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2018 Origin Awards

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This Saturday, June 16th, the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design will be announcing the winners of the Origins Awards. Which games are you rooting for?

The nominees are:

Board Games (11 Nominees)

  • The Captain is Dead by Alderac Entertainment Group (designed by Joe Price and JT Smith)
  • Dice Forge by Libellud (designed by Régis Bonnessée)
  • Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games (designed by Isaac Childres)
  • The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire by CMON (designed by Eric Lang)
  • Great Western Trail by Eggertspiele (designed by Alexander Pfister)
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico by CMON (designed by Virginio Gigli, Flaminia Brasini, Simone Luciani)
  • Near and Far by Red Raven Games (designed by Ryan Laukat)
  • Pandemic Legacy Season 2 by Z-Man Games (designed by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau)
  • Raiders of the North Sea by Renegade Games Studios (designed by Shem Phillips)
  • Tak: A Beautiful Game by Cheapass Games (designed by James Ernest and Patrick Rothfuss)
  • Santorini by Spinmaster (designed by Dr. Gordon Hamilton)


Card Games (10 Nominees)

  • 5-Minute Dungeon by Spin Master (designed by Connor Reid)
  • Aeon’s End by Indie Board & Cards (designed by Kevin Riley)
  • Custom Heroes by Alderac Entertainment Group (designed by John D. Clair)
  • Ex Libris by Renegade Games Studios (designed by Adam P. McIver)
  • The Fox in the Forest by Renegade Games Studios (designed by Joshua Buergel)
  • Hero Realms by White Wizards Games (designed by Darwin Kastle)
  • Honshu by Renegade Games Studios (designed by Kalle Malmioja)
  • Jump Drive by Rio Grande Games (designed by Thomas Lehmann)
  • The Lost Expedition by Osprey Publishing (designed by Peer Sylvester)
  • One Deck Dungeon by Asmadi Games (designed by Chris Cieslik)


Collectible Games (10 Nominees)

  • Cardfight Vanguard Demonic Advent Booster by Bushiroad
  • Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie II by WizKids
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman Foil Packs by WizKids
  • Dragon Ball Super Card Game – Galactic Battles Booster by Bandai
  • Final Fantasy TCG: Opus I Collection Booster by Square Enix
  • Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor by WizKids
  • MTG Ixalan Booster by Wizards of the Coast (designed by Mark Rosewater and Ken Nagle)
  • Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon Booster by The Pokémon Company International
  • Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 2017 Mega Tin by Konami


Family Games (10 Nominees)

  • Azul by Plan B Games (designed by Michael Kiesling)
  • Bunny Kingdom by IELLO (designed by Richard Garfield)
  • Codenames: Disney by USAopoly (designed by Vlaada Chvátil)
  • Codenames: Duet by Czech Games Edition (designed by Vlaada Chvátil)
  • Downforce by Restoration Games (designed by Wolfgang Kramer)
  • Dropmix by Hasbro Gaming (designed by Harmonix)
  • Hotshots by Fireside Games (designed by Justin De Witt)
  • Mountains of Madness by IELLO (designed by Rob Daviau)
  • Sagrada by Floodgate Games (designed by Daryl Andrews and Adrian Adamescu)
  • Viral by Arcane Wonders (designed by Gil d’Orey and Antonio Sousa Lara)


Miniatures (4 Nominees)

  • Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games (designed by Michael Tuñez)
  • Runewars Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games (designed by Andrew Fischer)
  • The Walking Dead Miniatures Game by Mantic Games (designed by Mark Latham)
  • Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition by Games Workshop


Roleplaying Game (13 Nominees)

  • Adventures in Middle Earth Player’s Handbook by Cubicle 7 Entertainment (designed by James Brown, Paul Alexander Butler, Walt Ciechanowski, Steve Emmott, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Jon Hodgson, Shane Ivey, Andrew Kenrick, T.S. Luikart, Dominic McDowall, Francesco Nepitello, James Spahn, and Ken Spencer)
  • Blades in the Dark by Evil Hat Productions (designed by John Harper)
  • Blue Rose (2nd Edition) by Green Ronin Publishing (designed by Steve Kenson, Jack Norris, Richard Bellingham, Jeb Boyt, Crystal Frasier, Steven Jones (III), Shoshana Kessock, Anna Kreider, Kira Magrann, Alejandro Melchor, Andrew Peregrine, F. Wesley Schneider, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, John Snead)
  • Cthulhu Confidential by Pelgrane Press (designed by Robin D. Laws, Ruth Tillman, Chris Spivey)
  • The Dark Eye Core Rules by Ulisses Spiel (designed by Alex Spohr, Markus Plötz and Jens Ulrich)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (3rd Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games (designed by James Wallis)
  • My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria by River Horse Ltd. (designed by Alessio Cavatore, Jack Caesar, Dylan Owen)
  • Monsterhearts 2 by Buried Without Ceremony (designed by Avery Adler)
  • Puppetland by Arc Dream Publishing (designed by Arnold Cassell, Arinn Dembo, Matt Forbeck, Gareth Hanrahan, Fred Hicks, Kenneth Hite, Jason Morningstar, Ross Payton, John Tynes, James Wallis)
  • Starfinder by Paizo (designed by Robert G. McCreary and Owen K.C.)
  • Star Trek Adventures by Modiphius Entertainment
  • Tales from the Loop by Modiphius Entertainment (designed by Nils Hintze)
  • Traveller Starter Set by Mongoose Publishing (designed by Martin Dougherty and Matthew Sprange)
  • Vurt by Ravendesk Games (designed by Alexander Lepera, Lee Pruit, Pete Stauber)


