Carnage in Wonderland After Action Reports

Some writerly souls recapped their experiences at Carnage in Wonderland. We’re collecting the links below. If you’ve got a write-up you’d like to share, tell us in the comments below!

The Unexplained’s “On the Brink of Invasion” in Podcast Form

James Lorentz of the New England Role Players Association was at Carnage this year, recording the audio of role-playing sessions throughout the weekend. Yesterday, NERPA published “On the Brink of Invasion,” an adventure for The Unexplained run by its creator, Brad Younie of Carnivore Games.

If you didn’t make it into Brad’s game this year, here’s your chance to find out what happened!

Brent Stephen Henry Waddington Shocked, Shocked when Chris Martin Stabs for Solo

Chris Martin, winner of the 2011 Nor’easter Diplomacy circuit and the 2011 North American championship, posted the following write-up of the weekend at Carnage in Wonderland to Diplist. Permission to repost has been granted.

Follow the “read more” link for the full article, including some kind words about Carnage itself.

“We really had a good thing going, you know?” offered Brent Waddington after the second round of diplomacy at the Carnage Accords, the site of this year’s North American Diplomacy Championship, known as ‘Dipcon.’ The event was held at the Lake Morey Resort in Vermont, approximately 90 minutes from Manchester, NH. Brent, Chris and thirty-four other diplomacy players had traveled from around the country to attend the event, where over three rounds on Friday, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening, thirteen games of diplomacy were played.

Playing in the bar of the Lake Morey resort was not the distraction it might have been for Brent, as the bar would remain closed until several hours after the game ended. “As England, I didn’t mind that Chris’s Germany was ahead of me in dots – at one point I had five, he had ten – but I caught up quickly and he even gave me Brest, so we were even at nine apiece. After we killed Buffalo’s (Andy Bartalone) France, and I got my fleets into the med, I thought we had everything sewn up,” Brent recalled. In a different game, Brent’s analysis might have been more accurate, but in this case he neglected to consider the fact that the German/English alliance faced a 14-center Turkey played by the daughter of Central USA’s strongest non-Chicago based player, Chris Mazza. Marguerite Mazza, playing in her second tournament, had eliminated Austria and Italy, and it was not long before Russia’s last center was taken as well. “All along, Chris told me that we would go for a 1st/2nd place draw, which would be a great result for me. We just needed to take a few more centers from Marguerite to make that happen . . .”

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From Carnage Gaming to the Carnage Community: Thank You

Greetings from Lake Morey, November 2011!

Another Carnage has come to a close. We ventured down the rabbit hole with over four hundred friends and fellow travelers for a weekend of exceptional gaming. I don’t think there was a time when there weren’t people rocking dice, tokens or figs at Lake Morey — except maybe the sixty minute window between the night owls falling into bed and the early risers trekking to their morning slot.

Carnage isn’t anything without the people who come to game. As President Chuck put it on Facebook:

Just want to thank all the Carnage Attendees, both players and GMs. You are the heart and soul of the Carnage experience without all of you we wouldnt have a con to put on. So again from the Carnage Staff to everyone who attends a hearty thank you.

Carnage Takes It to the Airwaves

As promised, you can watch the Carnage segment on The :30 on WCAX’s website. Mike McCune talks with Michael about different kinds of tabletop games, some of the differences from electronic games, why they’re pretty cool and, of course, Diplomacy and DipCon 2011, hosted at Carnage in Wonderland, a mere few days away now.

Fun fact: Mike McCune played Avalon Hill games when he was a kid. Who knew?

Carnage on The :30

Tonight on WCAX-TV, Carnage staffers Michael and Tyler — that’s yours truly — appear on the station’s show on local topics, The :30. We’ll be talking about the upcoming convention, DipCon 2011, board games’ recent rise in popularity and showing off some of the more photogenic examples of the hobby.

If you receive WCAX’s signal over the air or find it on your cable system, tune in at 5:30 if you can!

You Are Cordially Invited to “Drink Me”

Over the course of a convention weekend, hundreds if not thousands of drinking vessels are raised to toast friendship, good sportsmanship and the byzantine machinations of Diplomacy players.

This year at Carnage in Wonderland, you can bid salut to your fellow players in style with the Carnage “Drink Me” pint glass. Of sturdy construction and resilient pigment, this pint glass is rated to hold drinkable fluids of all sorts, flavors and opacities and resist the depredations of the mightiest automated dish washing contrivance.

Pint glasses can be purchased for $8 at the Carnage registration desk throughout the course of the 2011 convention. Buy it with a Carnage T-shirt — normally $20 by itself — and pay $25 for both; the package cost for 2XL and 3XL shirts is $27. Preregistrants who ordered T-shirts in advance have the option of buying a glass for $5 as well.


Just One of the Horsemen: New Additions

Just wanted to let everyone know that many new games have been added to the events being held at Carnage this year. Be sure to check out the addendum page! Author and game designer Walter Hunt presents his new board game Rails of New England Friday and Saturday evenings. Panic Station, direct from Essen, will be run by Joe Reil on Saturday afternoon. Zeppo Young will be presenting demos of the Hullbreach CCG. If you are looking for a fun prehistoric time, then check out The Lords of Rock in Wonderland. In the miniatures room we have added the latest steampunk offering Dystopian Wars. Also start your engines for Nascar: Martinsville 2003 Sunday morning.

These are just some of the fantastic games not listed in the book! So be sure to see if one of your favorites has been added.


The Uncommon Nonsense Silent Auction for Vermont Flood Relief

This year the staff has decided to lend a hand to those affected by Irene in our home state.  We will be holding The Uncommon Nonsense Silent Auction.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Vermont Red Cross.  Games have been donated by various game companies and individuals.  They will be displayed  near the registration desk. The auction will begin Friday at 1pm and all bids must be in by Saturday at 6pm.   A list of all games with a suggested starting bid will be available near the desk.   There will be auction forms available at the desk.    Bidders need only write the name of the game on which they are bidding and the bid price.  After the Saturday 6pm deadline the highest bidders for each game will listed at the front desk.  High bidders should pick up their games by the end of the convention on Sunday.

Here are just some of the great games that will available in the auction:

  • Dominant Species
  • Manoeuver
  • Formula Motor Racing
  • Ivanhoe
  • Leaping Lemmings
  • Conquest of Paradise
  • Battle Line
  • Breakthrough Cambrai
  • Rails of New England (Can be signed by designer Walter Hunt)
  • Asteroyds
  • Pantheon
  • Mouquetiers du Roi
  • Axis and Allies: D-Day
  • Hull Breach CCG
  • Karma  RPG
  • Dream Factory RPG
  • Amun-Re
  • Dragon Parade
  • Terra Prime
  • Many others!!

So come bid on some great game and help the Vermont Red Cross help our neighbors hit by the floods!

Save Your Daylight

Thanks to a few well-placed words with the folks at the National Institute of Time and Its Measurement1, Carnage in Wonderland will enjoy a whole extra hour of gaming. In the wee early hours of November 6th, the observation of Daylight Saving Time comes into effect. Clocks skip back an hour and magically we all get back the hour skipped over in the spring.

Some will use this hour to sleep. Others will keep playing their game of choice. Whatever you choose to do, it’s an hour well-spent.

1 Not a thing.