2017 Origins Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Origins Award recipients!

Traditional Card Game

Mystic Vale

AEG 5861, $44.99

A curse has been placed on the Valley of Life! Hearing the spirits of nature cry out for aid, clans of druids have arrived, determined to use their blessings to heal the land and rescue the spirits. It will require courage - and also caution - as the curse can overwhelm the careless who wield too much power!

Miniatures Game

Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team

GAW 39-10, $35.00

Collectible Game

Pokemon XY11 Steam Siege

PUI 80133-D, (Net) $86.40

Dual Powers Clash! Long years of stability come to an end when Shiny Mega Gardevoir-EX lays siege to the mighty Gear Palace with a host of greedy forces. The Mythical Steam Pokemon Volcanion must wield the dual powers of Fire and Water to stop them! And, as the battle rages, Xerneas BREAK and Yveltal BREAK face-off in the XY-Steam Siege expansion! 

Family Game

Happy Salmon

NSG 600, $14.99

Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin`, fin-flappin` fun. Actions including the classic `High 5`, the unifying `Pound It`, the frantic `Switcheroo`, and the delightful `Happy Salmon` will leave players doubled over in laughter!

Game Accessory
  Blood Rage Organizer
Role-Playing Game

No Thank You, Evil!

PSI MCG074, $39.99

Olivia is a Super Smart Princess who Experiments With Science. Rowan is a Cool Robot who Plays With Ooey Gooey Things. They just found out that their friend Wiffle has been captured by saw-toothed witches deep in DragonSnot Falls! They`re the only ones who can enter Storia and save Wiffle - how will they do it? It`s all up to them! No Thank You, Evil! is tabletop game of make-believe, adventure, and storytelling for creative young minds and their families.

Board Game and Game of the Year

Scythe

GTG STM600, $80.00

It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war still darken the snow. The capitalistic city-state known simply as The Factory, which fueled the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. Featuring world building and art by Jakub Rozalski, Scythe is a competitive 4x game set in an alternate-history 1920s.

Clank! Wins Mensa Select Award


 
Renegade Game Studios has announced that Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure has been award the prestigious Mensa Select Award during the Mensa Mind Games event this past weekend. Each year, five games are chosen by Mensa members from across the country as the top games of the year. The Mind Games competition has been held annually since 1990.
 
 
Clank! A Deck Building Adventure
 
SKU: RGS 00552
MSRP: $60.00
Players: 2-4
Ages: 13+
Playtime: 60 minutes
 
 
Clank! is a deck-building game that challenges players to sneak to the depths of a dungeon guarded carefully by an angry and protective dragon. Each adventurer must collect at least one artifact in order to escape, but they must do so as quietly as possible to avoid attracting the attention of the dragon. 



Each careless sound draws her attention, and each artifact stolen increases her rage. You can only enjoy your plunder if you make it out of the depths alive!


 
 
 
Clank! Sunken Treasures
 
SKU: RGS 00569
MSRP: $25.00
Players: 2-4
Ages: 13+
Playtime: 60 minutes
Following an extremely successful launch, it has been reprinted numerous times and recently expanded with Clank! Sunken Treasures. This new expansion adds a double sided board, new underwater mechanics, and additional cards to continue the adventure.

“We’ve had the joy of watching many new players experience Clank! and have found that the social and the logical challenges presented by this game are very rewarding. The Mensa Awards do a great job of celebrating the use of games to explore all the facets of our mental abilities,” states Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios. “We’re honored to be presented with this prestigious award for the fourth year in a row.”


 
 
In the past 3 years, Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, and World’s Fair 1893 have all received Mensa Select Awards. Clank! is available worldwide at local hobby stores and online in a variety of regionally specific languages.



ComicWow! Live Charity Telethon


This is a telethon you won't want to miss... 
Tune in on Friday, November 11th, to support our friends at ComicWow! as they host a 24 hour gaming charity telethon to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Catch them LIVE on ComicWow.tv as they broadcast their team playing various table-top games NON-STOP for 24 hours.
Why tune in? This crazy event is all about generating donations and raising awareness for a great cause. The Little Shop of Magic and ComicWow! invite YOU to join by making a donation in support of the cause - all while having some laughs as ComicWow! staffers play games non-stop for 24 hours! 

