The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 39th Annual Origins Awards Winners

July 22, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH (June 15, 2013) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the winners for the 39th Annual Origins Awards.

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game-related products.

The winners were voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH on June 12th – June 16th from the nominees in each category chosen by retailers at the GAMA Trade Show. The winners were announced at the Origins Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday, June 15th.

The Academy would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the jury members, GAMA staff, and everyone who submitted a product to the 39th annual Origins Awards.

Please congratulate these companies!

Best Roleplaying Game
Marvel Heroic RPG Basic – Margaret Weis Productions – Designed by Cam Banks, Rob Donoghue, Jack Norris, Jesse Scoble, Aaron Sullivan, Chad Underkoffler

Best Roleplaying Supplement or Adventure
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Civil War Essentials Edition Event Book – Margaret Weis Productions

Best Board Game
Lords of Waterdeep – Wizards of the Coast – Designed by Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson

Best Collectible Card Game
Legend of the 5 Rings: Embers of War – AEG

Best Traditional Card Game
Doctor Who the Card Game – Cubicle 7 Entertainment/Treefrog Games – Designed by Martin Wallace

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game
Quarriors! Dice Building Game – Wizkids – Designed by Michael Elliot and Eric M. Lang

Best Gaming Accessory
Metal Steampunk Dice Set – Q Workshop – Designed by Shannon Couture and Blazej Walczak

Best Miniatures Rules
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Campaign Starter Set – WizKids

Best Historical Miniatures Rules
Flames of War: Open Fire! – Battlefront Miniatures, LTD.

Best Historical Miniatures Rules Supplements
Flames of War: Nuts – Battlefront Miniatures, LTD. – Designed by Michael Haught

Best Historical Board Game
Samurai Battles – Zvezda –Designed by Richard Borg and Konstantin Krivenko

Best Publications
Battletech: Weapons Free – Catalyst Game Labs – Edited by Jason Schmetzer

Best Miniature Figure Line
Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians – Wizkids Games

Best Miniature Figure Rules
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Campaign Start Set – WizKids Games


The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 2013 Origins Awards Nominees

April 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH (April 01, 2013) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is pleased to announce the 2013 Origins Awards Nominees.

The awards are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to companies for outstanding games in the industry. For the 39th annual award cycle, the Awards had fifteen categories: Best Roleplaying Game, Best Roleplaying Supplement, Best Board Game, Best Traditional Card Game, Best Family, Party or Children’s Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Miniature Figure, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Figure, Best Historical Miniature Game Supplement, Best Historical Miniature Rules, and Best Game-Related Publication, and Best Collectible Card Game.

The winner of each category will be voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair. The winners will be announced and presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 15th of the event.

Please congratulate these companies:

Best Roleplaying Game
Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy RPG Core Rules – Privateer Press
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Games – Margaret Weis Productions
Monsterhearts – Buried Without Ceremony
Nights of the Crusades – Aetheric Dreams
Primeval RPG – Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.

Best Roleplaying Supplement
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Civil War Essentials Edition Event Book – Margaret Weis Productions
Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue – Wizards of the Coast
Mutants & Masterminds: Threat Report – Green Ronin
Rimward: The Outer System – Posthuman Studios
The Mythos Dossiers – Cubicle 7 Entertainment

Best Board Game
Hot Rod Creeps – Cryptozoic
Kingdom Builder – Queen Games
Lords of Waterdeep – Wizards of the Coast
Mage Knight – WizKids
Mage Wars – Arcane Wonder

Best Collectible Card Games
Card Fight! Vanguard Breaker of Limits – Bushiroad
Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters – Wizards of the Coast
Legend of the 5 Rings: Embers of War – AEG
World of Warcraft: War of the Ancients – Cryptozoic
Yu-Gi-Oh! Battlepacks – Konami

Best Traditional Card Game
Doctor Who the Card Game – Cubicle 7 Entertainment/Treefrog Games
Legendary – Upper Deck
Locke & Key – Cryptozoic
Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’lyeh – Cryptozoic
Smash Up – AEG

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game
Catan Junior – Mayfair Games
Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Queen Games
Love Letter – AEG
Once Upon A Time 3rd Edition – Atlas Games
Quarriors! Dice Building Game – WizKids Games

Best Gaming Accessory
Castle Panic: The Wizard’s Tower – Fireside Games
Dungeon Tiles: Castle Grimstead – Wizards of the Coast
Metal Steampunk Dice Set – Q Workshop
Pathfinder Battles Miniatures: Rise of the Runelords – WizKids games
Pathfinder Serpent’s Skull Dice Set – Q Workshop

