Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Origins Awards Nominees Announced!

Another year, another Origins Awards.  This year with added apathy! 
The Origins Awards has taken a beating over recent years versus newer awards, like the Ennies.  However, I have remained a staunch supporter of the Origins for it's multiple categories and a dedication to miniatures and wargaming. 
That all got chucked out the window this year, as committee threw out all sub-categories, and two categories altogether.  Best Miniatures Rules is all we've got now. 
Best Board Game
  • Champions of Midgard 
  • La Granja - Stronghold Games
  • New York 1901 – Blue Orange Games
  • Orleans - Tasty Minstrel Games
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault - Fantasy Flight Games
No horses in the race for me.  Barely heard of the first four, and Star Wars is the 900-lb gorilla in the room to begin with. 
Best Card Games (includes dice and deck-building games)
  • 7 Wonders Duel – Repos Productions (Asmodee NA
  • The Grizzled  - Cool Mini or Not
  • Medieval Academy – IELLO
  • Welcome to the Dungeon  - IELLO
No horses in this one either.  Three I have no clue on, and I just learned about the concepts in The Grizzled this weekend.  Cool, but not good enough to warrant a vote.
Best Collectible Game (all games with a collectible component)
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light
  • Force of Will - Force of Will, LLC
  • Yugi’s Legendary Decks - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc
Three very competitive groups, but nothing I'm interested in. 
Best Role-playing Game
  • Cthulhu Britannica London Boxed Set - Cubicle 7
  • Dracula Dossier Director’s Handbook - Pelgrane Press
  • Fall of Magic - Heart of the Deernicorn
  • Lone Wolf Adventure Game - Cubicle 7
  • Star Wars: Force and Destiny - Fantasy Flight Games
Despite constant marketing on Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, Cthulhu Britannica is simply gorgeous.
Best Family Game
  • Codenames - Czech Games Edition
  • Co-Mix - Ares Games
  • Dohdles! - Thames & Kosmos
  • Fuse - Renegade Game Studios
  • Me Want Cookies – IELLO
I don't remember solicitations for any of these games, and if I find them, they're proably because of sub-par graphic design. 
Best Miniatures Game
  • Frostgrave - Osprey Publishing
  • Guild Ball – Steamforge,
  • Star Wars Armada - Fantasy Flight Games
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Games Workshop
  • Wrath of Kings  - Cool Mini or Not
Sigmar may sadly get the nod, but Frostgrave does what others want to do, yet in a concise and affordable manner.
Best Game Accessory
  • Blowing Up the Movies - Atlas Games
  • Castle Panic: The Dark Titan -Fireside Games
  • Feng Shui 2 GM Screen: A Fistful of Fight Scenes - Atlas Games, Morgan Ellis,T.S. Luikart,
  • Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep – WizKids,
  • Terrain Tiles - Lost Battalion Games

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