Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Origins Award Winners!

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is pleased to announce the 2014 Origins Award Winners!
The awards are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to companies for outstanding games in the industry. For the 40th Annual Award cycle, the Awards had 13 categories: Best Roleplaying Game, Best Roleplaying Supplement, Best Board Game, Best Traditional Card Game, Best Family, Party or Children’s Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Miniature Figures Line, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Rules, Best Historical Miniature Figures Line, Best Game-Related Publication, and Best Collectible Card Game.

Congratulations to this year's Origins Awards winners!
Best Roleplaying Game
Numenera (PSI MCG001) - Monte Cook Games
Forge the Future from Remnants of the Past! From award-winning author and game designer Monte Cook comes Numenera, a science fantasy roleplaying game set in the far distant future where humanity thrives on the Ninth World - a society created amid the remnants of eight great civilizations that have risen and fallen on Earth. This new world is filled with remnants - known as the numenera - of all the former worlds: bits of nanotechnology, the dataweb threaded among still-orbiting satellites, bio-engineered creatures, and myriad strange and wondrous devices. Explore a world of mystery and danger to piece together your destiny from artifacts of the past in Numenera!

Best Roleplaying Supplement
A Song Of Ice & Fire RPG: Night's Watch (GRR 2709) -
Green Ronin Publishing
Though the Great Houses and their vassals play the eternal Game of Thrones, there are some who do not. The men of the Night's Watch guard the immense and icy Wall, built in the ancient days of Westeros to hold back the terrible things of the Long Night. Once a mighty cohort of brave knights and lords who gave up everything to protect the Seven Kingdoms from the predators of the Far North, the Night's Watch is now a rag-tag band of thieves, murderers, and those who ran afoul of the political machinations of their enemies. When the wildlings stir on the other side of the Wall, and the cold winds rise once more, will they be enough to save Westeros? Night's Watch gives you everything you need add this once noble order to your A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying chronicle. It includes rules for playing men of the Night's Watch and wildlings alike, as well as new information about the mysterious Others. Pray, men of the green lands, for Winter is Coming!

Best Board Game
Trains (AEG 5801) - Alderac Entertainment Group
Manage Modern Railways! The railways of today are amazing things and bullet trains, freight trains, and more keep entire countries running. From transporting the populace to carrying essential materials, trains play an integral part in a nation's power and economic development. In Trains, players start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, they will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka or Tokyo. Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan! This English Edition of Trains, designed by Hisashi Hayashi, features updated graphics, artwork, and streamlined card abilities. With extensive replay value, Trains is one game you won't want to leave the station without!

Best Collectible Card Game
Pokemon TCG: Black & White - Legendary Treasures (PUI 10846-D) - The Pokemon Company
Legends lost are recovered, buried treasures are found, and in the Pokemon TCG: Black & White Legendary Treasures expansion, Pokemon as you've never seen them will dazzle you! Discover new Pokemon-EX, as well as the return of mighty champions. Find new Trainer cards to revolutionize your battle strategy! Command your forces and drive onward to victory! Locate the scattered jewels of the Radiant Collection! And, above all, hunt for the golden glimmers that signify an amazing find! 10 cards per pack / 36 packs per display.

Best Traditional Card Game    
Love Letter (AEG 5104) - Alderac Entertainment Group
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo Princess Annette of Tempest. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first? Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 suiters.

Best Children’s Family, Party Game
Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs (IEL 51110) - Iello
A Family Game With a Classic Tale! As a little pig, your dearest wish is to build a strong and beautiful house in which you can spend your long winter evenings. But you won't need trowels nor scaffoldings, as only dice will allow you to construct your dream home. But, beware the wolf prowling around, whose only thought is to literally blow away your comfy house!

Best Game Accessory
Space Gaming Mat - HC+D Supplies

Best Miniature Figure Rules
Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Vs. X-Men Starters (WZK 71067) -
WizKids Games
 The Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men – X-Men Starter comes with six X-Men HeroClix SwitchClix figures (not found anywhere else!) and character cards, custom X-Men dice, custom AvX action tokens, object and terrain tokens, HeroClix core rulebook, HeroClix Powers and Abilities card and two maps

Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line
Fate of a Nation: Arab Israeli Wars - Battlefront Miniatures

Best Historical Board Game
Birth of America: 1775 - Rebellion (PSI AYG5375) - Academy Games
The second game in the Birth of America series, 1775 - Rebellion depicts the struggles of the American Revolution as players control the British Redcoats, English Loyalists, American Patriots, Native Americans, Hessian Germans ,and the French. Included is a mounted map board depicting the 13 colonies, Nova Scotia and Quebec, wooden playing pieces, and multiple scenarios.

Best Historical Miniature Rules
Fields of Fire (2nd Edition) - Proving Ground Games

                         Best Miniature Figure Line                     
Malifaux: The Guild’s Judgement (WYR 20101) - Wyrd Miniatures

Best Game Related Publication
TableTop - Will Wheaton, Felicia Day

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