Sunday, June 28, 2009

Origins Game Fair -- always a winner

Yesterday, the husband and I actually left the house and headed south for the fine city of Columbus, Ohio where we attended the Origins Game Fair. After getting lost in the depths of the Ohio hinterland for what seemed like days -- the corn mazes appear to be growing nicely though, just FYI -- we finally made it to the convention center. We made a beeline for the exhibition hall where there were dozens upon dozens of awesome board and card games on display. We ended up going home with a game called "Dominion: Intrigue" which looks complicated in all the right ways. Also, I ended up going home with a t-shirt that reads: "Tardis Express: When It Absolutely Has to Be There Before You Sent It." I love it so much I may name it and set up a college fund for it.

"Origins" is a huge amount of fun for game enthusiasts or those who just enjoy a good round of Parcheesi every once in a while. Why? Because no matter what your interest, the breadth of games is so vast that there is guaranteed to be something you'll want to try or take home. The exhibitors, too, are terrific with demonstrations, sitting down with people to help them learn and get a flavor for a game before making their purchase. Also, it's a great place to find new games and support the very smart, very creative people who have developed their own games, independent of any large company. There's a real entrepreneurial spirit among the game creators and it's wonderful to see.

Also, "Origins" is the perfect place to join in on some mega-scale gaming with entire halls dedicated to massively complex games that I won't even begin to pretend I understand. All I know is, I saw a giant board set up to look like a World War II battle but with a menacing Stay-Puft Marshmallow man ready to teach the Nazis a few lessons -- all I could think was, who wouldn't want to get in on this game?

"Origins," too, is a great place for families -- mostly because it's guaranteed to completely exhaust your kids. That's a good thing for sleep-deprived parents, right? In fact, I realized that short of a really disreputable casino, "Origins" was the only place where I would have seen a father telling his young daughter, "We never, ever throw the dice at people!" There's also plenty of chances for kids to do faux battle with each other and some safe rubber swords. And best of all, the chance to do battle with virtual mech robots in the lobby.

"Origins" is still going on this afternoon so if you're anywhere near the Columbus area, head on out there NOW. You won't regret it.

7 comments:

Tace said...

Even though I suspect a game fair would have no goats to pet, it sounds pretty cool. I am jealous!
If you're gonna name your shirt and send it off to college etc, you should definitely make sure you get the baby shower, and all associated gifts, that go along with that sort of deal. One more birthday to celebrate, even an ultra cool t-shirt's, is just more reason for ice cream! yaaay.

Liz said...

Tace, if Origins had goats, it would be the only thing I ever blogged about. Personally, I think everything is better with goats, especially fainting goats.

Regarding the t-shirt, I like the way you think! I'm going to see how I can wrangle some annual ice cream out of this thing. :)

angelab85 said...

I recently went to a convention in Chicago where I got a tee with the 10th Doctor and the Tardis on it so I know what you mean about the t-shirt.
We went to Heroes-con (Charlotte, NC) last weekend and it's great for families too, kids are free. It's held on father's day weekend for that very reason. Lots of kids in superhero costumes running around.
I was a very nerdy girl and took my life-size Fone Bone's backpack to be signed by Bone's creator Jeff Smith.

ralfast said...

Never done a big Con, even while I lived in the States. One of these days....

Ranneko said...

I really love Dominion, and I look forward to getting my hands on Dominion Intrigue. It looks complicated at first, but the basic rules are nice and simple, it's complexity is mostly of the emergent kind. It's also nice and fast paced.

Liz said...

Ranneko, you're absolutely right. We just played it for the time and it was a blast. Totally true that it's not that hard to learn but I can see how it would get more complex the more you play. Very cool game.

Tace said...

Oh man, fainting goats! Thanks for the reminder, just you-tubed it and spent an enjoyable few minutes introducing my husband to the wonders of goats that faint. I feel such a warring sensation when they fall over, it's funny, but kind of sad, but kind of funny. If I ever get a fainting goat I think I'd name her Boo.