Origins Award Winners
  • Origins Award Winners


    This years Origins Award Winners were announced at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, this last weekend. Among the categories were two RPG ones (Best Role-Playing Game of the Year; Best Role-playing Supplement of the Year) that had some strong contenders vying for the statuette.


    This years winners are:

    Best Board Game of the Year: Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games!
    Best Card Game of the Year: Ex Libris by Renegade Games
    Best Family Game of the Year: Azul by Plan B Games
    Best Role-playing Game of the Year: Adventures in Middle-Earth Player’s Handbook by Cubicle 7 Entertainment
    Best Role-playing Supplement of the Year: Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Wizards of the Coast
    Best Miniatures of the Year:Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition by Games Workshop
    Best Game Accessories of the Year: Terraforming Mars Organizer by The Broken Token
    Best Collectible Game: Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games

    Eric M. Lang and Ken St. Andre were also inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame.


    (photo courtesy of Andrew Peregrine)

    Other contenders for this years best RPG were: Blades in the Dark, Blue Rose, Cthulhu Confidential, The Dark Eye, The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria, Monsterhearts 2, Puppetland, Starfinder, Star Trek Adventures, Tales from the Loop, Traveller Starter Set and Vurt.

    The other contenders for the Best RPG supplement were: Rhovanian Region Guide (Adventrues in Middle-earth), Loremaster’s Guide (Adventures in Middle-earth), Narrator’s Kit (Blue Rose), The Grand Grimoire of the Cthulhu Mythos (Call of Cthulhu), The Two Headed Serpent (Call of Cthulhu), Codex Germania (Castles & Crusades), Codex Slavorum (Castles & Crusades), Cypher System Expanded Worlds, Predation (Cypher System), Gamemaster’s Companion (Doctor Who), Atlas of Earth Prime (Mutants & Masterminds) and the Demon Lord’s Companion (Shadow of the Demon Lord).
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. TerraDave's Avatar
      TerraDave -
      They did go for the big sellers.

      As discussed in the earlier thread, this is not done by popular vote, but I guess sales and popularity have some weight.
    1. JeffB's Avatar
      JeffB -
      Glad to see Ken St. Andre get his due.
    1. Jer's Avatar
      Jer -
      Have they announced the Fan Favorites for the categories yet?
    1. kenmarable's Avatar
      kenmarable -
      Quote Originally Posted by TerraDave View Post
      They did go for the big sellers.

      As discussed in the earlier thread, this is not done by popular vote, but I guess sales and popularity have some weight.
      Or, alternatively, capitalism works to some extent and the best products might tend to have the best sales.

      Or, the products with the highest budgets and best chance at high sales will tend to have the most effort put into them to make them better than other products.

      Or.... etc.

      There's many potential explanations of why the best selling products are more likely to win awards other than sales and popularity having some weight. Correlation does not mean causation (and even if it did, which way does that arrow of causation point?)
    1. Mavkatzer's Avatar
      Mavkatzer -
      Congrats to Cubicle 7! I love Adventures in Middle Earth!
    1. Eltab's Avatar
      Eltab -
      If the Origin Awards have a factor for # of items sold, that is a good thing. High-quality products will sell better over time, as word of mouth spreads. This is healthy for the industry.

      In contrast, the Oscars can all go to a movie(s) that was only shown for one weekend in two theaters (NYC, LAX) by invitation only. That bothers me: I haven't seen the nominees and don't know if they ARE any good (or as good as their hype).
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eltab View Post
      In contrast, the Oscars can all go to a movie that was only shown for one weekend in two theaters (NYC, LAX) by invitation only. That bothers me: I haven't seen the nominees and don't know if they ARE any good (or as good as their hype).
      I think that's the point of them.
    1. Grimstaff -
      Congrats Ken!
    1. Jhaelen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eltab View Post
      If the Origin Awards have a factor for # of items sold, that is a good thing. High-quality products will sell better over time, as word of mouth spreads. This is healthy for the industry.
      No, it's not. And here's a great example why:
      You may not have heard of it, but in Germany the 'Echo Music Prize' which used sales numbers as the main criteria for the award has (finally!) been canceled this year.
      Here's the relevant quote from wikipedia:
      The Echo Award was heavily criticized worldwide when Farid Bang and Kollegah received the award for best hip hop/urban album in April 2018. The nominated album, Jung, Brutal, Gutaussehend 3 (English: "Young, brutal, handsome 3"), contains the track "0815", in which the artists refer to their muscles as being more defined than those of Auschwitz inmates. The duo was even allowed to perform this track during the ceremony, despite heavy protests weeks before the award show.

