ORIGINS 2009 RECAP

Thanks for another great Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio!  If you had a chance to make it to the event, you were one of over 10 thousand gaming enthusiasts who enjoyed the show.  Although attendance numbers were down by approximately 18% from 2008, day-pass ticket sales increased by nearly 16% which means more people were introduced to the hobby this year than ever before.

This year also saw an increase in sponsors for Origins, more vendors in the exhibit hall, expanded open gaming, an impressive Art Show and Art College, and many other great events and seminars.  Special thanks to the 250 volunteers who offered their time and talent to this year’s event.  Without their assistance, the Origins Game Fair would not be possible. 

 2009 ORIGINS AWARD WINNERS

 The Game Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, GAMA’s retail members, and the attendees of this year’s Origins Game Fair have chosen the best tabletop games in a number of categories.  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. 
 
Here are the categories with the winners: 
 
BOARD GAMES
Pandemic
Published by Z-Man Games, Inc.
Designed by Matt Leacock
 
CHILDREN’S, FAMILY, AND PARTY GAMES
Say Anything
Published by North Star Games
Designed by Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri
 
HISTORICAL BOARD GAMES
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
Published by Academy Games
Designed by Uwe Eickert
 
CARD GAMES
Dominion
Published by Rio Grande Games
Designed by Donald X Vaccarino
 
COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMES
Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Designed by Bill Rose and Devin Low
 
FICTION
Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2
Published by Devil’s Due
Edited by James Lowder & Mike O’Sullivan
 
NON-FICTION
Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales
Published by Atomic Overmind Press
Written by Ken Hite
 
MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES
Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations
Published by Catalyst Game Labs
Designed by Randall N. Bills and Herbert A Beas II
 
MINIATURE FIGURE OR LINE OF MINIATURE FIGURES
Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars
Published by Wizards of the Coast
 
HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES
There was a tie in this category.
 
Field of Glory Miniature Rules
Published by Osprey Publishing / Slitherine Software
Designed by Richard Bodley-Scott
 
and
 
Song of Drums and Shakos
Published by Ganesha Games
Designed by Andrea Sfiligoi

HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES SUPPLEMENTSRISE OF ROME (Field of Glory Supplement)

Published by Osprey Publishing
 
HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE OR LINE OF MINIATURE FIGURES
SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie (GEAB06) [15mm Line]

Published by Battlefront Games
 
PLAY BY POST
Hyborian War

Published by Reality Simulations Inc.

Designed by Paul W Brown III

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES
Mouseguard Role-Playing Game
Published by Archaia Studios Press
Designed by Luke Crane and David Petersen
 
ROLE-PLAYING GAME SUPPLEMENTS
Serenity Adventures
Published by Margaret Weis Productions
Designed by Alana Abbot, Billy Aguiar, James Davenport, Ted Reed, and James M. Ward
 
GAME ACCESSORIES
D-Total die
Published by Gamescience
Designed by Dr. A. F. Simkin, Frank Dutrain, and Louis Zocchi

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