The nominees for the Origins awards have been announced, following are the thirteen categories and the nominees within each. The academy will vote on these choices and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony at Origins which is currently set for Saturday June 6th at 7pm.
Best Board Game
Abyss – Asmodee, designed: by Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier
The Battle of Five Armies – Ares Games, designed by: Roberto DiMeglio, Marco Maggi, and Francesco Nepitello
Cash ‘n’ Guns 2nd Edition – Repos Production, designed by: Ludovic Maublanc
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game – Plaid Hat Games, designed by: Jonathon Gilmour, Isaac Vega
Sheriff of Nottingham – Arcane Wonders, designed by: Sergio Halaban, Bryan Pope, Andre Zatz
Best Card Game
Among the Stars – Stronghold Games, designed by: Antonis Papantoniou, Odysseas Stamoglou
Linko! – Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, designed by: Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer
Star Realms – White Wizard Games, designed by: Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle Splendor-Asmodee, designed by: Marc Andre
Sushi Go! – Gamewright, designed by: Nan Rangisma, Tobias Schweiger, Phil Walker-Harding
Best Children’s, Family, & Party Game
Archer: The Danger Zone! Board Game – Cryptozoic Entertainment, designed by: Matt Hrya
Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension – Renegade Game Studios, designed by: Corey Young
The Hare and the Tortoise – Iello, designed by: Gary Kim
Best Collectible Card Game
Magic: the Gathering Khans of Tarkir – Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R&D
Pokemon XY Phantom Forces – The Pokemon Company Intl., designed by: Creatures Inc.
Siege: Heart of Darkness – AEG, designed by: Bryan Rose
The Spoils – The Spoils USA, designed by: Ken Pilcher, Josh Lytle
Best Game Accessory
Battletech Lance Pack: Assault Lance – Catalyst Game Labs, designed by: Arrastia, Randall N. Bills
Counter Ring – Crit Success LLC. Designed by: Aaron Laniewicz
Pathfinder Battles: Reign of Winter Standard Booster 8 Ct. Brick – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games
Wings of Glory Mat – Ares Games, designed by: Ares Games
Best Historical Board Game
Armada Invincible – Zvezda LLC, designed by: Konstantin Krivenko
Heroes of Normandie – Iello, designed by: Yann and Clem
Last Chance for Victory – Multi-Man Publishing, designed by: Dean Essig
1066, Tears to Many Mothers – Tristan Hall, designed by: Tristan Hall
Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line
D-Day Firefight – Osprey Games/Warlord, designed by: Osprey Games/Warlord
Early Crusade & Outremer – Gripping Beast, designed by: Gripping Beast
Rorke’s Drift – Warlord Games, designed by: Warlord Games
Sails of Glory Series 2 – Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini
101st Airborne – Collectors Battlefield, designed by: Collectors Showcase
Best Historical Miniature Rules
Across A Deadly Field: Regimental Rules for Civic War Battles – Osprey Publishing, designed by: John Hill
The Crescent & The Cross – Studio Tomahawk/Gripping Beast, designed by: Alex Buchel and Andy Sherwell
Lion Rampant: Medieval Wargaming Rules – Osprey Publishing, designed by: Daniel Mersey
On the Seven Seas: Wargaming Rules for the Age of Piracy and Adventures c. 1570-1730 – Osprey, designed by: Osprey Games
Sails of Glory – Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini
Best Historical Miniature Rules Supplements
Battleground Europe – Osprey/Warlord, designed by: Ryan Miller, Rick Priestley and Alessio Cavatore
Battlegroup Barbarossa – Ironfist Publishing, designed by: Warwick Kinrade and Piers Brand
D-Day: Battle of Carentan – Collectors Battlefield, designed by:Collectors Showcase
Flames of War: Barbarossa – Battlefront, designed by: Battlefront Miniatures
Bolt Action: Tank War – Osprey Publishing, designed by: Ryan Miller, Rick Priestley and Alessio Cavatore
Best Miniature Figure Line
Archangel Raphael – Dark Age, designed by: David Doust
Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing – WizKids, designed by: Andre Parks, Manny O’Donnell
Imperial Knight – Games Workshop, designed by: Games Workshop Design Studio
Kukulkani Cabrakan – Dark Age, designed by: David Doust
Nagash – Games Workshop, designed by: Games Workshop Design Studio
Best Miniature Figure Rules
Battletech: Alpha Strike Companion – Catalyst Game Labs, designed by: Ray Arrastia, Herbert A. Beas II
A Fistful of Kung Fu – Osprey Publishing, designed by: Andrea Sfiligoi
Golem Arcana – Harebrained Schemes, designed by: Jordan Weisman, Mike Mulvihill, Brian Poel
Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy Starter Set – WizKids, designed by: WizKids Games
Warhammer 40,000 – Games Workshop, designed by: Games Workshop Design Studio
Best Role Playing Game
Atomic Robo: The Role playing Game – Evil Hat Productions, LLC, designed by: Mike Olson, Brian Clevinger
Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook – Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R&D
Firefly Role-playing Game – Margaret Weiss Productions, designed by: Margaret Weiss, Monica Valentinelli, Mark Diaz Truman, Brendan Conway, Jack Norris and Dean Gilbert.
