The nominations for this year’s annual Origin Awards have been announced, with Alien: The Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder 2E and Star Crossed all in the running.
Recognising the best board game, card game, miniatures game and roleplaying game - as well as alternative categories such as best family and historical themed game - the Origin Awards are chosen by The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design.
This year’s nominations for best board game include the MOBA-inspired Cloudspire, artistic themed Colors of Paris, deduction game Guardian’s Call, Red Alert: Space Fleet Warfare and merchant simulator Tricky Tides. Also amongst the nominees is Tonari - which was co-designed by Citadels creator Bruno Faidutti - a new edition of 2010’s Prêt-à-Porter and Parks, which is set to receive a new expansion called Nightfall in September 2020.
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The nominations for best card game feature marxist themed Cogs and Commissars, Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game, the Babylonian-inspired Kamigami Battles: River of Souls, fantasy game Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, Shuffle Grand Prix, time travel game Undo: Cherry Blossom Festival and DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth.
As previously mentioned, Alien: The Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder 2E and Star Crossed have all recieved nominations for best tabletop roleplaying game, alongside Over the Edge and the sci-fi themed RPG Teens in Space.
Whilst all the above categories feature a wide variety of entries, both the nominees for best historical minis award come from the exact same series - Bolt Action - and the category for best collectible card game has only a single nomination, Marvel Heroclix: Avengers Black Panther and the Illuminati Booster Brick.
The winners of the Origin Awards will be presented during a ceremony on June 20th, with all the nominees available to play during the Origins Game Fair - which is set to take place from June 17th until June 21st.