Who: ComicWow!
What: To raise money to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
When: November 11th  6pm – November 12th 6pm
Where: Watch Live on Twitch.com or ComicWow.tv
Why: Your chance to win 3 huge Grand Prizes! Support a great cause!
*Prizes will be drawn live, must donate at least $20.00 to win. Winners notified live and by email. 
     
 
 

Three Chances to WIN Huge Grand Prize Bundles
The sponsors donated great items to help build an INCREDIBLE prize packages that YOU can win just by donating $20 or more! There will be many giveaways, but there will be 3 GRAND PRIZE drawings throughout the live stream. One every 8 hours of the broadcast.
Three lucky people are going to take home a prize package worth upwards of $1,000+! Items include statues, books, just released games, and more!
For every $20 you donate you will get 1 entry into EACH drawing, and if you donate $100 you will get 7 entries!
Visit comicwowcares.com to place your donation online for your chance to win.


Event Sponsors:
Title sponsors Champions from Marvel Comics and Alliance Game Distributors are leading the team.
Event sponsors include IDW, BOOM! Studios, Hot Flips, Renegade Game Studios, Diamond Select Toys, and Red Bull.
Prize sponsors (whose items will be given away in prize packages) include ComicWow, Skybound, Funko, Diamond International Galleries, Gemstone Publishing, Fireside Games, IELLO, Cheapass Games, Wizkids, Dynamite Entertainment, Paizo, Death Wish Coffee, Cryptozoic, Blue Juice Comics, Archie, Calliope Games, CGE, Choice Collectibles, and professional cosplayers.
 
 

2015 Origins Award & Fan Favorites Winners

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has announce the winners of the 2015 Origins Awards

The awards are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to companies for outstanding games in the industry. For the 40st Annual Award cycle, the Awards had 12 categories: Best Roleplaying Game, Best Roleplaying Supplement, Best Board Game, Best Children’s, Family & Party Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Miniature Figures Line, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Rules, Best Historical Miniature Figures Line, Best Traditional Card Game, and Best Collectible Card Game.

Congratulations to this year's Origins Awards winners!

Best Board Game

Sheriff of Nottingham [AWG DTE01SN] - Arcane Wonders

Best Card Game

Splendor [ASM SPL01] - Asmodee

Best Children’s, Family & Party Game

The Hare and the Tortoise [IEL 51159] - Iello

Best Collectible Card Game

Magic the Gathering: Khans of Tarkir [WOC A74560000] - Wizards of the Coast

Best Game Accessory

Wings of Glory Mat [AGS WGA502B] - Ares Games

Best Historical Board Game

Heroes of Normandie [IEL 51134] - Iello

Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line

Sails of Glory Series 2 - Ares Games

Best Historical Miniature Rules

Sails of Glory [AGS SGN001A] - Ares Games

Best Historical Miniature Rules Supplements

Battleground Europe [OSP BTC009]- Osprey Publishing/Warlord

Best Miniature Figure Rules

Golem Arcana [HBS GA001] - Harebrained Schemes

Best Role Playing Game

Dungeon & Dragons Player's Handbook [WOC A92170000] - Wizards of the Coast

Best Role Playing Supplement

Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual [WOC A92180000] - Wizards of the Coast

Fantasy Flight Games to Merge into the Asmodee Group (TM)

Fantasy Flight Games has announced an upcoming merger with the Asmodee Group™. Please read below for their press release and a short Q&A on the subject of the merger.

FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES® TO MERGE INTO ASMODEE GROUP™

Asmodee – a leading international publisher and distributor – and Fantasy Flight Games – a worldwide recognized hobby games publisher – announced the pending merger of the two companies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Asmodee Group of game companies will gain access to Fantasy Flight Games’ strong sales, operational and marketing infrastructure in North America, as well as Fantasy Flight Games’ almost-20 years of expertise in game development and multi-language game manufacturing.