Roleplaying Supplement (13 Nominees)

  • Adventures in Middle Earth – Rhovanian Region Guide by Cubicle 7 Entertainment (designed by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Francesco Nepitello, Jacob Rodgers)
  • Adventures in Middle Earth – Loremaster’s Guide by Cubicle 7 Entertainment (designed by Walt Ciechanowski, Steve Emmott, Gareth Hanrahan, Jon Hodgson, T.S. Luikart, Dominic McDowall, Franceso Nepitello, Ken Spencer)
  • Blue Rose – Narrator’s Kit by Green Ronin Publishing (designed by Josh Gutenberg, Jesse Hibbs, Steve Kenson)
  • Call of Cthulhu: The Grand Grimore of the Cthulhu Mythos by Chaosium (designed by Mike Mason and Matthew Sanderson)
  • Call of Cthulhu: The Two Headed Serpent by Chaosium (designed by Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Mike Mason, Matthew Sanderson)
  • Castles and Crusades Codex Germania by Troll Lord Games (designed by Brian Young)
  • Castles and Crusades Codex Slavorum by Troll Lord Games (designed by Brian Young)
  • Cypher System Expanded Worlds by Monte Cook Games (designed by Bruce R. Cordell)
  • Cypher System Predation by Monte Cook Games (designed by Shanna Germain)
  • Doctor Who RPG: Gamemaster’s Companion by Cubicle 7 Entertainment (designed by Morgan Davie, Gareth Hanrahan, Mark Lawford, Andrew Peregrine, Nathaniel Torson)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Wizards of the Coast (designed by Jeremy Crawford and Mike Mearls – Lead Designers)
  • Mutants & Masterminds Atlas of Earth-Prime by Green Ronin Publishing (designed by Scott Bennie, Jason Brick, Darren Bulmar
  • Shadow of the Demon Lord: Demon Lord’s Companion by Schwalb Entertainment (designed by Robert J. Schwalb)


Game Accessories (7 Nominees)

  • Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Coloring Book by Chaosium
  • Sword & Sorcery Custom Dice Pack by Ares
  • The Broken Token Terraforming Mars Organizer by The Broken Token
  • Sails of Glory Series 4 Ship Packs by Ares Games
  • Smirking Dragon Tablecloths by Smirking Dragon
  • D&D: Icons of the Realms and Pathfinder Battles Pre-Painted Miniatures by WizKids
  • Xia Station Organizer by Meeple Realty
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SuperflyPete's Avatar
SuperflyPete replied the topic: #275385 14 Jun 2018 12:02
Dice Forge is my vote
Michael Barnes's Avatar
Michael Barnes replied the topic: #275386 14 Jun 2018 12:08
Gloomhaven, Downforce and 40k.
ubarose's Avatar
ubarose replied the topic: #275387 14 Jun 2018 12:41
I'm voting My Little Pony RPG, because WRF. Also, they missed the boat on best accessory. It should def be Star Trek shot glasses.
Shellhead's Avatar
Shellhead replied the topic: #275388 14 Jun 2018 12:43
I have not tried any of these games. I am a failed consumer. *hangs head in shame*
the_jake_1973's Avatar
the_jake_1973 replied the topic: #275391 14 Jun 2018 13:09
A nomination for a new 40K ruleset seems like a lazy entry. I am willing to assume that the FFG miniatures ruleset is another lazy entry.

I was hoping to see Gaslands garner a nod on this side of the pond as well, honestly.
Michael Barnes's Avatar
Michael Barnes replied the topic: #275393 14 Jun 2018 13:43
But the 40k revision is outstanding- it’s the best edition I’ve played, it’s the most accessible, and it’s really a pretty brilliant piece of -editing-.

Runewars...ha ha, Christmas clearance 2018.
Michael Barnes's Avatar
Michael Barnes replied the topic: #275394 14 Jun 2018 13:45
What’s lazy is Codenames twice...and they are just variants.

In the main board game category there is so much distance between Gloomhaven and the others it’s not funny.
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #275400 14 Jun 2018 14:00
The only I've played is Raiders of the North Sea, which I enjoyed. I'm intrigued by Renegade scoring three of the card game slots. Is that their main design focus or did they just have a good year in that category? The only one of the three I'd heard of was Ex Libris until Wade's review of Fox in the Forest. Honshu looks interesting for a short Euro-style thing.
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Colorcrayons replied the topic: #275412 14 Jun 2018 14:52
I've played Santorini. It's quite good. But it's also a rather old abstract game.

Everything else on the best of list...


Wha? Huh? *Wipes drool from mouth*