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GAMA Cancels Origins Online

GAMA logo

Today has been a rocky road for the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Earlier today, numerous participants announced they wouldn’t be participating with Origins Online or Origins TV due GAMA’s silence on current issues. There had been no statement that Black Lives Matter. This lead to an emergency meeting of the board where it was decided that Origins Online would be canceled.

In the statement the organization does declare that Black Lives Matter and condemns racism. They also admit they were late to make this statement and weren’t proactive enough or effective with their voices.

The organization also said they couldn’t responsibly hold the virtual convention “in this setting” which has been met with mixed reactions as some have taken it to blame the current protests.

The organization also announced that it would match donations from exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers, or vendors who donate the amount they are owed from the convention to a list of organizations. The organization board sees that as a step in the Association’s “journey.”

Reactions to the decision have been mixed online with some see the statement as blaming protests while others are concerned about lost revenue and opportunities for game publishers and creators. What’s clear is there’s no mention or acknowledgement of those who stood up for what’s right to hold the organization accountable and putting their careers, and themselves, in jeopardy. Others feel that this is a final stumble for the current organization with discussion on starting a new association or a clean slate for the board.

Overall, the lack of a timely statement is an example of systemic racism that’s ingrained in organizations and companies. An organization and people in a position of power kept silent instead of supporting a just cause and its members. This is a first step and somewhat of an acknowledgement of their failure. We’ll see where the Association goes from here to get to the root cause of its silence and find a better, more inclusive and representative, direction going forward.

You can read GAMA’s full statement below.

From the GAMA Board of Directors:

To Our Community:

The Game Manufacturers Association believes that Black Lives Matter. We unequivocally condemn racism and violence against people of color. We have been too late in making that statement with force, and we apologize. The injustices of today demand that every person of good conscience make clear where they stand and we wish we had been more proactive, more strident, and more effective with our voices. Innocent people of color are being killed in the streets of the communities where we live, and it is not acceptable.

We cannot responsibly hold our virtual convention, Origins Online, in this setting. Even if it were possible to hold it, it would not be appropriate to do so. So, we are announcing here that Origins Online is cancelled.

The Board must voice its loud thanks to those who worked enormously hard to assemble Origins Online in a completely inadequate window of time. GAMA’s staff worked miracles, publishers hurried to learn new tools, fans took a chance to buy tickets. We could not be more grateful for their efforts, which we see and will not forget.

Every exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser will be offered a full refund, as will every gamer who purchased a badge.

GAMA will match, dollar for dollar, any exhibitor, sponsor, advertiser, or vendor who donates the amounts they are owed for Origins Online to one of the organizations listed below. It is difficult to predict how many will take this opportunity, but the potential exists for the matched amounts to exceed $100,000, which we wholeheartedly hope will happen. The Board sees this as the next step, but not the final step, in the Association’s journey.

* Black Lives Matter Global Network

* Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

* Columbus Freedom Fund

* The Community Justice Exchange

* The Innocence Project


Further details will be sent to these companies by email in the coming days.

The Board thanks every person whose voice reached us in recent hours and days. It is hard, we know, for those voices to speak when they have so much at stake. We are grateful for your persistence, eloquence, and will.

GAMA’s vision statement is “A game on every table, a table for every gamer.” We commit to working toward that day.

In service,

GAMA’s Board of Directors, and Retail Division Board

The Game Manufacturers Association is a non-profit trade organization focused on the hobby games industry. It’s open to more than manufacturers including media/communication, retailers, hobbyists, publishers, and distributors. And, in full disclosure, we’re a member.

Floodgate Games is Bringing 3 Laws of Robotics and Bosk to Origins

Head to booth #430 at Origins to see two new releases from Floodgate Games. If you can’t make the show, you can still order the games online.

3 Laws of Robotics

A Deduce Your Own Identity Game for 4 to 8 Law-Abiding Robots

3 Laws of Robotics is a lively deduction game for 4 to 8 players. In the game you know everyone’s information except your own!

Each round you ask a single question to try and figure out who is on your side. Make sure to Obey the laws as they’re added. Ask the right questions, find your team, and boot up victorious in 3 Laws of Robotics!

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A Game of Majestic Trees and Falling Leaves

From majestic Maples to ancestral Oaks, players nurture their trees aiming to thrive over the course of a year in a beautiful National Park.

In the spring, players carefully grow their trees, scoring as hikers enjoy traveling the trails in summer.

When autumn comes, leaves fall in the ever-changing direction of the wind, guided to cover the terrain and other players’ leaves. Points are awarded in winter for the most coverage of each region in the park.

Gain your ground in the park to be victorious in Bosk!

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Wizkids Teases Their Origins Game Fair Presentation With Lots of News & New D&D Dice Masters Set?

This year Origins Game Fair takes place June 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio and Wizkids will be giving a presentation showing off what we can expect to see down the road. The game company teased the presentation with a short video on Instagram that reveals a surprising amount of things.

