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My Origins 2017 Highlight Reel

For those of you out there who may not know, Origins is like the American version of the U.K. Games Expo. Think of it as our U.S. Open to your Wimbledon. (What's that? No, it's a tennis tournament. We have one of those over here too. It happens after Wimbledon. Well, it's kind of a big deal. I mean, I thought it was a big deal. Nevermind.)

So Origins is a gaming convention held in Columbus, Ohio in June each year. I went for the first time last year. And couldn't wait to go back this year. The Fun Group didn't go (losers!) but I went with the Hubz and two of our gaming friends from back in the day. I won't bore you with a detailed play-by-play, I'll just hit the highlights.

The Godfather

I got to play The Godfather! My most “I hope I get to play this game” game. And I played first thing Wednesday morning! I thought maybe I should just go home after.

Dead mobsters

Dead mobsters. They asked me about my business. I mean, they were warned.

Souvenir glass

The restaurant across the street from the convention center offers souvenir glasses. And I ordered fish and chips as my qualifying entree! (Is that actually a U.K. thing, or do stupid Americans just think it's a U.K. thing?)

Codenames: Duet

I got to try Codenames: Duet. Another Codenames that probably doesn't need to exist. It was fine. Gaming Rules’s Paul Grogan taught us to play, that was the best part.

Isaac Childres

Paul told us the guy next to us was Isaac Childres, the genius who designed Gloomhaven. OK, that was the best part.

Adrenaline expansion

And we played a prototype of an expansion to Adrenaline, our highlight game from last year. Team shooting! It was a little rough still, but I think it's a keeper.

Tom Vasel and me

Look who it is! No, the guy on the left. Yes!

51st State

OMFG, I did not know this was going to be there. OMFG. (I think I went to high school with the guy on the cover.) OMFG.

The Last Friday

I got to try The Last Friday. I've been wanting to play it since it came out last year. It was fun! I don't need to own it, but it was fun!

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

And I got to try Deception: Murder in Hong Kong finally. And I did need to own it! I can't wait to play this with the Fun Group. Workman will always be the murderer.

Chocolate-peanut butter milkshake

I was jacked for all the board games, but I was really jacked for this chocolate-peanut butter milkshake they have at Bareburger across the street. It would be worth the flight over, if you're thinking of coming next year.


Ethnos! I was sure I would buy this. And I really liked it. But I did not need to own it. I think I’ve grown as a gamer. But still….Ethnos!

Star Wars Rebellion

Spent an entire afternoon playing Star Wars Rebellion. The Force was not with us.

Imperial conga line

Imperial conga line. They're more fun than they're portrayed in the movies.

Century: Spice Road

Century Spice Road. Not sure what all the fuss is about here. It was fine. The bowls were nice.

Love Letter (of course)

Love Letter! I mean, of course.


And Biblios! Easy to carry around in a backpack.

Not Alone

I bought and played Not Alone. Very interesting game. Rule book was not all that. But once we got it, we liked it a lot. I was the Sigourney Weaver of our group.

Me and Arnold's ass

Me and Arnold’s ass. Best you don't ask.

And that's my week! That's for coming along. Origins is a blast, lots of gaming without lots of crowds. It's the perfect con for someone like me. And that milkshake, I mean honestly.