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Nominees for 35th Origins Awards announced

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

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March 31 deadline for events in the Origins on-site book

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:
www.originsgamefair.com/2009-origins/volunteers/gms

To look over our GM Benefits and Event Hours calculations:
www.originsgamefair.com/2009-origins/volunteers/gms/benefits/event-hours-calculations3

Thank you, as always, for running events at Origins!

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Upcoming Origins deadlines

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

Exhibitor deadlines
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!

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Facebook users — tell your world about Origins!

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
http://tinyurl.com/origins-facebook-group

Origins Game Fair event on Facebook
http://tinyurl.com/2009origins-facebook
We’ll see you at Origins 2009!

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Upcoming GTS and Origins exhibitor deadlines

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

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Origins registration now open — special pricing through January 11

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!!

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Only four days left! Save 20% on your Origins booth

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 (sales@gama.org, 614-255-4500).

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Three days left! Submit your games for the first 2008 Origins Road Show

From Tammy Patterson, Academy Secretary

Hello, all!

We just wanted to send a friendly reminder out to all of you that the first convention date for the Origins Awards Traveling Road Show is coming up in November. So if you can get your submissions in to us by November 14 that would great!  Continue reading

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Origins Early Pay deadline 11/15!

SAVE 20% ON YOUR ORIGINS GAME FAIR BOOTH WITH THE EARLY PAY DISCOUNT — BEAT THE NOVEMBER 15 DEADLINE!!
Increase your Origins 2009 profits with the 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!

For more information, contact Matt Ragsdale (sales@gama.org, 614-255-4500).

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Origins Teachers Hall Pass program gets new name

Starting with the 2009 Origins Game Fair, the popular Teachers Hall Pass Program will become the EDUCATORS HALL PASS PROGRAM. The change came after GAMA staff discussion and input from teachers via the GAMA Teachers Google Group.

By changing the title from Teachers to Educators, GAMA aims to make the program feel more inclusive to the librarians, higher education instructors and homeschoolers who also take part each year.

For more information about this great program take a look at the GAMA Games in Education website, at www.gama.org/resources-and-aid/games-in-education.

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