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 And a special thank you to our show co-sponsor Mayfair Games. Visit them at

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


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

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

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 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 To submit your application, e-mail


Event submissions are open


Game masters can submit events now. Download the form at and send your completed forms to


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 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!

Origins 2011 Online Registration Live!

December 27, 2010

Online registration for the 2011 Origins Game Fair is now live! Join us in Columbus, Ohio June 22-26.

Early-bird registration has been extended to January 15th.

From now until January 15th, you can register for the Origins Game Fair at the early bird registration rate of $55. After that, you can pre-register for the show at $65.

The Origins Game Fair is one of the biggest hobby game conventions in the country. Last year, we welcomed over 10,000 attendees. Origins is located in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Everyone is welcome at Origins. Come shop, eat, and play games at the 36th annual Origins Game Fair.

To register for Origins, visit and click on the ‘Registration’ link on the left side of the page. See you at Origins! Where Gaming Begins!



GAMA/Mayfair Family Game Room at the COSI Joys of Toys Event

November 16, 2010

GAMA will be hosting our game room again this year with the COSI Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, OH, GAMA Family Game Days. This event provides a chance for families to spend time together learning how to play new games for the holidays.

Last year, kids had an evening to meet Santa Claus, demo games with their families, enjoy holiday refreshments, and leave with a new game from under Santa’s tree.

This year, the event is expanding to two days on Nov 27th and Nov 28th. COSI is expecting attendance in the two days to be approximately 7,000 attendees!

Mayfair Games is co-sponsoring the event again this year and we are very excited to have them partner with us for this great holiday event.

GAMA, along with Mayfair Games and our awesome volunteers, will be demonstrating games, holding raffles and having tons of fun!

This is a great event to promote gaming for the holidays! If any members still want to be involved or donate games, please contact Angela Ward at 614-255-4500 or email at

Deadline for game donations is 11/19/10.

Thank you. We truly appreciate your support of a great holiday and social gaming event!

Click here to print or download your $1.00 off coupon.

Mayfair Games to Co-Sponsor 2011 Origins Game Fair

October 5, 2010

Origins is pleased to announce Mayfair Games as show co-sponsor of the 2011 Origins Game Fair! Mayfair Games will be increasing the scope of its activities at the show to enhance the experience and enjoyment of the attendees. The Origins Game Fair will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center June 22-26, 2011.

“Mayfair Games is thrilled to be a co-sponsor of Origins,” said Larry Roznai, President, Mayfair Games. “Mayfair is totally dedicated to making the gaming experience for the entire family the best it can be and being a co-sponsor of Origins will allow us to create that kind of amazing experience.”

Mayfair will increase its presence in the exhibit hall to over 5,000 square feet with additional demo tables, tournament space, and the new Mayfair Family Fun Area.

In addition to the exhibit hall, Mayfair again hosts “The Mayfair Room” with tournaments, a library fully stocked with their games, and even more life-sized giant games than last year. Thursday through Saturday evening, Mayfair will host a Room Party with complimentary soft drinks and snacks. With the purchase of the Mayfair Games Room Ribbon, attendees will have complimentary access to these events and the all-new Preview Play Program.

“Gameplay should be fun. We see it as our mission to fill your Origins hours with enjoyment,” said Robert Carty, VP of Sales/Marketing.

Mayfair Games will continue to sponsor the Kid’s Program and Origins Theme Areas. The Origins Kids Room grew 25% in 2010 and will again offer fun for families and young attendees in 2011. Mayfair will also co-sponsor the Origins Theme Area.  Attendees can join Origins’ industry and pop culture guests for brunch and conversation, and at night adults can enjoy a local micro-brew and play games in the pub’s theme area.

Mayfair will host another North American Catan Championship Qualifier tournament in 2011. The winner will receive a trip to the 2011 North American Catan Championship Tournament at Gen Con Indy 2011 (travel, hotel and convention badge provided). The winner of the NACC Tournament at Gen Con Indy 2011 will travel to the 2012 Worldwide Catan Championship to compete in the tournament as the North American Representative.

“We are excited to have Mayfair as our Origins show co-sponsor for 2011,” Executive Director of GAMA, John Ward said. “Mayfair is an outstanding partner, providing the Mayfair Room, giant games, tournaments, the Theme Area, and Kids Program. We always look to make the experience at Origins more memorable, and I think Mayfair gives people a lot to look forward to at Origins this year.”

Check out more about our co-sponsor Mayfair Games on the Origins website at or at . Origins Game Fair June 22-26, 2011, Where Gaming Begins!

Origins 2010 Recap

June 29, 2010

Thank you to our fans, sponsors, volunteers and GMs for a great Origins show this year! If you attended Origins this year, you helped increase attendance from last year by more than 5%, bringing in 10,669 people. Sponsorship jumped this year to 19 sponsors. Thanks to all our sponsors for making the show bigger and brighter with great advertising, prize support for game events and tons of other support! The Exhibitor’s Hall was a great success as well! This year’s space was sold out; full of vendors from all over the country selling their goods. A special thank you goes out to this year’s volunteers. Without all of your hard work and dedication, Origins would not have been possible. So, THANK YOU!

“My biggest thrill was seeing the youngsters in the kid’s room and watching them as they enjoyed the activities of the show!” says GAMA Executive Director, John Ward. “I think it is a testament to the hobby as a whole that we are in the business of ‘fun’ and I am excited when I see that next generation joining us all in the games we love and enjoy.”

Thank you again to everyone and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s show!