Welcome to the OSRToday LiveBlog page for Origins 2015! From this page, we’ll be reporting first-hand on as much old-school goodness as we can come across at the convention, starting out on the morning of June 3rd and running all the way through until the show’s end (weather and Acts of God permitting). Each day will be given its own section and will be listed in reverse order with the most recent day shown on top, right under this section.
Entries for each day will be entered in descending order with newer entries listed first. The wifi was pretty terrible at the convention so updates were sent to our Twitter feed first and then recaptured here.
5:55 p.m. Closing off liveblogging for the night. My daughter has managed to find her way into a game of Werewolf with some friends, and my feet are sore from walking. And I have a copy of The First Fantasy Campaign that begs to be read…
4:35 p.m. Found the Fifth Fleet at Ral Partha, as well as a slew of other ships.
3:00 p.m. Checking out The World Beneath The Clouds by Terry Sofian, which has a Kickstarter running for it right now (more later on that). Victoriana meets Venus in the vein of Space 1889, but lots of depth and detail into the actual physics, mechanics, and biology of how things actually work.
2:30 p.m. Plenty of voting still going on at the Origins awards area.
2:25 p.m Googly eyes discovered at Andy Hopp’s booth.
2:20 p.m. Walk-by of Flying Buffalo. Rick Loomis was here was engaged with a number of Nuclear War sales, so I took a picture of the Tunnels & Troll goods and planned to swing back around to talk to him later.
1:11 p.m. Alternative TARDIS located outside convention center.
10:00 a.m. Back to the Goodman Games booth to pick up something special. Ended up talking for ages to Roy Snyder. DM Nick from the Roll For Initiative podcast popped in, and we all geeked out for a while. Lots of gamers turning up to buy old school goodness here. Spent too much time here talking, so will pick up in afternoon with more reporting. Sometimes it’s good to hang and just talk shop.
9:00 a.m. Onsite again at Origins and ready to liveblog again. Currently charging devices.
6:00 p.m. Liveblogging ended for the day as I need to head home due to some family stuff. There’s the potential that tomorrow’s liveblogging may not occur, but if it does I’ll be back in the Dealer Hall as well as checking out some other parts of the show.
5:45 p.m. Last stop of the day was to visit Signal Fire Studios and check out the proof of the Kickstartered Metamorphosis Alpha. I’m a backer of this and received the PDF, but seeing it in the flesh is something different. It just needs an index and the backer names and then it can go to press.
5:30 p.m. Over at Crit Success, who ran an amazing Kickstarter, and who have their Ring Counter up as one of the nominees in the Origins Awards this years for Best Accessory, I got a chance to check out their chainmail dice bags. These are sold out until August at least. They’ve tested this out by having people hanging from objects using these, and they still haven’t broken. They’re made from stainless steel rings welded together (and you can’t even see the weld points).
5:00 p.m. Eyeball rings discovered among treasure at Sea Dog Game Studios booth. Perfectfor your DCCRPG or other game.
4:50 p.m Laser raptors found! The reason for extinction? Being placed in enclosed spaces and sold cheaply like so much chicken nuggets.
4:20 p.m. As Roy and I are talking, William Wardrop pops over from Tri Tac Games to sign a copy of the original The Morrow Project.
4:15 p.m. I hit the Goodman Games stall, which is being run by Roy Snyder. There’s an AMAZING selection of old school games here, including DCCRPG, Castles & Crusades, classic D&D products & modules, and a slew of special products that are rare collector items.
4:00 p.m. Talking to the Cubicle 7 crew. T S and Andrew are top guys and show me off something beautiful and amazing that blows my mind: the new London book for Cthulhu Brittanica.
Also ran into Victor Wyatt, a Plusser I’ve been looking forward to meeting for a while.
3:10 p.m. Chatted away with Andy at the Kenzer/Hackmaster booth. The newest book (on left) appropriately opened to section on alcohol and drugs (most likely by a sneaky consumer). Hackmaster bundle is availabl for $180 for all three books.
2:30 p.m. Landed on-site. Now wandering around the Dealer’s Hall.
4:40 p.m Liveblogging ending for the day due to familial requirements and generally just being incredibly tired. I’ll be picking this back up tomorrow in the early afternoon when I get back on site with my older kids.
4:35 p.m. Registration is getting busy, with the line doubling up and starting to snake around itself.
2:55 p.m. Open Gaming is empty right now, but will soon be full of gamers. There’s a company testing a Kickstarted game at one of the tables, and a set of gamers has just sat down with a bunch of miniature scenery to get in some gaming. Another group already has some Star Trek Catan underway.
1:30 p.m. Located faster wifi, but it’s limited to one side of the convention area. Boo. Hiss.
12:45 p.m Encountered giant sentinel sheep statues monitoring a hallway.
12:30 p.m. Just received an email that Wizkids have released a press release that they’ve teamed with Nickelodeon to do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games! HeroClix and DiceMasters are up.
11:30 a.m. Wandering around Hall D, where a number of demo games are taking place, as well as open tables for game play. In the back is the miniatures area.
11:15 a.m. The lines for registration are still about the same as before.
9:35 a.m. Talked with a good friend and co-GM of mine, Lee Hanna, who is running some Twilight 2000 at 10:00 a.m. in a scheduled event. May pop in later and get some pics of his game in action.
9:15 a.m. Press Pass picked up. This was one of the smoothest registrations I’ve ever been through. Kudos to Origins, GAMA, and the volunteers.
8:25 a.m. The line is getting smaller, so I might jump in the line and have a natter with some people.
8:00 a.m Pre-registration line is snaking back around on itself. It’s probably a good idea to wait about an hour to pick up my pass.
7:50 a.m. Press Pass approved by Lori from GAMA. She rocks.
7:20 a.m. Arrived on site at Origins to get daughter signed in for Volunteers. There’s already huge lines forming. Pictures taken, but they look blurry. Will capture more shortly.