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Nominees for Board Game or Board Game Expansion of the Year: (Board Game College)
Amazonas by Mayfair Games, Inc.
Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean by Z-Man Games, Inc.
Rheinlander by Face 2 Face Games, Inc.
Shadows over Camelot by Days of Wonder
Vegas Showdown by Avalon Hill

Nominees for Collectable Card Game or Expansion of the Year: (Collectable Card Game College) A Game of Thrones: Winter Edition by Fantasy Flight Games
Anachronism by TriKing Games
Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica by Wizards of the Coast
Perplexcity by Mindcandy
Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium by Privateer Press

Nominees for Traditional Card Game or Expansion of the Year: (Traditional Card Game College)
Gloom by Atlas Games
Oriente by Mayfair Games, Inc.
Paranoia by Mongoose Publishing
Plunder by Laughing Pan Productions
Reiner Knizia's Poison by Playroom Entertainment

Nominees for Role-Playing Game of the Year: (Role-Playing College)
Army of Darkness by Eden Studios
Artesia by Archia Studios Press
Deryni Adventure Game by Grey Ghost Press Inc.
Serenity by Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd.
World of Warcraft by Sword and Sorcery Studios

Nominees for Role-Playing Game Supplement of the Year: (Role-Playing College)
Exalted Autochthonians by Whitewolf
GURPS Infinite Worlds by Steve Jackson Games
Mage by RPG Whitewolf
Midnight 2nd ed. RPG by Fantasy Flight
Shackled City by Paizo Publishing, LLC.

Nominees for Miniatures Game or Expansion of the Year: (Miniatures College)
ATZ - All Things Zombie by Two Hour Wargames
Confrontation 3rd Edition by Rackham
Defiance: Vital Ground by Majestic 12 Games
Rezolution by Aberrant Games
WARMACHINE: Apotheosis by Privateer Press

Nominees for Miniatures Line of the Year: (Miniatures College)
Caldwell Masterworks by Dark Sword Miniatures
Harbinger of Bast by Crocodile Games
Rezolution by Aberrant Games
Visions in Fantasy by Dark Sword Miniatures

WARMACHINE miniatures line by Privateer Press

Nominees for Historical Board Game of the Year: (Historical College)
Assyrians by Udo Grebe Games via GMT
Band of Heroes by Matrix Games
Empire of the Sun by GMT
Four Lost Battles by OSF
The First World War by Phalanx Games
Twilight Struggle by GMT

Nominees for Historical Miniature Game or Expansion of the Year: (Historical College)
Avanti Savoia Flames of War Expansion by Battlefront
Bloody Picnic by Partizan Press
Gutshot by Hawgleg
Nuts by Two Hour Wargames
Strandhogg by Odin's Press

Nominees for Historical Miniatures Line of the Year: (Historical College)
10mm WWII Personality Set by GFI, Minifigs
15mm Belgian 1940 Vickers Tank by True North Miniatures
15mm Flames of War: Cossacks by Battlefront
15mm Flames of War: Long Range Desert Group by Battlefront
28mm German Pioneers by Victory Force

Nominees for Nonfiction Publication of the Year: (Game Support Category)
Dragon Magazine by Paizo Publishing, LLC.
Dungeon Magazine Paizo Publishing, LLC.
Historical Miniature Gamer Magazine by Legio X, Inc.
No Quarter Magazine by Privateer Press, Inc.
The Art of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire by Fantasy Flight Games

Nominees for Game Accessory of the Year: (Game Support Category)
GameMastery Campaign Map Pack: Village by Paizo Publishing, LLC.
GameMastery Compleat Encounter: Throne of the Gorilla King by Paizo Publishing, LLC.
Magnetic Markers by Alea Tools, LLC
The 13th Hour - Roleplaying Soundtrack by Midnight Syndicate Soundtracks
Universe87 Campaign Setting Soundtrack by Bailey Records

Vanguard Nominees for Innovative Game Products: (College of Exceptional Gaming)
Axis & Allies [Collectable] Miniatures Game by Avalon Hill
Darter by Future Magic Games
Perplexcity by Mindcandy
Polarity by Temple Games, Inc.
XIG: The Four Elements by GT2 Fun & Games Inc.

Vanguard Nominees for Unique Game Products: (College of Exceptional Gaming)
Battleground: Fantasy Warfare by Your Move Games, Inc.
Galladon w/ Immaculate Steed by Magnificent Egos Inc.
Infinite Armies by BTRC
Rocketmen - Axis of Evil by Wiz Kids
World at War by Matrix Games
 
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Annual Farce: 2006 Origins Awards Nominees
Wow. These choices and even the vague groupings are so totally irrelevent I'm stunned.

