Each year, the members of The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design presents the Origin Awards to companies for outstanding games in the hobby industry. Attendees at the Origins Game Fair can examine and play the nominated games in the Origins Awards Area in the Exhibit Hall, then vote for the Fan Favorite Award in each category. On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, all winners will be announced and presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony.
Next Move Games is not laying off the gas just yet. They have one more new release joining Tukiat this year’s Origins Game Fair, and this one is the start of a new line of small box games. 5211 is a re-implementation of a game known as 5 Colors, a design from 2017 that seems to have had a limited distribution. What Next Move has done is brought on the excellent Chris Quilliams for all new art and adjusted the components to allow for up to 8 players. This is great news, because 5211 will be leapfrogging off an already established rule-set that was already conducive to a party game audience, while receiving the components to appeal to that wider audience and with distribution and art to back it up.
“5211 is a fast playing, type-matching card game with unique scoring methods that reward clever plays! Designed by Tsuyoshi Hashiguchi and illustrated by Chris Quilliams, 5211 is an addictive game that begs to be played over and over! […] While players could get lost forever in the simple elegance of the game’s design, an average game of 5211 should only take about 20 to 30 minutes to play.”
The game is played over multiple rounds until the deck of cards has been depleted. Each round, players will simultaneously choose and reveal 2 cards, then two more one at a time. The color most represented by played cards scores, unless it’s too many which causes it to bust and the second most color scores. If there’s a tie for most, they both bust, and the next highest color scores. It gives the game this sort of trick-taking feel within a set collection game, where every card played is a gambit of trying to figure out what colors your opponents will be inclined to play. If you’re interested in learning more about 5211, check out Next Move’s websiteand it’s BGG description, and be on the lookout for the game breaking into retail shortly after Origins.
The original Conspiracy, from 1973, was designed by Dr. Eric Solomon. It featured a unique mechanic: Players move secret agents around the board, trying to bring the mysterious briefcase to their HQ and win the game. However, the trick is that the agents don’t belong to any of the players. Instead, players secretly pay the agents. Other players can challenge a move by revealing how much they had paid off, to decide the outcome. This mingles blind bidding with shared piece control – an intriguing combo.
The Restoration Games design team, consisting of Rob Daviau, J.R. Honeycutt and Justin D. Jacobson, kept the core concept from the original intact but made changes to accommodate the tastes of the modern gamer. Some changes include:
The number of agents has been decreased from 8 to 6 to increase player interaction
Train stations were added for easier movement
Each agent has a special power that activates when they are moved
A significant endgame change
The subtitle of the game signals the appearance of Dr. Solomon in honor of the game’s original designer who appears if no one has won after a certain number of rounds. Dr. Solomon enters the scene and at the end of each subsequent round, a die is rolled, which could immediately trigger the end of the game. If this happens, the player who has paid off the most to Dr. Solomon wins. This creates an interesting choice for players: Do I pay off the agents that can help get the briefcase to my HQ or do I pay off Dr. Solomon and play a defensive strategy?
Rob Daviau, Chief Restoration Officer for Restoration Games says: “It’s thinkier than most of our other games. You are playing cat-and-mouse the whole time. The core conceit – you aren’t sure who you are in control of – is magical.”
The announcement from Restoration Games was made in front of a packed audience at the Dice Tower Live Show on the Dice Tower Cruise somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Steve Jackson, owner and publisher of Steve Jackson Games, will be attending Origins Game Fair 2018 in June. This is your chance to learn to play a game or snag an autograph from the designer who has won multiple Origins awards and created games such as OGRE and Illuminati. He’ll also be part of special events in which you’ll be able to participate.
Mr Jackson will be demoing the following games:
Illuminati – 1pm on Wednesday, June 13th
The Fantasy Trip – 1pm on Thursday, June 14th
OGRE – 1pm on Friday, June 15th (where he will take on 12 players at once)
Steve Jackson Games will have a special room setup in room C150 where he’ll also be available on Sunday, June 17th at 1pm, for a session called “Office Hours with Steve”. He’ll also be available for autographs in this room at 5pm on Friday and Saturday.
