The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) is peer based network of gaming industry professionals whose mission is to promote innovation and excellence in design and production of games and game related materials.
Each year the Academy presents the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair in June. The purpose of the Origins Awards is to reward excellence in game design.
The Top 5 products in each category, as determined by the Academy Jury, are announced after the GAMA Trade Show in March. The Top 5 nominees are voted on by all members of the Academy. The Academy vote determines the winner of the Origins Award. The Top 5 products are also voted on by attendees of the Origins Game Fair for a chance to win the Fan Favorite award in each category. The winners are announced at the Origins Awards ceremony during Origins in June.
“In our Hall of Fame we find those people who have made critical contributions to gaming overall. We have those who elevated game design to an art and those who elevated the art found in game design. We have members who have made contributions to the business side of gaming, and those whose contributions have been less in design and production than in service to the industry as a whole.
“And we have the greatest fruits of their labors enshrined there as well.”
— From Mike Stackpole’s “Introduction to the Hall of Fame”
Vanguard Awards are given to exceptionally innovative products. This award recognizes products deemed by the Academy to be unique and pioneering in the game industry.