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!

Your Role-Playing Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

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Photo by Moroboshi. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dungeons_and_Dragons_game.jpg

No other type of tabletop game hosted at Carnage takes advantage of the year’s theme like role-playing games do. As a genre of game that draws heavily on tropes and genre conventions from books, film, television — from Dungeons & DragonsAppendix N up to the contemporary capsule pitch of “It’s like Pokémon meets Veronica Mars!”

We’ll always have our stalwarts like Dungeons & DragonsCall of Cthulhu and Pathfinder in their traditional modes and we love hosting them, but we also love it when you, our endlessly inventive GMs, come up with just the right spin to bring the year’s theme into their adventures.  Below are just some examples of spy-themed role-playing games from over the years, sometimes bringing a secret agent bent to an established world, sometimes adapting a property or creating a brand new one.

If you’re not yet sure of what you want to run this year at Carnage Royale, this list may help inspire you, or provide some direction. They are, of course, merely suggestions and fond wishes of what we’d like to see on the schedule. Ultimately, run the games you’re passionate about, because that passion helps make a good time for everyone at the table.

And a bonus inspiration source: the International Spy Museum!

Call for Board Games at Carnage Royale

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The general call has gone out for all GMs to submit their games! We need board games! The more we have to offer, the more you will have to play. We are looking for any and all board games. We are also looking to offer some specific board games. If you would like to help out by running a board game at Carnage, then please consider running one of the following games. (Other games are always welcome!)

  • Mombasa
  • Concordia
  • Agricola
  • World’s Fair
  • Dead of Winter
  • Imhotep
  • T.I.M.E Stories
  • Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt against Caesar
  • 1775: Rebellion
  • Orleans
  • Mare Nostrum: Empires
  • Blood Rage
  • Isle of Sky: From Chieftain to King
  • Terra Mystica
  • Caverna
  • Castles of Burgundy
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig
  • Russian Railroads
  • Five Tribes
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Dominant Species
  • Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
  • Clash of Cultures
  • The Gallerist
  • Grand Austria Hotel
  • Triumph and Tragedy
  • Tokaido
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
  • New Bedford
  • Endeavor

Thanks for taking a look. Please consider signing up to run some games at Carnage Royale. Just go to the GM Submission form.  Any questions on board game submissions please leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Carnage Royale Opens for Game Submissions

Death with Walther and scythe in hand, captured in the closing shutter of a lens.Care for a game, Secret Agent 802?

Carnage Royale is looking for people to volunteer to share and teach their favorite games at this year’s convention, November 4th through 6th, 2016 in Killington, Vermont. A tabletop game convention like Carnage wouldn’t exist without passionate people who step up to volunteer to run games for players, so we’re putting the call out for game submissions. Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for fellow players, a designer who wants to get their game some exposure or a publisher with a stable of titles to show off, we want to hear from you! Carnage game offerings span the spectrum from board and card games to miniatures battles of all genres to role-playing adventures.

When you’re ready, fill out the GM submission form on our site with your game’s details and send them to us. If you would like to submit more than one game, wait a moment after submitting and your web browser will be redirected to the submission page.

The deadline to have your submissions in to Carnage for inclusion in the convention book is July 31st. Submissions received after that date may still be considered, but Carnage cannot guarantee they will be included in the convention book on publication, which is the best way to get maximum exposure for your game.

Carnage Royale is a tabletop game convention that runs November 4th through 6th, 2016 at the Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont. Lodging information at Killington 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.

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.

Let Slip the GMs of War!

We come not to praise Carnage, but to perpetuate it! As mud season recedes into memory, let’s look ahead to the fall, and this year’s Carnage on the Mountain. And in particular, let’s look to what our hearty GMs have up their sleeves after a winter of scheming. Board games, card tourney formats, miniatures scenarios, role-playing adventures, we want them all!

GMs, you will find the now familiar sign up form available for your input through the adjacent link, as well as in the menu bar at the top of the site. Take the summer, think it over. But we want your game listings in by the end of July, as always, so we can have the book in conventioneers’ hands as soon as possible.

Ave Carnage!

Carnagecast 46: GMs’ Round Table

Carnagecast logo.In episode 46 of Carnagecast, Dan, Hunter and Toby return to the show to discuss Carrion Crown, but only just a little. It’s Carnagecast‘s first GMs’ round table conversation, where we share experiences running games, why we take on all that extra effort in comparison to playing someone else’s game, struggling with the conflict of GM ADD and never enough time to run all those sparkling ideas and the challenges of communicating one’s mental picture to the group without necessarily giving the whole game away.

Can you guess the name of Dan’s brother’s first character before listening to the episode? Leave your guess in the comments behind the jump. Continue reading

GM Submissions Deadline for Carnage on the Mountain Draws Near

calendar_clip_artThe summer is just flying by! We’re coming to the close of the submission period for GMs to run games. If you’re still on the fence or have put off getting your games in to the field marshals, now is the time to act! If the universe holds you up and you can’t send your games in until after the 27th, we’ll do our best to make it all fit in the book, but there are no guarantees.

After July 27th, the Carnage staff sifts and schedules all the games our GMs sent to create a weekend of programming that lets people sample new games and enjoy their favorites as much as possible. Then the convention book is laid out, proofread, printed and mailed off to the Carnage community. After that, new submissions are added to the web addendum. So you can see that to reach the most eyeballs, GMs want their games in the printed and electronic versions of the book.

Come one, come all to Carnage on the Mountain! You’ll find the GM sign-up form eager to accept your tasty information.

Carnagecast 32: Nik Palmer and Iron GM 2012

In episode 32 of Carnagecast, Dr. Nik joins us, fresh from his travels to GenCon 2012. Nik tells us about Iron GM, an event which turns gamemastering into a competitive sport, and his experiences competing on the regional level — having become an Iron Contender at TotalCon — and the national at GenCon. Iron GM pushes Nik to stretch outside his usual GM style to develop his skills at “play[ing] without plan,” following the will of the players and facilitating epic action, as the competition demands that one “go big or go home.”

Find out what GMing muscles Iron GM stretches, what Nik stocks in his GMing toolbox and his most consulted tables in the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide. Continue reading