Origins 2016 Live Blogging from OSRToday
Welcome to Origins 2016 LiveBlogging from OSRToday. We’re going to be tweeting first via our twitter account @OSRToday and then updating this page regularly throughout the convention.
Update: Even with press access to wifi, the connection is spotty and slow, so updates to this page are going to happen later than any tweets that are made. Because of this, rather than doing a time-based liveblog as I had planned to, I’m going to do a recap of notable things each day.
THURSDAY JUNE 16, 2016
A late start to the day got myself and my daughter down at Origins, where one of the first things we say was the food court being under construction. It seems that this has been going on for a bit, and the food court closed yesterday and today at 3pm (although tomorrow it’s meant to be back to normal times.
With the food court under construction, the eating area was moved off into one of the nearby open areas.
Heading towards the registration area, people were constantly moving back and forward going to various events held in the Hyatt rooms, including LARP, Shadowrun, Pathfinder, D&D, and many other events.
Unlike yesterday, the main registration didn’t have huge lines. According to a number of people I spoke to there were constantly huge lines in event and pre-registration all of yesterday. However, Origins staff managed to take care of most of the registrations very quickly, meaning people could make it to events on time (although it seems some people missed out on events due to registration times).
After making it down to the main hall, I ran into a snag where for some reason I wasn’t registered in the system. This was quickly taken care of by the Origins staff, and I soon in line getting my credentials.
As it turns out, many people didn’t receive coupon books today because Origins ran out of them. There are more on the way, but it may be Saturday before they’re at the con, which is one of the busiest days. Some vendors are giving the same discounts and awards out anyway even if you don’t have a coupon book, and a number of official Origins stations have books that can be looked at the see what coupons are available. Every year, there’s always a coupon for getting the Origins special dice, which needs the coupon from the book, so that may be a problem this year for many who like to collect the collectible sets. Allegedly attendance is up 20% over last year as well already.
As I did last year, I used the first day to do a sweep of the room and get a feel for the vendors and publishers, so that I can do some deeper reporting later. There’s a much smaller old school presence this year, and a distinct number of regular vendors who would be here aren’t here this year. This includes Tri-Tac Games, who have been at Origins for many years.
The most stalwart publisher to attend Origins is Flying Buffalo Inc, which has both Rick Loomis and Ken St. Andre in attendance, where there’s a slew of Tunnels & Trolls available.
Goodman Games’ booth is currently empty at in the Exhibitor Hall due to the staffer handling it being in an accident. While they are okay, the opening of the booth is delayed but will happen as soon as they can get to the Origins.
There’s another vendor selling some old school gaming products, including bagged versions of the first edition of City State of the Invincible Overlord for $200 among other items. Pictures of those products and others on sale there will be coming tomorrow.
Steve Jackson Games and Cubicle 7 games are present this year again, and had a constant stream of traffic at their booths. Kenzer & Company are also in attendance, as are Reaper, who are in the adjoining hall, showing of the ever-growing Bones series.
Tomorrow, I’ll grab some more pictures of products and publishers (old school and new), as well as report in on the Origin Awards nominees.