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Origins - June 24th - 28th Columbus Ohio

Origins Game Fair site

Five full days - June 24-28. Over 170 exhibitors. Over 4,600 events. Over 13,000 potential opponents. The 2009 Origins Game Fair will of course still have the signature events you keep coming back for year after year. The Play with The Creator Series, Origins Theme Tracks, Smithee and Origins Awards, Origins War College, Board Room and War Room, Teacher’s Hall Pass, and much more!

If you don’t know anyone who has been to Origins and you want to check it out, you can purchase a Fair-Only Pass. A Fair-Only Pass entitles you to explore the Exhibit Hall, the Art Show and the demonstration booths lining the main corridor. The cost for the Fair-Only Day Pass is $3 per person or $10 for a family of 4 or more. In 2008 you could only buy a Fair-Only pass on Saturday and Sunday, but in 2009 these passes will be available for every day of the show. If you see an event you want to participate in, simply upgrade to a Single Day Badge at the show.

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  • Shane

    I spent a good amount of my week at Origins (from Wednesday morning till Sunday around noon). I was also a full-time volunteer (with a bright yellow shirt). I managed to get in enough time playing games in the exhibit hall, but I would've liked to game more in the "board game" room upstairs. For those of you who didn't check it out, you could buy a ribbon for $16 (yes, an additional $16). However, this ribbon got you the following: a FREE game (a real game...worth more than the $16), a FREE drink and pick among many of the NEWEST and BEST of table top games. I played a little up there and it was great - also, they were giving out free stuff during the whole con (there were even game shows going on!).
    I still prefer it to Gen Con because they truly keep the emphasis on gaming - there were MANY areas for free gaming (100 + games available) downstairs, a fair pass available for $3/day! Let's see any other Con match that! If you do choose to volunteer, it can be a great experience.

    June 29, 2009

  • Steven

    I learned that Origins had a major overhaul of staff.

    All positions above Senior Staff were new to their jobs this year. So, many things have changed, and there was a big learning curve with what was going on.

    With this major change most of the senior staff had new responsibilities and many were in charge of departments they hadn't ever worked in before.

    So, given the circumstances I'm surprized it went was well as it did. (Registration shut down at least an hr a day! SUCK)

    June 29, 2009

  • Steven

    According to staff records there were 1034 registered attendees.

    That is a net loss, but compared to amusement parks -25%, these numbers look prety good. This did not count the number of people that had "fair passes" that were not able to participate in "paid events" and only went into the exhibit hall and such.

    All-in-all, this was a fun convention. I think I liked working volunteer as much as - if not more than - GMing. :) I was the guy closest to the doors at event registration Wed, Thur open-noon.


    June 29, 2009

  • Matthew

    Lots of fun this year. Fought in the virtual reality battlemechs. Played lots of boardgames. Had fun in the "Origins after dark" with Sam and Amy. Smithee awards were OK.

    June 29, 2009

  • Tom T.

    Since Origins has been at Columbus, OH, I have attended most of the years. I always enjoy playing with friends that fly in from all parts of the country. However, the organization that owns Origins leaves a bit to be desired. Gen Con puts on a much better event than Origins as far as customer service and organizational skills are concerned. That being said - I still think it's still worth going to Origins. It's a big con with a lot of fun events. Like many BIG cons, it is a good place to meet new people, play some of your favorite games...and to even try out new games you've never played before.

    June 28, 2009

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