Adventurers League Registration Update for Carnage XX

When registration opened last Monday, attendees may have noticed that none of the Dungeons & Dragons games listed within the Adventurers League Organized Play category were available for sign-up. Adventurers League offerings at Carnage have been coordinated by Mark Merida with the Role Initiative, as in the last few years. To help explain the delay in the opening of registration for Adventurers League games and the plan going forward, Mark prepared the following (you can download the original PDF here):

Dear Carnage Community,

You may have noticed that registration for Adventurers League has been delayed past the start of Carnage’s pre-registration. This was caused by a miscommunication on our end, and we regret the impact that this has had on Carnage registrants, Adventurers League players, and our Kickstarter patrons. We understand that this has, despite our best intentions, caused an inconvenience to the Carnage community, and for that we apologize.

In an effort to open communication, we would like to announce that sign-ups for Adventurers League will open on October 2nd. All attendees will be able to access our registration section in Tabletop Events, and select the games of their choice. While we understand that this later date is an inconvenience, we hope that this clarification demonstrates our earnest desire to do right by the community of gamers who make this all possible.

We’re also excited to announce that as a good faith gesture to the community, we have collaborated with convention staff to offer a seat at each of our Tier 2 Author Only tables, available as prizes through a Carnage-orchestrated raffle that will take place after October 2nd. These are special events that provide limited access to exclusive modules that can only be run by their authors, the Adventurers League Admins.

We look forward to seeing you at Carnage!

Mark Merida, Convention Organizer
The Role Initiative

Carnage’s first concern is ensuring as smooth and pleasant a convention experience as possible for all attendees, from registration to the convention weekend itself. We truly regret any inconvenience or confusion this has caused attendees planning to participate in the Adventurers League games at the convention this year.

Looking forward, general registration will open on October 2nd as planned, with tickets made available through the Tabletop.Events registration system. For those interested in the “Author Only” tickets to be raffled off, you can stay up to date on how to participate here on the Carnage website, or on the convention’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. We will share how the raffle will operate in the coming days.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and good grace in working through this. We look forward to seeing you all at Killington for the convention!

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 Opens for Registration!

Text: "Register Now for Carnage. Registration closes 10.24.17."
Click to visit the online registration system and get your Carnage XX badge today.

Registration for Carnage XX has officially opened! This year, we are using a third party website, Tabletop.Events, to facilitate attendee registration before and during the convention this year. Visit our site there, Carnage XX 2017, to browse the schedule of games for the weekend. This system has the ability to filter the schedule by game type, rules used, time of day and search for keywords, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for fast.

How It Works

We have a short walkthrough written up if you’d like more detail about how to use the new online registration system.

Once you create an account with Tabletop.Events, you can purchase badges for yourself, friends and family members with a credit card and sign up for seats in games for all the badges you’ve purchased, plus preorder Carnage souvenir shirts. When you arrive at the convention, you can pick up your packet with your badge and tickets from the convention registration desk at noon on Friday and go enjoy the weekend!

This registration system works in real time, meaning the seats you see listed as open are available at that moment. If a game is full, you can get on the game’s wait list, which means you will be notified when a seat becomes available. Carnage staff will be keeping an eye on which games fill up to see where we might be able to add games to the schedule, so don’t be shy about using the wait list button.

After you’ve completed buying your badge, you can continue to manage your registration, adding and removing games from your schedule, until the end October 24th. At that point, registration will close until the convention begins so we can process badges and packets. After that, all financial transactions are final and game reservations can’t be adjusted until the convention begins.

Important Dates to Remember

Registration reopens noon on Friday, November 3rd, at which point preregistered attendees can pick up their packets. The online registration system then reopen so people can purchase walk-up badges and make their ticket reservations on their personal devices. If you need help or don’t have a web-ready device, the convention registration desk staff can give assistance.

If you’re looking for the traditional convention book and paper registration form, we still have it for you in electronic format as soon as we are able. Below you can download the paper registration form, and will be able to download the convention book when we are able to post it. Please note that if you choose to register by mail, your game choices will be entered as and when able by convention staff, and seats may no longer be available in your chosen games.

