Origins 2020 – Call for Volunteers


Come run games with us at Origins 2020!

Origins Games Fair takes place in Columbus, OH from June 17-21, 2020. As in previous years, Games on Demand will have a room and tables for the show and we’re now accepting applications for volunteers. We would love to have you join us!

Origins 2020 Games on Demand Game Facilitator Form

The deadline for submission is March 31st!

How Does Volunteering Work?

For those that haven’t participated before, GoD is structured like this:

  • All games are 4 hours long. You can run 4 hour one-shot tabletop RPGs, run 4-hour larps, or Host at our registration table.
  • Volunteers who work 16+ hours get a badge.
  • Games need to be one-shots that presume no previous knowledge of the game so that we’re welcoming to new players.
  • When considering your second game, please think of running a game by lesser known and minority creators, to give them some spotlight.
  • When you facilitate a game, you need to collect 2 generic tokens from everyone who’s playing.
  • We do our best to make sure everyone who runs a game gets a table, but sometimes it works out that there won’t be enough players or interest for every GM to run a game every slot they’re scheduled.
  • We will make a game facilitator and registration table host schedule as best we can based on your preferences from this form.

Volunteer Benefits

Facilitators who run games for 1-3 slots get our gratitude, and we will comp you the generic token to play in another GoD game if your game doesn’t run. You still need to get your own Origins badge.

Facilitators who run games for 4+ slots (16 hours) get their GM badge comped*, in addition to comp’ing you as above.

Hosts who help us out at the registration table for 4+ slots (16 hours) get their GM badge comped*.

You can mix and match, and do both Facilitating and Hosting for a total of 16+ hours for a badge as well.

Note that we will not put down any one person for more than 4 slots of facilitation + 2 slots of registration table work.

* Comp’ing has not yet been confirmed by Origins, but this is how it has worked in the past and it should be fine this year as well, we’re 90% sure, but putting this caveat here just in case.

Our Games are for Everyone

At Games on Demand we make every effort to be inclusive, queer-friendly, and welcoming to gamers of all backgrounds and abilities. We expect that you as volunteers will help us achieve this goal as well! If you know anyone who might be able to help, please encourage them to volunteer as well.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BY MARCH 31st!

Thank you!
The 2020 Origins Organizer Team

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.