Carnage XX Opens for Registration!

Text: "Register Now for Carnage. Registration closes 10.24.17."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.

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!

Carnage Royale Will Return . . .

A panoramic view of a ski lodge ballroom full of people playing tabletop games.
One of the game rooms at Carnage Royale, Friday afternoon.

Thank you everyone who joined us last weekend for Carnage Royale, our nineteenth outing to play tabletop games all weekend long. By our count, there were at least 700 people playing games at the Killington Grand and Snowshed Base Lodge as part of Carnage Royale.

A convention like Carnage runs on its volunteers, those behind the scenes, and those who step up to teach their favorite games. Without games for people to play, Carnage would be no game convention at all. Thanks goes out to all the GMs who volunteered their time and energy to provide Carnage-goers with fun games to play all weekend long. We literally could not host a game convention without you all.

This year, we had some fun new groups and activities going on, in addition to the usual slew of board games, miniatures matches and role-playing scenarios.

Extra Life

Sean Murphy runs a role-playing session as part of Extra Life charity fundraising.
Sean Murphy runs a role-playing session as part of Extra Life charity fundraising.

Carnage hosted games that raised money for Extra Life, a charity that supports Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. In addition to players joining Team Extra Carnage and collecting donation pledges from friends and family, a core of GMs ran specially-themed games all weekend to raise additional funds, like Dr. Nik’s Casino Royale LARP and David Clarkson’s Carnival of the Damned, where players could make donations to influence the game, have the GM throw them a bone and more. All told, the Extra Life efforts at Carnage Royale raised over $3,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Thank you to everyone who contributed and organized, particularly the people who originally came to the Carnage board and said, “We’ve got this crazy idea . . . “: Sean Murphy and Edwin Nagy.

Cube of Death Pub Trivia

Trivia-fiends gather for Cube of Death at Killington.
Trivia-fiends gather for Cube of Death at Killington.

Cube of Death, pub trivia style, returned to Carnage for its fifth year, with a special guest emcee, Chris Griffin. Four teams converged on Preston’s in the Grand Hotel to compete to be the last standing by virtue of their command of nerdly trivia. In the end, it was Chicken Pot Pie that emerged victorious. Thanks to TSR for sponsoring Cube of Death, as they have from the beginning.

Thank You!

And again, thank you to everyone who joined us on the mountain this year for Carnage Royale. We put this convention for tabletop game-players to have a place to make friends, rekindle old friendships and, of course, play a whole bunch of games. We hope you’ll join us again, or for the first time, in November 2017, back at the Killington Grand. More news will be forthcoming in the new year, so keep an eye on our web site, like the Carnage Facebook page and follow @Carnagecon on Twitter.

“Let’s play!” — Carnage Royale Makes the Front Page of the Rutland Herald

An older man with glasses and a beard gives a thumb's up while holding up a newspaper with a front page article about Carnage, with the headline 'Let's play!'

Two men grabbed a passerby in a hotel lounge, seeking an outside perspective on whether the Norwegian navy should attack St. Petersburg.

No, it wasn’t the beginning of a very strange spy novel. It was the second day of Carnage Con, Vermont’s largest gaming convention, held last weekend at the Killington Grand Hotel and Snowshed Base Lodge.

That’s how reporter Gordon Dritschilo’s article about Carnage Royale began on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Rutland Herald last week, on the final day of the convention. You can now read the article in full over on the Rutland Reader‘s website. Thanks to Gordon and photographer Robert Layman for coming out to visit the convention. Articles like these are a great way for gamers to tell their stories to the local community, and catch the eyes of people interested in the tabletop hobby who haven’t yet figured out how to make contact with fellow players.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Saddle Up for Carnage on the Mountain 2014

Death is the orneriest high plains drifter you'll ever meet.
The orneriest high plains drifter you’ll ever meet.

We are pleased to announce we have secured a date and place for Carnage on the Mountain 2014. Plan your next expedition up the slopes of Killington Peak for November 7th, 2014, executing a descent strategy on November 9th.[1] Carnage returns to the Killington Grand Resort for a full weekend of tabletop games: board games, card games, historical and fantasy miniatures, role-playing games and more.

The 2013 convention at Killington was a learning experience for everyone. The Carnage staff took their own notes, combined them with feedback from our conventioneers and are currently collaborating on how to provide an even better weekend of gaming for everyone at Killington in 2014.

Booking Rooms for Carnage on the Mountain 2014

For those who have not yet booked rooms for 2014, remember that in order to get the convention rate at the Killington Grand, you must call to reserve and you must specify you want the Carnage convention rate. Reserving online will not grant the convention rate.

In addition to hotel-style rooms, Killington also offers accommodations like the Pinnacle condominiums adjacent to the main building. Visit Killington’s website for full details on your mountainside options. You’ll find convention rates for Carnage on the Mountain 2014 listed on the Lodging page.

Running and Registering for Games

As is now tradition, Carnage’s field marshals will start contacting our trusty, ever-giving GMs in the late winter and spring. Around then, the GM submission form will also open. Registration should open in late summer, early fall.

The Latest News

As always, keep a weather eye on the Carnage website for the latest news. News posts are relayed to our presences on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.


[1] The very well prepared may wish instead to overwinter on the slopes of Killington. To those individuals, we wish godspeed.