July 22, 2024

Origins 2024! Games on Tables

Armchair Dragoons PAO, 4 July 2024

Obviously we’re going to focus on our Wargame HQ, but there’s a lot of other gaming at Origins, whether it’s other wargaming groups, sponsored play areas, the open gaming hall with the CABS library, the RPG sessions, or the giant Crokinole area that keeps expanding, there’s plenty of gameplay to go around

Note, please don’t ask us what all the games are. We tried to get box photos when practical to help you ID the games, but we’re moving so fast to cover a lot of ground that we don’t get all the game names while taking pictures.

There were several other minis wargaming groups & tables in the area, whether the HMGS-Great Lakes chapter, or the Red Shirts, or just the Frattenspiel tables, it wasn’t hard to find minis wargaming in the game hall this year.

 

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There was other tabletop/board wargaming that was not run by the Wargame HQ.  Note that this gallery doesn’t include the 12-hour game of Fire in the Lake, the several games of ASL that were floating around, or the usual session of The US Civil War that’s always there – most of which didn’t have people at the table when we saw them, so we opted to skip the photos.

 

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It’s easy to miss the RPG areas since they are in a different location from the main gaming hall, over on the ‘wrong’ side of the tracks (literally!)  But there’s still plenty of gameplay to be had over there, and here’s a peek at some of it.

First up, some additional pictures from Walter’s Twilight: 2000 shootout, and if you’d like to know more, you should check out his extended coverage of his overall Origins experience.

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There was also a Fallout session that Walter bounced early from (since that was a replacement for the session he actually wanted to play in) and here’s a few photos from that one.

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And here are the other RPGs we saw whilst pootling about!

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The main gaming hall also includes some “sponsored play” areas, which are tables controlled by specific publishers for their own events.  These sponsored play areas also allow for some vendor sales, as if they were in the exhibit hall, so you’ll see some games for sale in these galleries.  We’re also lumping in all the stuff that didn’t fit into something specific above, so you’ll have BattleTech and Car Wars alongside Carcassonne and the train gamers, plus way more Crokinole than should be allowed in public.  There are also some pics from the UnPub room in here.

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As you can see, there are games for everyone at Origins.  Although wargaming isn’t a huge percentage of the show the way it was at its start, it’s still pretty big, and there’s plenty of other wargaming and wargame-adjacent games to keep your interest for the weekend

 


ORIGINS 2024 COVERAGE

PREVIEWS:
WARGAME HQ EVENTS ~ MiD PREVIEW EPISODE ~ WARGAME HQ GAME PREVIEWS ~ WAR COLLEGE PREVIEWSCONSOLIDATED ALL WARGAMING EVENT GRID ~ EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT
AT THE SHOW:
SETUP & FIRST GAMES ~ DAY 1 REPORT ~ THE SHAMAN ASCENDS ~ EXHIBIT HALL ~ BINGO ~ GAMEPLAY PHOTOS ~ WARGAME HQ EVENT REPORT  ~ COSTUME PHOTOS ~ CONVENTION PHOTOS  ~ KRIEGSSPIEL ~ AAR
DISCUSSION FORUM THREAD


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At the Origins Game Fair, so vast,
Wargaming enthusiasts amassed,
With armies in sight,
They prepared for the fight,
And victory was theirs at last.

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3 thoughts on “Origins 2024! Games on Tables

  1. Great, lets play Spot The Masktard!
    I can find one each in the following pictures:
    024Sun245
    024Thu26
    024Sat144.
    Did I miss any?
    Y’all should hit up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and/or the Department of Defense to sponsor some plaques for such fine folk next year. You could call them The Virtue Signaling Awards.
    Just be sure to remind everyone not to get too many boosters in the interim, otherwise they might not be around another year to get the awards. Oops, too late for some already…aw shucks, RIP.

    1. We’re not going to shame anyone for making the health care decisions they think are appropriate based on their individual circumstances. Without knowing what’s specifically going on with them, we’re going to defer to their own decisions. It is interesting that until 2020, absolutely no one ever shamed anyone else for wearing a mask in public and just assumed that they were trying not to get anyone else sick.

      I had to wear one for about 3 weeks after a positive TB test back in the late 90s until I had enough meds in me that the Dr’s were sure I was healthy and not contagious. No one said a word ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1. Firstly, I don’t expect you to “shame” anyone, you can just leave that up to me, thank you very much.

        Secondly, I seem to distinctly remember that, just a couple of years ago, people who ran events such as Origins and all the others had absolutely no problem “shaming” people who had enough discernment and enough brain cells to rub together to not allow themselves to be injected with a potentially deadly bioweapon.
        In fact, in society as a whole, the issue went FAR BEYOND shaming, and included calling for people who didn’t comply to become ostracized, get fired, arrested, prosecuted, not receive treatment at hospitals and do whatever else it took to ruin their lives and preferably even kill them.

        Having been in and around the periphery of this so-called wargaming hobby for over 40 years has shown me that, far from knowing or having learned more about history as many of you usually claim, the lot of you are among the most gullible creatures when it comes to social and political issues.

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