As I understand it, publishers submit their nominations (in the same way as most book awards work), the panel then shortlists 10 of these, which is then reduced to 5 'nominees' by traders at one of the big US conventions, and then it's back to the panel to make their final choice at the start of June.
Now, I don't expect to win, but just being in the top 5 is fine by me. I was really pleased to see Top Chums from the Saga game making the nominees list too - two medieval skirmish games in the top 5 is surely good news for players into this period. Two Age of Sail games as well, who'd a thunk it?
And I can now proudly display the little logo shown above. Not sure how best to do so… facial tattoo perhaps?
Here's a fuller explanation of the Origin Awards:
FOR RELEASE ON Tuesday, APRIL 21st, 2015
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 2015 Origins Awards Nominees
COLUMBUS, OH – April 20, 2015 – The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is pleased to announce the 41st Annual Origins Awards Nominees. The awards are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design for outstanding games in the industry. This year, the Awards had thirteen categories: Best Role Playing Game, Best Role Playing Supplement, Best Board Game, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line, Best Historical Miniature Rules, Best Historical Miniature Rules Supplements, Best Miniature Figure Line, Best Miniature Figure Rules, Best Game Accessory, Best Children’s, Family, Party Game, Best Collectible Card Game, and Best Traditional Card Game.
The Origins Awards are the oldest and only peer-based award system for the hobby games market.
You can visit www.originsawards.net for additional information concerning the Origins Awards.
Please congratulate these companies and designers:
BEST HISTORICAL MINIATURE RULES
Across A Deadly Field: Regimental Rules for Civic War Battles Osprey Publishing, designed by: John Hill
The Crescent & The Cross – Studio Tomahawk/Gripping Beast, designed by: Alex Buchel and Andy Sherwell
Lion Rampant: Medieval Wargaming Rules – Osprey Publishing, designed by: Daniel Mersey
On the Seven Seas: Wargaming Rules for the Age of Piracy and Adventures c. 1500-1730 – Osprey, designed by: Osprey Games
Sails of Glory – Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini