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!

Carnage Royale Opens for Registration

Cover of the Carnage Royale convention book. The grim reaper is sighted down the barrel of a gun, holding a pistol in its hand.Carnage is very pleased to announce the opening of registration for Carnage Royale!

As in past years, you can download the convention book as a PDF — linked below, with the schedule grid — peruse the games listed and mail in the form on the last page to preregister for the convention. However, now you can also use our new online registration system to preregister for the convention paperlessly, and use Paypal for payment. Note that clicking the link above will redirect you to a second website, www.carnageconregistration.com, which is a Carnage-owned and operated web site, hosted separately for quality of service purposes. As with a paper registration form, online registration lets attendees indicate their first, second and third choices for games to play in a schedule slot. Those preferences are fulfilled on an as-available basis.

Carnage Royale, Vermont’s own tabletop game convention, runs from November 4-6, 2016, at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. For more information about booking a room for the weekend, visit our Lodging page. Walk-in registrants are always welcome, but we encourage attendees to preregister for the weekend to reserve seats in scheduled games on a first-come, first-served basis. And do check the web addendum for late arriving games that didn’t make it into the convention book.

  • Carnage Royale Convention Book [PDF, 1.7MB]
  • Carnage Royale Schedule Grid [PDF, 77kB]

Carnage Royale Fall Update

Corner of a file folder, stamped "Top Secret." Photo by Acid the meme machine. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Topsecretsidebar.jpgCarnage Royale is a little over a month away, and the Carnage staff has been focused on getting all the games in from our trusty GMs and the convention book put together. We’ve also been working on developing some new options in the preregistration process to make it easier for our attendees. Once the process of implementing those new options is complete, we plan to open preregistration for the convention, and will announce it here and in the usual social media channels. That should happen Real Soon Now, but we are very aware the ways projects can encounter unexpected hurdles along the way, and are being conscientious in setting expectations.

In the meantime, we thank you all for your patience as Carnage works to make this as smooth and seamless a preregistration process as possible. Keep an eye on our website here, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the news as it’s relayed in those places and remember: like winter, Carnage is coming.

Trading in the Land of the Lost, Carnage of the Lost World’s No-Ship Math Trade, Is Now Open

As previously foreshadowed, Matt Golec is coordinating the now-annual Carnage math trade, wherein people offer games up for trade, compose want lists of what others are offering for trade, and then a computer program sorts it all out to optimize the trading. It’s pretty cool, and a fun way to turn over your game library. The types of items you’ll find in the math trade include board games, role-playing games, other gaming paraphernalia and even things outside the scope of Boardgamegeek.

From now until October 29th, 2015, people can post games offered for trade to the Trading in the Land of the Lost geek list on Boardgamegeek. After that deadline, participants have until November 2nd to submit 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 Carnage of the Lost World the following weekend. It’s just that easy!

Carnage of the Lost World’s Convention Book is Available for Download

Note: This post links to the 2015 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.

Carnage of the Lost World convention book cover: Death, wielding an elephant gun, stands with one foot on the neck of a dead tyrannosaurus.Carnage of the Lost World’s convention book is now available for you to download as a PDF, as well as a schedule grid to help plan your weekend. Check out the addendum page, explained below, for the latest game news. Once you’ve picked out the games you would like to play, fill out the preregistration form at the back of the book and send it in before the first week of November. There are no guarantees in preregistration, of course, but sooner is always better, and it never hurts to include a second choice.

GMs, if you would like to sign up to play in addition to running games, send in the pre-reg form, noting on it that you are a GM.

Once that’s taken care, all you have to do is sit back and relax and get ready for Carnage of the Lost World, November 6-8, 2015 at the Killington Grand! You could also rustle up some games to offer for trade in the annual no-ship math trade, Trading in the Land of the Lost, too.

  • Carnage of the Lost World Convention Book — 2015 [PDF, 2.6MB]
  • Carnage of the Lost World Schedule Grid [PDF, 110kB]

Addenda, Errata and Other Updates

Now that the convention book is published, we’ll be using the addendum page to list late additions, corrections and cancellations. Visit it often to see the latest and greatest of what Carnage of the Lost World has to offer. Any questions can be directed to info@carnagecon.com.

