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Links: Nominees for the 2019 Origins Awards, and Voting for the 2019 Deutscher Spielepreis

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• The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has announced the nominees for the 2019 Origins Awards within a variety of categories, with the winners of each category scheduled to be announced on June 15, 2019 during the 2019 Origins Game Fair. Attendees at the fair can try out the nominees in an area devoted to the nominated games, and they can cast ballots to determine a fan favorite winner in each category.

Some of the nominee categories are:

Board Games

Brass: Birmingham, by Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, and Martin Wallace (Roxley)
Chronicles of Crime, by David Cicurel (Lucky Duck Games)
Cryptid, by Ruth Veevers and Hal Duncan (Osprey Games)
Everdell, by James A. Wilson (Starling Games)
Gizmos, by Phil Walker-Harding (CMON Limited)
Pulsar 2849, by Vladimír Suchý (Czech Games Edition)
Rising Sun, by Eric M. Lang (CMON Limited)
Root, by Cole Wehrle (Leder Games)
Space Base, by John D. Clair (Alderac Entertainment Group)

Family Games

The Climbers, by Holger Lanz (Capstone Games)
Echidna Shuffle, by Kris Gould (Wattsalpoag Games)
The Mansky Caper, by Ken Franklin (Calliope Games)
Pantone: The Game, by Scott Rogers (Cryptozoic Entertainment
Spy Club, by Randy Hoyt and Jason D. Kingsley (Renegade Game Studios)
Strawberry Ninja, by Chris Castagnetto (Strawberry Studio)
Super Kitty Bug Slap, by Sam Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann (Steve Jackson Games)
The Tea Dragon Society Card Game, by Steve Ellis and Tyler Tinsley (Renegade Game Studios)
When I Dream, by Chris Darsalkis (Repos Production)

Card Games

Anatomy Fluxx, by Andrew Looney (Looney Labs)
Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger, by Prospero Hall (Z-Man Games)
Dark Souls: The Card Game, by David Carl (Steamforged Games)
Get the MacGuffin, by Andrew Looney (Looney Labs)
Maiden's Quest, by Kenneth C. Shannon III (WizKids)
The Mind, by Wolfgang Warsch (Pandasaurus Games)
Villainous, by Prospero Hall (Ravensburger)

Miniature Games

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, by James Sheahan (Modiphius Entertainment)
Kill Team (Games Workshop)
Kings of War: Vanguard, by Matt Gilbert (Mantic Games)
Necromunda, by Andy Hoare (Games Workshop)
A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game, by Michael Shinall and Eric M. Lang (CMON Limited)
Star Wars: Legion, by Alex Davy (Fantasy Flight Games)

As with any set of award nominees, you can find oddities once you start looking at the lists in more detail. I'm not sure why Villainous qualifies as a card game, for example, whereas Space Base counts as a board game. Seems like they should both be in one category or the other together. Keyforge: Call of the Archons, by the way, was placed in the collectible games category, along with the X-Men Xavier's School expansion for HeroClix, the Dominaria expansion for Magic: The Gathering, the Legacies expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, and six other expansions for more traditional "collectible" games.

Voting is open for the 2019 Deutscher SpielePreis (DSP), with games released in the second half of 2018 and the first half of 2019 being eligible. You can vote directly here, listing up to five family/adult games in the order that you prefer them, along with a single children's game.

Merz Verlag, which oversees both the DSP voting and the annual SPIEL game convention, is giving away more than a hundred games to voters, as well as prizes that award the holder free entry to SPIEL '19. After voting, you'll receive a message via email that you must click to confirm your votes, after which you'll be entered into the prize drawing.
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