Here’s an update on Origins Awards categories.
*This is a corrected version. The miniatures category was not included in the first version. Thanks! EM
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The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Streamlines the Origins Awards for 2016
Columbus, Ohio – August 12, 2015 – The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) updates the categories for the Origins Awards and brings back the Game of the Year award.
At GAMA’s annual membership meeting during Origins Game Fair in June, a committee was chartered to evaluate the Origins Awards process. They subsequently approved the first update of the award categories since 2003. Members of the committee included sitting jury foremen and members of the AAGAD.
“We formed an Origins Award committee to re-evaluate the Origins Awards, making sure they reflected the needs of today’s game industry,” said Justin Ziran, President of Wizkids Games and GAMA’s Board President, “The changes for the Origin Awards bring the program into better alignment with the market and we’re looking forward to the Award ceremony at Origins 2016.”
The Awards had nine categories for submissions, with some broken into subcategories. In the new structure, all categories will be streamlined to include all products in that category, eliminating the subcategories. The final categories are:
1) Board Games
2) Card Games (includes dice and deck-building games)
3) Collectibles (all games with a collectible component)
4) Role-playing Games
5) Family Games
6) Game Accessories
“Three years ago we set out on a path to enhance the Origins Awards process,” said John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA and the AAGAD Chair, “Now we are at the end of that process and we will begin an annual review of the Awards. This step moves the awards forward and the new categories better reflect today’s market and the industry as a whole.”
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is a peer-based network of gaming industry professionals whose mission is to promote innovation and excellence in the design and production of games and game-related materials. The Origins Awards are the oldest and only peer-based award system for the hobby games market. Submissions are now open for the 42nd Origins Award cycle to be awarded at the Origins Game Fair, June 15-19, 2016. For more information or to submit your product, visit www.originsawards.net.