GTM #218 - Origins Game Fair 2018
Where Gaming Begins!
by the GAMA Team



Let the countdown to Origins Game Fair begin! Held annually in Columbus, OH at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Origins is one of the longest-running and largest conventions in the world for people who enjoy playing games!  

We have a lot in store this year—more great partnership, updates to the convention center, and (of course) plenty of games and events! 

We’re excited to have Wizards of the Coast back as co-sponsor for 2018! Get ready for the first look at the new season, the Dungeons and Dragons open, and a new Epic. (An Epic is a cool special adventure where all tables are playing the same adventure at the same time and can help or hinder each other!) 

True Dungeon has returned with more adventures, thrills, and amazing props. True Dungeon is a live-action dungeon experience that puts the adventurer in the center of the excitement, and the team is setting up its season finale at the Origins Game Fair! The True Dungeon “grand finale” will bring the four adventures from the season with worlds based on the literary writings of fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss.  

Our exhibit hall has grown by 20% from 2017, which means more vendors for attendees to check out! As a result, the exhibit hall and gaming hall are swapping locations this year—putting the gaming in Exhibit Hall A and the vendors in the larger Exhibit Hall B.

During exhibit hall hours, attendees can visit retailers and check out the newest wares from today's game manufacturers and publishers. Take in a few free demos and explore ideas that spark your imagination! And of course, attendees can buy some fabulous games to take home.

Origins Game Fair is five full days of gaming, activities, and events for the whole family! Whether you attend for one day or all five, you can take part in open gaming or a wide variety of scheduled games, including tabletop, miniatures, role-playing, live-action role-playing, card games and more. Events be­­gin for as little as $2!

On the subject of events, Origins hosts dozens of tournaments every year, including prestigious World and National Championship events for a variety of popular tabletop games! Get in on the competition this year and check www.originsgamefair.com for a list of all tournaments and championships coming to Origins 2018!

Last, and certainly not least, attendees can:

  • Contribute to the 2018 Origins Awards by voting for your favorite games in a variety of categories in the exhibit hall.
  • Participate in an awesome costume contest for a chance to win fantastic prizes, like games from our sponsors or a free show badge to Origins 2019!
  • Step into a world of Anime in our Anime Viewing Room and manga library!
  • Kick back and enjoy a collection of unique independent films related to gaming, fantasy, and sci-fi in the Origins Film Festival.

There’s so much you’ll want to do, and every year we make sure to bring more!

Badge registration for Origins Game Fair is now open (pre-register your badge today so you don’t have to worry about registering at the show!) and registration for Origins Game Fair events will open on May 2, 2018.

Plan ahead! Pick and choose the events you want to participate in—you can always buy into events at the show, but some of them might be filled by then so it’s best to do so in advance, You can find everything you need at www.originsgamefair.com.

Get your Origins updates online by liking the official Origins Game Fair Facebook page and by following us on Twitter @originsgames.


About the GAMA team: The GAMA team is based out of Columbus, Ohio. When they’re not planning awesome conventions and trade shows, they spend their time bonding over pizza and board games.

Photo (from left to right): Paul McGraw, Dominique Thobaben, Ian Hall, Patti Brendlinger, John Ward, Angela Ward, Kelly Hyme, Jessica Davidson-Bean