Origins Game Fair is an annual gaming convention that was first held in 1975. Since 1996 it has been held in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association.
Origins is one of the biggest conventions for gaming in the US. This year it takes place June 14th-18th, later this week! It’s a little late to be just planning your trip and to take advantage of early bird discounts, but you can still buy your pass at the convention and get in on several days worth of gaming.
Whether your thrills come from tabletop games, board games, LARPs, Collectible Card Games, or just wandering the halls looking for new additions to your gaming hoard, Origins has lots to offer. Saturday at 2 pm there’s the cosplay costume contest, and Sunday they will have a charity auction with lots of hard to find gaming items up for bid. Events for gaming will be running starting Wednesday and going through Sunday. To guarantee a spot for an event (game slot), you should buy a ticket for that game which can be done when you register, and buy your badge($70 for a full 5-day pass, $50 for a 2-day badge, $30 1-day). You can also buy generic tickets for filling in games that haven’t sold out of slots, or if the game master is willing to let in additional players with generics.
In addition to the myriad of games available to play that are already out on the shelves of your friendly local gaming stores, there will always be a number of games being debuted in their final form or being playtested prior to release. There’s plenty for everyone besides playing games too, they’ve got seminars from industry leaders and individuals dealing with writing, artwork, game design, and retailing.
A big event this year that is appearing for the first time at Origins is the True Dungeon, a life-sized replica of a dungeon crawl that you go through as part of a team and take on the role of a thief, wizard, fighter or cleric (healer) and have to use your memorization, hand and eye coordination, and puzzle solving skills to make progress and hopefully survive the final Boss encounter! Really, it’s way better than I made it sound. Check out the link: True Dungeon.