July 2, 2008

34th Annual Origins Awards

Compiled from ENWorld2 and Origins official website

The 34th annual Origins Awards were presented on June 28, 2008 during the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

The Origins Awards are an awards program for outstanding work in the game industry. They are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design at the Origins Game Fair on an annual basis. This year is the 34th year of the awards.

Every fall, publishers and creators submit their best products from the past year as eligible in a large variety of categories. The members of the Academy then vote on which products should be named Origins Award Nominees. The top five vote-getters in each college are placed on the final ballot.

Members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) are published game designers, writers, artists, and other game creators. Any person with a verifiable published credit for writing, design, sculpting, illustration, graphic design, editing, line development, or brand management in three or more gaming products is eligible for admission to the Academy. The Academy is a committee of the Game Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), and the Chair of the Academy is appointed by GAMA’s president. The Academy’s principal mission is the administration the Origins Awards.

This year's award nominees and winners can be found at the official website, or you can check them out below.

Miniatures Rules of the Year
Presented by Rick Loomis

Classic Battletech
Published by Catalyst Game Labs
Created by Jordan Weisman
Edited by Michelle Lyons, Diane Piron-Gelman

Saganami Island Tactical Simulator, Second Edition
Published by Ad Astra Games
Created by Ken Burnside and Thomas Pope

Forces of WARMACHINE: Pirates of the Broken Coast
Published by Privateer Press
Created by Brian Snoddy and Matt Wilson

Published by Rackham
Created by Arnaud Cuidet, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult, and Jerome Rigal

Song of Blades and Heroes
Published by Andrea Sfiligoi
Created by Andrea Sfiligoi

WINNER: Classic Battletech


Miniature or Miniature Line of the Year
Presented by Mike Noe

Skarrd Raze #2
by Dark Age Games

George R.R. Martin Masterworks - Premium Miniature Line
by Dark Sword Miniatures, Inc.

Titania’s Fury
by Dragonfire Laser Crafts Inc.

Bronzeback Titan, HORDES: Evolution Miniatures Line
by Privateer Press

Dark Heaven Legends Fantasy Miniatures
by Reaper Miniatures

WINNER: Titania’s Fury


Collectible Card Game of the Year
Presented by Marcelo Figueroa

Published by Score Entertainment
Aik Tongtharadol (lead designer), William Harper (rules editor)

Legend of the Five Rings
Published by Alderac Entertainment Group
Mark Wootton (lead designer), Charles Urbach (cover artist)

The Spoils
by Tenacious Games, Inc.
Josh Lytle (lead designer), Patrick Meehan (lead artist)

WINNER: Legend of the Five Rings


Historical Miniature Game of the Year
Presented by Pete Panzeri and Frank Chadwick

Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures
Published by WotC

Benghazi Handicap
Published by Test of Battle Games

“Check your 6!”
Published by Skirmish Campaigns

D-Day Campaigns for Normandy
Published by Battlefront Games

Might & Reason
Published by Caliver Books

WINNER: “Check your 6!”


Historical Miniatures Line of the Year
Presented by Frank Chadwick

British 7th Armored Division 15mm
Published by Battlefront Miniatures

British Napoleonic 40mm
Published by Sash & Saber Castings

Romano-British 15mm
Published by Splintered Light Miniatures

Buccaneers, Pirates and Privateers 28mm
Published by Brigade Games

Seminole Wars 28mm
Published by Old Glory Corporation

WINNER: Romano-Brit 15mm


Historical Board Game of the Year
Presented by Pete Panzeri and Frank Chadwick

Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
Published by Tropical Games

Asia Engulfed
Published by GMT Games

Athens and Sparta
Published by Columbia Games

Duel in the Dark
Published by Pilot Games and Z-Man Games

Struggle for Rome, Cataan Historical Series
Published by Mayfair Games

Tide of Iron
Published by Fantasy Flight Games

WINNER: Age of Empires 3: Age of Discovery


Origins Hall of Fame Inductees
Presented by Anthony Gallela
WINNER: R.A. Salvatore
WINNER: Vampire: The Masquerade
WINNER: Paranoia

(Accepting on behalf of the Paranoia designers: THE COMPUTER)


Non-Fiction Publication of the Year
Presented by Mike Stackpole

40 Years of Gen Con
Published by Atlas Games
Written by Robin D. Laws

Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by Shelly Mazzanoble

Grand History of the Realms
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood

