The 2014 Origins Award Winners For Tabletop Gaming – With A Few Surprises

By Christopher Helton

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This past weekend was the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, one of the bigger tabletop gaming conventions outside of Gen Con. One of the highlights of the convention is the first of tabletop gaming’s awards, the Origins Awards. The winners in all of the categories were announced:

Best Role Playing Game

Numenera – Monte Cook Games, designed by: Monte Cook

Fan Favorite: Shadowrun: Core Rulebook – Catalyst Game Labs, designed by: Jason Hardy, Aaron Pavao, Adam Large, Mark Dynna, Steven “Bull” Ratkovich, Peter M. Andrew Jr., Michael Wich

Best Role Playing Supplement

Night’s Watch – Green Ronin Publishing, designed by: Joseph Carriker, Lee Hammock, Brett Rebischke-Smith, Ian Ireland, Michelle Lyons, John Hay

Fan Favorite: DC Adventures Universe – Green Ronin Publishing, designed by: Darren Bulmer, Seth Johnson, Steve Kenson, Jon Leitheusser, John Polojac, Aaron Sullivan

Best Board Game

Trains- Alderac Entertainment Group, designed by: Hisashi Hayashi

Fan Favorite: Trains – Alderac Entertainment Group, designed by: Hisashi Hayashi

Best Traditional Card Game

Love Letter– AEG, designed by: Seiji Kanai

Fan Favorite: DC Comics – Cryptozoic Entertainment, designed by: Matt Hyra, Ben Stoll

Best Family, Party, or Children’s Game

Three Little Pigs – Iello, designed by: Laurent Pouchain

Fan Favorite: Walk the Plank – Mayday Games, designed by: Shane Steely, Jared Tinney

Best Miniatures Figure or Line

Malifaux: The Guild’s Judgement – Wyrd Miniatures, designed by: Wyrd Miniatures

Fan Favorite: HeroClix Wolverine and the X-men – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games

Best Miniatures Rules or Expansion

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Vs X-men Starters – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games

Fan Favorite: Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Vs X-Men Starters – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games

Best Collectable Card Game or Expansion

Pokemon Black & White Legendary Treasures– The Pokemon Company, Intl., designed by: The Pokemon Company

Fan Favorite: Pokemon Black & White Legendary Treasures – The Pokemon Company, Intl., designed by: The Pokemon Company

Best Game Accessory

Space Gaming Mat – HC+D Supplies, designed by: Andre Garcia

Fan Favorite: Pathfinder Battles: Skull and Shackles – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games

Best Game-Related Publication

TableTopWil Wheaton, Felicia Day

Fan Favorite: Tabletop – Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day

Best Historical Board Game

1775: Rebellion – Academy Games, designed by: Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl

Fan Favorite: 1775: Rebellion – Academy Games, designed by: Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl

Best Historical Miniatures Rules or Expansion

Fields of Fire – Proving Ground Games, designed by: Larry Yeager, Chris Brutsche, Mark Brown

Fan Favorite: Fire and Sword – Wargamer, designed by: Konrad Sosinski, Rafal

Best Historical Miniatures Figure or Line

Malifaux: The Guild’s Judgement – Wyrd Miniatures, designed by: Wyrd Miniatures

Fan Favorite: HeroClix Wolverine and the X-Men – WizKids Games, designed by: WizKids Games

There was a bit of controversy on Twitter in Wil Wheaton’s feed:

This isn’t unusual. GAMA (the Game Manufacturers Association), a trade organization for tabletop game publishers of miniatures, card, board and roleplaying games, hadn’t put put the information about winners of the awards on their website, Twitter or Facebook pages. This list was actually taken from the Facebook page of Monte Cook Games, one of the winners at the awards.

Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc.  You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.

Christopher has a crowdfunding page to help raise money to defray the costs for going to the Gen Con gaming convention and cover it for his Dorkland! blog and Bleeding Cool. Please click here to go to the page and help out.