34th Annual Origins Award nominees announced

Retailers attending GTS got to vote on the final set of nominees, and now the final list of Origins Award nominees is announced (see below). Several notable nominations made the list, including Classic Battletech (Catalyst Game Labs) for Best Miniatures Rules, Paizo’s Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords for Best Roleplaying Supplement, and Battue going head-to-head against StarCraft for Best Boardgame. Since the winners are being determined by Origins attendees this summer, is there anyone that doesn’t believe Zombie Fluxx has its category all wrapped up? I mean, the Looney Lab rabbits are all over Origins.

AAGAD/GAMA press release follows:

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) and the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) proudly announce the nominees in all categories for the 34th Origins Awards.

Game retailer attendees at last week’s GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas reviewed the list and selected the finalists in each award category. From those finalists, attendees at the Origins Game Fair and members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design will select the ultimate winners of the 34th Origins Awards.

This year’s winners will be announced during the Origins Awards ceremony at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 28, at 8:00 p.m.

Submissions for 35th Origins Awards will open soon. Watch http://www.originsgamefair.com/aagad/submission for updates and submission forms. The final submission deadline for the 35th Origins Awards is January 15, 2009. No extensions will be given past this date! It is perfectly acceptable to submit games as they are released throughout the year.

For more information about the Origins Game Fair, visit http://www.originsgamefair.com. To learn more about the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, please visit http://www.originsgamefair.com/aagad.


  • Skarrd Raze #2
    by Dark Age Games

  • George R.R. Martin Masterworks – Premium Miniature Line
    by Dark Sword Miniatures, Inc.

  • Titiania’s Fury
    by Dragonfire Laser Crafts Inc.

  • Bronzeback Titan, HORDES: Evolution Miniatures Line
    by Privateer Press

  • Dark Heaven Legends Fantasy Miniatures
    by Reaper Miniatures


  • Classic Battletech
    Published by Catalyst Game Labs
    Created by Jordan Weisman
    Edited by Michelle Lyons, Diane Piron-Gelman

  • Saganami Island Tactical Simulator, Second Edition
    Published by Ad Astra Games
    Created by Ken Burnside and Thomas Pope

  • Forces of WARMACHINE: Pirates of the Broken Coast
    Published by Privateer Press
    Created by Brian Snoddy and Matt Wilson

  • AT-43
    Published by Rackham
    Created by Arnaud Cuidet, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult, and Jerome

  • Song of Blades and Heroes
    Published by Andrea Sfiligoi
    Created by Andrea Sfiligoi


  • Astounding Hero Tales
    Published by Hero Games
    Edited by James Lowder

  • Dragons of the Highlord Skies
    Published by Wizards of the Coast
    Written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

  • Frontier Cthulhu
    Published by Chaosium
    Edited by William Jones

  • The Orc King
    Published by Wizards of the Coast
    Written by R.A. Salvatore

  • The Time Curse
    Published by Margaret Weis Productions
    Written by James M. Ward


  • 40 Years of Gen Con
    Published by Atlas Games
    Written by Robin D. Laws

  • Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game
    Published by Wizards of the Coast
    Written by Shelly Mazzanoble

  • Grand History of the Realms
    Published by Wizards of the Coast
    Written by Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood

  • Hobby Games: The 100 Best
    Published by Green Ronin
    Edited by James Lowder

  • No Quarter Magazine
    Published by Privateer Press
    Nathan Letsinger, editor-in-chief; Eric Cagle, editor; Josh Manderville, art


  • Grimm
    Published by Fantasy Flight Games
    Written by Robert Vaughn and Christian T. Petersen

  • The Savage World of Solomon Kane
    Published by Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group
    Written by Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams (with Shane Lacy Hensley)

  • CthulhuTech
    Published by Mongoose Publishing
    Written by Matthew Grau and Fraser McKay

  • Battlestar Galactica
    Published by Margaret Weis Productions
    Written by Jamie Chambers

  • Faery’s Tale Deluxe
    Published by Firefly Games
    Written by Patrick Sweeney, Sandy Antunes, Christina Stiles, and Robin D. Laws

  • Aces & Eights
    Published by Kenzer & Co.
    Written by Jolly R. Blackburn, Brian Jelke, Steve Johansson, Dave Kenzer, Jennifer Kenzer and Mark Plemmons


  • Legend of the Five Rings: Emerald Empire
    Published by Alderac Entertainment Group
    Written by Shawn Carman, Richard Farrese, Douglas Sun and Brian Yoon

  • Pirate’s Guide to Freeport
    Published by Green Ronin
    Written by Chris Pramas, Robert J. Schwalb, and Patrick O’Duffy

  • Delta Green: Eyes Only
    Published by Pagan Publishing
    Written by Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy and Shane Ivey

  • Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords
    Published by Paizo Publishing
    Edited by James Jacobs, Art by Wayne Reynolds

  • Ruins of the Wild: Dungeon Tiles 4
    Published by Wizards of the Coast
    Written by Bruce R. Cordell

  • Codex Arcanis
    Published by Paradigm Concepts
    Written by Team Paradigm


  • Dungeon Life: Bendy Walls
    Published by by Z-Man Publishing

  • Gamemastery Flip Mat: Tavern
    Published by Paizo Publishing

  • Crystalline Counters
    Published by Three Sages Games

  • Hollow Earth Expedition GM Screen
    Published by Exile Game Studio

  • Dr. Wizard’s Patented Elevation Indicator
    Published by Stratus Artworks

  • Call Of Cthulhu Dice Set
    Published by Q-Workshop


  • Bleach
    Published by Score Entertainment
    Aik Tongtharadol (lead designer), William Harper (rules editor)

  • Legend of the Five Rings
    Published by Alderac Entertainment Group
    Mark Wootton (lead designer), Charles Urbach (cover artist)

  • The Spoils
    by Tenacious Games, Inc.
    Josh Lytle (lead designer), Patrick Meehan (lead artist)


  • Pillars of the Earth
    Published by Mayfair Games
    Created by Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler

  • Kingsburg
    Published by Elfin Werks
    Created by Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco

  • StarCraft: The Board Game
    Published by Fantasy Flight Games
    Created by Corey Konieczka and Christian Petersen

  • Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game
    Published by Flying Frog Productions
    Created by Jason Hill

  • Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords
    Published by Red Juggernaut
    Created by Jim Long


  • Lifeboat
    Published by Gorilla Games
    Created by Jeff Siadek

  • Cutthroat Caverns
    Published by Smirk and Dagger Games
    Created by Curt Covert and Justin Brunetto

  • Bankruptcy
    Published by Tangent Games
    Created by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee

  • Zombie Fluxx
    Published by Looney Labs
    Created by Andrew Looney

  • Infernal Contraption
    Published by Privateer Press
    Created by Matt Wilson, Jason Soles, Kevin Clark, Erik Breidenstein

  • Race for the Galaxy
    Published by Rio Grande Games
    Created by Thomas Lehmann


  1. I sure hope so. Zombie Fluxx is a fine game, though if the Euro-fans were to organize, Race for the Galaxy would probably take it.

    Just as long as Bankruptcy doesn’t take it. It may be one of the worst games I’ve ever played, and I’m baffled as to its inclusion on the list.

  2. I’m glad to see Battue on the list. It was one of my picks for an Origins nominee when I wrote my review for the game last October. Last Night on Earth is also a great game that deserves to be in the category.

  3. Race for the Galaxy is over complicated to me. I prefer San Juan. My vote goes to Zombie Fluxx, the Creeper adds a nice new element to the game.

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