Origins is an award worth winning for RPG publishers as it’s an excellent way to tell roleplayers that the game is impressive.
This year, the Origins Award reported a 370% increase in submissions and a resulting restructure to let judges cope with 2021.
I called it a confusing restructure. I didn’t get why there were fewer RPG categories than board games (no Historical, for example) and most of all why RPGs had to be either “Family”, “Fantasy” or “Sci-fi”.
Where adult and modern games or horror games not allowed? Why separate Family and General into two categories for board games but not for RPGs?
I thought I was just moaning. It turns out, I might not have been the only one. The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design today announced a change to the RPG category. Why? Feedback from publishers.
RPGs still don’t get the same attention as board games, but the three new categories make much more sense. They are;
- Role Playing Games – Core Rule Set
- Role Playing Games – Supplement
- Role Playing Games – Adventures
It’s great that Origins listened and I think the rethink will make the Awards highly desirable for years to come.
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