The sights and... sights
of the Origins Game Expo. Read on, for the images and text herein
will teach you about many things that we forgot to actually post
about while we were there. Click a photo to see the big version.
If I had to take a booth-babe picture, I was only going to take
one, and I was gonna make damn sure it was of a woman of quality.
Julie Haehn of Cheapass Games, we've got one hand in our pocket
and the other salutes you!
This is almost the entirety of the Wizards of the Coast booth...
...but peep out these fly-ass D20 Star Wars demo setups. I was
hoping this would be Epic Duels, but whatever.
I was so surprised and impressed that this thing finally, actually
existed that I took a picture as proof. Of course, it was sitting
on the store shelf when I got back, so I suppose it's not that impressive
The Civilization board game became a video game, which has now
become a board game. I asked the Eagle Games guy how many iteration
he thought it would take of going back and forth between board game
versions and video game versions, before Civilization will no longer
bear any resemblance to the original Avalon Hill design. I suppose
some would say it already doesn't. Anyway this comes out in September.
Okay, you have to look
at the large version to get the
full impact of this. I didn't catch the company name, but there
is a grid of Sadness and Anger cards which you must counteract with
your Smiling and Laughing cards. The subtitle there on the cover
is "Laughing away Anger and Sadness." Kawaii!
The Dark Age guys had the most impressive terrain I saw and couldn't
evidently get a focused picture of.
The D20 Hell on Earth books (top) and D20 Deadlands supplements
(middle) are halfway in between the respective original versions'
colors, and black. I asked the Pinnacle rep at the booth if this
reflected the darkening of Pinnacle's soul as they slowly sold out
to WotC, and he laughed, "We're not selling our souls, just
renting them." (Seriously, no one's soul is getting sold, and
I think D20 is the right way to do both Hell on Earth and Lost Colony,
should the latter ever really happen.)
This is seriously cool. That's a table surface, folks, not a poster
or foamboard or anything. FFG had a very pimpin' booth and are fast
becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Speaking of gaming companies no doubt funded by shadow governments,
the Morton's List folks were selling hockey jerseys and ninja suits.
They were also selling 360 of the Inner Circle, a new supplement
with new Mutations, Deviations (no new Quests, because "we
already got them all"), and some weird meta-game rules.
Those are cookies. That is frosting on top. That is the Jadeclaw
logo, printed in the frosting. The cookies were free. I did not
eat a cookie. I feared the cookie. I am sure it was a perfectly
Mayfair was showing Nautilus, which looks cool. Kinda looks like
an exploration game a la Tikal, although I could be totally wrong.
Petra made the tiara herself. She is not a paid Looney Labs employee.
Also in the out-of-control department at the Looney booth was this
prototype of a pit trap designed to capture small girls. (Actually
a game of Volcano played with the fold-up giant pyramids now available.)
They're still at
it... and this time, they have terrain. Mmm. Terrain.