In fact, so were last year's awards, yet I find myself at a loss to compare them.

Is this some form of joke on the part of GAMA on the industry? If so I can think of no worse way to encourage or recognize excellence than this farce...
 
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Assyrian Wars got noticed? I didn't think more than the 500 people who preordered it really even knew about this game.
 
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The Origins Awards have been uninformed, irrelevant and out-of-synch for years . . . mostly because of the process that provides the informastion needed to allow them to make the nominations. I know, I was involved in it way back when and left in a huff (well, actually, in a minut and a huff . . . pace Groucho) when they refused to inject any sense or knowledge into the process. They're happy in their own personal La Brea Tarpit of diffidence . . . like the jerk playing his car radio too loud, it's best to simply ignore them.

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Warhammer: Dark Millenium is by Sabretooth.
 
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Wow. These choices and even the vague groupings are so totally irrelevent I'm stunned.


Actually these nominations are BETTER than most years for the Origin Awards. At least the board/card games are at least have the games in the right category (More or less.) for a change. gulp

They still aren't great. OK, they suck. (No Caylus, you've got to be kidding!)
 
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Go Magnificent Egos!

(but, then again, I'm biased)

 
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If you want the Origins award nominees to include "better" games, encourage those games' publishers to submit their games for consideration.

I wasn't directly involved in the nomination process, but my husband was on one of the juries this year. He and I were both suprised that several of our favorite newly-released games were not submitted for consideration. In fact, he and other members of his jury contacted numerous publishers asking them to submit their games. As far as I know, they received no additional submissions. So, even though there were games he would have preferred to vote for, he could only choose the best from those submitted.
 
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There's a submission process? Why?
 
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Herr Dr wrote:
There's a submission process? Why?


Having only been peripherally involved, I could only make guesses as to why there's a submission process instead of some other mechanism.

If you're interested in more information so that you can make your own guesses, I suggest reading the following overview of the Origins Awards process.

http://aagad.originsgames.com/aagad/awards-process/standards
 
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Actually these nominations are BETTER than most years for the Origin Awards. At least the board/card games are at least have the games in the right category (More or less.) for a change.


This was my reaction as well. It may be harsh, but the only thing the Origins Awards are consistently good at doing is making us chuckle.

A number of Origins supporters have previously defended the submission process. But can you imagine if publishers had to do this for all of the various international game awards? You'd need a full-time staff member for this job alone. To my mind they should really just focus upon the RPG, CCG and minatures games and leave the other stuff alone. That seems to be their market anyway so why not just stick to it?
 
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There is a "submission process' for a variety of reasons, some of which apply only to some committe members but, intoto, add up to a deleterious package:

1. Few members have much knowledge of what is going on in the industry in depth and breadth

2. They are too lazy to do the research

3. They donb't want the ballot to be too long - too much paper (I'm, serious here).

4. The stolid refusal to see that having companies nominate only some of their games makes the company an ad hoc vominating committee (and in for some nasty infighting when a an unnominmated designer takes umbrage).

5. the lack of awaraness that The origins Awards have ZEROmarketing clout (and, therefore, little meaning) . . .motly because of the above . . .

Now, several committee members entered tertiary Apolpexy when I voiced these opinions before . . . they spent more energy sputtering then they did working on the awards - and perhaps I am being unduly harsh (amaybe, but deservedly so) . . . but I worked on the Origins Awards for almost 2 decades - I actually "ran" them by myself (well, with Howie Barash) for 5 years, admitt3edly when the industry was far narrower than it is today. But it's not that the present committe members are not doing it My Way; it's that they'r not doing it in ANY satsifactory manner.

Please note that i do not feel that the nominees that I can see are unworthy of such recognition; that's not my call. It's just that the nominees, for the above reasons, often (very often) do not represent the results of a true smapling. It's like running an election that only whnite, male property owners can vote in.

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BergBROG wrote:
they spent more energy sputtering then they did working on the awards - and perhaps I am being unduly harsh (amaybe, but deservedly so)


This is painfully accurate and NOT unduly harsh.

It's a strange and laughable amalgam of people patting themselves on the back as they argue about process and procedure, expending time on the mechanics of their own organization rather than the industry they claim to observe.
 
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Richard Berg and I agree on something? .... I need to lie down for a while. soblue
 
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ninja I can sell you some meds that will cure that, Kevin . . .

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