Hobby Games: The 100 Best
Published by Green Ronin
Edited by James Lowder

No Quarter Magazine
Published by Privateer Press
Nathan Letsinger, editor-in-chief; Eric Cagle, editor; Josh Manderville, art director

WINNER: Hobby Games: The 100 Best


Fiction Publication of the Year
Presented by Ed Greenwood

Astounding Hero Tales
Published by Hero Games
Edited by James Lowder

Dragons of the Highlord Skies
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Frontier Cthulhu
Published by Chaosium
Edited by William Jones

The Orc King
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by R.A. Salvatore

The Time Curse
Published by Margaret Weis Productions
Written by James M. Ward

WINNER: Astounding Hero Tales


Game Support Product of the Year
Presented by Ken Hite

Dungeon Life: Bendy Walls
Published by by Z-Man Publishing

Gamemastery Flip Mat: Tavern
Published by Paizo Publishing

Crystalline Counters
Published by Three Sages Games

Hollow Earth Expedition GM Screen
Published by Exile Game Studio

Dr. Wizard’s Patented Elevation Indicator
Published by Stratus Artworks

Call Of Cthulhu Dice Set
Published by Q-Workshop

WINNER: Call of Cthulhu Dice Set


Robert Lynn Aspirin
Bob Bledsaw
Charles B. Crain III
James Perham
Erick Wujick
E. Gary Gygax


Roleplaying Game Supplement of the Year
Presented by Dr. Michelle Nephew

Legend of the Five Rings: Emerald Empire
Published by Alderac Entertainment Group
Written by Shawn Carman, Richard Farrese, Douglas Sun and Brian Yoon

Pirate’s Guide to Freeport
Published by Green Ronin
Written by Chris Pramas, Robert J. Schwalb, and Patrick O’Duffy

Delta Green: Eyes Only
Published by Pagan Publishing
Written by Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy and Shane Ivey

Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords
Published by Paizo Publishing
Edited by James Jacobs, Art by Wayne Reynolds

Ruins of the Wild: Dungeon Tiles 4
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by Bruce R. Cordell

Codex Arcanis
Published by Paradigm Concepts
Written by Team Paradigm

WINNER: Codex Arcanis


Roleplaying Game of the Year
Presented by Erik Mona

Published by Fantasy Flight Games
Written by Robert Vaughn and Christian T. Petersen

The Savage World of Solomon Kane
Published by Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group
Written by Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams (with Shane Lacy Hensley)

Published by Mongoose Publishing
Written by Matthew Grau and Fraser McKay

Battlestar Galactica
Published by Margaret Weis Productions
Written by Jamie Chambers

Faery’s Tale Deluxe
Published by Firefly Games
Written by Patrick Sweeney, Sandy Antunes, Christina Stiles, and Robin D. Laws

Aces & Eights
Published by Kenzer & Co.
Written by Jolly R. Blackburn, Brian Jelke, Steve Johansson, Dave Kenzer, Jennifer Kenzer and Mark Plemmons

WINNER: Aces & Eights


Traditional Card Game of the Year
Presented by Cayle Shovan

Published by Gorilla Games
Created by Jeff Siadek

Cutthroat Caverns
Published by Smirk and Dagger Games
Created by Curt Covert and Justin Brunetto

Published by Tangent Games
Created by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee

Zombie Fluxx
Published by Looney Labs
Created by Andrew Looney

Infernal Contraption
Published by Privateer Press
Created by Matt Wilson, Jason Soles, Kevin Clark, Erik Breidenstein

Race for the Galaxy
Published by Rio Grande Games
Created by Thomas Lehmann

WINNER: Zombie Fluxx


Board Game or Expansion of the Year
Presented by Mike Selinnker

Pillars of the Earth
Published by Mayfair Games
Created by Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler

Published by Elfin Werks
Created by Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco

StarCraft: The Board Game
Published by Fantasy Flight Games
Created by Corey Konieczka and Christian Petersen

Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game
Published by Flying Frog Productions
Created by Jason Hill

Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords
Published by Red Juggernaut
Created by Jim Long

WINNER: Starcraft: The Board Game

There you have it. The Origins is like the Oscars for the gaming industry. For the Emmy's, we have The ENnie Awards coming up next in the biggest gaming event of the year; GenCon!

Check out some of the cool pics and coverage during the event. You can find more here
For some crunchy news, there was also a chance for players to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Swordmage

Now I'm interested to try the Starcraft boardgame soon.

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