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The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design has announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Origins Awards. The Academy is a network made up of gaming professionals with the aim of promoting innovation and excellence in games.

The winner for each category will be voted on by members of the Academy. Additionally there is a fan favourite award in each category that is voted on by visitors to the Origins Games Fair. The winners will be presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 18th at 7:00pm at the show.

The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see

Board Games

  • Champions of Midgard                
  • La Granja                                            
  • New York 1901                                 
  • Orleans                                               
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault        

Card Games

  • 7 Wonders Duel
  • The Grizzled
  • Medieval Academy
  • Welcome to the Dungeon          

Miniatures Games

  •  Frostgrave
  • Guild Ball                                           
  • Star Wars Armada                          
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar      
  • Wrath of Kings                                 

Collectible Games

  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light   
  • Force of Will                                     
  • Yugi’s Legendary Decks                               

Family Games

  •  Codenames
  • Co-Mix
  • Dohdles!
  • Fuse 
  • Me Want Cookies

The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see

Courtesy of Looney Labs


After 25 years of play and development with Looney Pyramids, Looney Labs would like to announce the culmination of the game’s development via the release of Pyramid Arcade, a boxed set featuring 22 of the best games to play using Looney Pyramids.  Looney Labs states that these include “fast games to long games, luck games to strategy games, simple dexterity games to brain-burning puzzle games, games for two to games for ten.”

Pyramid Arcade aims to be a retailer-friendly boxed game set including 90 pyramids and 22 different games, several of which have been the recipients of Origins awards.  The Kickstarter begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  For more information about this announcement, visit the Looney Labs website here.


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:


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.

Plaid Hat Games has announced that the remaining eight Second Summoners for their flagship game Summoner Wars will be released at Origins this summer. They have also provided a smash-up picture of all the new characters.

Summoner Wars, the initial title of Plaid Hat Games and designed by the company’s president Colby Dauch, saw a major release earlier this year with their Summoner Wars: Alliances box set. Before this release Plaid Hat had been slowly trickling out their Second Summoners collection, which contained extra fully playable decks for each of the game’s factions. This news promises the release of the remaining eight packs to complete the collection.

With this news release also comes another story set in the Summoner Wars universe.

You can find the teaser photo, as well as the in-game lore story, by clicking HERE.

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White Wizard Games launched the Epic Card Game last year with a half-million-dollar Kickstarter and nearly 12,000 backers.  Since then, the company desires to increase the game’s fan base by holding an Epic Card Game World Championship Series with a $100,00 prize.  White Wizard Games makes this statement about the game:

Epic was designed to provide a full trading card game style experience at a fraction of the cost. The one thing Epic was missing was high-end events to inspire players to build the best-possible constructed decks and to push their strategies in awesome limited formats like dark draft. This high-end play doesn’t just benefit the competitive tournament player, it also provides a wealth of internet content like cool deck lists that casual players can build and try at home or in a local casual event.

Qualifiers for the Epic World Championship will be taking place throughout the year at major gaming conventions and large game stores. Players will have a chance to compete and win one of 64 coveted entries to the Epic World Championship in November 2016, where everyone will receive a cash prize and one person will win $25,000 and the title of World Champion! All told, $100,000 in cash will be awarded at Epic Worlds. There will be plenty of fun events open to the public as well. Epic World Championship Qualifiers will start at SXSW Gaming in March, and continue with events at Origins Game Fair, Connection, GenCon, PAX Prime, Dragon Con, and more.

The Epic Card Game World Championship will be held in the Boston area (Framingham) on November 18-21, 2016.  White Wizard Games will also be running the new Star Realms Legend Series Tournaments alongside the Epic World Championship Series, and winners will be become characters in future expansions of the game.

For more information about this announcement, visit the informative website here.

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The following announcement was made from the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design!

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Streamlines the Origins Awards for 2016

Columbus, Ohio – August 12, 2015 – The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) updates the categories for the Origins Awards and brings back the Game of the Year award.