ICONS: Superpowered Roleplaying: The Assembled Edition – Green Ronin, designed by: Steve Kenson
The Strange – Monte Cook Games LLC, designed by Bruce R. Cordell, Monte Cook
Best Role Playing Supplement
D&D Monster Manual – Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R&D
Emerald City: Mutants & Masterminds – Green Ronin, designed by: Darren Bulmer, Walt Ciechanowski, Seth Johnson, Steve Kenson, Jon Leitheussr, Christopher McGlothlin, Jack Norris, and Aaron Sullivan
Hobbit Tales: From The Green Dragon Inn – Cubicle 7, designed by: Francesco Nepitello Mummy The Curse: Book of the Deceived – Onyx Path, designed by: C.A. Suleiman
The One Ring: Darkening of Mirkwood – Cubicle 7, designed by: Francesco Nepitello
The Strange: Bestiary – Monte Cook Games, LLC, designed by: Monte Cook G, Bruce R. Cordell, Monte Cook, Robert J. Schwalb
AEG has just announced the next Smash Up expansion, It’s Your Fault, and (in the end) how good of an expansion it is will be – all our fault. The reason is because AEG has decided to allow everyone to submit ideas for the next expansion. They will then distill that massive list down to 32 potential factions to vote on. From those 32 choices they will have a bracket style championship with each pair being voted on and the final four left standing will be the next expansion. Head to the page below to submit your ideas for new factions, they will take submissions until May 11th and then email you when the voting begins.
Smash Up: It’s Your Fault submission page
Boss Monster is a game where instead of being the hero taking on the dungeon, you are the boss at the end trying to kill those pesky heroes and collect their souls. You and the other players accomplish this by building your own unique dungeon to attract the heroes, play spells, and generally mess with each other so you can be the best boss monster. Boss Monster 2 is billed as a stand alone 160 card expansion to the Boss Monster line so you can either play this on it’s own or mix it in with the base set and first expansion to have even more variety. Some new features of this set are dark heroes who can be paid to hurt other players more, hybrid heroes who are attracted to multiple treasure types, and epic spells to help take out those tougher heroes and opponents. In general this set promises to add more variety as well as more ways to mess with your opponents making it even more interactive.
The campaign on kickstarter ends on April 27th with three stretch goals already unlocked. There are three pledge levels so you can just get the expansion, get a limited edition of the expansion, or get the limited edition expansion with a box to hold all the cards from the entire Boss Monster line as well as a retro game booster pack. Head over to the campaign HERE to pledge.
Image From Bangor Daily News
Over the holidays Cards Against Humanity (CAH) sold a holiday mystery pack and promised to do something big with the money, so they bought an island. They bought a 6-acre island in Lake St. George in Liberty, Maine for $190,000 and renamed it Hawaii 2
: The Return of Jafar. Then in typical CAH fashion they built a platform with a shed and a safe inside, and inside the safe is a pack of cards which if you can open the safe, they are yours (they are also talking about using the island for a geocaching adventure). In addition to this they sent a license to each of the 250,000 purchasers of the holiday pack granting exclusive use to 1 square foot of land on the island. However, the local community and government are not too happy about these arrangements.
The community is worried about a massive influx of people into their small town as well as some instances of trespassing from people trying to get to the island over the winter. The local government is getting ready to fine CAH for excessive subdividing of the land into over 250,000 pieces as well as the location of the shed being too close to the high water line of the island. You can read the full story HERE from the Bangor Daily News and the article makes no mention of a response from CAH yet on the fines.
Some additional information has been released on the newest Legendary Encounter set, Predators. Legendary Encounters: Predators will take you through both the rural and urban settings of the first two movies. You will see familiar scenes from the movies like the predator trophy room and a mud covered Arnie as well as characters like Dutch, Blaine, Mac and Dillon. Players can choose to either play as the military trying to track down and kill the predator before he kills you, or you can also play as the predators, going on a hunt to get the most glory. Then, the best part of all, this set can be mixed with the other Legendary Encounters sets so that you can stage your very own Aliens vs. Predator scenario and see if it comes out better than the movie. The Predators set will come with 600-700 cards and is slated to launch at GenCon 2015.
The following was released, officially, from Upper Deck:
CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: (All content listed is an average based on the entire production run)
- Legendary Encounters is back with an all new “Predator” core set!
- Two games in one!
- Play as the Predator hunting down humans as well as recruiting the ultimate military unit to track down and destroy the Predator.
- Players must work both with other players to defeat the Predator who is determined to track down its human prey.
- Each Core Set comes with over 600 playable cards featuring all original art!
- The game will feature some of Predator and Predator 2’s greatest protagonists, including Dutch, Blaine, Mac and Dillon, as they go head to head with the Ultimate hunter.
