Volunteers Needed for Origins 2019!


Would you like to come to Origins 2019 in Columbus, OH and run games for Games on Demand? We’re still accepting applications for volunteers and would love to have you join us!

Origins 2019 Games on Demand Game Facilitator Form

We are particularly interested in welcoming people of color, women, non-binary and LGBTQ folx as volunteers (and players) at our event, so please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help make that possible for you.

Origins 2016 Games on Demand Numbers

Origins 2016 Games on Demand Numbers

In the spirit of full transparency, we disclose our Games on Demand event data every year.

Overall Numbers

We seated 605 players in 121 games with a staff of 46 GMs.

In 2015, we seated 463 players in 103 games with a staff of 36 GMs.

In 2014, we seated 457 players in 101 games with staff of 44 GMs.

Time Slots and Capacity

Here is how the time slots broke down in terms of player count, also in terms of tabletop and larp:

Thursday morning – 47 players (47 TT / 0 larp)

Thursday afternoon – 49 players (41 TT / 8 larp)

Thursday night – 78 players (60 TT / 18 larp)

Friday morning – 57 players (50 TT / 7 larp)

Friday afternoon – 67 (60 TT / 7 larp)

Friday night – 63 (44 TT / 19 larp)

Saturday morning – 55 players (55 TT / 0 larp)

Saturday afternoon – 86 players (69 TT / 17 larp)

Saturday night – 71 players (58 TT / 13 larp)

Sunday morning – 32 players (32 TT / 0 larp)

Our peak slots were Saturday afternoon (86!), Thursday night (78), and Saturday night (71). Almost all of our scheduled events made at least the minimum number of players. In addition, no player wound up being turned away due to lack of GMs and games.

Games Played

60 individual game titles

Game Title – # of games run – total # of players – (system notes)

All Hail the Pirate Queen – 1 – 8 (Larp)

Apportionment – 1 – 8 (Larp)

Atomic Robo – 2 – 10 (FATE)

Blades in the Dark – 4 – 15 (PbtA)

Bluebeard’s Bride – 4 – 16 (PbtA)

Bubblegumshoe – 1 – 6 (Gumshoe)

Cartel – 3 – 11 (PbtA)

Cat – 1 – 3

The Climb – 1 – 5 (Larp)

The Devil, John Moulton – 3 – 15

Dialect – 2 – 7

Dungeon World – 2 – 9 (PbtA)

Epyllion – 4 – 16 (PbtA)

Everyone’s a Suspect – 1 – 5

Explosion in Space – 1 – 6 (Larp)

Failing Fabulously – 1 – 9 (Larp)

Fall of Magic – 4 – 17

FATE Accelerated – 1 – 6 (FATE)

Fear Itself – 3 – 11

Fiasco – 1 – 4

Golden Sky Stories – 2 – 10

Heroine – 1 – 5

I Am Killbot – 1 – 5 (PbtA)

I Pray God Will Curse the Writer – 1 – 7 (Larp)

Infinite Galaxies – 4 – 22 (PbtA)

Iron Edda – 3 – 17 (FATE)

Lady Blackbird – 4 – 20

Laser Kittens – 1 – 3

Legend of the Elements – 2 – 11 (PbtA)

The Lofty Beacons – 1 – 13 (Larp)

Magic Inc. – 2 – 8

Masks – 7 – 32 (PbtA)

Monsterhearts – 1 – 5 (PbtA)

Mouse Guard – 1 – 4

Neo-Shinobi Vendetta – 1 – 5 (FATE)

Night Forest – 1 – 3 (Larp)

Night Witches – 2 – 8 (PbtA)

Nitrate City – 3 – 15 (FATE)

The Pirates – 2 – 16 (Mist-Robed Gate)

Primetime Adventures – 2 – 10

Romance in the Air – 1 – 4 (FATE)

Sagas of the Icelanders – 3 – 15 (PbtA)

Shadow Carnival – 1 – 6 (Itras By)

Shadows of Esteren – 1 – 3

A Single Man in Possession of Great Fortune – 1 – 6 (Kagematsu)

Skeletons – 2 – 12

Slayer Cake – 1 – 10 (Larp)

Spirit of ’77 – 2 – 9 (PbtA)

The Sprawl – 2 – 8 (PbtA)

Starship Freeform – 1 – 7 (Larp)

A Storm Eternal – 1 – 5 (PbtA)

Swords without Master -1 – 4

Sync – 2 – 10 (PbtA)

Time Cellist – 1 – 3

The Upgrade – 1 – 13 (Larp)

Urban Shadows – 7 – 34 (PbtA)

Valkyries – 1 – 4 (FATE)

The Warren – 1 – 3 (PbtA)

World Wide Wrestling – 3 – 17 (PbtA)

Zombie World – 6 – 26 (PbtA)

Origins Food and Drink Map

I made a map for Food and Drink in Columbus for Origins.

This will be especially helpful navigating around the Columbus Pride crowds too! As a Columbus local, these are some of my favorite places to go in the neighborhood just north of the convention center, The Short North!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Td0a42YsJzsR-8QSZXAxYTy62-Q&usp=sharing

Originally shared by Kira Magrann

Originally shared by Kira Magrann

Diversity Scholarship Application for Origins – Games on Demand

Please Share

Please apply even if you’re not sure, we’d like to see your face!

