Origins Awards Announced

The fine folks at just posted the results for this year’s Origins Awards. (Look for the press release after the break below.) Sadly, the two nominated products I worked on (The Authority RPG and Secret of the Spiritkeeper) didn’t take home the statue. Still, they lost out to other worthy products (Ars Magica 5th Edition and Path of the Bold), so I can’t complain too much.

Congratulations to my friends at Atlas Games and Guardians of Order and to all the other winners!

July 1, 2005 — The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the annual Origins Award Winners for 2005, recognizing the gaming industry’s top games and game products released during 2004, presented each year at the ORIGINS INTERNATIONAL GAMING EXPO in Columbus, Ohio.

Academy members voted to select the Origin Award winners from an exceptional group of nominees, five in each category. A new program for the Awards was implemented this year separating Academy members into various gaming genres or Colleges; with each college selecting its own Origins Award nominees and winners.

The Origins Award statuette, known as “The Callie” for the Greek Muse Calliope, celebrates the finest in each gaming category. The Categories and winners are listed below. A party for all Academy supporters in honor of the nominees and winners will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor at 9pm Friday July 1st. See the program book for details.

Many thanks are due to all who participated in both developing and implementing the new program.

Peter F. Panzeri Jr.
Academy Chair

Anthony Gallela
GAMA Executive Director


Best Play-By-Mail Game
Enlightened Age Entertainment
Fall of Rome

Best Historical Board Game
GMT Games LLC (925)
Sword of Rome

Best Historical Miniatures Line
Brigade Games
WWI: Western Front 28 mm

Best Historical Miniatures Game
Clash of Arms Games (929)
Dawn of the Rising Sun: The Russo Japanese War 1904-1905

Best Board Game
Days of Wonder (421)
Ticket To Ride

Best Miniatures Game
Ad Astra Games (425)
Attack Vector: Tactical

Best Miniature Line
Dark Sword Miniatures, Inc.
Elmore Dragons

Best Collectible Card Game
Z-Man Games, Inc. (104)
Seven Masters Vs. The Underworld

Best Traditional Card Game
Atlas Games (420)
Cthulhu 500

Best Role Playing Game
Atlas Games (420)
Ars Magica: 5th Edition

Best Role Playing Game Supplement
Wizards of the Coast (721)
Eberron Campaign Setting

Best Fiction Publication
Guardians of Order (1116)
Path of the Bold

Best Non Fiction Publication
Steve Jackson Games (420)
Pyramid Magazine

Best Game Accessory
Steve Jackson Games (420)
Cardboard Heroes Castles