Every year, publishers and creators submit their best products in a variety of categories to vie for the honor of an Origins Award, the hobby game industry’s premiere award for more than three decades. The massive lot of submissions is reviewed by a jury of experts drawn from the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design and the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and these expert juries select the top ten in each category as semi-finalists. Game store retailers attending the GAMA Trade Show (www.GAMATradeShow.com) vote upon the semi-finalists, creating the final list of nominees in each category.
Each nominee receives a silver award and a place on the final ballot, which is presented in June each year to the attendees of the Origins Game Fair (www.OriginsGameFair.com), GAMA’s consumer game convention. Attendance at Origins typically tops 14,000 thousand game fans, all of whom can cast their vote during the show. The ballots are then tallied and the winner in each category announced at a gala ceremony on the last night of the convention. Continue reading
Don’t forget – the final deadline for Origins Event Submissions is March 31, 2009. Events submitted after that deadline cannot be guaranteed to be in the Onsite Book if accepted.
To submit your events, or see the Origins event policies:
To look over our GM Benefits and Event Hours calculations:
Thank you, as always, for running events at Origins!
Whether you plan to attend, run a game, or exhibit at the show, there’s always plenty to do in the last few weeks before Origins! Here’s a look at the closest upcoming deadlines:
Event submission deadline
March 31 – Final deadline for events to get listed in the Origins on-site book
April 15 – Origins goodie bag insert order deadline
April 30 – Origins On-site book ad reservation
Attendee pre-registration deadline
May 25 – Pre-registration closes. Sign up for your badge and events by then!
Join your fellow game lovers on Facebook in the Origins Game Fair group and event. Meet and greet in the group, then put the event on your calendar and tell your friends to come with you!
Origins Game Fair group on Facebook
Origins Game Fair event on Facebook
We’ll see you at Origins 2009!
Deadlines in date order
- January 30, 2009 — GTS ads due
- January 30, 2009 — Origins pre-reg book event submission deadline
- January 30, 2009 — Origins pre-reg book advertising space reservation deadline
- March 15, 2009 — Origins Timely Pay (10%) discount period ends
- March 15, 2009 — GTS exhibitor badge requests due
- March 31, 2009 — GTS decorator discount order package
It’s official! The Origins 2009 registration system is now open.
To start the process, sign into the Origins Game Fair website at www.originsgamefair.com, click Register, then click Buy Badges and Events.
From now through January 11, 2009, you can save a ton of money with our special early bird plans:
* Early-bird full badge $50 — save $20!
* Bring an Origins newbie for free with Expose-A-Friend — $50 for TWO badges!
* Military service discount half off full show badges — that’s a $30 Early Bird registration!
See the Origins registration information page for details about the Expose-A-Friend program and the military service discounts.
We’ll see you at Origins 2009!!
Increase your Origins 2009 profits with the 20% early pay discount! You know that you’re going to the show, so invest the money in your booth now and earn an instant return. It pays a lot better than the stock market! The rate ends on November 15, so reserve your space today.
For more information, contact Matt Ragsdale (email@example.com, 614-255-4500).