I just had the chance to listen to Gameopolis episode 4.5, their after-action report for Carnage 2009. Co-host Jeff recounts his experiences running and playing at this year’s convention. He mentioned something that mirrored my own experience, but I didn’t realize until I heard somebody else say it: all the players I met this year were really into playing the game for fun’s sake, rather than to debate rules or make the game unpleasant for other people.
He also mentioned his practice of running a kind of living board game. His Car Wars arena has a scoreboard, pictured here, that immortalizes not only the winners of past matches, but the truly inglorious crack-ups, as well. Since few board games carry any kind of a memory across sessions, the idea of making past games part of the play experience is a really appealing one.
Be sure to check out the rest of Jeff’s photos from Carnage on Gameopolis‘ Flickr account.