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.

The Name is Trade — Math Trade: a Carnage Royale No-ship Math Trade

The annual Carnage annual no-ship math trade, in which game swaps are arranged in advance and made at the convention in Killington, is now open on BoardGameGeek, thanks to host Matt Golec. Putting games on offer runs until October 23rd. Traders have until October 30th to compose their want lists, with results posted shortly thereafter.

If you’ve never participated in a math trade before, the premise is that participants list the games they want to trade away on the geeklist Matt has created, linked above. Then everyone who’s listed games to trade makes a want list of what games they would accept in return for those they’re offering up. Once the want list period closes, Matt uses the On-Line Want List Generator to automatically calculate a maximal number of trades based on who’s willing to take what for what. During the convention weekend in Killington, trade participants find each other and make the hand-offs, which is what makes it a “no-ship” math trade.

Sound interesting? Matt’s got some great notes in his geeklist to help newcomers get into the mix. Go check it out!

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.

Killington Grand Checkout Time

As a reminder for Carnage attendees staying at the Killington Grand for the weekend, standard checkout time is 11:00am. If you are curious about the possibility of a later checkout, inquire with the front desk. Later checkout times usually depend on upcoming reservations, so it may vary from room to room.

Other places to stay on the mountain, including the various condominiums, may have different policies, and you should check directly with them about their checkout policies.

Food and Drink at Killington Resort in 2015

Note: As of 2016, Killington’s renovations are complete and on-site food and options are back to normal. See the Lodging page for more information.


 

The Killington resort informed Carnage that the main hotel’s restaurant, Ovations, would be closed during the fall of 2015 for renovations. Unfortunately, the resort’s renovation schedule coincides with Carnage of the Lost World. Recognizing the impact the lack of an on-site restaurant space would have on Carnage-goers during the convention, Killington has worked with Carnage to ensure there are ample options for food and beverages throughout the weekend.

Below you will find listed options to purchase food and drink from Killington during Carnage of the Lost World in 2015. Some of these options have always been available. Others are being offered by the resort to make up for the loss of the main restaurant space.

Carnage regrets any inconvenience this may cause our guests. The Killington resort is making all efforts to provide the usual dining amenities, as well as additional options. Carnage believes the options provided by the resort will meet convention-goers’ needs for dining and socializing during Carnage of the Lost World. We hope you will join us in 2015 for the best convention yet.

Clubhouse Bar & Grill

Across the road from the Grand Resort — a three to five minute walk from the front lobby — is the Clubhouse Bar & Grill. Normally closed in November, Killington is offering this venue as an alternative venue for sit-down dining during Carnage in 2015. The Clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Oscar Wilde Ballroom

Outside the Oscar Wilde ballroom, the main space Carnage uses for board games and miniatures, Killington will set up a point of sale for pub-style food and beverages. This point will be open Friday evening til close, 11am on Saturday to close and Sunday morning and early afternoon.

Snowshed Food Court

The food court space in Snowshed, attached to the card game room, will be selling hot beverages and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and sandwiches, hot and cold beverages, beer and wine in the afternoon and evening. Snowshed food options will be open from 1pm to 11pm on Friday, 7am to 11pm on Saturday and 7am to 2pm on Sunday.

Ski Check Bar

In lieu of the bar in Ovations, Killington will configure the Ski Check room as a service bar. The area outside the Ski Check room, and the lounge area outside the Northstar room — also known as the dealer’s room — will be furnished with couches, chairs and tables for convention-goers to socialize. The bar will be open from 5pm t0 closing Friday night and 11am until closing on Saturday.

Further Options

Killington’s convenience store, Grand Essentials, will offer their usual assortment of drinks, snacks and prepared food. The mountain road to the resort offers a bevvy of restaurants and convenience stores.

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.

The Game With No Name Math Trade

The grim reaper, wearing a ten gallon hat, rides a pale horse, a rifle in each hand.
The orneriest high plains drifter you’ll ever meet.

The Game With No Name math trade is now live on Boardgamegeek! Organizer Matt Golec lays out all the details in the opening post of the geek list. The short version is that a computer program orchestrates trades among a large number of people, all offering and desiring to receive various games.

From now until 9:00pm on October 29th, 2014, people can post games offered for trade to the linked geek list on Boardgamegeek. After that deadline, participants have until 9:00pm on November 2nd to compose their want lists, identifying the things they would like to receive and what they would be willing to give away in exchange. Then Matt will run the program, list the results and the exchanges will happen at A Fistful of Carnage, starting Saturday, November 8th. It’s just that easy!

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!

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.