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

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!


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The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Appoints GAMA Executive Director as Chair for 2013 Origins Awards

COLUMBUS, OH (November 6, 2012) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is pleased to announce GAMA Executive Director John Ward as the Chair for the 2013 Awards.

Hosted in Columbus Ohio at the Origins Game Fair June 18th-22nd, the Awards are the Industry’s oldest award program. This year’s Award ceremony will take place on Saturday evening June 15th.

“I am very excited to see John bring his energy to the Awards” said Richard Loomis, President of GAMA and the Academy. “GAMA is totally dedicated to making the Awards a great process for the industry”.

The Academy Chair appointment changes as the Board and Academy review the internal processes for the awards.

“I think that many of us saw that moving the administrative process away from our volunteer Academy and Board members and into the hands of the full time staff will not only make us more efficient, but will remove any perceptions of bias.” said Keith Blume, outgoing Chair. “It is critical that no single manufacturer is perceived to have any control over the awards if we want to ensure they remain inclusive and represent the entire industry on any given year.”

“I just want to thank Keith, the Academy and the Board for all their faith in the GAMA staff to handle such an important program.” said John Ward, Executive Director and new Academy Chair. “I agree that as we reviewed the awards, it only made sense to keep the administration as neutral as possible and that means the full time staff taking a more active role.”

This year, the Academy will focus on two major tasks: the administration of the 2013 awards and the improvement of the Academy.

“We need to stimulate more interest in participating in the academy and that is always hard when you want people to volunteer” said John Ward. “As the new Chair and Executive Director, we can easily tie in more incentives for professionals to participate in the academy and awards process. In light of the changes and to facilitate maximum participation in the awards, I am pleased that the Academy has approved extending this year’s deadline to December 15th 2012”.

GAMA and the Academy have outlined a three year process for the Awards that will be released later this fall. 

For more information on how to submit a game or how you can participate in the Origins Awards, please visit us on both the Academy & Origins websites at or at .

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Announcement: New Academy Chair and Secretary for the Origins Awards

GAMA is pleased to announce Hal Mangold as the new Chair of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD), which administers to the Origins Awards on Behalf of the Game Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA). Hal has been involved in hobby gaming since the late seventies, and professionally involved since the mid-nineties in both a freelance and full time capacity. Hal is a managing partner and production director for Green Ronin Publishing, and also runs Atomic Overmind Press.

“It’s a pleasure to take over where Paul Tevis’ excellent work as Academy Chair leaves off,” says Hal. “I’ve been involved with the Academy on and off for over a decade, and I’m proud to be able to do my part to continue to build the reputation and prominence of the Origins Awards.”

“I am really pleased that Hal has agreed to do this important job,” says Rick Loomis, President of the GAMA Board. “His enthusiasm and expertise gives me great confidence. I look forward to the coming year and I hope you do too!”

GAMA is also pleased to announce Samantha Hapney as the new Secretary of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, which assists the Chair in effectively executing the Origins Awards. Samantha is a long-time GAMA volunteer and has assisted GAMA in a variety of capacities.

GAMA would like to thank the previous Chair, Paul Tevis for all of his hard work and dedication to the AAGAD and to the Origins Awards. GAMA would also like to thank Nicole Charbonneau for all of her help as the previous Secretary and wish her the best of luck in Germany.

With the new leadership brings some enhancements in the Academy:

  • In the interest of allowing the juries enough time to fully evaluate every product properly, we are modifying the submission deadlines for the 2011 Origins Awards. Products eligible for consideration must be released by November 1st of 2010. Copies of these products must be postmarked by November 15th. Future eligibility cycles will run from November 2, 2010-November 1, 2011, etc.
  • We are also accepting submissions for the Origins Awards at ANY TIME throughout the year. If people have a product that they want to submit, they need not wait until the last minute to do so. Full details for submissions, including where to send them, can be found on the Origins Awards page at The revised and updated Academy Website will be online by mid October.
  • Make sure to follow Academy updates on Twitter @AAGAD_GAMA.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Chair of the Academy Appointment

GAMA is pleased to announce Paul Tevis as the new Chair of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD), which administers the Origins Awards on behalf of the Game Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA).  Paul Tevis is a game designer, writer, and podcaster living in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife and their three cats. His podcast about tabletop games, ‘Have Games, Will Travel’, won the Gold ENnie for Best Podcast in 2007, the first year the category existed. His most recent
project, a storytelling game of improv and amnesia called ‘A Penny For My Thoughts’,  and was published this summer in cooperation with Evil Hat Productions.

“Former GAMA Executive Director Anthony Gallela and the GAMA board of Directors have built a solid foundation for the Origins Awards over the last few years. I’m excited to work with John and the Board to continue that tradition,” said Paul.  “For now, my focus is on making sure the existing process runs smoothly.”

Paul has a rich history with GAMA including serving as the Director-At-Large on the GAMA Board from 2008 to 2009, participating on the Origins Awards Card Game Jury in 2006, and contributing to the Origins Awards Task Force led by Matt Forbeck that developed the current awards process in 2005.

Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University.  He is currently employed as a software engineer at Kollmorgen Engineered Solutions.

Please join GAMA in welcoming Paul to his new role!

Andrea Kruse

GAMA Communications

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