While we are spoiled for choice when it comes to party games based on vocabulary or word-play, there’s always room for a bit of a twist – especially if the twist rhymes! Designed by Adam Wyse, with art by Shane Houston, and soon to be published by Mayday Games, Poetry Slam challenges parties to guess words relevant to a given topic that are hidden in poems created by each player. The game will pop onto Kickstarter this spring season and is expected to release at Origins Game Fair in June 2018. As described in the press release:
“The Poetry Slam competition is on and all you have to do to win is compose a rhyming couplet to get the rest of the beatniks to guess your secret word! The game is played in three easy steps. Players start out by writing words based on a word prompt (similar to Scattergories), then you write a couplet using your word. In step three you read your couplet for the other players and they have to try to guess your word.”
Creating couplets each round certainly appeals to a different kind of audience than some party games, but there’s a pleasing amount of strategy involved in trying to hide a word in one. Not only does that stretch the creative muscles so-to-speak, but it also encourages a manner of composition intended to shift focus away from some words and towards others. Young writers especially might find a lot to learn through play, but no matter what it’s bound to be fun just hearing what your friends or family come up with. If you’re interested in learning more about Poetry Slam keep on eye on Mayday Games’ website for further announcements when the Kickstarter launches.
The event, being called Havok in Homestead, will feature the Dice Tower crew hosting both Rodney Smith (Watch it Played), and Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games) for an all day game fest. Some of the games that they will be playing are Dark Moon, Sheriff of Nottingham, Catacombs, and many more to fill the entire day. The event will be live cast on the Dice Tower YouTube channel and will start on Saturday, May 21st at 10am eastern time, the stream itself will be split in two with one starting at 10am and the other starting at 4pm. How long will the goodwill last in the Havok in Homestead? You will have to watch to find out!
It is also worth mentioning that this year once again Stronghold Games has generously sponsored the live show for the Dice Tower and the party with the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast at Origins as well as the Dice Tower live show at Gen Con. The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast party will be the Friday of the fair (June 17th) at 8pm, while the Dice Tower live show will be at 9pm on Saturday (June 18th) with Stephen Buonocore attending (or crashing depending on how you view it) both events. At Gen Con the Dice Tower live show will also be on a Friday, August 5th, at 1pm and it will be a ticketed event, so purchase your tickets in advance so you can get a seat as they could run out. You can go to the Gen Con website now to get your tickets, and until then, have fun gaming!
UPDATE: Article originally gave the incorrect dates of the Origins events and have been corrected
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.
Dead of Winter: The Long Nightis a stand-alone board game as well as an expansion for Dead of Winter. Players will be delighted to obtain more of everything that made Dead of Winter an epic struggle for power and survival. Additionally, players will experience a new colony full of new survivors and some new gameplay elements, each of which is introduced to players through its own game scenario. Fight off bandits from another colony, build improvements to your colony, watch locations evolve as the results of Crossroads cards, and most intriguingly unravel the mysteries of the new Raxxon pharmaceutical location. It is full of powerful items, but also full of Raxxon’s twisted human experiments that show up in the game as disturbing new enemies.
Plaid Hat Games would like to announce that the preorders for Dead of Winter: The Long Night will be launching on March 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM CST. Preorders will include an exclusive Rich Sommer Survivor character along with Standee and Crossroads Card. Additionally, a limited number of copies of the game will be available at the Origins Game Fair, but these purchases must be made at the fair, and preorders will not be available for pickup at Origins.
Plaid Hat Games will begin releasing previews of Dead of Winter: The Long Night starting April 13th, so keep a watch for more information about the new locations, characters, and mechanics of the game.
At the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this week, WizKids announced that they will be partnering with Nickelodeon to create two new games set to release later in 2015–and they will be themed with the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
The two games that are planned will be a TMNT version of the HeroClix collectible figure-battling game, and a TMNT version of the Dice Masters Dice Building game. Representatives from both WizKids and Nickelodeon both have shared their excitement over this new venture. These two new games will be released to the public later this year.