Origins 2012 Photo Recap – A Publisher’s Perspective
Hello dear readers! Monkey238 and I have returned from Origins 2012 a bit weary, but incredibly happy as we met many of you and made lots of new friends along the way. We worked hard from 10 to 6 every day in the Exhibition Hall running demos of Carnival, VivaJava and Compounded, teaching the joys of Lucky Dice (and awarding awesome prizes!), and just generally spreading the Dice Hate Me Games love around the con. After the Exhibition Hall closed for the day, we also got a chance to do quite a bit of after-hours gaming with a great group of people in Cartrunk Entertainment’s Unpub area in open gaming. The easiest way to share our adventures is through pictures, so come on in and browse the action gallery!
The calm before the storm; we gathered in the lounge of the Hyatt with (from left) Shawn Purtell, Fred MacKenzie and David MacKenzie to get a little devious in Nefarious.
Our little home away from home at Origins - the Dice Hate Me Games booth!
Our printer for VivaJava, Panda Game Manufacturing, managed to get us four advanced copies of VivaJava - here's designer TC Petty III elatedly unwrapping his box.
TC admires the quality. And, believe me, Panda has done a superb job of making our art and design shine.
A crowd gathers for the VivaJava grand unwrapping.
Some after-hours gaming with the prototype of Awesome Possum by Fred MacKenzie. This game is awesome... possum!
Fred is happy that we like his crazy game.
Some of you have heard us mention States After the Fall on The State of Games before. Here's Ben Rosset testing things out with States co-designer Aaron Winkler.
Here's (from left) Tim Hing, Luke Winters, TC Petty III and Darrell Louder trying out Forge from Clever Mojo Games while David MacKenzie (at right) looks on. There are lots of dice. LOTS of dice.
Trying out the newest iteration of Princes of the Dragon Throne by Fred MacKenzie
Take the Bait! with TC Petty III, Darrell Louder, Luke Winters and Eric Leath.
TC waits for his long-term plan to finally pan out while Darrell Louder continues to pull the big ones from Lake Wanapulachit.
Steve Avery (at left), Walter Hunt, Luke Winters and Sentinels of the Multiverse creator Christopher Badell give team Carnival a try.
Six-player Titans of Industry with designer Brian Lewis.
One of my favorite games from Clever Mojo - Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge. Can't wait to own the final of this!
Jason Tagmire's side-scrolling deck-builder - Pixel Lincoln. Now available on Kickstarter!
Darrell Louder gives designer Ben Rosset a little grief while we try out Ben's 10-player extravaganza "So You Wann Be a Game Designer?"
Hey, look! I recognize that publisher from "So You Wanna Be a Game Designer?"
The Origins 2012 Carnival tournament!
The heated first round of the Carnival tournament.
Happy Carnival fans!
The end of the most epic game of the tourney - a semi-final between Zach and his elusive (and crazy good) 11-year-old opponent. I'm not lying when I say it was the greatest game of Carnival I have ever witnessed.
The final showdown between Zach and Debbie!
Our grand Carnival champion, Debbie, showing off her spoils of victory!
Late-night 8-player VivaJava with some industry insiders.
TC teaches Christopher Badell of Greater Than Games and Fred MacKenzie of Clever Mojo Games the finer points of blending the perfect roast.
Darrell Louder drops the hammer in Fleet with designers Ben Pinchback (at left) and Matt Riddle (at right)
A first glimpse at Nevermore Games' next release, Mars Needs Mechanics by Benjamin Rosset
The highest Lucky Dice score of the convention - 100, by Chris Copac.
Come see us next year at Origins 2013!
- The State of Games, Episode 10 – The One About Origins
- Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 3
- The State of Games, Episode 23 – The One About the Unpublished Masses
- Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 4
- Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 2