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Why You Should Attend GAMA Trade Show

Registration is open for the 2014 GAMA Trade Show, taking place March 17-21, 2014 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Why would you want to attend? Check out a few reasons in this video about the GAMA Trade Show experience.


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GAMA will be hosting GAMA Family Game Days again this year in cooperation with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH.

The event will take place Saturday, December 1, 2012.  COSI is expecting approximately 7,000 attendees!

Mayfair Games is co-sponsoring the event again this year and we are very excited to have them as our partner for this great holiday event!

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

We will have over 15 tables to run game demos, and each family that demos a game will visit Santa and get a present!

What a great time to promote your games!  We are graciously accepting your donation of games to add to Santa’s bag.  With over 7,000 attendees what a great time to promote your holiday items.

If you are interested in donating, please contact Angela Ward @ 614-255-4500 or email @

Deadline for game donations is 11/18/12.

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

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Game Manufacturers Partner with Wizard World

Game Manufacturers Partner with Wizard World

Columbus, OH (July 27, 2011) – The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is pleased to announce its partnership with Wizard World, Inc. (symbol: WIZD), producer of North America’s largest pop-culture tour.  GAMA is supporting the two shows to include a trade day and gaming events at Wizard World Shows.  The first, Chicago Comic Con, will take place at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., August 11-14, and the second, Mid-Ohio Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on October 22-23.

“GAMA is thrilled to be partnering with Wizard World,” said John Ward, Executive Director. “GAMA and Wizard World are totally dedicated to making this a success.  I think this program provides a great crossover between the two entities.”

“We are excited about teaming with GAMA to highlight tabletop gaming, which has been an important part of Wizard World events,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “We are also pleased that Chicago Comic Con will serve as a venue to showcase the prestigious Origin Awards.”

The Trade Day will be a one day event on August 11 which will be free to all retailers.  This will include professional seminars by the GAMA staff and products demonstrated by Wiz Kids.

GAMA is also pleased to announce demonstrations in its gaming area in the exhibit hall.  The demonstrations will include its 2011 Origins Awards winners as well as the 2012 submissions.  The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Gaming Arts and Designs to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game related products.

If you would like more information about the Origins Awards and how to submit, please contact

About Wizard World:

Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide. The full event schedule can be found at

About GAMA:

The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is the non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the tabletop game industry. Led by publishers and manufacturers, GAMA promotes the interests of all persons involved in the commerce of games and game-related products. GAMA strengthens and supports all industry professionals by advancing their interests, providing educational programs and opportunities and promoting our unique form of quality social entertainment.

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

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!

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New GAMA Homepage Up and Running

The new Game Manufacturers Association homepage is now up and running!

“I am excited that we are moving forward with our website improvements,” says John Ward, GAMA Executive Director. “The GAMA homepage was the 3rd site in our plan to update our web presence. With GTS & Origins done and the Academy page going online this fall, we will have our new foundation in place.”

With this face lift, the new GAMA homepage is easier to navigate as well as being easier on the eyes. Some of the homepage improvements include consolidated links to important GAMA documents, an Origins Awards page, a link to the Game Industry Network and updated information about the benefits and process of becoming a GAMA member.

Enjoy the new GAMA homepage at and stay up-to-date on GAMA news and information.

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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. 


 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: 
Published by Z-Man Games, Inc.
Designed by Matt Leacock
Say Anything
Published by North Star Games
Designed by Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
Published by Academy Games
Designed by Uwe Eickert
Published by Rio Grande Games
Designed by Donald X Vaccarino
Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Designed by Bill Rose and Devin Low
Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2
Published by Devil’s Due
Edited by James Lowder & Mike O’Sullivan
Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales
Published by Atomic Overmind Press
Written by Ken Hite
Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations
Published by Catalyst Game Labs
Designed by Randall N. Bills and Herbert A Beas II
Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars
Published by Wizards of the Coast
There was a tie in this category.
Field of Glory Miniature Rules
Published by Osprey Publishing / Slitherine Software
Designed by Richard Bodley-Scott
Song of Drums and Shakos
Published by Ganesha Games
Designed by Andrea Sfiligoi


Published by Osprey Publishing
SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie (GEAB06) [15mm Line]

Published by Battlefront Games
Hyborian War

Published by Reality Simulations Inc.

Designed by Paul W Brown III

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

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Origins Game Fair Starts Next Week!

The 2009 Origins Game Fair is less than a week away!  Take a moment to check out this year’s sponsors:

New to Origins is the Art College.  The Art College will offer lessons from experienced teachers in traditional painting, illustration, sculpting, miniatures painting, terrain building and more! There will be nearly one hundred classes brought to you by artists such as Sandra Garrity, Ed Beard, Jr., and Andy Hopp. Nothing like this has ever been assembled at any convention, and we’re proud to bring it to you this year.

Make sure to check out the Origins website,, for the newly posted artist and exhibitor listings.  Also, for those who may need assistance during the show we have complied a list of local mobility assistance vendors at

We hope to see you next week in Columbus, June 24 – 28, for the Origins Game Fair!

Andrea Kruse

GAMA Communications


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