2014 Origins Winners

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the winners for the 40th Annual Origins Awards. The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game-related products. The winners were voted on by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design. The Fan Favorite Awards were voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH on June 11-15th. The winners were announced and the coveted Calliope statues were presented at the Origins Awards...

New from Litko - Space Wing Accessories!

Space Wing: Activate Cloak-Cloaked Tokens (10)

Activate cloak on one side, cloaked on the other. Perfect for indicating the staus of a starships cloaking action. Set of 10 double sided tokens.

Space Wing: Auxiliary Power Tokens (10)

Auxiliary Power tokens for use with your starship battle games. Set of 10 tokens.

Space Wing: Battle Stations Tokens (10)

Battle Stations tokens for use with your starship battle games. Set of 10 tokens.

Space Wing: Critical...

Coming Soon - Ogre, Pocket Edition

Ogre Pocket Edition is coming July 2. The giant tank rumbles toward its target . . . its guns are destroyed, its movement crippled, but only a few defenders are left. Will they stop the robot juggernaut, or will it crush the Command Post beneath its gigantic treads? Ogre was Steve Jackson’s first game. Originally published in 1977, it became a hit as the first “Microgame,” and is now considered a classic. Over 25 years after its release, it earned a spot in James Lowder’s popular book Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Now Pocket Ogre...

Warhammer: Diskwars Expansions Preview

Fantasy Flight Games posted a preview of their upcoming expansions for Warhammer: Diskwars. Hammer and Hold and Legions of Darkness are expected to be released later this week. In this preview , FFG takes us into the "units and command cards these two expansions will offer the Empire, Orcs, Chaos, and High Elves." Warhammer: Diskwars is an epic game of heroes, armies, and brutal warfare for 2 - 4 players. At the game's heart art its disks, which represent heroes and units from the Old World. These maneuver across the battlefield by flipping...

Interview with Tom Felber, Spiel des Jahres

An interview with Tom Felber, jury chairmen of the Spiel des Jahres was posted over on the Toy and Game Innovation Conference website . The Spiel des Jahres was created in 1978 to promote quality games. Nomination and award criteria are based on game idea (originality, playability, play value), rules design (structure, clarity, understandability), game materials (features, workmanship), and layout and presentation (box, game board, rules). Here's just a small excerpt: WHEN YOU GO BACK TO 2001 AND CARCASSONE BEING SELECTED AS SDJ WINNER, UP TO 2013 AND HANABI, HOW HAVE THE SDJ NOMINEES CHANGED?


Coming Soon - Tragedy Looper

Z-Man Games announced a Japanese, mystery, deduction, co-operative game, Tragedy Looper. Designed by BakaFire and originally released in Japan, Tragedy Looper is debuting later this year, at Gen Con 2014. Tragedy Looper is a scenario-based deduction game for four players: one scriptwriter and three detectives. The game consists of four location boards and a number of character cards. Each scenario features a number of characters, hidden roles for these characters (serial killer, misinformant, murderer), and some pre-set tragedies (murder, suicide). Each "day" (turn), players and the scriptwriter play three face-down cards onto the characters, then reveal...

Coming Soon - Pandemic: Contagion

Z-Man Games will be releasing a Pandemic card game, Contagion, designed by Carey Grayson.

In Pandemic: Contagion you're trying to spread disease and illness to the far corners of the globe. Why? Because you're a virus, and that's your job.

Pandemic: Contagion includes a deck of contagion cards with differing colored borders, city cards, event/WHO cards, virus cubes. On a turn you take two actions; three actions are available, and you can take the same action twice. Those actions are:

Draw contagion cards equal to your current infection rate. Discard...

Coming Soon - Star Wars: Empire vs Rebellion

Fantasy Flight Games announced a new card game for 2 players set during the Galactic Civil War. Due out third quarter of 2014, this strategy card game puts players in the Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire struggling with key events for each faction. Empire vs Rebellion is designed by Sébastien Gigaudaut and David Rakoto, both have also designed Cold War: CIA vs KGB & Nostra City. A massive civil war shakes the galaxy. On one side of this struggle, the men and women of the Rebel Alliance plan for the day when the Empire will...

Coming Soon - Scoville

Initially funding on Kickstarter back in February, raising $106,002 from 2,434 backers, Tasty Minstrel Games will release the grid movement, set collection, farming game Scoville in November. Scoville is designed by Ed Marriot (Dam It!).

The town of Scoville likes it hot! Very hot! That means they love their peppers – but they're too busy eating them to grow the peppers themselves. That's where you come in.

You've been hired by the town of Scoville to meet their need for heat. Your role as an...

Origins 2014 Dice Tower Coverage

If you haven't been following the Dice Tower on Twitter, Tom Vasel has been posting some great pics from Origins 2014. Hall just before opening

Tricked-out Zombicide

Paradox from Split Second Games

Pre-production copy of Video Game High School from Plaid Hat Game

Kremlin from Jolly Roger Games

Family Vacation from Jolly Roger Games

Giant Tsuro from Calliope Games



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