COLUMBUS, Ohio — Today marks the start of the Origins Game Fair excursion here to find the latest news, sample games as well as work for one of the top companies on the planet.
Origins, along with GenCon in August, is one of the premier places for devotees of tabletop gaming to gather to get in games, sample new and existing product and have contact with some of the industry leaders.
Though some of gaming’s best skip this event, which runs through Sunday, such as Fantasy Flight, Wizards of the Coast, Looney Labs and Twilight Creations, many of the biggest names will be here.
Asmodee will be on hand, offering Dixit Journey and Divinare as highlights of new product. Z-Man Games will bring Tournay as a few offering. Cryptozoic Entertainment brings expansions for Food Fight and Penny Arcade non-collectible card games. Wiz Kids should have the second Quarriors expansion, Quarmaggedon on hand.
Some companies, like AEG with Smash Up, will show new product that’s not quite ready for release. Most of the time this is to amp up interest for later in the year, often a GenCon release in Indianapolis.
This is also a time for smaller companies to shine in the Exhibit Hall right next to the more well known brethren. Crash Games will offer Rise. Mayday will bring Lemonade Stand.
Most exciting for me is the Redshirts Card Game, with art from former Herald Bulletin employee David Reddick. He will be there at the WeaselPants booth, hopefully to sign copies of the game or individual cards.
Much of my week will be spent employed by Rio Grande Games. I will be in the company’s game room showing off the wonders of the world’s best game, Dominion. Gamers can go there to play many games, but for me, Dominion is the focus. The award-winning game, including all of its expansions, will be available for games. Also, the upcoming electronic version will be shown.