- Also included will be a game mat to help to organize the play field.
- 600 total Original art Card set
- Full Color Game mat
- Full Color Rule Book
- Card inserts for easy organization
Are you having trouble with your dice going everywhere when you roll them? Have dice trays failed to keep your rolls contained and off the floor? Then worry no more as pop-o-matic technology has been brought into the modern age to produce The Personal Object for Producing Rolls (POPR for short). With this you will be able to roll you dice with just a simple push of your finger. Plus, with the dice contained inside their domes, you no longer have to worry about your dice getting away from you. They even improved on the design by adding the ability to change out the dice inside the dome so you can roll anything from a d4 to a d100 with the POPR.
Pledges range from a single dome to a full 7 dome board for use in any game that you could think of to roll dice in (and that fit in the domes). Go to the kickstarter page HERE for even more information and to pledge. The campaign ends May 1st.
Queen Games is running a lightning fast kickstarter for two new games in their Queen Kids line. The first is called Push-a-Monster, a dexterity type game which has you trying to fit as many of your monsters on a raised 3D board, while having other players push monsters off so you can score tiles. Play works by first rolling a die to see which monster you have to add, then using two monster pushers you then push your monster onto the board. Make sure the entire monster is on the board and then if none have fallen off, play continues to the next person. The board will get crowded quick and so you will push other monsters off eventually, and when you do, everyone else scores a tile of that monster. In the end the winner is determined by lining up all your tiles and whoever makes the longest line wins. Plays 2-4, ages 5 and up.
The second game is Chef Alfredo, which is a memory type game where you are trying to put the right ingredients into the right pot. The game comes with 4 big plastic pots where during setup you will place a recipe disc in the bottom of the pot that corresponds to an ingredient. On your turn you roll a die and place the shown ingredient into the correct pot, you then get to check if you were right or not so try to keep a straight face. Other players can call you out if they think you are wrong, and whoever is right will get a tile. Sounds too simple right? Well if Chef Alfredo is rolled, two pots swap positions making the memory aspect a bit more difficult. Once the last ingredient tile is gone the player with the most tiles wins. Plays 2-4, ages 5 and up as well.
For more information and to pledge to the campaign you can go here, but be quick, the campaign ends on April 8th.
On Kickstarter now From Dr. Finn’s Games, creator of Biblios, comes a fast paced dice game called Cosmic Run. In the year 2123, Earth has become inhospitable to life and the last human colonies are attempting to resettle onto new planets. You will recruit aliens to help you and roll lots of dice hoping to get settled and erect planetary defenses before meteor strikes potentially destroy the planet. Get far enough on the various planetary tracks and you will also reap precious victory points in order to be the ultimate victor.
The game plays 1-4 people in about 30 minutes. There are lots of funding options on the kickstarter from getting the PDF files for print and play all the way up to getting yourself illustrated on the box. For more info and to back the project please check out the kickstarter HERE before it ends on April 13th.
At the GAMA Trade Show Iello has announced a slew of new games, some reprints and some expansions so lets get to the announcements. First on the list is a game called Big Book of Madness, it’s a fantasy cooperative deck building game where the players are magic students who must act as a team to turn all the pages of the book, and then shut the book by defeating all the monsters they just freed. Plays 2-5 in 60-90 minutes.
Next is a pattern recognition game called Maitre Renard (french for Master Fox) where players are flipping over cards to see what they need to collect, then putting on their fox blindfold they feel around in the box for the pieces they need to collect. Is this the first step towards the making Lice Shower? Only time will tell. Plays 2-4 in around 30 minutes.
In Sapiens you are the leader of a tribe trying to guide your clan through the valley, making sure everyone is fed and has enough shelter to keep them safe. This is done through tile placement with domino like tiles. Plays 2-4 in around 45 minutes.
Next is the game Sabordage, which looks to be a ship building type pirate game where players will be assembling their ships and then attempt to blow each other up.
The next is a reprint from Iello and that is the game Mexica. Mexica is an area control type game which has you dividing up the land, placing buildings, and constructing canals. Points are earned through having area majorities and the most points in the end wins. Plays 2-4 in around 90 minutes.
A very interesting action game that was announced is called Pingo Pingo, which will appeal to people with a fondness for Nerf as it comes with a gun that shoots suction cup darts and several targets to be set up around the room. It also includes a soundtrack that gives you 15 minutes to get as much loot as you can. Plays 2-5 in a guaranteed 15 minutes.
They even showed off a diagram of how the game is oriented for gameplay.
Announced also were three expansions for Heroes of Normandie which promises to bring more units, vehicles, accessories, terrain, and templates based on more historic battles. Expected release is in the summer of 2015.
Another reprint getting the Iello treatment is Dungeon Fighter with an expected release of April 9th. This will be the third edition of the game which has players cooperatively exploring a three-tier dungeon and fighting anything that might get in your way. But it’s not as easy as it seems when you are having to roll dice from under your leg or with your eyes closed. Plays 1-6 in about 45 minutes.