Origins Game Fair
|Origins Game Fair|
|Venue||Greater Columbus Convention Center|
|Organized by||Game Manufacturers Association|
Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Origins was chartered to serve gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which at the time tended to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, LARPs and role-playing games are also popular at Origins.
Origins is the site of the annual Origins Awards ceremony. For many years, the Charles S. Roberts Awards for historical boardgames were presented at Origins, but these are now presented at the World Boardgaming Championships.
Origins Game Fair was formerly known as the Origins International Game Expo. The name was changed in the summer of 2007.
Origins started in 1975 with a gathering of game players in Baltimore, Maryland. The Interest Group Baltimore, a local wargaming club, worked with the Baltimore-based Avalon Hill game company to put on the first show that year at Johns Hopkins University.
Avalon Hill produced the first commercial war games back in 1958. In a nod to Baltimore's position as the home of Avalon Hill and the birthplace of the commercial wargame hobby, Don Greenwood, a game designer with Avalon Hill and founder of the convention, suggested calling the show "Origins". Over the next few years, both Avalon Hill and SPI (another wargame company) ran the show. As the show continued expanding, the Game Manufacturers Association assumed management in 1978.
|1975||July 25–27||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1976||July 23–25||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1977||July 22–24||Staten Island, New York|
|1978||July 13–16||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|1979||June 22–24||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|1980||June 27–29||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|1981||July 3–5||San Mateo, California|
|1982||July 23–25||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1983||July 14–17||Detroit, Michigan|
|1984||July 5–8||Dallas, Texas|
|1985||June 27–30||Towson, Maryland|
|1986||July 3–6||Los Angeles, California|
|1987||July 2-5||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1988||August 18–21||Milwaukee, Wisconsin (with Gen Con)|
|1989||June 29 - July 2||Los Angeles, California|
|1990||Atlanta, Georgia (with DragonCon)|
|1991||July 4–7||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1992||August 20–23||Milwaukee, Wisconsin (with Gen Con)|
|1993||July 13–16||Fort Worth, Texas|
|1994||July 7–10||San Jose, California|
|1995||July 13–16||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Throughout most of its life, Origins migrated from city to city, but this limited the show's growth. In 1996, GAMA decided to anchor Origins in a single location. After considering a number of possibilities, GAMA chose Columbus, Ohio. With its proximity to many attendees and show volunteers, Columbus promised a fertile environment. The decision proved wise, as Origins continued to grow in subsequent years. In 2005, the show set another attendance record with just over 15,000 attendees (as announced on the Origins website). Attendance in 2009 was approximately 10,200 people, with 10,669 in 2010.
|2005||June 30 - July 3|
|2006||June 29 - July 2|
|2012||May 30 - June 3|
|2013||June 12 - June 16|
|2014||June 11 - June 15|
|2015||June 3 - June 7|
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