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.

The Realm of Cards: HullBreach!

Hullbreach!  At Carnage! Zeppo Young of NSB games will be at Carnage to demo Hullbreach!, a unique CCG. It combines collectible card gaming mechanics with wargaming to create a unique game. Players will be able to take on the role of commanders in space. They will have marines, ships and space stations at their command. The goal is simple. Commanders must protect their space station at all costs, while breaching and ultimately destroying their enemies space station.

Zeppo will be presenting demos of Hullbreach! Saturday 1pm-5pm in the Edgewater (CCG) room, Saturday 7pm-11pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm in the Terrace Ballroom. Zeppo and NSB Games  will also be in the dealers room thru out the weekend. Be sure to check out Hullbreach! at this year’s Carnage.

The Curiouser and Curiouser Carnage Math Trade

The rapidly approaching traditional Carnage math trade has launched on Again helmed by Matt Golec, the Curiouser and Curiouser Carnage Math Trade provides an opportunity for Carnage-goers to offer up unwanted games in hopes of getting something they’d prefer in return.

Matt’s introductory post goes into the whys and hows of a math trade, but in short it’s a computer-coordinated arrangement that maximizes the number of exchanges among participants based on their stated desires.

Start hoeing out your libraries to find some trade fodder!

Just One of the Horsemen: Kids Games and the Russians

Russian Board GamesCarnage is pleased to offer board games for kids only at this year’s convention. Justin Berman, who organized the first Friday afternoon Game of Thrones event for the convention eight years ago, will offer board games just for kids all day Saturday. Some of the Carnage staff will help Justin in this inaugural event, teaching kid friendly board games.  The children must be between the ages of 6-12. No parents are allowed to play! (But they can sit and watch and maybe even kibbitz.)

All the staff asks is that parents let them know where they will be if they are not staying. The kids can stop by any time during the day and jump into a game or learn a new one. The children do not have to be registered for the convention to take part in this event. It is complimentary for attendees bringing their families. However, if your son or daughter is registering for the convention to play in other events, they can still join in the fun!  So bring the kids and let’s get the next generation of gamers started with some great games!

Carnage also will be offering  games from Russia in our  library this year. RightGames is a Russian board game company that is now publishing some fun games in English. The games, Potion Making, Evolution, The Kingdom of Crusaders and The Enigma of Leonardo will be available for play in our board game library. Also the Carnage staff will be available to demo these games Friday afternoon. So come check out some great international games at Carnage!

Download the 2011 Carnage in Wonderland Book

Note: this is the 2011 convention book! For the current year’s convention book, which traditionally publishes in early fall, visit the news page.

Stealing across the highways and byways of New England like an army of white bond ninja, the Carnage convention book has by now found its way to your mailbox, rookery or other communiqué receptacle. And thus we unleash its electronic doppelganger into the ether as well! Below you will links to not only the convention book, detailing the many pleasant ways to pass the hours of November 4th through 6th in the confines of the Lake Morey Resort, a registration form with which to communicate your heart’s desires, but also a schedule grid, allowing the forward-thinking convention-goer to most efficiently pack their weekend with tabletop gaming goodness.

In addition to the delights contained within these files, keep a weather eye firmly fixed on the Convention Book Addendum page. Late arriving games and unexpected changes alike will make their beds there.

  • Carnage in Wonderland Convention Book [PDF, 1257kb]
  • Carnage in Wonderland Pre-reg Form [PDF, 45kb]
  • Carnage in Wonderland Schedule Grid [PDF, 60kb]
  • Carnage in Wonderland Schedule Grid [ODS, 31kb]
  • Carnage in Wonderland Schedule Grid [XLS, 26kb]