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Origins Game Fair 2017

June 12, 2017

Origins Game Fair returns this Wednesday June 14th to Sunday June 18th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Origins is the longest-running and largest convention for people who enjoy games.  There is so much to do over the five days that I could go on for pages, but I am of course just going to focus on anime and Japanese related events and games.

The Anime Track is being ran by Wasabi Anime again this year.  They will be running events from Thursday to Sunday.  They will be showing Anime Music Videos ever day, a manga library, and a viewing room sponsored by Viz, Funimation, and AnimEigo.  Though I will say last year the library was a big disappoint me quality and selection.  Let’s hope for more this year.  Panels for this year cover such topics as Voltron, Yu Yu Hakusho, Transformers, tea, a Cowboy Bebop listening party, Anime Name That Tune, and many more.

They will also be running sessions of various anime related games for free; Mangaka, Ryuutama, Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Tanto Coure.  All the other games at the con will cost at least $2, most will cost even more.

For Collectable Games, both Konami and Pokémon running many sessions of their games.  Demo games to learn Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon, tournaments of various styles and levels, and plenty of pick-up games.  Also games and tournaments for Dice Masters, which had a Yu-Gi-Oh set.

For Role Playing Games there are a few that are of interest to this blog including some sessions of Kuro and sessions of Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555) where you play in an anime-themed cross-dimensional grade school.  It is very weird.

There will be some Pokémon LARP sessions using DSes and a LARP for the ADGNEPSEF universe.

For Miniatures Games, you will have four chances to play a Starblazers game and learn Infinity a new manga inspired game.  Heroclix will have some tournaments to play in, they also had a Yu-Gi-Oh expansion set.

If you are interested in board games, they have you covered there too.  Cool Mini or Not will be running games and tournaments of Arcadia Quest and Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia.  Japanime Games will be doing learn to plays and tournaments of Tanto Cuore (various sets) and Heart of Crown.  The games available to try are Pokemon Master Trainer, Resident Evil Deck Building Game, Hatsune Miku (a new co-op game), Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game, Era of the Ninja, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Plus do not forget all the dealers that will be there with many of the above games and others.

Origins is a great convention to go to, but it does take a bit of money to go and survive.  But it is worth it.

 

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Press Release: Konami Set to Bring it for Four Days Straight at Gen Con

August 13, 2013

The masses of game enthusiasts converging on Gen Con 2013 will want to make sure they carve out time to see what Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., the makers of the best-selling trading card game ever, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, is bringing to this year’s show. Konami will be featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at booth #601 and providing plenty of entertaining and engaging activities for attendees to experience at the con from August 15th – August 18th.

This year, attendees will want to make the Konami booth their first stop because the company will be selling a must-get for the Gen Con crowd, an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG double game mat. A limited quantity will be available for $30 during the show. Also fans will want to create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from five different card backgrounds with characters, including favorites like Yusei, Jaden, Yugi and Yuma.

Fans can purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at Gen Con, including the recently released Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants and Number Hunters. As a bonus, for Gen Con attendees who purchase a minimum $10 worth of product get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Score pad.

With Token Card in hand, attendees will want to make their way to a game table and get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts. There will also be a $3 off coupon for Super Starter: V for Victory (redeemable only at Konami’s booth during Gen Con) in the show book. Additionally, they can snap a photo with the oversized Utopia statue. Electronic gamers can also get their Yu-Gi-Oh! fix at one of the upright gaming stations where they can play Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus on the PlayStation3, Xbox 360, or Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM on iOS platforms.

Konami will be holding a Duel the Master competition, in the Wabash Room, where each aspiring Master will get the chance to spin the wheel – to determine which Deck they’ll play – and then battle head-to-head against a Master. If an attendee knocks off a Master they can spin the wheel again to determine a prize, though everyone will get one booster pack just for participating.

In addition to the activities listed above, Konami will have exciting interactive carnival games to play in the Wabash Room. Family members can try to throw a bean bag through a hole in a Yu-Gi-Oh! character standee, try their hand at a Yu-Gi-Oh! games of BINGO or Duel on an oversized game mat utilizing large Yu-Gi-Oh! cards from the upcoming deck,  Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon which will be released in September.

For the avid Duelist looking for a more formal gameplay, Konami will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events at the Extravaganza in the Wabash Room throughout the convention including 2014 Regional Qualifiers, Duel the Master, Duelist League geared toward new players, Battle Pack Sealed Deck Tournaments and Win-A Mat.

Gen Con hours:
Thursday, August 15: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 16: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 17: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 18: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Origins Game Fair 2013

June 9, 2013

Origins Game Fair is one of the largest gaming convention in North America.  It takes places every year at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  It is run by the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and covers all sides of gaming.  It is this week Wednesday 12 through Sunday the 16.

WarGames, miniatures, board games, collectible card games, LARPs, RPGs, and more are going to be there and  plenty of them.  It is the site of the Origins Awards ceremony, an art expo, guests, film screenings, blood drive, auction, costume contest, big vendor room, electronic games, parties, panels, war college, and much more .  It is a place where game companies come to show off their games and debut them.  So of course there anime and manga related games at the show.

For the CCG crowd both Yu-Gi-Oh and Cardfight Vanguard both have sections of the CCG hall devoted to them.  Several sanctioned tournaments will be played over the weekend with plenty of prizes to win and side events as well.

Japanime Games will be in attendance, selling in the dealers hall, running games of Tanto Cuore and Kanzume Goddess.  Krosmaster, their miniatures board game, will be released at Origins, so check it out.

Cool Mini or Not will have miniatures and games you can buy.  They crafted the video game inspired Super Dungeon Explorer and Anima Tactics miniatures.  There are Super Dungeon Explorer sessions set up for you to learn to play the game.

Some other new games premiering at the con include: Dyad Games a new company with a feudal japanese card game Kamakura and Ziko Games is bringing Legends of The Three Kingdoms a card game about the three kingdoms period of Chinese history.

Another thing to check out is ADGNEPSEF555 a RPG about an anime cross-dimensional grade school, very crazy and active.  Run by the Windmill Game Company using Golden Hour RPG.  They are running it several times over the con and doing a LARP version on Sunday.

One of the big events of the con is the Origins Awards.  The awards are voted on by the attendees of Origins in such categories as Best RPG, Best Board Game, Best Traditional Card Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Rules, and Best Game-Related Publication, Best CCG, and more.  The only one with related products is of course the Best CCG.  Nominees include Card Fight! Vanguard Breaker of Limits by Bushiroad, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters by Wizards of the Coast, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Battlepacks by Konami.

And some of the exhibitors at the con, which I have not already mention, to check out are Anigames, an anime store from Toldeo; Indie Press Revolution, who deal in small press RPGs like Maid, Bliss Stage, and several more anime inspired one ; Z-Man Games, a game company that sells several board and card games from Japan.

If you can Origins is one the top conventions to go to if you like gaming and the gaming crowd.  I would like to get some more otaku gaming.  Which is something I guess I will work on myself instead of relying on others.