Welcome to Out of the Box's first Origins post! First a little background . . . Origins is the second largest consumer gaming fair in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Attendees come from numerous states and even other countries. Gaming starts on Wednesday morning and lasts until Sunday evening with many gamers playing through the night. The types of games played run the gamut from childrens games to live action role playing games. Out of the Box has exhibited at Origins for more than 10 years.
Origins is one of my personal favorite conventions during the year. We get to hear multitudes of stories about the fun ways that people are using games, and how our games have brought families, friends and classrooms together. Besides, I get to play games all day . . . could it get better than that?
Origins 2009 started out on a high note yesterday with a rush shipment of Word on the Street arriving just in time for the start of the show. These games were literally shipped directly from the factory to Columbus! I was so happy to see that the graphics turned out beautifully and the components look fantastic!
While many gamers had been playing since Wednesday morning, the exhibits didnt open until Thursday morning. The opening bell for the exhibits is one of the most exciting parts of the show. Gamers run to their favorite publishers to find out about the newest of the new. We couldnt have been more pleased with the reception of Word on the Street, Letter Roll and Ninja versus Ninja, our three newest games. The tables stayed full and the laughter echoed through the convention hall.
Max, our tournament guru, had a great time running our multitude of tournaments, led by a rousing game of Cineplexity and an intense Basari competition. There is a lot of anticipation about who will be the 2009 Out of the Box Grand Champion, but it is too early to speculate.
More to come (including hopefully pictures) tomorrow!