Limited Edition Carnage XX Playmat Available for Preorder

Carnage is pleased to announce that as part of the 20th anniversary celebration, a limited edition playmat is now available for preorder. Measuring 24″ x 14″, this mat features the many incarnations of the Grim Reaper and the horsemen of the apocalypse that have graced Carnage memorabilia over the years. Never before have all the faces of the Reaper been seen together in one place, and once this mat has sold out, you may never see them all together again! A playmat like this helps you flop cardboard with a speed and efficiency unlike anything seen on a regular hard table surface. (Note that the above image is a close-to-final draft, and the final version will likely vary slightly.)

This playmat is a limited edition item. Preorders will be accepted through Tabletop.Events’ merch page until the end of October 24th, due to lead time for production and shipping. After that, your only hope to score one of these commemorative mats by placing first in one of the events below:

Six of these commemorative playmats will be won by players this year at Carnage XX. You can trust to your skills to see you through one of these tournaments, or you can ensure you’ll own a piece of Carnage history by ordering one before the end of October 24th. Either way, after Carnage XX, this limited edition playmat will never be available again!

All Carnage art was created by Richard Emery. This playmat was designed by Hannah McMillen, and produced by Inked Gaming.

New Starfinder Scenario and Friday Afternoon Seats

With the convention less than a month out, the schedule is pretty well set, but there are some additions we wanted you to know about.

Astral Source: Infiltrating the Liminal Zone

Per Eisenman has taken Paizo’s new Starfinder rule set and used it to power his own creation, Astral Source. In 2121, Earth’s solar system is a very different place: “The Corporatocracy provides a benevolent oligarchy in the inner system, while the outer system is a frontier where the Resistance takes root.”

Check out the full write-up and get your ticket on Tabletop.Events.


More Friday Afternoon Seats

The Friday afternoon slot at Carnage keeps growing in popularity every year, to the point that soon after registration, there were only a handful of seats available in role-playing games outside the organized play categories. Thanks to the graciousness of our GMs, these role-playing scenarios have seats available for the Friday afternoon crowd:

  • Summer Break and Killer Birds — Robots, magnitrine drives, gauss freighters — this is the 80’s as it should have been.
  • The Big City Caper! — Mix one mad scientist, two criminal masterminds, three sports championships, four powerful and mysterious artifacts, five families, and the 1924 Democrat National Convention, and you’ve got a recipe for adventure!
  • Village in the Mists — The designer himself of the old school-inspired Thunder Classic Roleplaying dares you to solve the mystery of the abandoned village Kembi!

If you’re not already, be sure to follow Carnage on Facebook and Twitter.

Carnage No-Ship Math Trade: The 20th Anniversary Edition

Carnage’s traditional no-ship math trade is now live on BoardGameGeek, guest-helmed by Carnage’s own board game field marshal, Rod Sheldon, while Matt Golec takes the year off to be a gadabout.

A math trade is a way of swapping games you no longer want, aided by a computer program which constructs a web of trades based on what individuals are offering and willing to accept in return. Once the offer period ends, you can compose your want list, things you’d like to get and what you’d exchange for them. The computer crunches possibilities and works out an optimal series of trades. The “no-ship” part means the trades are done in person, specifically during the afternoon of November 5th at Carnage XX. Drop off any games you are swapping away and pick up what you’re receiving in return. It’s that easy!

The offer period closes October 23rd at 9:00pm, so you have until then to decide whether to participate. Head on over to the BoardGameGeek list check out what folks are offering. You can also read the instructions on how to participate. They’re meant to lead you through step by step, and you can also ask questions in the comments section if something’s unclear.

Adventurers League Registration Update for Carnage XX

When registration opened last Monday, attendees may have noticed that none of the Dungeons & Dragons games listed within the Adventurers League Organized Play category were available for sign-up. Adventurers League offerings at Carnage have been coordinated by Mark Merida with the Role Initiative, as in the last few years. To help explain the delay in the opening of registration for Adventurers League games and the plan going forward, Mark prepared the following (you can download the original PDF here):

Dear Carnage Community,

You may have noticed that registration for Adventurers League has been delayed past the start of Carnage’s pre-registration. This was caused by a miscommunication on our end, and we regret the impact that this has had on Carnage registrants, Adventurers League players, and our Kickstarter patrons. We understand that this has, despite our best intentions, caused an inconvenience to the Carnage community, and for that we apologize.

In an effort to open communication, we would like to announce that sign-ups for Adventurers League will open on October 2nd. All attendees will be able to access our registration section in Tabletop Events, and select the games of their choice. While we understand that this later date is an inconvenience, we hope that this clarification demonstrates our earnest desire to do right by the community of gamers who make this all possible.

We’re also excited to announce that as a good faith gesture to the community, we have collaborated with convention staff to offer a seat at each of our Tier 2 Author Only tables, available as prizes through a Carnage-orchestrated raffle that will take place after October 2nd. These are special events that provide limited access to exclusive modules that can only be run by their authors, the Adventurers League Admins.

We look forward to seeing you at Carnage!

Mark Merida, Convention Organizer
The Role Initiative

Carnage’s first concern is ensuring as smooth and pleasant a convention experience as possible for all attendees, from registration to the convention weekend itself. We truly regret any inconvenience or confusion this has caused attendees planning to participate in the Adventurers League games at the convention this year.

Looking forward, general registration will open on October 2nd as planned, with tickets made available through the Tabletop.Events registration system. For those interested in the “Author Only” tickets to be raffled off, you can stay up to date on how to participate here on the Carnage website, or on the convention’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. We will share how the raffle will operate in the coming days.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and good grace in working through this. We look forward to seeing you all at Killington for the convention!

Announcing Youth Rate Badges for 2017

After a number of inquiries from attendees this year, Carnage has decided to offer youth rate badges. For attendees ages 11 to 15, they can now register to play games at a reduced rate. Head over to the Carnage XX registration site to see the new badge rates. As always, all minors at Carnage are to be attended by a parent or responsible adult at all times.

For attendees qualifying for the youth rates who purchased badges before this announcement, they and a parent or responsible adult may visit the registration desk during the convention and request a refund of the difference between a full rate and youth rate badge.

Youth 10 years and younger may play in games for free, as in the past, on a walk-up basis as space is available and at the GM’s discretion. Saturday morning of the convention, there is a kids gaming area available, free for players 10 and younger to enjoy.

Carnage XX Opens for Registration!

Text: "Register Now for Carnage. Registration closes 10.24.17."
Click to visit the online registration system and get your Carnage XX badge today.

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.