Getting Ready for Origins 2018

It’s June and that means it’s time to start thinking about the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. This year’s convention runs from Wednesday, June 13th through Sunday, June 17th which means I have just a couple of days left to gather together my stuff, pack some games (and clothes), and get ready for one of my favourite gaming events to begin. We’ll be driving on Wednesday morning so won’t get in until later that afternoon, but we’re still intending to get a ton of stuff in while we’re in Ohio.

The most important part of Origins for me is the people I get to see there. My full list is far too long to write out but I’m looking forward to reconnecting and/or meeting so many friends. Luckily many will be at the Greatway Games meetup on Thursday night so I’ll be able to find a lot of great folk in one place while devouring delicious doughnuts and comparing fountain pens… and maybe even playing some games. The meetup is being hosted with the help of Tim Fowler and will be in Hall A, section T so if you’re interested, stop by around 6pm and look for us. In addition to the GWG meetup, I will likely be at (or at least close to) the Punchboard Media meetup on Friday night at 9:30pm. I have plans to play Ginkgopolis with Meghan, Paul, Nicole & Jamie and we’ll be looking for a spot in the vicinity of the meetup so we can see and hang out with some of the fine folks in attendance. This meetup will be held in the Unpub room and I’m sure will be well worth checking out if you’re around, especially since I hear they may have things to give away.

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Between those two meetups and one other event, this is the first time I’ve ever bothered scheduling things during Origins. The last thing I have scheduled is a play of Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr on Thursday morning; this is a rather intriguing game from Hub Games, designed by Michael Fox and Rory O’Connor. It’s a cooperative game that places players in the role of nursing staff providing medical care to a terminally ill patient while also taking the time to learn about this mysterious man and discover his life story, including the major regrets he continues to hold onto. They’re letting people sign up to play the first scenario in the game so, if you’re interested, go grab a seat.

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In addition to Holding On, there are a number of games I’d like to check out. Prowler’s Passage hadn’t really grabbed my attention initially, but reading Eric’s review has me wanting to take a look. I have a copy of The Tea Dragon Society Card Game preordered at the Renegade booth, and while getting that, I’ll also be picking up my Kickstartered copy of Spy Club. I’m also curious about Coimbra, Altiplano (though widespread production issues have me concerned there), Rising 5: Runes of Asteros, the Whistle Stop expansion, and Warsaw: City of Ruins. Add in checking out TC Petty III’s heavy Euro prototype Maastricht, and I’ll have a lot to report back on.

I’ll of course also be taking game with me and so I loaded up my purple Quiver just the other day in order to figure out how much I could fit. I ended up with the following games:img_3761

  • Majesty: For the Realm
  • Piepmatz
  • Wurfel Bohnanza
  • 6 Nimmt
  • Fuji Flush
  • Taste of Poland
  • Dale of Merchants
  • Wonderland
  • Herbalism
  • Red 7
  • The Game (my pretty Beth Sobel version)

I’ll also be bringing Ginkgopolis and Saint Malo, so if those or any of the above games interest you, feel free to ask if you see me. I can’t guarantee I’ll be free for a game, but it’s worth a shot!

Origins for me brings to mind three things: friends, games, and food. I’ve discussed the first two and am building my list of all the things I need to eat to fulfill my wishes regarding the third. So far the list of Columbus locales I want to revisit is definitely threatening to be longer than the number of meals I’ll have, but that’s kind of par for the course. So far, my must-eat locations are as follows:

  • Stauf’s Coffee Roasters (North Market) – great place to get coffee pre- or during the convention
  • Flavors of India (North Market) – tasty noms with very generous portions
  • Taste of Belgium (North Market) – both sweet and savory waffle and crepe options
  • Hubert’s Polish Kitchen (North Market) – super filling comfort food
  • Little Eater (North Market) – delicious vegetarian food
  • Destination Donuts (North Market) – the name says it all
  • Jeni’s (North Market) – the market is likely where I’ll be stopping for ice cream but they do have a location on the way to and from the next place on this list…
  • MELT – amazing grilled cheese stuffed with everything you could imagine
  • Barley’s – I go for their sausage and pierogies (likely on Sunday night since they’ll be slammed the whole con)
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