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.

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, and follow Carnage on Facebook and Twitter.

Carnagecast 60: Winter Weirdness 2015

Carnagecast logo. The grim reaper leaps in the air, strumming a power chord on his scythe-guitar.In episode 60 of Carnagecast, Tyler flies solo: no co-host, no guest! News of Carnage 2015 is soon to come. This past weekend the Green Mountain Gamers held their Winter Weirdness game day in Barre, Vermont. Games were played, money was raised for the Vermont Center for Independent Living and fun was had. Tyler talks about the games he got to play: three favorites and a brand new one. Where else can you run into Carnage folks in New England: MEGA Spring Meltdown, TotalCon and PAX East, to name a few.

Tyler wraps up with some of his other tabletop interests at the moment, including a live play show on YouTube called Decked! and dabbling in Doomtown. Carnagecast now has a voice mail box. Call in and let us know what you think!

Subscribe to Carnagecast on iTunes! Like Carnage on Facebook. Follow Carnage on Twitter: @Carnagecon. Leave us a voice mail at (802) 448-2019. Go behind the jump for the show links. Continue reading

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," 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

Get your registration forms in before the end of October. We’ll see you on the mountain for A Fistful of Carnage!

Carnagecast 53: A Fistful of Carnage

Carnagecast logo. The grim reaper leaps in the air, strumming a power chord on his scythe-guitar.It’s barely one month to go until A Fistful of Carnage in Killington! Carnage staffer Ray joins the conversation on the precipice of the release of A Fistful of Carnage’s convention book. We talk about some of what’s on offer this year at Carnage, particularly in our own areas of expertise, offer some advice on what to expect at the resort, plus suggestions for food and other amenities in the Killington area.

We are, of course, looking forward to seeing everyone have fun pushing lead and flopping cards and chucking dice and everything else we gamers do at the convention this year. And we hope you can be part of the fun this year!

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Carnagecast 51: MEGA Meltdown 2014

Carnagecast logo.In episode 51 of Carnagecast, Alex Clay of the Green Mountain Gamers joins us to talk about the group’s upcoming game day, the MEGA Meltdown in Fairlee, Vermont on April 12th, 2014. The Meltdown, like Green Mountain Gamers’ other events, is a day of open gaming, this one running from 9am to midnight at the Lake Morey Resort, on the shores of Lake Morey in the Upper Valley. There will be lots of people bringing games to share and teach, an Android: Netrunner tournament, a special selection of games to play and win, a silent auction to benefit the Vermont Foodbank, with Brap’s Magic on hand to vend games.

Additionally, this is the Green Mountain Gamers’ first year as an officially organized social club. Anyone paying the entrance fee to the MEGA Meltdown becomes a voting member of the Green Mountain Gamers club, gaining the potential to help steer the organization in its mission to provide places for people to meet, play games, and share the hobby with others.

MEGA Meltdown happens April 12th, 2014 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. It’s a great day of tabletop games, with the chance to make new gaming friends and find that next big game to play. Come by and check it out!

As always, subscribe to Carnagecast in your podcatcher of choice through iTunes or the feed link in the sidebar, visit for more information about the convention and the podcast, join us in other online venues. Go behind the jump to explore links related to people, places and things mentioned in this episode. Continue reading

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.

Download the 2013 Carnage on the Mountain Convention Book

Note: This post links to the 2013 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.

Carnage on the Mountain Book Cover
Download the 2013 Carnage on the Mountain convention book.

Carnage on the Mountain’s official convention book is now available for download. Below, you will find links to the convention book, a preregistration form, a schedule grid and a map showing the layout of the Killington Grand and adjacent Snowshed Lodge. Note that the Snowshed Lodge is accessible through the door at the end of the hall by rooms K Roundabout and H-I Escapade I & II.

These documents reflect the schedule as it stood at the time of printing. For updates, alterations, amendments and new arrivals, check the Convention Book Addendum regularly.

  • Carnage on the Mountain Convention Book [PDF, 868kb] Updated 10/12/13!
  • Carnage on the Mountain Pre-reg Form [PDF, 64kb]
  • Carnage on the Mountain Schedule Grid [PDF, 96kb]
  • Carnage on the Mountain Schedule Grid [XLS, 63kb]
  • Killington Grand Site Map [PDF, 62kb]

Update October 12th, 2013

The convention book was updated October 12th with key miniatures corrections. The current version is named 2013_Carnage_Booklet_For_Web_10-08.pdf.

Additionally, the Convention Addendum is now live. This is a living document of updates, additions and cancellations. Watch it for the latest in gaming offerings at Carnage on the Mountain in 2013.

Carnagecast 36: Back from Hiatus

In episode 36 of Carnagecast, we emerge from hiatus just in time to still be able to wish everyone a happy new year. Pillar of the Carnage board Rod Sheldon is with us to talk about the highlights of this past Carnage Noir, the gaming we’ve gotten in over the holidays and plans for 2013: both at Carnage and conventions across New England. Continue reading

Carnagecast 35: 24 Hour Charity Gaming Marathon at Quarterstaff Games

In episode thirty-five of Carnagecast, Jeff Durochia and Brennan Martin tell us about the charity gaming event Extra Life and the 24 gaming marathon they’re hosting at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington, Vermont to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care.

This October, Quarterstaff opens its doors from 8:00am Saturday the 20th to 8:00am Sunday the 21st to host 24 hours of tabletop gaming to raise money. Highlights include midnight Draft ‘Til You Drop for Magic: the Gathering, A Game of Thrones utilizing the Dance with Dragons scenario, a warlord rumble for Warhammer 40,000, many more board games, role-playing games including Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the 5 Rings and more — Brennan is crafting three dimensional tiles for Settlers of Catan. One twist for Extra Life players that Quarterstaff offers: a $5 entry donation gains players tokens they can use to bend rules of the games they play. Those tokens translate into more donations for the Team Quarterstaff fundraising efforts.

Whether people come for the full 24 hours or drop in as their schedule allows, Jeff hopes to provide a mini-convention atmosphere, allowing people to try games and experiment with new and untried games. And, of course, people can contribute whatever they’re able to the fundraising efforts. Donations are just as important as pledges.  With his perspective analyzing birth statistics for the health department, Brennan reminds us there are living, breathing people who will benefit directly from the money raised through Extra Life. Continue reading