The Name is Trade — Math Trade: a Carnage Royale No-ship Math Trade

The annual Carnage annual no-ship math trade, in which game swaps are arranged in advance and made at the convention in Killington, is now open on BoardGameGeek, thanks to host Matt Golec. Putting games on offer runs until October 23rd. Traders have until October 30th to compose their want lists, with results posted shortly thereafter.

If you’ve never participated in a math trade before, the premise is that participants list the games they want to trade away on the geeklist Matt has created, linked above. Then everyone who’s listed games to trade makes a want list of what games they would accept in return for those they’re offering up. Once the want list period closes, Matt uses the On-Line Want List Generator to automatically calculate a maximal number of trades based on who’s willing to take what for what. During the convention weekend in Killington, trade participants find each other and make the hand-offs, which is what makes it a “no-ship” math trade.

Sound interesting? Matt’s got some great notes in his geeklist to help newcomers get into the mix. Go check it out!

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.

Carnagecast 57: Gulveig

Carnagecast logo. The grim reaper leaps in the air, strumming a power chord on his scythe-guitar.Ray flies solo this episode as he talks with Andrew Valkauskas, the designer behind Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok, about his new card game Gulveig, the future of the Fate of the Norns line, crowdfunding and more.

Gulveig is a quick, casual card game, featuring dynamic trick-taking and bluffing, with Viking clans gaining and losing supremacy over the course of the game. It’s designed to be family-friendly, with optional elements to increase the crunch factor.

The conversation turns to Pendelhaven’s success with the crowdfunding model of raising capital and future plans for the Fate of the Norns line. Depending on their success with titles like Gulveig and Vigridr, a crunchier card game now in beta testing, Fate of the Norns may expand beyond the role-playing market to become a genre-spanning game property.

Andrew and his crew will be at A Fistful of Carnage, demoing Gulveig, building interest for a tournament and, of course, running Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok adventures. Carnage-goers can look forward to being the first to try out new characters for Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok, experiencing new content from the forthcoming Denizens of the North lorebook and a brand new Mjolnir, weighing in at a svelte 109 pounds. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear Andrew’s challenge to anyone looking to heft Mjolnir.

A Fistful of Carnage is two weeks away! Download the convention book and preregister, before time runs out!

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Apologies for the rocky audio in parts. Skype couldn’t decide if it wanted to play ball with us or not. Stick with it. Andrew’s got a lot of cool stuff to share about Gulveig and Fate of the Norns! Continue reading

Carnagecast 54: Shuffle Up and Deal

Carnagecast logo. The grim reaper leaps in the air, strumming a power chord on his scythe-guitar.It’s all card talk on Carnagecast this week. Ray’s looking forward to the 2014 Commander decks for Magic: the Gathering, and the imminent Khans of Tarkir block. Tyler’s got his eye on The Sleeper Below for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, and the just-announced For the Greater Good expansion beyond that.

Ray explains what he likes in particular about the Commander format. Tyler worries there may be no love in his love-hate relationship with Netrunner, and confesses deckbuilding is his least favorite part of constructed card games, a genre of game founded entirely on building decks. Ray’s solution is to play more games until deckbuilding comes naturally, which is a winning strategy no matter what, when you think about it.

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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!

Carnagecast 36: Back from Hiatus

In episode 36 of Carnagecast, we emerge from hiatus just in time to still be able to wish everyone a happy new year. Pillar of the Carnage board Rod Sheldon is with us to talk about the highlights of this past Carnage Noir, the gaming we’ve gotten in over the holidays and plans for 2013: both at Carnage and conventions across New England. Continue reading

Here’s Trading With You, Kid: A Carnage Noir No-Ship Math Trade

Thanks to the efforts of Matt Golec, Carnage-goers once again have the opportunity to participate in Here’s Looking At You, Kid, a no-ship math trade with their fellow conventioneers. As Matt explains, “Math trades are a great way to swap games you no longer play for games you’d love to add to your collection. You can read all about math trades here, but in short, instead of trading between two people, the computer orchestrates huge trades among many people. You give one of your unwanted games to somebody, and in exchange somebody else gives you a game that you did want.”

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.

Go now and list all the games you know will do better in someone else’s hands.

Carnagecast 35: 24 Hour Charity Gaming Marathon at Quarterstaff Games

In episode thirty-five of Carnagecast, Jeff Durochia and Brennan Martin tell us about the charity gaming event Extra Life and the 24 gaming marathon they’re hosting at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington, Vermont to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care.

This October, Quarterstaff opens its doors from 8:00am Saturday the 20th to 8:00am Sunday the 21st to host 24 hours of tabletop gaming to raise money. Highlights include midnight Draft ‘Til You Drop for Magic: the Gathering, A Game of Thrones utilizing the Dance with Dragons scenario, a warlord rumble for Warhammer 40,000, many more board games, role-playing games including Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the 5 Rings and more — Brennan is crafting three dimensional tiles for Settlers of Catan. One twist for Extra Life players that Quarterstaff offers: a $5 entry donation gains players tokens they can use to bend rules of the games they play. Those tokens translate into more donations for the Team Quarterstaff fundraising efforts.

Whether people come for the full 24 hours or drop in as their schedule allows, Jeff hopes to provide a mini-convention atmosphere, allowing people to try games and experiment with new and untried games. And, of course, people can contribute whatever they’re able to the fundraising efforts. Donations are just as important as pledges.  With his perspective analyzing birth statistics for the health department, Brennan reminds us there are living, breathing people who will benefit directly from the money raised through Extra Life. Continue reading