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35th Annual Origins Awards Finalists

Chosen at GTS

Published: 04/27/2009 12:00am

The five finalists in each category of the Origins Awards were chosen by retailers attending the recent GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The finalists were chosen by retailers from a list drawn from publisher/creator submissions with a jury review.  Attendees at Origins Game Fair and the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design will select the winners, which will be announced at the ceremony at Origins on Saturday, June 27th. 

Board Games







Z-Man Games, Inc.

Uwe Rosenberg

Ninja vs. Ninja

Out of the Box Publishing

Tushar Gheewala


Z-Man Games, Inc.

Matt Leacock


Alderac Entertainment Group

John Zinser

Wealth of Nations

TableStar Games

Nico Carroll




Children’s, Family, and Party Games





Backseat Drawing

Out of the Box Publishing

Peggy Brown

duck! duck! Go!

APE Games

Kevin G. Nunn

Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The

Mongoose Publishing

James Wallis

Living Labyrinth

Bucephalus Games

Julie Haehn

Rorschach: The Inkbot Party Game

Bucephalus Games

Dan Tibbles, Jeremy Holcomb, Joe Huber, and Stephen McLaughlin

Say Anything

North Star Games

Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri




Historical Board Games






Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear

Academy Games

Uwe Eickert

Espana 1936

DEVIR US LLC / Phalanx

Antonio Catalain

The Battle of Monmouth

Clash of Arms Games

Rich Kane

The Campaigns of King David

Clash of Arms Games

Robert Markham

Pursuit of Glory

GMT Games

Brad Stock and Brian Stock




Card Games







Rio Grande Games

Donald X Vaccarino

Monty Python Fluxx

Looney Labs

Andrew Looney

Red Dragon Inn 2

Slugfest Games

Geoff Bottone, Colleen Skadl, and Cliff Bohm

Ticket to Ride Card Game

Days of Wonder

Alan R. Moon

Trailer Park Wars

Gut Bustin' Games

Lisa Steenson




Collectible Card Games






Chaotic: M'arrillian Invasion Beyond the Doors Booster Pack 8

TC Digital Games LLC

MRN, To Be Continued LLC, Sam Murakami, and David Baumgartner

Highlander the Card Game: Search for Vengeance 11


Mike Sager

Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1

Wizards of the Coast

Bill Rose and Devin Low


Score Entertainment

Aik Tongtharadol, Josh Morris, Dan Posey, and Carl Braun

World of Warcraft the Trading Card Game: Servants of the Betrayer 2

Upper Deck

Mike Hummel, Antonio DeRosa, Ken Ho, Jeff Liu, and Patrick Sullivan







Hungerblade by Robin D Laws (Red Juggernaut Inc.)


Infernal Sorceress by Gary Gygax (Paizo Publishing)


Killing Ground, The by Graham McNeill (Black Library)


Pirate King, The by R.A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast)


Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2, edited by James Lowder & Mike O'Sullivan (Devil's Due)







KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1 by Wolfgang Baur, Nicolas Logue (Open Design)

Lost Leaves From the Inn of the Last Home by Margaret Weis (Margaret Weis Productions)

No Quarter Magazine, editor-in-chief Nathan Letsinger (Privateer Press)

Things We Think About Games by Will Hindmarch & Jeff Tidball (Gameplaywright Press)

Tour de Lovecraft: the Tale, by Ken Hite (Atomic Overmind Press)





Miniature Figure Game Rules






Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations

Catalyst Game Labs

Randall N. Bills and Herbert A Beas II

Monsterpocalypse Collectible Miniature Game

Privateer Press, Inc. 

Matt Wilson, Bryan Cutler, Jason Soles, Rob Stoddard, and Kevin Clark


Privateer Press, Inc. 

Matt Wilson, Jason Soles, and Rob Stoddard

WH40K: 5th Edition

Games Workshop

Alessio Cavatore

World of Warcraft Miniatures Game

Upper Deck Company

Justin Gary, David Baumgartner, John Fiorillo, Matt Hyra, and Anthony Shaheen




Miniature Figure or Line of Miniature Figures





Monsterpocalypse Collectible Miniature Game

Privateer Press, Inc. 

Matt Wilson, Bryan Cutler, Jason Soles, Rob Stoddard, and Kevin Clark

Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars

Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast

WARMACHINE Steam-Powered Miniatures Combat

Privateer Press, Inc. 

Matt Wilson, Ron Kruzie, and Chris Walton

WH40K: Space Marines

Games Workshop

Games Workshop

World of Warcraft Miniatures Game

Upper Deck Company

Justin Gary, David Baumgartner, John Fiorillo, Matt Hyra, and Anthony Shaheen




Historical Miniature Figure Game Rules


Fields of Glory Miniature Rules



Volley & Bayonet: Road To Glory



Cold Steel and Canister



Song of Drums and Shakos



Chevauchee: Rules for Battles with Medieval Miniatures  





Historical Miniature Figure Game Rules Supplements





RISE OF ROME (Fields of Glory Supplement)

Osprey Publishing


Operation Cobra, The Normandy Breakout--FW206 Cobra Flames of War

Battlefront Games


WWII Eastern Front Skirmish Scenarios” 

Britton Publishers


Stars and Stripes Forever

Test of Battle Games


Age of Eagles: Napoleon Vs Europe 1813 - 14, AOE Scenario Book




Historical Miniature Figure or Line of Miniature Figures





28mm Imperial Romans

Warlord Games


King Philips War 28MM

Brigade Games Inc.


SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie (GEAB06) [15mm Line]

Battlefront Games


28mm Celts

Warlord Games


15mm Ancient Saxons

Splintered Light





Role-Playing Games







Catalyst Game Labs

Matthew Grau, Fraser McKay, and Mike Vaillancourt

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Players Handbook

Wizards of the Coast

Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, and James Wyatt

Mouseguard Role-Playing Game

Archaia Studios Press

Luke Crane and David Petersen

Star Wars Saga Edition Core Rulebook

Wizards of the Coast

Chris Perkins, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Rodney Thompson

Trail of Cthulhu, The

Pelgrane Press Ltd

Kenneth Hite, Robin D Laws, Jerome Huegenin, and Simon Rogers




Role-Playing Game Supplements






Buccaneers of Freeport

Green Ronin Publishing

Ari Marmell, Anthony Pryor, Rodney Thompson, and Robert Vaughn

Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide

Wizards of the Coast

Bruce Cordell, Ed Greenwood, and Chris Sims

Hero Lab

Lone Wolf Development

Rob Bowes and Colen McAlister

Serenity Adventures

Margaret Weis Productions

Alana Abbot, Billy Aguiar, James Davenport, Ted Reed, and James M. Ward

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Wizards of the Coast

Rodney Thompson, Sterling Hershey, John Jackson Miller, and Abel Pena




Game Accessories







Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson

Classic Battletech: Record Sheets 3039

Catalyst Game Labs

Randall N. Bills, Bjorn Schmidt, and David L. McCulloch



Dr. A. F. Simkin, Frank Dutrain, and Louis Zocchi

Duel Decks: Jace vs Chandra

Wizards of the Coast

Erik Lauer and Ken Nagle

Living Arcanis T-Shirt

Paradigm Concepts, Inc

Pedro Barrenechea, Henry Lopez, Nelson Rodriguez, and Eric Weiner

Wicked Munchkin Bag & Die


John Kovalic and Patryk Strzelewicz

For the winners of the 2008 Origins Awards, click here.

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