Origins is Almost Here!

god_logo_origins_large The Origins Game Fair is less than three weeks away! We’re gearing up for some fabulous gaming. Games on Demand at Origins this year will feature new small press games, experimental games run by the designers who created them, LongCon games that run multiple sessions, and freeform Larps on Demand! We’re looking forward to gaming with you. Stop by with a few generics, and we’ll guide you to an excellent time.

What games can you expect? Here’s a list of likely suspects:

Dungeon World, Fate Core, Apocalypse World, Swords without Master, Feng Shui 2, Fiasco, InSpectres, Iron Edda, Monsterhearts, Night Witches, Nobilis, The Fifth World, Urban Shadows, Ars Magica, Atomic Robo RPG, Burning Wheel, Clash, Cthulhu Dark, Demons at the Door, Bob’s Brain, Dogs in the Vineyard, Dream Askew, Dresden Files RPG, Durance, Edge of Empire, Fate: Dragonriders!, Gamma World, Geasa, Golden Sky Stories, Heroine, Hexes and Eights, How To Be Human, Itras By, John Moulton, Kingdom, Montsegur 1244, Mouse Guard, Mutanthearts, Night’s Black Agents, Odyssey, Project: Dark, Psi*Run, Silent Night, Souls of Steel, Spark, Tabletop Blockbuster, Terrorform, The Warren, TimeWatch, Torchbearer, Trail of Cthulhu, World Wide Wrestling, Wrath of the Autarch, and more!

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Indie Games on Demand at Origins

We Want You!

Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio (happening June 11-15th) is our favorite game convention of the year. Why?

It’s super laid back and fun, and you actually get to hang out with people, eat delicious Columbus food and drink delicious Columbus drinks, and play all of your favorite indie games with all my favorite indie people without running around like mad like at a gigantic convention like Gencon.

Evan Torner, Jim Crocker, and Kira Magrann are organizing Indie Games on Demand again this year!

Here’s what we’ll have this year:
– A new streamlined signup process
– An amazing team of GMs and players
– The hot new small press and independently designed games you want to try
– Support for people new to gaming and GMing
– Jeni’s Ice cream
– The awesomeness that is the indie/storygaming/people that like edgy and new games community

We could use your help!

If you’re interested in GMing:
If you run four games you can get a free badge!
Fill out this survey: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dFdnR2dJaWNhd3hIb3cyYzJEa0RLakE6MA#gid=0

If you’re interested in attending:
Check out the Origins website, and Indie Games on Demand site on Facebook!
http://originsgamefair.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/213959718621943/

Bring on the Diversity!
One of our goals is to even further diversify our GM team this year, and if you identify as a woman, POC, or are LGBTQ, we would love it if you would consider helping us out!

Alternately, if you can’t make it, please help us spread the word by sharing this post on your social media, and asking friends you might know are going to check us out.

Thanks friends! Game on!

Game Directory at Origins Indie Games on Demand

The Game Directory for Origins

Is here! This is a list, although not exhaustive, of games we’ll be featuring at Indie Games on Demand at Origins. Take a look see!

Most certainly there’s games not on this list that our GMs would be interested in running. If you’re curious about something you’ve heard of but it’s not on this list, just ask. Also, not all GMs can run all games. Although that would be an amazing feat, we are limited by the games we enjoy and know how to run.

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Indie Games On Demand at Origins 2012!

Hey! You! Gamers! Are you coming to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this year? The convention runs May 30-June 3, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located right downtown. We would love to see your game faces at our Indie Games on Demand event!

Last year we hosted a room full of small press games and the gamers who love them. There’s still plenty of time to be a part of the event this year, if you’re interested in playing games or running them.

Join the discussion on Facebook at Indie Games On Demand – Origins

Indie Games Explosion at Dreamation 2011

It’s that time of year again. Snow in the air, Christmas music on the radio, and the aroma of great gaming just over the horizon! Dreamation 2011 will be held at the Morristown Hyatt in Morristown, NJ from Thursday, February 24 to Sunday, February 27, 2011. Will you be there? Do you dare to have that much fun?