 At GAMA’s annual membership meeting during Origins Game Fair in June, a committee was chartered to evaluate the Origins Awards process. They subsequently approved the first update of the award categories since 2003. Members of the committee included sitting jury foremen and members of the AAGAD.

 “We formed an Origins Award committee to re-evaluate the Origins Awards, making sure they reflected the needs of today’s game industry,” said Justin Ziran, President of Wizkids Games and GAMA’s Board President,  “The changes for the Origin Awards bring the program into better alignment with the market and we’re looking forward to the Award ceremony at Origins 2016.”

 The Awards had nine categories for submissions, with some broken into subcategories. In the new structure, all categories will be streamlined to include all products in that category, eliminating the subcategories. The final categories are:

1)      Board Games

2)     Card Games (includes dice and deck-building games)

3)     Collectibles (all games with a collectible component)

4)     Role-playing Games

5)     Family Games

6)     Game Accessories

7)     Miniatures

 “Three years ago we set out on a path to enhance the Origins Awards process,” said John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA and the AAGAD Chair, “Now we are at the end of that process and we will begin an annual review of the Awards. This step moves the awards forward and the new categories better reflect today’s market and the industry as a whole.”

 The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is a peer-based network of gaming industry professionals whose mission is to promote innovation and excellence in the design and production of games and game-related materials. The Origins Awards are the oldest and only peer-based award system for the hobby games market. Submissions are now open for the 42ndOrigins Award cycle to be awarded at the Origins Game Fair, June 15-19, 2016. For more information or to submit your product, visit

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Mayfair Games announces a new game by designer David E. Whitcher, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.  A cooperative game for 3-7 players, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission creates a scenario in which players assume the role of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise for a…you guessed it…five-year mission.

As the crew of the Enterprise, players can choose whether to “engage” with either the Enterprise NCC-1701 or the next generation NCC 1701-D.  Players must overcome multiple obstacles throughout their mission that threaten to destroy the ship.  Cooperating as a crew to solve these threats will result in scoring points for your crew and winning the game.

Every great starship crew is made up of individuals with very different, specialized abilities, and it is no different in Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.  Each player will use their crew member’s special abilities cooperatively with the rest of the crew and their abilities to overcome each dangerous alert situation.

The game box will contain:

  • 1 Enterprise mat (double-sided)
  • 7 Crew mats (double-sided)
  • 3 Decks of alert cards (24 Blue, 24 Yellow, 24 Red)
  • 35 Six-sided dice (14 red, 14 blue, 7 yellow)
  • 1 sand timer
  • 1 damage marker

Star Trek: Five-Year Mission is for 3-7 players ages 10 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes.  The game is scheduled for release later in 2015.

Treasures of all types! But the hard part is not capturing the ship’s bounty, but dividing it fairly to the pirates!  To the clever go the spoils in a new game of piracy and plunder from Mayfair Games!

Mayfair Games announces a new game from designer Alexander Cobian entitled Booty!  In this pirate-themed card game, players will begin each round by revealing treasure cards with varying types of booty such as immediate points, cards that cancel other cards, and hidden items to keep all the pirate players guessing.  Each round, the Quartermaster role moves from player to player, whose job it is to divide the treasures into shares.  The Quartermaster also selects the order of picking treasures in the next round. Balancing what you need, what others might want, and trying to get a little extra into your treasure pile is the key to success!

The game also includes building cards that provide special benefits and allow for unique game experiences every time you play.  A copy of the game will include:

  • 108 cards
  • 54 player flag tiles (9 of each color)
  • 6 player turn order tiles
  • 6 turn selection tiles
  • 4 stock market markers
  • 1 quartermaster token
  • 1 Quartermaster token
  • 5 islands tiles
  • 12 legacy tiles
  • 1 rulebook

Booty! is for 2-6 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 60 minutes.  Booty! is scheduled for release in August of 2015.

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.

You can read the entire announcement here.

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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