Fantasy Flight Games will benefit from Asmodee’s impressive distribution and marketing reach in Europe, greatly improving its product placement and organized play initiatives across the continent.

“I am delighted to welcome Christian and his team to the Asmodee Group,” said Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee Group. “Fantasy Flight Games is a highly reputed publisher within the gaming community. It has demonstrated its ability to create great games and to establish fantastic relationships within the hobby games market and large entertainment companies. Together, we will continue to bring unique, innovative and high-quality games to gamers worldwide.”

“Fantasy Flight Games has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last 10 years,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO and founder of Fantasy Flight Games. “By joining forces with Asmodee, we’ll be able to continue that growth, expand our international marketing capabilities, and create additional career opportunities for our terrific staff. Most importantly, we can do this while staying true to our vision of creating great products for the global hobby games market.”

Fantasy Flight Games will continue to operate out of its Roseville, MN headquarters, where its hardworking creative teams will keep creating those ambitious and narrative hobby games experiences for which Fantasy Flight Games has become known. Christian T. Petersen will continue as the CEO of Fantasy Flight Games while also becoming a significant shareholder of the combined entity. No staffing changes are anticipated.

Asmodee and Fantasy Flight Games Merger Q&A

A few questions related to the Asmodee and Fantasy Flight Games (“FFG”) merger have been anticipated and replied to below.

How will FFG’s and Asmodee’s product lines be affected?

FFG’s new and existing product lines will continue to be developed by FFG and sold under the FFG logo. FFG will stay a fully independent publisher in the Asmodee Group, and intends to keep creating the best games possible. A few of FFG’s products, whose identity may be deemed a better fit under a different Asmodee Group brand, may transition within the group.

Similarly, Asmodee’s existing and new products will continue to be developed by Asmodee’s creative staff and/or affiliate studios, and published under the Asmodee, or the independent studios’, logo. Those Asmodee games deemed a great fit for FFG may transition to FFG’s catalog.

The Asmodee Group has close business ties with a number of important board game publishers, such as Repos, Matagot, Ystari and others. How will the merger impact those relationships?

The union gives Asmodee and its partners access to FFG’s strong logistical and operational presence in North America, as well as access to FFG’s proprietary development tools and manufacturing infrastructure. Beyond those advantages, the identity, product development, marketing (such as website and convention presence) and sales representation of Asmodee’s close publishing partners will be unaffected.

FFG has many important intellectual property licenses. How will these be affected, and will other Asmodee partners and affiliates be able to take advantage of those licenses?

FFG expects to retain all of its licensing relationships, and will work with both Asmodee and its licensors to extend licensing potential to those parts of the Asmodee Group that makes sense for the overall product strategy and the individual license.

How will North American hobby market retailers and distributors be affected by this merger?

There are no immediate plans to change any of FFG’s or Asmodee’s hobby market retailer or distributor relationships in North America.

Most game retailers outside the U.S.A purchase FFG’s product from international distributors, many of whom translate and publish FFG’s product in their local languages. How will these distributors work with the combined entity?

For the foreseeable future, it is anticipated that current and upcoming FFG products will continue to be localized and sold by FFG’s existing international partners. Asmodee intends to work with those same distributors to broaden product availability, marketing presence, and organized play support where possible.

When should international players expect to see improvements to FFG’s organized play programs?

While incremental progress will happen sooner, players should expect that it will take more than a year for all intended improvements to be implemented.

About Fantasy Flight Games and the Asmodee Group

Fantasy Flight Games is a leading hobby games market publisher in the board, card, roleplaying, and miniature game categories. Fantasy Flight Games’ best-known titles include games based on licenses such as Battlestar Galactica, The Lord of the Rings, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and Star Wars, as well as proprietary titles such as Arkham Horror and Descent: Journeys in the Dark.

Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor with operations located in Europe, the United States, and China. Asmodee’s best known titles, either published or distributed on behalf of key publishing partners, include Ticket to Ride, Splendor, 7 Wonders, Dixit, Takenoko, Abyss, Timeline, Dobble, Jungle Speed, and Werewolves of Millers Hollow. In some European countries, Asmodee also distributes trading card games such as Pokemon, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!.