Heroclix 15th Anniversary:

The initial slide teases special events and contests to take place to celebrate along with Special Edition releases. We also know the game is getting some new rules and finally there will be new product tie-ins (you can also see the booster box for Marvel Heroclix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man which releases July 20).

Dice Masters:

The first slide talks about foil cards, gravity feeds (what about them!?), Team Packs, and the upcoming DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow/Flash. When it comes to the new Team Packs, the first of which is Doctor Strange, the slide explains the packs cards and dice but no sidekicks, no basic action cards, and no rulebooks or dice bags. The pack includes Doctor Strange, Clea, Wong and Dormammu. The next panel shows off Doctor Strange, Clea, and Wong which you can see below, though it’s hard to make out specifics (anyone know where the art is from?). Finally, there’s the announcement of a new Rainbow Draft Weekend featuring Marvel Dice Masters and DC Dice Masters as well as Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Strahd Rainbow Draft weekend in the Fall 2016. Is it a new set? Is it soemthign specific for the weekend? We’ll find out!


WizKids Partners with Nickelodeon for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tabletop Games

TMNT HeroclixAt Origins Game Fair today, WizKids announced a partnership with Nickelodeon to produce multiple tabletop games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The first two games developed under this partnership will be a special series of TMNT HeroClix figures, and a TMNT Dice Masters game, both set for release later this year.

WizKids has seen great successes in its HeroClix collectible figure-battling and Dice Masters Dice Building products, and is very excited to bring fan-favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters, spanning all iterations of the comics from classic to present day as well as the classic cartoon and current hit CG-animated series on Nickelodeon, to both games.

Wizkids Moves Its World Championship to Origins Starting in 2015

road-to-worlds-logo-2015-300x246At Gen Con, Wizkids held the 2014 Heroclix World Championship and first ever Heroclix Team-Up World Championship which saw Patrick Yapojoco and “Team Majestix Apex Predators” crowned champions. “Team Majestix” was made up of Kevin Afrooz, Patrick Yapjoco, and Justino Jimenez. This tournament saw officially sanctioned international events feeding into the World Championship Final event at Gen Con for the very first time.

But, things are changing for 2015. As announced today on their blog, starting in 2015, all of Wizkids’ World Championship events will be held at Origins Game Game Fair which takes place June 3-7, 2015 in Columbus Ohio. This consolidates the championship events for Heroclix, Attack Wing, and Dice Masters all in to one location.

This move provides the company with more space to spread out and host larger sized events. The company has also announced they are moving to a ticketing system (or something close to it) to manage the lines at their booth. The specifics of that have not been finalized.

The company has promised more news to come, but this changes the time frame for individuals to prepare and plan.

Origins Awards Winners

Official Press Release

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Winners

COLUMBUS, OH (June 26, 2011) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the winners for the 37th Annual Origins Awards.

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game-related products.

The winners were voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH in June 2011 from the nominees in each category chosen by retailers at the GAMA Trade Show. The winners were announced and the coveted Calliope statues were presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday June 25th.

The Academy would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the jury members, GAMA staff, and everyone who submitted a product to the 37th annual Origins Awards.

Best Roleplaying Game – The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story by Evil Hat Productions

Best Roleplaying Supplement – Our World (The Dresden Files RPG) by Evil Hat Productions

Best Board Game – Castle Ravenloft by Wizards of the Coast

Best Traditional Card Game – Back to the Future: The Card Game by Looney Labs, Inc.

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game – Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games

Best Gaming Accessory – Cthulhu Dice Bag by Steve Jackson Games

Best Miniatures Rules – DC HeroClix Blackest Knight Starter Game by WizKids/NECA

Best Historical Board Game – Catan Histories – Settlers of America: Trails to Rails by Mayfair Games

Best Game-Related Publication – Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome by Catalyst Game Labs

Best Play-By-Mail – Legends – The One Ring by Game Systems International Limited

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Join Cryptozoic at Origins Trade Day!

Official Press Release

Origins Trade Day

Thursday, June 23rd, 8am-9pm

Cryptozoic Entertainment (CZE) will be participating in the Origins Trade Day, and will be offering a seminar for store owners and managers. This seminar will introduce you to Cryptozoic Entertainment and what we bring to the gaming industry. We start out with an explanation of our “Fans First!” philosophy and what that means for you as a retailer. We’ll also get into the full line of Cryptozoic Entertainment’s upcoming product releases. With the continued success of the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, this is your chance to take a peek at the upcoming sets that we’ve got planned as well as to learn about other products, from board games to trading cards, that we’re launching in 2011. From a new Penny Arcade deck building game to The Walking Dead Trading Cards, Cryptozoic has a full range of new and exciting products for your store.

Cryptozoic is committed to providing full hobby store support and we have many opportunities available that you can take advantage of. From Battlegrounds and point of purchase materials to “sell through” promotions, we have a variety of programs to match your store’s needs and help make our products fly off your shelf. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet Cryptozoic representatives who are ready to help you with all of your CZE product and support needs.

Come and see what exciting products Cryptozoic Entertainment is releasing, and what we can offer your store!