Best Miniatures Rules
Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath – Wizards of the Coast
Heavy Gear Blitz! Perfect Storm: The NuCoal Field Guide – Dream Pod 9
The Battlefield: Miniature Modern Warfare – Bombshell Games/Brent Spivey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Campaign Starter Set – WizKids Games
WARMACHINE: Colossus – Privateer Press

Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line
Ancient Greeks – Victrix Ltd
Austrian Napoleonic Infantry – Perry Miniatures
Early Imperial Romans – Aventine Miniatures
Early War Polish WWII – Forged In Battle
German BP44 Armored Train – Battlefront Miniatures

Best Historical Board Game
1812: The Invasion of Canada – Academy Games
Andean Abyss – GMT
Clash of Wills – Mayfair Games
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 Village and Defensive Line Map Expansion – Collins Epic War Games
Samurai Battles – Zvezda

Best Historical Miniature Rules Supplement
Bolt Action: Armies of Germany – Osprey Publishing/Warlord Games
Clash of Empires: Age of Ravens – Great Escape Games
Flames of War: Nuts – Battlefront Miniatures
Hail Caesar Army Lists: Late Antiquity to Early Medieval – Warlord Games
SAGA: Raven’s Shadow – Gripping Beast/Studio Tomahawk

Best Historical Miniature Rules
Brink of Battle: Skirmish Gaming Through the Ages – Strategic Elite
Bolt Action: WWII Wargaming Rules – Osprey Publishing/Warlord Games
Deus Vult – Fireforge Games
Flames of War: Open Fire! – Battlefront Miniatures
Mad Dogs With Guns – Pulp Action Library

Best Miniature Figure Line
The Aberration (Carnevale: The Miniature Game) – Vesper-On Games
Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians – WizKids Games
Mountain King (Trollbloods Gargantuan) – Privateer Press
Radru-Rashaar (Carnevale: The Miniature Game) – Vesper-On Games
Trontek 29ers Corporation Team – Mantic Games

Best Game-Related Publication
Death’s Heretic – Paizo Publishing, LLC
Battletech: Weapons Free – Catalyst Game Labs
Time Traveled Tales – GAMA
Eighth Day Genesis: A World Building Codex – Alliteration Ink
Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep – Engine Publishing

We want to thank all of the companies who submitted for the awards this year! These products will be on display and available to Origins attendees to check out and play at their convenience at the Lending Library during the Origins Game Fair in June. Come play and vote on your favorites!


Origins is proud to announce a full slate of Guests for 2012!

April 19, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH – April 17, 2012 – Origins Game Fair is proud to announce a full slate of guests for 2012.

Please join us in welcoming our amazing lineup of Special Guests: Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Adrienne Wilkinson.

Adding to our wonderful slate are our Guests of Honor: Game Designer Robert Schwalb, Game Designer Jeff Tidball, Artist Sandra Garrity, and Author Aaron Allston.

“We are very excited to have a group of such talented guests for Origins this year and we are already seeing how excited the fans are to see them at the show,” said John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA.

Origins provides a gambit of events, seminars, and opportunities to interface with our guests at the show:

Each morning our guests will host a table for brunch, where fans can join them in conversation.

 All guests will be participating in seminars where they can answer your questions and talk about topics that interest them.

Get an autograph or your picture taken with our special guests in the Guest Area. This area will be located at the top of the Convention Center escalator by the Exhibit Hall.

Some lucky games will be randomly selected for our “upgraded play” program. In its 3rd year, guests are added into an event at random and join our fans in a game like any other attendee.

Check out more Origins on the website at www.originsgamefair.com. And a special thank you to our show co-sponsor Mayfair Games. Visit them at www.mayfairgames.com.

The Origins Game Fair June May 30 – June 3, where gaming begins!


The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Winners

July 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH (June 26, 2011) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the winners for the 37th Annual Origins Awards.

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game-related products.

The winners were voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH in June 2011 from the nominees in each category chosen by retailers at the GAMA Trade Show. The winners were announced and the coveted Calliope statues were presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday June 25th.

The Academy would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the jury members, GAMA staff, and everyone who submitted a product to the 37th annual Origins Awards.

 

Best Roleplaying Game
The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story – Evil Hat Productions

Best Roleplaying Supplement
Our World (The Dresden Files RPG) – Evil Hat Productions

Best Board Game
Castle Ravenloft – Wizards of the Coast

Best Traditional Card Game
Back to the Future: The Card Game – Looney Labs, Inc.

