Each year at Origins, The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design decides on some of the best games and gaming related products of the year and awards the companies that produce them with something to show off in the years to come. Origins Game Fair marked its 40th anniversary with this year’s event, so the gaming world had its attention focused on the news pouring out from the convention. From June 11th-15th, gamers convened in Columbus, OH to see the best games shown off and to be present for the awards ceremony.
In addition to the actual winners, the fans attending the game fair also had the chance to cast their votes, and when the winners were announced, the ‘Fan Favorite’ game was also announced. Many times, the two coincided, but there were still some surprises to be had. The awards for the following were given :
- Best Role Playing Game : Numenera – Monte Cook Games (Fan Favorite : Shadowrun Core Rulebook – Catalyst Game Labs)
- Best Role Playing Supplement : Night’s Watch – Green Ronin Publishing (Fan Favorite : DC Adventures Universe – Green Ronin Publishing)
- Best Board Game : Trains – Alderac Entertainment Group (Fan Favorite : Trains – Alderac Entertainment Group)
- Best Traditional Card Game : Love Letter – Alderac Entertainment Group (Fan Favorite : DC Comics – Cryptozoic Entertainment)
- Best Family, Party, or Children’s Game : Three Little Pigs – iEllo (Fan Favorite : Walk the Plank – Mayfair Games)
- Best Miniatures Figure or Line : Malifaux: The Guild’s Judgement – Wyrd Miniatures (Fan Favorite : Heroclix Wolverine and the X-Men – Wizkids)
- Best Collectible Card Game or Expansion : Pokemon Black & White Legendary Treasures – The Pokemon Company, Intl (Fan Favorite : Pokemon Black & White Legendary Treasures – The Pokemon Company, Intl)
- Best Game Accessory : Space Gaming Mat HC+D Supplies (Fan Favorite : Pathfinder Battles : Skulls & Shackles – WizKids)
- Best Game Related Publication : TableTop – Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day (Fan Favorite : TableTop – Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day)
- Best Historical Board Game : 1775:Rebellion – Academy Games (Fan Favorite : 1775:Rebellion – Academy Games)
- Best Historical Miniatures Rules or Expansion : Fields of Fire – Proving Grounds Games (Fan Favorite : Fire and Sword – Wargamer)
Receiving these awards must be incredibly humbling, and the rewards are well deserved. Head on over to the Origins Game Fair website to submit your game for next year! We are making plans to be present and bring you live updates from Origins 2015, so we will remain hopeful! What do you think of the 2014 awards? Any other games you would’ve chosen?