New Spaces, Venue Changes

Carnage has access to some new convention spaces this year in the Snowshed building: the Ticket Room, the Pods and Snowshed-Gateway are all rooms on the ground floor, below the Snowshed ballroom, which most convention-goers know as the main role-playing game space. The new rooms are all pictured in the map on page 29 of the convention book.

Additionally, the Killington resort is in the process of renovating, which changes some of the routes prior attendees may be used to, and the availability of some amenities. Check out our rundown of what’s to eat and where for details.

Prepare for Trading in the Land of the Lost This November at Carnage

One of Carnage’s newest traditions is the no-ship math trade, an opportunity for gamers to swap away unwanted games for something new and fresh. What, specifically, is a math trade? This Boardgamegeek geeklist explains it nicely: “In Math trades people offer the games they want to trade and then say the games they want to swap for from those on offer. The organiser uses a piece of software to maximise the number of trades.” The no-ship part means there’s no postage involved. Bring your trade to Carnage of the Lost World this November and walk away with your new goodies. In the math trade, you’re likely to find board games, role-playing games, and other gaming and maybe non-gaming goodies.

Matt Golec, coordinator of the math trade lo these years, has laid out a timeline for Trading in the Land of the Lost, a no-ship math trade:

  • October 12th, 2015: the math trade geek list opens. Post the games you want to trade away, start scoping out what other people are offering.
  • October 26th, 2015: the for trade submission period for the math trade closes. Start composing your want list, noting what you would trade for and wouldn’t.
  • November 2nd, 2015: the want list submission closes. Matt runs the trade program and announces who’s trading what to whom for what.

It’s just that easy! Keep an eye on the Carnage news feed and Facebook page for news of when the math trade opens, and other Carnage of the Lost World developments.

Get Your Games in for Carnage of the Lost World

We’re nearing the end of the game submission period for Carnage of the Lost World. The last day to get the games you want to run submitted in time to be included in the Carnage convention book is July 31st, 2015. GMs, if you’re still thinking about whether or not to run games at the convention this year, now is the time to act! A game convention is nothing without the hard-working GMs who put in the effort to teach their favorite games and create new and inventive adventures and scenarios for eager players. Use our handy GM sign up form to send in the details of the games you want to run. If you have questions about running games at Carnage, you can reach us through our contact page, or leave a comment below.

Carnage of the Lost World runs from November 6th through 8th at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. Subscribe to our news feed and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on convention developments, including when preregistration opens!

Calling for GM Submissions for Carnage of the Lost World

As summer kicks off, some of us are already thinking about November and Carnage, Vermont’s tabletop game convention. Five months will fly by faster than you expect, so get thinking now about what games you would like to run at Carnage.

This year, Carnage explores the lost world, that hidden slice of an antediluvian time where prehistoric beasts survive, and unexpectedly come into contact with often unsuspecting denizens of a more civilized era. Whether it’s in a steamy jungle shielded from biting polar winds, a remote plateau in the arid desert or a deep loch in the rocky highlands, something has survived. And that something is a bit stroppy.

Carnage’s lost world theme can help role-playing and miniatures GMs find inspiration in writing their scenarios, and point toward board games that may not otherwise see play. However, running a game within the theme of the lost world and dinosaurs is always optional, never a directive, and should only be as utilized as much as it makes the game experience fun for everyone. Incorporate it as you see fit.

To submit your game proposal for Carnage of the Lost World, use our handy submission form. Submissions are open between now and the end of July. After that time, we cannot guarantee any further entries will be included in the Carnage convention book, though they may make it into the addendum.

Carnage runs from November 6th to the 8th in 2015, at the Killington Grand Hotel, in Killington, Vermont. Lodging information 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.

The Game With No Name Math Trade

The grim reaper, wearing a ten gallon hat, rides a pale horse, a rifle in each hand.
The orneriest high plains drifter you’ll ever meet.

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!

Download A Fistful of Carnage’s Convention Book

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.

Text reads, "A Fistful of Carnage, Killington Grand Resort, November 7-9, 2014, www.carnagecon.com." The grim reaper, wearing a ten gallon hat, rides a pale horse, a rifle in each hand.
Download A Fistful of Carnage’s convention book and register for the weekend!

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 info@carnagecon.com.

Get your registration forms in before the end of October. We’ll see you on the mountain for A Fistful of Carnage!