Origins Game Fair is happening this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. If you’re not familiar with Origins, it is an annual gaming convention that was first held in 1975. Since 1996, it has been held in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Each year the organization bestows awards to the best games of the previous year. This year, there was no shortage of great games to choose from. Here are this year’s winners:
Origins Award for Best Board Game – Gloomhaven
Origins Award for Best RPG Supplement – Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
Origins Award for Best Family Game – Azul
Origins Award for Best Collectible Game – Star Wars Destiny
Origins Award for Best Miniatures Game – Warhammer 40K 8th Edition
Origins Award for Best RPG – Adventures in Middle Earth
Origins Award for Best Card Game – Ex Libris
We’ve received a bunch of fun, new games this week! Some are brand new and some of great reprints from the past. Check ’em out!
Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game
In this newest entry into the growing family of Rick and Morty games, players delve into tinier and tinier universes building contraptions and power. 30-45 minutes, ages 17+
Rick and Morty: the Ricks Must be Crazy Multiverse Game • 17+ • 2-4 Players
Istanbul: the Dice Game
Istanbul: the Dice Game is just as fun as Istanbul! Plunge into the bazaar to gather gems and win the game!
Istanbul: the Dice Game • 8+ • 2-4 players • 7.2 rating
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space is a card game of strategy and bluff set on a badly damaged deep space research ship. On-board systems have failed, plunging the ship into darkness. But even worse: A mysterious alien plague has crept aboard and is transforming the human crew into horrendous monsters! The remaining crewmen desperately try to save their lives by escaping from the derelict spaceship, but in the darkness the aliens are lurking…hungry for human flesh.
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space • 13+ • 2-8 Players • 6.9 rating
Haven Town is facing total annihilation at the hands (and teeth) of a horde of monsters from beyond the Shadowrift. You, the heroes, must band together to drive them back. To do this, you will need powerful spells, skills, attacks and loot.
Shadowrift • 14+ • 1-6 players• 7.2 Rating
In Train Heist, up to four players work together to board the train, loot the passengers and cargo, and vamoose with the goods before the Sheriff catches you! Bring enough finery back to each town before the train arrives to keep the Sheriff at bay. If you can pull this off, everybody wins, but be careful because if enough perilous events occur or a hangman noose is tied up, it’s game over for all!
Train Heist • 12+ • 2-4 players • 6.9 rating
In Action Cats!, each card has a picture of a cat with one half of a story on the back. Players take turns being the “judge,” while the rest are storytellers. The judge draws a cat card from the top of the deck and gives the cat a name. The rest of the players each build a story using the cards in their hand. They tell the story to the judge, embellishing all they want (that’s the fun part!), and the judge picks their favorite story as the winner!
Action Cats! • 3-6 players • 9+
Unlock Secret Adventures
Three new entries to these super fun Unlock! games:
The Adventures of Oz, Tombstone Express, and A Noside Story
In the Unlock! Games, players work together to make decisions and solve puzzles using a free app to track time and clues. These games are VERY FUN and perfect for family get-togethers and casual game nights!
Unlock Adventures • 10+ • 1-6 players • 8.3 rating
The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth is back! Based on the bestselling novel by Ken Follett. At the beginning of the 13th century, construction of the greatest and most beautiful cathedral in England begins. Players are builders who try to contribute the most to this cathedral’s construction and, in so doing, score the most victory points.
Pillars of the Earth • 12+ • 2-4 players • 7.3 rating
Dead Man’s Doubloons
Aaarrrggghhh, ye scurvy dogs! Dead Man’s Doubloons is an action-packed board game in which players take on the role of a legendary pirate ship captain hell-bent on winning the race to endless riches of buried treasure. Fragments of treasure maps, gold doubloons, and precious jewels can all be stolen, as can the reputation of rival ships! Once the buried treasure has been dug up, ship captains return to their vessels to engage in a final epic battle on the high seas!
Dead Man’s Doubloons • 10+ • 2-6 players • 7.1 rating
Meeples Games invites you to join us on Saturday May 19th as we celebrate our amazing customers (that’s YOU!) and being able to be a part of this great community for the last four years!
We’re doing some special things including:
Special Deals all Day
New Mystery Games
and More! (no spoilers!)
Adult D&D is here!
