Origins Game Fair Postponed to October;
Origins Online Scheduled for June
COLUMBUS, OH – April 9, 2020 – The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the non-profit organization serving the hobby games industry, today announced that it will postpone the 46th Annual Origins Game Fair, originally scheduled for June 17-21, 2020 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, to October 7-11, 2020. The tabletop convention attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the world to central Ohio to play thousands of board games, collectible card games, miniatures and role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Catan, and hundreds of other titles.
The decision to postpone the convention follows extensive discussions with its membership, the city of Columbus, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, hotel partners, and exhibitors. “The decision to postpone the convention was not one we made lightly,” said GAMA Executive Director, John Stacy. “The safety and well-being of the Origins community is our number one priority. Given the current health situation, we believe that it is best to move the convention to October.”
With the postponement, GAMA also announced that they would be hosting an online gaming convention during the original show weekend, June 19-21, 2020.
|Origins Online 2020 will be a fully virtual convention for tabletop gaming fans to enjoy from their devices and will feature an Exhibit Hall where attendees can demo and buy games and merchandise. In addition, the virtual convention will offer streaming workshops and educational seminars with guest authors, artists and game designers, plus hundreds of games online that attendees can sign up to participating in.
“We are all in this together. The postponement of the in-person event and introduction of Origins Online is an opportunity for the hobby games industry and broader gaming community to get excited together and come back stronger on the other side of this pandemic,” Stacy continued.
Details regarding the postponement of Origins Game Fair and Origins Online will be shared soon on the event website.
GAMA has created a Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS) locator to help people find stores nearby.
During these changing times, stores have begun offering alternate shopping experiences such as curbside pick-up or local delivery for purchased items. Some stores are also offering gift cards as another outlet for customer support.
This locator, with more than 800 stores, highlights these alternative services and connects you with those closest to your home. Search for your nearby store(s) and support the gaming community!
Visit flgslocator.org to support stores!
Retailer Support Programs
Many publishers have also developed initiatives to show support for their retail partners. Several of these initiatives trigger with consumer action.
Click the link below to view all of the retailer support programs currently announced (more added constantly). This resource is designed to help you support your local stores, your favorite publishers, and the gaming community in general!
View retailer support programs!
Join the Origins Facebook Group to connect with other attendees and talk about games!
Join the Facebook group!
All of the RPG news fit to peruse. Or at least some of it. In bite form, we’ll touch on Savage Worlds’ new edition and upcoming Kickstarter, who (RPG-wise) will be at Dragon*Con 2018, what Starfinder is looking for, another stock art site, ICv2’s recent GAMA coverage, and all the press releases fit to be released.
- The new edition of Savage World. Pinnacle Entertainment will launch their “brand new edition” of Savage Worlds on Tuesday, October 16th. The revised version of Savage Worlds will contain aspects seen in the Savage Worlds: Flash Gordon RPG that John McGuire and I played at Gen Con (read John’s review of it here). You can read the announcement here.
- Attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta this Labor Day Weekend? Have you read John McGuire’s Dragon*Con Hacks? You’ll want to so you can be ready for the gaming heavy hitters hosting a variety of panels that will be there this year.
- Monte Cook of Monte Cook Games (Cypher System, Numenera, No Thank You, Evil!)
- Shanna Germain of Monte Cook Games (No Thank You, Evil!; Predation; As Kinky As You Wanna Be, The Poison Eater, and Numenera)
- Jodi Black (Chief Operations Officer and Managing Editor for Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
- Clint Black (Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager)
- Jodi and Clint Black will be with Carolina Game Tables on the third floor of the AmericasMart, booths 3312 and 3314
- “While they’re attending primarily to promote their tables, they’re both more than happy to chat about Savage Worlds (including the upcoming new edition of the game) and all the other goings-on with Pinnacle Entertainment Group.”
- Kenneth Hite who has worked on Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Mage: The Sorcerers’ Crusade, Call of Cthulhu d20, The Dresden Files RPG, Qelong, The Day After Ragnarok, and the Deadlands Noir Companion
- Keith Baker of the Eberron Campaign Setting for Dungeons & Dragons, as well as Gloom and Cthulu Fluxx
- Brom was the artist on D&D’s Dark Sun as well as so many other projects and is the Guest of the Honor for the Dragon*Con Art Show
- Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc (Pathfinder and Starfinder), leading the team responsible for rules and game balance
- Christopher Tang of DriveThruRPG and the Code Miners’ LARP will be in the open gaming area representing their LARP. Event descriptions here.
- Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games and New Agenda Publishing
- Richard Ankney production manager at Game Trade Media
- Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel of D&D fame
- Jamie Chambers of Signal Fire Studios (Metamorphosis Alpha)
- Bill Fawcett of Role Aides fame (among others)
- Chris Miller of the Ankur RPG
- Amanda Makepeace, who’s artwork has graced Pelgrane Press (check out a sampling of them here) and one of the founding Tessera Guilders, will be displaying at the art show
- Ray Nothnagel will be demoing his Afterverse RPG. You can check out the games here before backing the Kickstarter here
- Brian Colin, Bree and Drew Foulke from the Norse Foundry (Floor 1 – Exhibitor) will be slinging metal dice and talking about their current Kickstarter for Atmar’s Cardography: Full RPG Modules & Random Dungeon Decks (I picked up a copy and it’s a solid idea – mix and match cards with interconnected dungeons printed on them)
- Bobby Nash, author of so many things (interviewed here once by Robert Jeffrey II) and CREATE YOUR OWN FANTASY RPG ADVENTURE – RPG RESOURCES BOOKS will be there
- Look for Derek Kamal of silver ENnie Award winning Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse
- If you search, you can find Matthew A. Bogdan of Dark by Dezign. He’s running a Kickstarter that I’m a part of called CREATE YOUR OWN FANTASY RPG ADVENTURE – RPG RESOURCES BOOKS that I (bias-ly) think is worth checking out (since I’m a part of the creative team)
- And, of course, the Tessera Guild’s own J. Edward Neill will be there displaying his artwork (which you can read all about here)
Interested in playing in Dragon*Con’s non-campaign RPGs? Click here. Want play in campaign RPGs? Click here.
Status: Wish I were going
- Aaron Shanks, Paizo’s PR Manager, is looking for celebrities that play Starfinder. At a guess, they’re hoping for some of the same celebrity love that D&D has seen lately.
- Looking for another place to purchase RPG stock art? Looking for an option to sale your stock art? RPG stock artist, JE Shields, opened a new stock art website – JEStockArt.com. With two RPG-focused stock art sites that I’m aware of, this is the start of an interesting trend within the past month (the other being RPGStockArt which I covered here). The driving force behind this move appears to be the desire to reduce the commissions charged by other sites by 10% to 15% (bringing the amount the creator receives to 80%).
Status: Stock Art marketplaces of the world!
- Exalted coming soon to the Storytellers Vault!
Status: Looking forward to new content
- GAMA (Game Manufacturer’s Association), the group that runs the GAMA Trade Show and Origins Game Fair, is the subject of a series of articles on ICv2.com about the recent goings on within the organization.
- Just before Gen Con, GAMA welcomed Anne-Marie De Witt, co-founder of Fireside Games, as their new Vice President, as well as other members.
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- At Gen Con, Iello COO and GAMA President Stephan Brissaud was asked to leave Gen Con after getting into an altercation with a security guard at the convention center. Stephan issuing an apology.
- Iello COO and GAMA President Stephan Brissaud released a full statement about the Gen Con incident.
- The GAMA Board of Directors issued their own statement about the incident. Their view is that Stephan was there acting in his capacity as Iello COO.
- WARNING: Images of bruising in the link. A police report was filed about the Gen Con incident. The article includes images of bruising and an image of the report.
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- Beyond the Gen Con incident, former GAMA Deputy Director Angela Ward has retained counsel after the Board voted to terminate her employment.
- The GAMA Board of Directors also decided to not renew Executive Director John Ward’s contract when it expires in February. Ward has been Executive Director for a decade.
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- Shifting away from ICv2’s coverage, GAMA board member, Jeff Tidball, Member-at-Large, shares his thoughts on the board’s decision regarding John Ward and the future of GAMA – It Is Wise for GAMA to Seek a New Executive Director
Status: Monitoring coverage
- Speaking of GAMA, my discussion of my three most important moments at Origins Game Fair 2018 is available to read on ENWorld here. I’m excited to go again in 2019.
- As always, there are some great RPG Kickstarters worth checking out. Go here to check out my reviews of Nights of Payne Town, Haunting of Hastur, Afterverse, MAIN GAUCHE, Domina Magica, and Entromancy
PRESS RELEASE ROUNDUP
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CREATE YOUR OWN FANTASY RPG ADVENTURE – RPG RESOURCES BOOKS by Dark by Dezign (DriveThruRPG or Open Gaming Store)
Ends on Fri, September 14 2018 2:00 PM EDT.
Disclaimer: I am a creator on this project.
“Contributing authors James Ward, Lenard Lakofka and more share some of their pro tips on how to create your first fantasy RPG adventure”
Looking for advice on how to create your tabletop RPG along with stock art to get you going? Learn from ” industry greats and legends James M. Ward, Lenard Lakofka, as well as exceptional talents such as Johnn Four, Rick Hershey, Lucus Palosaari, Kevin Watson, Bobby Nash and Egg Embry.” I’m excited to be a part of this project and offer my insights into the world of crowdfunding!
You can see examples of their work at DriveThruRPG here or at the OpenGamingStore here.
You can support this Kickstarter campaign here.
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Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer™
Freelancer for EN World, Knights of the Dinner Table, Open Gaming Network, and the Tessera Guild.
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