      Campino, singer of German punk band Die Toten Hosen, was the first one to criticize the committee's decision during the ceremony.[10] His remarks received a standing ovation from the audience.[11] Several artists later returned their Echo awards in protest, such as Marius Müller-Westernhagen, who returned all of his seven Echo awards received over the years. Other artists returning their awards were German conductors Christian Thielemann and Enoch zu Guttenberg, Russian-German pianist Igor Levit, record producer Klaus Voormann, and the Notos Quartett.[12]

      However, criticism did not only come from artists and the German press. Several businesses joined in, with Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, being one of the most recent high-profile commentators, saying that this would hurt "Germany’s international reputation". He also asked if "antisemitism [was] becoming acceptable in Germany" again.[13]

      As a consequence, the Echo Award was discontinued.[2]
      Unfortunately, the number of sales is absolutely NOT indicative of quality, whatsoever. If you ever accidentally listened to the radio, you should already have noticed that.
    1. Eltab's Avatar
      Eltab -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jhaelen View Post
      Unfortunately, the number of sales is absolutely NOT indicative of quality, whatsoever.
      ... and I said that volume should be 'a factor', not the final determination.

      No I hadn't heard of the Echo Music Prize, before or after they covered themselves in not-glory.
      Way back when, Ed Sullivan told the Rolling Stones to tone down their lyrics if they wanted to appear on his show; the Echo people had the same option.
    1. TerraDave's Avatar
      TerraDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by kenmarable View Post
      Or, alternatively, capitalism works to some extent and the best products might tend to have the best sales.

      Or, the products with the highest budgets and best chance at high sales will tend to have the most effort put into them to make them better than other products.

      Or.... etc.

      There's many potential explanations of why the best selling products are more likely to win awards other than sales and popularity having some weight. Correlation does not mean causation (and even if it did, which way does that arrow of causation point?)
      Sure sure.

      But they did go for the best selling 5e products. Which is redundant, as those will be the best sellers, but it does make you wonder. Even for a fairly overt 5e fan boy like myself it makes you wonder. Where they just better, or was it 5es built in audience?
    1. Ogrebeef's Avatar
      Ogrebeef -
      This is the most boring, flaccid, sell out list I've ever seen. These awards have no value at all. You're telling me that Adventures in Middle-Earth should have more accolades then games like "Blades in The Dark" or "Blue Rose"? Who were the judges?
    1. Zarithar's Avatar
      Zarithar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ogrebeef View Post
      This is the most boring, flaccid, sell out list I've ever seen. These awards have no value at all. You're telling me that Adventures in Middle-Earth should have more accolades then games like "Blades in The Dark" or "Blue Rose"? Who were the judges?
      Based on that list I would say Amazon.com.

      Seriously though... congrats to Ken St. Andre!
    1. Jhaelen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eltab View Post
      Way back when, Ed Sullivan told the Rolling Stones to tone down their lyrics if they wanted to appear on his show; the Echo people had the same option.
      Given the outcome, I'm quite glad, the Echo representatives were too naive to think of such an option. That award was an abomination, anyway. I mean, how would you feel about "50 shades of gray" getting a Pulitzer price? That's just ridiculous.
    1. Eltab's Avatar
      Eltab -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jhaelen View Post
      Given the outcome, I'm quite glad, the Echo representatives were too naive to think of such an option. That award was an abomination, anyway. I mean, how would you feel about "50 shades of gray" getting a Pulitzer price? That's just ridiculous.
      Yassir Arafat somehow was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, despite never having good-faith pursued peace in his life. I wonder what the REAL qualification list was that year?
      (P.S. not wanting to derail thread with politics but the historical example was too memorable to ignore.)
    1. AngusA's Avatar
      AngusA -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ogrebeef View Post
      This is the most boring, flaccid, sell out list I've ever seen. These awards have no value at all. You're telling me that Adventures in Middle-Earth should have more accolades then games like "Blades in The Dark" or "Blue Rose"? Who were the judges?
      The voters were the attendees of Origins.
    1. Jer's Avatar
      Jer -
      Quote Originally Posted by AngusA View Post
      The voters were the attendees of Origins.
      No. I used to think that too, but that's not the case.

      The members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design are the ones who have the vote on the actual Origins Awards. The Academy an honorary organization that is made up of some subset of GAMA members who can apply to get in and gain membership through some process that isn't publicly known (so very much like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the way they handle the Oscars).

      The voting that is done at Origins by attendees is for the Fan Favorite award in each category, not the actual winners.

      And to answer my own question above, the Academy has now posted the 2018 fan favorite winners on their website.

      Interestingly enough this year - the Fan Favorites in almost every category track exactly with the determination of the Academy members. There are maybe two that differ (maybe one?) - the award for Best Roleplaying Game went to Adventures in Middle Earth, but the Fan Favorite in that category went to Starfinder. And the award for Best Card Game went to Ex Libris, but both Ex Libris and Hero Realms are listed as Fan Favorites (dunno if that's a typo or if they really tied).
    1. Zander's Avatar
      Zander -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
      No. I used to think that too, but that's not the case.

      The members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design are the ones who have the vote on the actual Origins Awards. The Academy an honorary organization that is made up of some subset of GAMA members who can apply to get in and gain membership through some process that isn't publicly known (so very much like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the way they handle the Oscars).
      You might imagine that being an Origins Award winner automatically qualifies you to be an Academy member or at least to have some say on future winners, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I won an Origins Award a few years ago and, as far as I know, no particular privileges flow from that.
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