meal.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your registration forms in before the end of October. We’ll see you on the mountain for A Fistful of Carnage!
It’s barely one month to go until A Fistful of Carnage in Killington! Carnage staffer Ray joins the conversation on the precipice of the release of A Fistful of Carnage’s convention book. We talk about some of what’s on offer this year at Carnage, particularly in our own areas of expertise, offer some advice on what to expect at the resort, plus suggestions for food and other amenities in the Killington area.
We are, of course, looking forward to seeing everyone have fun pushing lead and flopping cards and chucking dice and everything else we gamers do at the convention this year. And we hope you can be part of the fun this year!