Carnagecast 24: David Cheng of the Schenectady Wargamers Association and Endeavor

In episode 24 of Carnagecast, we catch up to David Cheng, then still basking in the hubbub of Carnage in Wonderland. David recaps his weekend spent participating in DipCon 2011, then tells us about the Schenectady Wargamers Association and their many events through the year, especially Council of 5 Nations, held every October in Schenectady, New York.

For Autopsy of a Game, Chuck, Robert and Rod gather round the table to talk about Endeavor, a semi-abstract colonization title from Z-Man Games in which players establish trade routes to other parts of the globe to build up the non-specific European powers they each represent. Robert makes no bones about his love for Endeavor as he frequently — though not today — puts the question: “Endeavor: great game or greatest game?” While initially enjoying it, Chuck found the appeal wore off as the dominant strategies emerged from repeated plays. Robert counters that the random mix makes it a game of opportunity. Continue reading

Carnagecast Extrasode 2: Carnage Round Table Convention Roundup

In extrasode 2 of Carnagecast, Christy, Chuck, Robert and Rod gather for the first Carnage round table discussion. The topic at hand is conventions and games. Where have we been, where are we going and what are we playing on the way?

If you’re at any of the upcoming conventions and game days, look for the folks in Carnage shirts and say hello! Continue reading

Carnagecast 1: DipCon 2011

On the premiere episode of Carnagecast, we talk a bit about Carnage the game convention and where we’re going with this show. Then, convention staff member Robert Rousse tells us about Carnage hosting DipCon 2011, the North American Diplomacy championship.


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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Carnage on the Road This Spring

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Photo by sponng.

As part of spreading the word about Carnage and finding new and interesting games, you may run into Carnage staff members running or playing games at conventions all over New England this spring, such as:

What are the gaming events you’re looking forward to this spring?