We’ve been so successful with our campaign to raise money! Thank you so much for the community support for diversity at our Games on Demand event at Origins. It’s still running til the end of the month here: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/help-games-on-demand-bring-diversity-to-origins

Here’s part 2 of the initiative!

Are you a woman identifying, person of color, or LGBTQ oriented human who would like to attend Origins and volunteer for Games on Demand?

Would you like some monetary support to attend? APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19bNJDsBeH2e_XSmAzaxOH4M2aBD1TfNLEzbDtFKjwSk/viewform

Check out our fundraiser for Origins!

Check out our fundraiser for Origins!

Originally shared by Kira Magrann

Diversity Fundraiser

Please Spread the Word

We’ve been trying really hard to get more diversity to our lovely Games on Demand event at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. This year, Jay Treat has organized a fund raiser to help us do exactly that. As we all know, cost is one of the biggest barriers for women, people of color, and lgbtq folx to attend conventions. Help us bring them to Origins 2016 so they can run games, network with industry professionals, and have a blast at Games on Demand.

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/help-games-on-demand-bring-diversity-to-origins

Originally shared by Kira Magrann

Are you coming to ORIGINS? I don’t know WHY YOU WOULDN’T ITS THE BEST CON. IT’S BASICALLY IN MY BACKYARD.

COME RUN GAMES AND EAT FOODS AND ICE CREAMS AND LAUGH AND DRINK BEERS WITH US!

Never ran a game at a con before? We can give you some advice! You can also volunteer in different ways to help out! We aim to be an inclusive, diverse space, and are always trying new things to MAKE IT SO.

If you are interested in running games for us at Origins 2016 Games on Demand, please fill out the survey below before February 24th:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PNV8LWfq1gOrp0Dex96a2Y0YnxHaBt_dQFc7fJHpZH4/viewform

In case you forgot, here’s the amazing time we had last year.

Originally shared by Nathan Paoletta

Originally shared by Nathan Paoletta

Origins Games on Demand 2015 Info

This is a volunteer effort and transparency is one of our values! The organizing committee is still working through our internal conversation before opening up a formal feedback survey, but for now, here’s the numbers.

Overall Numbers

We seated 463 players in 103 games with a staff of 36 GMs (including non-game-facilitating Hosts). 

Last year we seated 457 players in 101 games with a staff of 44 GMs.

A slight increase in butts in seats, but with that lower staff count we’re pretty sure that means that we served an appreciable amount of new faces! Anecdotally this seemed to be the case. We also saw a lot of groups come through who all wanted to play a game together.

Time Slots and Capacity

Our busiest slots were Saturday night and afternoon (62 and 61 players), Friday afternoon (59) and Thursday night (58). We had 10 tables in our room plus 2 official overflow tables elsewhere and 3 unofficial-but-often-available tables next door, plus the Larp room downstairs in the afternoons.

We basically got close to or met capacity (using those overflow tables) 6 of our 10 time slots. 

Games Played

Games on Demand played 48 different individual game titles, 43 tabletop and 5 Larps, across the weekend.

Game Title – # of games player – total # of players – (system notes)

Infinite Galaxies –  5 –  24 –  (PbtA)

Dungeon World – 5 – 23 – (PbtA)

Fate Core – 5 – 23 – (Fate)

The Warren – 4 – 21 – (PbtA)

Dogs in the Vineyard – 4 – 19

Urban Shadows – 4 – 18 – (PbtA)

Cartel – 4 – 16 – (PbtA)

Iron Edda –  3 – 21

World Wide Wrestling – 3 – 19 – (PbtA)

Laser Kittens – 3 – 18

Microscope – 3 – 16

No Country for Old Kobolds – 3 – 15 – (PbtA)

Kagematsu – 3 – 14

The Sprawl – 3 – 13 – (PbtA)

Save Game – 3 – 12 – (Fate)

OxCrunch – 3 – 8 – (PbtA)

Feng Shui 2  – 2 – 10

Mouse Guard – 2 – 10

Nights Black Agents – 2 – 10

Polaris – 2 – 9

Masks of the Mummy Kings – 2 – 9

Project: Dark – 2 – 9

Masks – 2 – 8 – (PbtA)

Fiasco – 2 – 8

Swords Without Master – 2 – 8

USMC Torchbearer – 2 – 8

The Mesopotamians – 2 – 7

Hour b/w Dog and Wolf – 2 – 4

The Tribunal – 1 – 8  –  (Larp)

Firefly – 1 – 7

Warriors of Crown Heights – 1 – 6 – (Feng Shui)

Dungeon Crawl Classics – 1 – 6

Kayfabe – 1 – 5

Mobilize – 1 – 5 –  (Larp)

Wrath of the Autarch – 1 – 5

Monster of the Week – 1 – 5 – (PbtA)

Neo Shinobi Vendetta – 1 – 5

The Fifth World – 1 – 5

Hope Inhumanity – 1 – 5

Traveller – 1 – 4

Durance – 1 – 4

Guards of Abashan – 1 – 4

Juggernaut – 1 – 4  – (Larp)

A Family Affair – 1 – 4 – (Larp)

Damned Love – 1 – 3 – (Larp)

Vault Hunters – 1 – 3

Misspent Youth – 1 – 3

Psi Run – 1 – 2

Thanks again everyone!