There will be an Indie Games Explosion at Dreamation. Dozens and dozens of the most blisteringly awesome independent games will be run at the con. Plus, all attendees have a shot at a coveted starring role in the sure-to-be Internet smash “One Cool Thing I Saw At Dreamation 2011.”

However, the Explosion needs your help! We need you to come to the con and play games. We need you to come to the con and RUN games! Here’s how:

Come and play
If you just want to come to Morristown and have a blast, here’s how you can help make the Explosion great:

1) Go to the registration page and pre-register for the con.
2) Watch this thread for announcements of what events people are planning to run.
3) When the official schedule is up, around February 14-16, register for the games you want to play.
4) Come to Morristown and bring your A-game!

Come and run
The nitroglycerin at the heart of every Indie Games Explosion are all the great folks who come out with a game in hand, ready to rock the house. If you’ve got a game session in your soul, burning to get out, here’s how you can help:

1) Post your event description here, or on your blog, or wherever the kids are chattering these days. Get people excited about your game.
2) Send an e-mail to the IGE gmail account: indiegamesexplosion At that point, Kat will send you a Google document that contains all the information we need from you in order to officially register the event. Fill it out and return it BEFORE January 14, 2011.
3) If you run at least three events, you will receive a GM badge to the convention. At some point in January, we will send you a code you can use on the registration page.
4) When the official schedule is up, around February 14-16, register for the games you want to play.
5) Come to Morristown and revel!

A Note on Small Events

Games sessions for 4 players are a bit of a sticky situation. On the one hand, they take up an entire table for an entire gaming slot while only entertaining a few people. On the other hand, some of the best indie games are only built for 4 and create less fun for everybody if expanded. It’s a pickle.

Here’s my proposal for this year. I’m going to ask you to consider running sessions for 5 or 6 players. By “consider,” I don’t mean “you must” or “you should” or “you will be shunned unless.” I simply mean “think about it.” Step away from the Internet for a moment, look at your game shelf, and ask yourself if you have a 5 or 6 player game you’ve been wanting to run. Can you stretch your abilities in that direction? Do you want to? Can you run Game A for 6 players in addition to running Game B for 4 players?

I can’t answer those questions. I’d just like you to answer them for yourself and your own situation. If the answer is “I want to run a bunch of 4 player games,” then that’s fine and we want you on-board for the Explosion.

Playtests
Dreamation is a great place for games-in-development to get put through their paces. Not only is it easy to get people you don’t know to sign up for the game you’re working on, but some of the sharpest game designers will be there looking for new games to test.

We’ve tried a number of different things in the past. We’re going back to the 2009 rules. If your game isn’t done, but you think it is at a point where it can probably entertain people for 3 to 4 hours, then register it as a regular event. Just please include the word “Playtest” in your event description.

If your game isn’t done, and you don’t know whether it works at all, it’s probably not ready to run as a regular event. However, don’t lose hope! Post about it here and see if people are interested. It’s easy to arrange an informal playtest session at Dreamation, where a bunch of people meet in the lobby or a hotel room and give your game a workout.

Assorted Other Stuff

We usually hold an Indie Games Roundtable on Sunday to discuss games in development and other matters. Attendance at the Roundtable seemed down last year. Is it still worthwhile? Would a different time work better? How can it be better? Is there anyone willing to facilitate it?

In years past, we used to hold an Indie Games Party on Saturday night. It was a lot of fun, but as the community has grown, so has the workload of running the party. If anyone is up to the job, let me know and we’ll do what we can to help out.

I’m posting this on Story Games, but there’s probably other places on the Internet that might want to get involved. If you know of such a place, please invite them to participate. The more, the merrier.

None of the above is set in stone. If you’ve got suggestions, I want to hear them. Kat and I will be doing our best to monitor these threads for questions and the like. However, if we haven’t responded in timely fashion, please e-mail the indiegamesexplosion address with a link to the question. Thanks for your help.

See you in February!