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Origins would like to announce the first annual ORIGINS FILM FESTIVAL™, which will be held at Origins in Columbus, Ohio from June 15 to June 19, 2016.  The festival will be showcasing independent feature and short films of any genre related to gaming, sci-fi or fantasy.

Awards given during the festival will include:

  • BEST FEATURE FILM
  • BEST SHORT FILM
  • BEST GAMING FILM 
  • BEST SCI-FI FILM 
  • BEST FANTASY FILM

Origins is taking submissions for the film festival until May 1, 2016.  Filmmakers will be granted a 5-day full-access badge to the Origins Game Fair, and winners of the above awards will also receive two full show passes each for next year’s Game Fair.

Please visit the Origins Game Fair Film Festival website for rules and terms on submissions.

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

The Daily Worker Placement has conducted a series of surveys of board gamers, and their second survey asked questions pertaining to the people that gamers’ play with.  As a premise for the survey, The Daily Worker Placement stated that “much of the importance of board gaming [a]s a hobby is the fact [that] it gets us playing with our friends, family, and even strangers. Games are a unique way to mediate the world and to have fun with other folks at the same time.”

A basic summary of the results is as follows:

  • Do you have a gaming partner?  79.2% YES
  • Do you game with family members?  Nearly 75% YES
  • Do you play games solo?  Nearly 45% YES
  • Outside of family, who do you play games with?  85.8% FRIENDS

Other results revealed that most people game between 6-10 hours per week, and that most people find time and life responsibilities of various kinds prevent them from playing as much as they’d like.

For the entire results of the survey, see the full article here.

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Cool Mini Or Not has released the following press release concerning its acquisition of new capital funds that will propel the company forward.  The official press release is as follows:

CMON Limited announced today that it has successfully secured US$5.3 million for its Series A Financing Round, in order to continue meteoric growth in the tabletop games space.

Specializing in premium games marrying high quality components and miniatures with great game design, CMON has published several award winning titles including smash hits like ZombicideArcadia Quest and Blood Rage.

CMON pioneered the use of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter to generate funding while creating demand for its games. With over US$20 million funded via Kickstarter thus far, CMON is one of the fastest growing companies in the industry.

“CMON’s goal is to create great games,” says Chern Ann Ng, CEO of CMON. “This capital gives us the ability to expand quickly by bringing in more talent, acquire established titles from other publishers, as well as pursuing licenses that have mass market appeal.”

Further financial terms of this deal have not been disclosed.

For more information on this funding news for CMON, visit their website here.

casual game revolution

Casual Game Revolution has published on their site a 2016 Tabletop Game Convention “comprehensive list” for the convenience of board gamers everywhere.  The list is primarily gaming conventions in the United States, but also contains names of major conventions occurring elsewhere.  As of January 12, 2016, the list has been opened to the general public for editing, with the hopes that the list will grow to be as complete and accurate as possible.

To check out this list, or to add or edit information about an upcoming convention near you, visit the Casual Game Revolution website here.

age of reprint

The official NSKN Blog chronicled this week on an interesting topic: the increasing prevalence of reprints in the board gaming hobby.

Do you remember that game you played as a kid? The most awesome game ever? The one game you would like to play again, but you can’t because the copy you played wasn’t yours? Or maybe it actually was your copy, but your parents threw it away while cleaning the attic, and now you have to pay an arm and a leg to get off ebay?

I believe many hobby gamers with just a little bit of distance between now and their childhood could admit that they have sought to play these kinds of nostalgic treasures once again.  The blog suggests, however, that though the power of nostalgia is strong, the desire to relive these old games is driven more by the positive memories of them, or “nostalgia goggles”, rather than the actual quality of gameplay.

NSKN also posits the emergence of a new type of game: reimaginings of older games of yore, or perhaps also called “spinoffs”.  These games, while not identical reprints, use the older game as an idea and then create a new game from it.  A good example is the very recent Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, which uses the classic Warhammer Quest as a basis for a new card game.

To read the article in full, visit the NSKN Blog here.

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On August 4-7, 2016, Gen Con, North America’s largest hobby gaming convention, will open its doors for another jam-packed, wildly popular series of gaming events and experiences for thousands of gamers and gaming industry professionals.  Gen Con continues to expand every year, and it was more than evident at the 2015 convention that more space was critical in order to continue to make more room for those involved in this ever-growing hobby.

Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO/Owner, has announced that in 2016, Gen Con will be expanding its convention space to include Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.  According to Swartout, “Gen Con has grown to host nearly 200,000 turnstile attendees, and it is evident that we have to accelerate our growth plans to meet attendee, exhibitor, and event organizer demand. Expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium allows Gen Con to keep offering more gaming, exhibition, and entertainment options each year.”

One of the main events that will be hosted in the stadium will be the popular True Dungeon event, which creates an immersive environment where players can solve puzzles and battle giant monsters.

For more information on this announcement and to read the full article, visit the Gen Con website here.