Join our professional Dungeon Master Lo, for a super-fun four week session of D&D! We’re playing Tomb of Annihilation and it’s gonna be great. The greatest, really! Believe me, the greatest!!
Date: Sunday afternoons 5:00 – 8:00
Cost: $80 / 4-weeks ($20 per 3 hour session)
Here’s what you get when you register for the four-week session
- 4, 3-hour sessions of D&D with only adults (must be 21 to play)
- One beverage of your choice each week (some exclusions)
- A coupon for 20% off a Player’s Handbook, a set of dice or a mini
- Limited to 6 players, so you get lots of play time
The sessions recur every four weeks, so if you want to keep playing, we’ll hold a spot for you.
Lo is a great DM, having volunteered for Wizards of the Coast on many occasions DM’ing at various events over the past several years. You’ll definitely have a great time playing with her.
Registration is recommended and payment is due on or before the day of the first session. Call 206.5335.7896, email email@example.com or stop by in person.
So many new games!
Dr Eureka – Ages 8+ – In Our Library!
The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! You must solve his scientific formulas by mixing the molecules from tube to tube without touching them with your bare hands. Transfer your molecules faster than your competition in Dr. Eureka to prove you’re the smartest scientist in the lab. You can check out Dr Eureka from our Game Library!
Kitty Bitty – 4+ – In Our Library!
Kitty Bitty, by Blue Orange Games – It’s nap time, but the baby critters just want to play. Your job is to make it happen, helping the critters move around without being seen by the adults. Players need to remember which adults are looking in which directions in order to avoid their stares and keep moving! Check out this game from our Game Library!
Pathfinder Adventure Path – Crownfall
Pathfinder Adventure Path Crownfall – As Taldor’s entire capital city gathers to celebrate, few realize that conspiracy and royal rivalries are about to shake the empire to its core! When a high-minded cabal of senators and nobles tries to steer the nation away from disaster, Emperor Stavian III orders a bloodbath in the senate halls, trapping neophyte spies inside layer upon layer of magical security. As tensions rise and the emperor falls, can the heroes escape the forgotten halls beneath the senate and save the heir to Taldor from an assassin’s blade? And even then, can anyone prevent a civil war that will tear one of the Inner Sea’s oldest nations apart at its rotting seams?
SuperHive is a SuperNice card storage system!
The Ultimate Guard SuperHive is SuperGreat! With a 550+ capacity, it can hold 5 Sidewinder Deck Boxes or 5 Boulder Deck Cases, or 550 double sleeved cards AND have room for two playmats and your dice and tokens. Woo!
Icons of the Realms Monster Menagerie III Blind Box Minis
The long awaited Set 8 of the amazing WizKids Prepainted Miniatures Monster Menagerie III is here! The menagerie of monsters also includes new heroes and player characters such as the Aasimar and the Tritons, villains and monsters that include the Neogi and Slaad as well as some powerful new giants like the Dreamwalker and the Dreadnought. Collect all 44 figures from Monster Menagerie III, the newest set of randomly sorted monsters and heroes in our exciting line of D&D miniatures, Icons of the Realms.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Carlton House & Queen’s Park
Return to the streets of Victorian London, but also venture into brand new locations in the latest installment in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective line: Carlton House & Queen’s Park! Like the previously released The Thames Murders and Other Cases, Carlton House & Queen’s Park introduces ten exciting cases, each one drawing players deep into the world of Sherlock Holmes.
The Thing – Infection at Outpost 31
In the hidden identity game The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter’s sci-fi cult classic in a race to discover who among the team has been infected by this heinous lifeform. Play as one of twelve characters as you lead a series of investigations through the facility using supplies and equipment to clear the building. The tension mounts and paranoia ensues as you question who you can trust in the ultimate race to save humanity!
Starfinder Pact Worlds
The Pact Worlds are the beating heart of the Starfinder campaign setting, a solar system full of citizens both familiar and bizarre. From the cosmopolitan corridors of Absalom Station to the carnivorous jungles of Castrovel or the floating cloud-cities of the gas giant Bretheda, this hardcover rulebook is your guide to Starfinder’s core worlds and civilizations, and the perfect place to launch any adventure.
War of Kings – 7.8 rating!
In War of Kings by Rainn Studios, you will assume the role of one of the rival kings. Immediately, you will be faced with decisions on every round of play about how best to expand your realm.