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Origins! Lock ‘n Load Publishing

What’s Dave got on the tables this year? ~

Heath - IMG_6867Corinne Mahaffey, 21 June 2016

We had a chat with David Heath of LNLP at Origins

What is your new game?
Hollow Cell is our new science fiction squad game.  The kids are loving it. (ed note: seriously, we couldn’t drag the teens away from the table on this one)

Of the games you sell, which one is your favorite?
Lock and Load Tactical.  We have lots of different fronts and theaters, and since they have the same underlying system, you are not learning new rules every time.

What is your favorite mechanic?
No specific tactic, but I like games that come down to the last turn.  The game is not as fun if I know by turn five of ten that I have no hope of winning.

If you like ____, you will like our game _____
If you like Advanced Squad Leader, you will like Lock and Load Tactical.

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Origins! Last Day Wrap-up

What do you do when it’s all been done? ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 20 June 2016

Sunday is a weird day at Origins.  The high points of Friday and Saturday are over, and it’s a thinner crowd.  Some people are intent on finding a possible last minute deal in the Dealer’s Room, others are squeezing out the last possible bit of gaming time.  And many people are trickling off homewards.

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Origins! Lost Battalion Games

LBG - IMG_7219Origins Awards Winners! ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 19 June 2016

Lost Battalion Games won an Origins Award for Best Game Accessory for their A Place 2 Play map system.

What is your new game?
Hell on Wheels is an expansion to Sergeants! and plays with both D-Day and the minis.  Hell on Wheels allows a person to drive a tank from the viewpoint of the crew, like the fury movie.

What is your personal favorite game?
Battlegroup is a carrier naval game as a card game that plays better than anything I’ve ever played.  I thoroughly enjoyed designing it with my mentor, S. Craig Taylor Jr.

What is your favorite mechanic?
The story system in Sergeants! changes the turn sequence dynamically, inserting random events without requiring the GM to determine what will happen.

If you  like ____, you will like Sergeants!.
If you like Up Front, you will like Sergeants because it is a man to man patrol level game.


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Origins! Day 4 Wrap-up

Like the Energizer Bunny of the tabletop – Still gaming… ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 19 June 2016

The three big events we saw running were the regional qualifier for Bushiroad, the Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, and the costume competition.  Bushiroad took over a large part of the back corner of the main gaming room, rapidly filled with people sorting cards. Yu-Gi-Oh took over a ballroom, filling the room with the murmur of conversation.  Judges wandered around, adjudicating, and the main game was being recorded with color commentary.

Bushiroad Cards

Bushiroad Cards

Origins! GamePlay

What’s on the tables at Origins 2016? ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 19 June 2016

There’s plenty of gaming, on all sorts of tables…

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Whatever your game, there’s something to play here.

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Origins! Ares Games

They’re named after the God of War; must be a wargame company, eh? ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 18 June 2016

Ares - IMG_7202

What is your new game?

We have Last Friday, Dungeon Time, and Behind the Throne, and Age of Conan:  Adventures in Hyborea.  We also have some new plane miniatures out, including the Newport NI 28, the Fokker E5, and the P47.

Origins! Gale Force 9

Lots of minis = lots of fun! ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 18 June 2016

What is your new game?
Flame of War for Team Yankee, GF 9 Tyrants, and Battlefront Tanks

What is your favorite game?
Flames of War.  I love the depth that Flames of War because of the attention to detail given to the different scenarios.   Our tour players are second to none.  Awesome guys!

What is your favorite mechanic?
In New Tyrants the deck building and board supremacy influence each other, yet each can be considered a separate game in itself.

If you like ____, then you will like ____.
If you like X-Wing, then you will like Tanks!  Tanks! is just as fast and furious as you are used to in X-Wing.  You are just playing history instead of sci-fi.

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Origins! Day 3 Wrap-Up

After the day 1 vendor rush settles down, people start playing games for reelz ~

Corinne Mahaffey, 18 June 2016

The general assault on the dealers room that began yesterday at 10 am continued, somewhat abated, today.  Today was the day everyone sat down to ponder their 5 minute or 5 hour games over their favorite caffeinated beverage – a particular necessity for those whose last game of the day would end at 10 am the next day.

Tragically for Queen and Country, the Hive won a marginal victory at the end of a three day battle for the control of a hive in the Amazon.

The Grogheads booth saw lots of traffic in all its games; Liberty or Death is so popular, and so sold out, that we have had offers to buy our demo copies.