Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio is one of our favorite events of the year. We spend time with our fans, meet with our incredible designers & artists, and celebrate with our fellow publishers at the Origins Awards Ceremony. It’s always a great week and we wanted to share a bit of what we have planned.
Super Early Release Games!
Origins is a great place to debut some of our upcoming hot summer titles. We have some of our biggest games of the year arriving just in time for the show. These are so fresh that we haven’t even seen finished copies yet. The factory had to ship some parts separately just to make sure they would arrive in time. If you like being the first in your group to have a game, here’s your chance! We have three early games with limited copies available:
Designed by J. Alex Kevern (World’s Fair 1893, Atlas: Enchanted Lands)
Art by Chris Ostrowski (Lotus, Covert, FUSE, The Blood of an Englishman)
Game type: Dice Manipulation and Set Collection
Find out more here!
New Featured Games!
We also have a few recent releases we’ll be featuring on the booth. Both FLATLINE and Honshu released in May and have already received high praise from the review community.
We are completely sold out of FLATLINE with the exception of these few copies we saved for Origins. This challenging game from Kane Klenko, the designer of FUSE, will push your team to the limits while you save patients in the medical bay of your starship. Our demo team will be on hand to run you through the basics!
Honshu was a big hit at Essen when it released under Lautepelit’s flag last year. We fell in love with it immediately and were so happy to be able to bring it to share with our US friends. Placing your cards to form an efficient city may sound simple, but this little box packs a huge punch. Some careful thinking will lead you to victory in this deceptively simple city building game. Learn how to play at our booth! (Honshu image, photo)
First Look Room – Hosted by UnPub
UnPub is an incredible organization that offers designers a chance to test their games with the public during events held across the country. It can be tough to get constructive feedback from your friends and family so public playtesting events can be invaluable during the design process. We are sponsoring UnPub at Origins and can’t wait to see what new designs emerge. If you’re ok with crayon drawings and willing to give some new designers a chance, we strongly encourage you to spend some time in the First Look Room D170 at the north end of the convention center. If you fall in love with any of the games you see, let us know! ;)
Origins Awards- Fan Choice!
Each year, committees are formed to pick the best games of the year in several different categories. After the nominees have been selected, the committees choose their favorite games but also offer Origins Game Fair Attendees a chance to vote for their favorites. The winners will be announced at a live ceremony on Saturday night! The Dice Tower gave a wonderful overview of their thoughts on the awards here:
We’re hosting a ton of exciting events at Origins! Learn our new games and compete for the title of Best Adventurer in our Clank! Make Some Noise! Events! Sign up or show up to see if we have empty spots.
Play to Win Events:
For most of our events, players will receive a raffle ticket just for playing, the winner of the raffle will receive a copy of the game!
Players that enter our Clank! events, we will be recording the high score from each game. At the end of the Fair, the player with the highest score will receive a handcrafted Dragon trophy. It will look so good on your gaming shelf! We will also have participation prizes for everyone who joins us.
Here's a list of all our events!
Looking for something to do after the Exhibit Hall closes? There are still tons of events, great food, and more friends to meet after hours! Keep reading for a few ideas!
Renegade Meetup – Thursday 6-10pm Tabletop Game Cafe
We play games to be social, meet new people, and spend time connecting. We wanted to set aside some special time to connect with you away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor. Our friends at the beautiful Tabletop Game Cafe have invited us to share their space for an evening of games and goodies! Please make sure to RSVP here!
DFW Nerd Night Charity Drive Thursday 10pm – 2am
Still looking for a place to play games and make the world a better place? Nerd Night is hosted by some of the most caring folks in the industry and they put on a wonderful event every year to generate donations for a special organization. This year they will be donating to the Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It’s a worthwhile cause and a lot of fun. We’ll be donating some prizes to their auction that you will not want to miss. RSVP here!
Secret Cabal Meetup – Friday 6:00 pm Gordon Biersch (401 N Front St)
One of our favorite podcasts, The Secret Cabal, hosts a huge meet up at a nearby restaurant each year. We have sent them some fun and silly prizes to support this event. Stop by and say hi! More info here!
Whatever you choose to do at Origins, have a blast and please do stop by the booth to say hi!