Just One of the Horsemen: Board Games Galore!

June is here after May snow . . . ? Time to start thinking of game submissions for Carnage. The GM submission form is up and running. We are looking for board games galore this year! There just seem to be more and more board games to choose from these days. Plenty of new games have hit since Carnage Noir. Such gems as Tammany Hall, Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, Terra Mystica, Pax Porfiriana, Andean Abyss, Bora Bora, Archipelago, Clash of Cultures, Robinson Crusoe, Island Fortress and Ground Floor . . . whew . . . and that is just a drop in the bucket of all the new games that are out since last Carnage.

What were some of your favorites this year? Which new board game caught your eye and your just can’t get enough of it? Well, come run a slot of two at Carnage. Got a game you want to see played at this year’s convention? Let us know. Do you know of a game that you are waiting for patiently that, hopefully, will be out for Carnage? We have a few: 1775: The Rebellion, A Distant Plain, Cuba Libre and of course . . . Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak! Rumor has it this is close to being on the docket for Carnage . . .

So take a look behind the jump at the list of games we are looking for this year. This list is not even close to complete! See something you like, please consider running the game. Don’t see your favorite game…don’t worry, you can run a slot of that as well!

Looking forward to a great year up on the mountain at Killington! Continue reading

Carnagecast 42: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

Carnagecast logo.In episode 42 of Carnagecast, after a teaching session at the Green Mountain Gamers’ spring game day, Rod and Sarah discuss Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, a worker placement game which draws inspiration for its mechanics from none other than the titular Mayan calendar, particularly interlocking wheels that move pieces around the board. In addition to the usual crunch of never enough resource and actions for players to do everything they’d like to, the discussion touches upon how the addition of something so spatially and visually oriented as the wheels affect how players think about the game.

Who do Sarah and Rod think should give Tzolk’in a try? Listen in — and check out the show notes behind the cut. Continue reading

Carnagecast 38: Unity Games XIX

In episode thirty-eight of Carnagecast, Sarah brings tidings from Unity Games, a one day board game extravaganza held annually in Massachusetts. Highlights of the day include teaching Power Grid: The First Sparks, learning Hansa Teutonica and Stone Age, plus the chance to meet up with Carnage friends outside the Carnage convention itself.

We also talk a bit about teaching games, Sarah’s particular techniques for doing so, and finding the balance between achieving fluency in games one already likes versus trying every new title that comes out of Essen. Continue reading