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game
Zombie Dice – Steve Jackson Games

Best Gaming Accessory
Cthulhu Dice Bag – Steve Jackson Games

Best Miniatures Rules
DC HeroClix Blackest Night Starter Game – WizKids/NECA

Best Historical Board Game
Catan Histories – Settlers of America: Trails to Rails – Mayfair Games

Best Game-Related Publication
Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome – Catalyst Game Labs

Best Play-By-Mail
The One Ring (A Legends Module) – Harlequin Games

Congratulations to all of the winners!


Origins 2011 Exhibit Hall Sold Out

May 6, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH (May 4, 2011) For the second consecutive year, Origins Game Fair announces the show Exhibit Hall for 2011 is sold out.

The hall has over 350 booths representing more than 200 companies in the industry.

Don’t forget to pre-register for the show before May 31st and save $10 on your full show badge! This year’s theme is Victoriana with Steampunk. Games that fall into the theme of Victoriana for the 2011 Origins Game Fair will be featured in the Program Guide. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

We want to thank all of the major supporters of the show: Mayfair Games, show co-sponsor, Rio Grande Games, Troll & Toad, Sandstorm Productions, Elfinwerks, Bandai, Adventure Retail, Cryptozoic, Catalyst Game Labs, Looney Labs, Chimera Hobby Shop, Decision Games, Hills Wholesale Gaming, WizKids, Eagle Games, Geek Chic, GPA, Battle Front, Kenzer & Company, Reaper / Hobby Q, Z-Man Games, GameScience, and Free RPG Day.

For an exhibitor list and hall map or to pre-register for the show, visit the Origins website www.originsgamefair.com.

Check out the sold out Exhibit Hall at Origins, June 22-26. Where Gaming Begins!


The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Nominees

April 13, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH (April 12, 2011) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the nominees for the 37th Annual Origins Awards.

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game related products.

The nominees were voted on by hobby game retailers at the GAMA Trade Show in March 2011 from a short list in each category determined by a jury of hobby game professionals and knowledgeable enthusiasts. The winner of each category will be determined by the votes of attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus OH, June 22nd-26th. The winners will be announced and the coveted Calliope statues presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday June 25th. Submitted games that were not nominated will be available to play in the Open Gaming Area at the Origins Game Fair.

The Academy would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the jury members, GAMA staff, and everyone who submitted a product to the 37th annual Origins Awards.

Best Roleplaying Game

DC Adventures – Green Ronin Publishing
Designer: Steve Kenson

Dragon Age, Set 1 – Green Ronin Publishing
Designer: Chris Pramas

The Dresden Files RPG  – Evil Hat Productions
Designers: Leonard Balsera, Jim Butcher, Genevieve Cogman, Robert Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Kenneth Hite, Ryan Macklin, Chad Underkoffler, Clark Valentine

Fiasco – Bully Pulpit Games
Designer: Jason Morningstar

Gamma World RPG – Wizards of the Coast
Designers: Rich Baker, Bruce Cordell

Best Roleplaying Supplement

A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide (A Song of Ice and Fire RPG)  – Green Ronin Publishing
Designers: David Chart, Joshua Frost, Brian Kirby, Jon Leitheusser, Anthony Pryor, Robert J. Schwalb, Owen K.C. Stephens

The Dresden Files: Our World (The Dresden Files RPG) – Evil Hat Productions
Designers: Leonard Balsera, Jim Butcher, Genevieve Cogman, Robert Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Kenneth Hite, Ryan Macklin, Chad Underkoffler, Clark Valentine

Advanced Player’s Guide (Pathfinder RPG) – Paizo Publishing
Designers: Judy Bauer, Jason Bulmahn, Christopher Carey, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal Maclean, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Sean K. Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, Lisa Stevens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, Vic Wertz

Sixth World Almanac (Shadowrun RPG)- Catalyst Game Labs
Designers: Jason Hardy, John Heifers, John Dunn

Sunward: The Inner System (Eclipse Phase RPG) – Posthuman Studios
Designers: Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, Adam Jury

Best Board Game

Castle Ravenloft – Wizards of the Coast
Designer: Bil Slaviciek, Mike Mearls

Defenders of the Realm – Eagle Games
Designer: Richard Launius

Fresco – Queen Games
Designer: Wolfgang Panning, Marco Ruskowski, Marcel Süßelbeck

Lords of Vegas – Mayfair Games
Designer: James Ernest, Mike Selinker

Nuns on the Run – Mayfair Games
Designer: Fréderic Moyersoen

Best Traditional Card Game

Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer – Gary Games
Designer: Justin Gary