Countdown to Carnage XX: From Preregistration to the Convention

As Carnage XX approaches, we’re reminded that while the convention is entering its twentieth year, not necessarily everyone interested in attending has been before or is intimately familiar with how Carnage works. To that end, here’s a quick road map to the convention, from the day preregistration opens to the convention itself.


September 18th, 2017, 7:00pm

Preregistration opens for Carnage. The registration site opens for badge and ticket sales. The convention book is circulated electronically and to friendly local game stores.

Conventioneers can buy a convention badge, sign up to play games, order a souvenir shirt and generally work themselves into a frenzy thinking about all the fun to be had in November. Online registration is in real time: the seats you see available are available right then. You can also put yourself on the wait list for full games. Paper registration forms are processed as and when convention staff are able, and choices cannot be guaranteed.

Tuesday, October 24th, 11:59pm

Preregistration closes. Attendees can no longer request refunds if they cannot attend the convention, or buy or release tickets to reserve seats in games until the convention begins.

Friday, November 3rd, 12:00pm

Convention registration desk in Killington Grand lobby opens. Preregistered attendees can pick up their badge and game packets. Walk-in attendees can purchase one on their network-enabled device and then pick up their badge and packet from the desk. Desk staff can help those without a suitable device.

Friday, November 3rd, 1:00pm

The first slot of the convention begins! Go have fun.

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!

Board Games, Board Games and More Board Games

Love board games? Like teaching people new board games? Carnage needs your help!

We are looking for board game GMs for this year’s 20th anniversary edition of Carnage.  Below is a list of games we are looking to have run at this year’s event. If you see a game you would like to run, please consider signing up to run a slot. As always running two slots of board games that  are approved and in the pre-reg book, gets you into the convention for free.

So head to our GM sign up form today! Now for the wish list in no particular order:

  • Great Western Trail
  • Blood Rage
  • Scythe
  • Mechs vs Minions
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Time Stories
  • Concordia
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Clank
  • Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
  • Terraforming Mars
  • COIN Games (Falling Sky, Cuba Libre, Andean Abyss, etc…)
  • Pericles: The Peloponnesian War
  • Agricola
  • Stone Age
  • 18xx Rail Games
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Innis
  • 1775: Rebellion
  • 1754: Conquest
  • Assault of the Giants
  • Pandemic: Iberia
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Terra Mystica
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Keyflower
  • Fields of Arle
  • Arcadia Quest
  • Memoir ’44
  • Captain Sonar

If you don’t see a game you want to run on the list, don’t worry. Submit it anyways. We love all board games!  (Okay…mostly all.)

See you in November!

 

 

 

 

 

Carnage XX Wants You to Run Games

This November, Carnage celebrates twenty years of playing tabletop games in Vermont with a bang, but we can’t do it without your help! A tabletop game convention is only as good as the variety and quality of games that are on offer. At Carnage, all the games are run by volunteer GMs, people who step up to teach or moderate a game as a service to those who want to play. We can’t do it without all our GMs, and we’re grateful for each and every one of you!

To submit a game proposal, visit our GM Sign Up form and fill in the details of the game you’d like to run. After Carnage reviews your proposal, the appropriate field marshal will be in touch to discuss it further. Submissions must be received by July 31st, 2017 in order to be included in the Carnage convention book, which is the primary catalog of what’s scheduled to play at the convention. Once the convention book is assembled and the online registration system populated, sometime around late September, we’ll announce that pre-registration is open and invite conventioneers to sign up.

Traditionally, there is a theme set for Carnage each year. For those who want it, the theme gives some guidance to the role-playing or miniatures scenarios they write or the board games they select. In celebration of twenty years of Carnage, the theme for 2017 is officially “whatever.” Choose whatever theme you like for your games this year from Carnages past, from the Z-grade alien invaders of Carnage 9 from Outer Space to the simpler halcyon days of lounging by the lake at Camp Carnage. “Whatever” is entirely what you choose to make it, so get creative, and get those proposals in by July 31st!