The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) is a 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.
The Origins Awards were presented for the first time at the very first Origins Game Fair in Baltimore in 1975. The purpose of the awards is to recognize excellence in game design, and increase awareness and sales for the nominees, winners, the Origins convention, and hobby games in general.
Any publisher or designer can submit their products for consideration during the eligibility period. Submissions in each category are evaluated by a jury of industry professionals who choose their top products. These become the nominees, which are sent to the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. The Academy places their votes by email and the winners are announced during the Awards ceremony.
During the show, attendees also have the opportunity to examine and even play the nominated titles in the Nominee Showcase Area, sponsored by Game Toppers. They are encouraged to vote for their Fan Favorite in each category, the winners of which are also announced during the Awards ceremony.
|Best Board Game
Game of the Year
|Best Card Game
|The Mind||Pandasaurus Games|
|Best Family Game||The Tea Dragon Society Card Game||Renegade Game Studios|
|Fan Favorite Family Game||Echidna Shuffle||Wattsalpoag Games|
|Best Collectible Game
|Keyforge||Fantasy Flight Games|
|Best Role-Playing Game
|Vampire the Masquerade||Modiphius Entertainment|
|Best Role-Playing Game Supplement
|Dungeons & Dragons: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes||Wizards of the Coast|
|Best Miniatures Game||Necromunda||Games Workshop|
|Best Miniatures Game
|Star Wars Legion||Fantasy Flight Games|
|Best Game Accessory||Dungeons & Dragons: Black Dragon Trophy Plaque||WizKids|
|Fan Favorite Game Accessory||Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Cards||Gale Force Nine|
Download the .pdf below to view the winners from past years!