Back to the Future: The Card Game – Looney Labs, Inc.
Designer: Andrew Looney

Hecho – Glowfly Games
Designers: Brian Knudsen, Brent Knudsen

Hex Hex XL – Smirk & Dagger Games
Designers: Curt Covert, Justin Brunetto

Railways of the World: The Card Game – Eagle Games
Designer: James Eastham, Steve Ellis

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game

>Ligretto Dice – Playroom Entertainment
Designers: Inka Brand, Markus Brand

Telestrations – USAopoly, Inc.
Designer: USAopoly

Wits and Wagers Family Edition – North Star Games
Designer: Dominic Crapuchettes

Word on the Street Junior – Out of the Box Publishing
Designer: Jack Degnan

Zombie Dice – Steve Jackson Games
Designer: Steve Jackson

Best Gaming Accessory

Color Primer: Dragon Red  – The Army Painter
Designer: Bo Penstoft, Jonas Faering

Adventurers Tiles  – Battle Bunker Games
Designer: Tony Ironmonger, Daniel Hinkle

Battlefield XP Swamp Tufts – The Army Painter
Designer: Bo Penstoft, Jonas Faering

Cthulhu Dice Bag  – Steve Jackson Games
Designer: Alex Fernandez

BattleTech Hex Pack: Lakes & Rivers – Catalyst Game Labs
Designer: Randall N. Bills

Best Miniatures Rules

Adventures in the Lost Lands – Two Hour Wargames
Designer: Ed Teixeira

BattleTech Technical Readout: 3085 – Catalyst Game Labs
Designer: Joel Bancroft-Conners

DC HeroClix Blackest Knight Starter Game – WizKids/NECA
Designers: Eric Engelhard, Jake Theis, Norman Barth, Drew Nolosco

Hordes: Primal MK2 – Privateer Press
Designer: Matt Wilson

MERCS Games Rule – MERCS Miniatures, LLC
Designer: Brian Shotton

Best Historical Board Game

Warlords of Europe – GameBuilders
Designers: Ken Griffin, Kyle Battle, Russ Rupe

Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour Poland 1939 – Academy Games
Designer: Uwe Eickect

Catan Histories – Settlers of America: Trails to Rails – Mayfair Games
Designer: Klaus Teuber

Panzer General: Allied Assault – Petroglyph Games, Inc.
Designers: Chuck Kroegel, George Chastain

Best Game-Related Publication

No Quarter Magazine  – Privateer Press
Editors: Matt Wilson, Aeryn Redel, Privateer Press

Hamlet’s Hit Points – Gameplaywright
Author: Robin Laws

Family Games: The 100 Best – Green Ronin Publishing
Editor: James Lowder

Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome – Catalyst Game Labs
Editor: John Helfers

World at War: Revelation – Lock ‘n Load Publishing
Author: Mark H. Walker


Origins Early Bird ends Jan. 15; time for clubs, GMs, volunteers to send info

January 14, 2011

Register at Early Bird rate by Jan. 15

Time is running out! To get your Origins full show badge at the Early Bird rate of $55, be sure to submit your online registration by January 15, 2011. After January 15, you can pre-register for the show at $65.

 

To register, visit http://originsgamefair.com/Registration/tabid/2938/Default.aspx and click the green Online Registration button to access our online registration system or by mailing or FAXing in the form available on the registration page. Mailed in forms must be postmarked by January 15. After January 15, incomplete orders will be removed from the system.

 

Time for clubs to register

 

If you are the organizer of a qualified game club, be sure to register as soon as possible so that your club members can purchase the club-rate badge. Please be sure to send your club member list (preferably as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet) to expedite the registration process for all. The membership application can be downloaded from our website at http://originsgamefair.com/GameMasters/tabid/2802/Default.aspx. To submit your application, e-mail award@gama.org.

 

Event submissions are open

 

Game masters can submit events now. Download the form at http://originsgamefair.com/GameMasters/tabid/2802/Default.aspx and send your completed forms to registration@gama.org.

 

Ready to volunteer?

 

If you would like to volunteer at Origins 2011, please be sure to fill out and submit the online volunteer form. Volunteer information and a link to the online form is available at http://originsgamefair.com/Volunteers/tabid/3166/Default.aspx. Don’t forget to fill out our form even if you have volunteered in the past. This will enable us to offer suitable volunteer opportunities to new and experienced people in a wide variety of areas—from events and programs to security, registration and more.

About Origins

 

The Origins Game Fair is one of the biggest hobby game conventions in the country. Origins takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, June 22-26, 2011.

 

Everyone is welcome at Origins. Last year, we welcomed over 10,000 attendees. Everyone is welcome at Origins. Come shop, eat, and play games at the 36th annual Origins Game Fair.

 

See you at Origins, Where Gaming Begins!


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