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No, I Didn’t Go to Origins This Year

posted Aug 19, 2012, 12:14 AM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: June 30, 2009

In fact, I’ve been so steeped in work over the last few weeks that I’d even forgotten it was taking place until the after-action reports started coming in this week, over gaming blogs and private communications. Unfortunately, Origins seems to be running more on its illustrious past these days than anything else, and I don’t know what will change that.

I remember a post-Origins conversation that I had with John Zinser a couple of years ago, in which I asked him by-the-way about his trip to the show. “It was a nice, quiet convention,” he said. “Very relaxing.” In other words, it was dead; and John was simply putting lipstick on the pig. The next year, AEG did not get an exhibitor’s booth for the first time in many a year.

However, I did want to note a couple of items of interest that came out of this year’s Origins. The first is that Ken Hite won a well-deserved Origins Award for Tour de Lovecraft, and congratulations and a champion’s wreath of tentacles to him.

The other item is a privately-communicated assessment from someone who spent a lot of time in the exhibitor’s room and reported that while attendance and the number of exhibitors was both down, sales among the exhibitors seemed to be up from last year. If accurate, this is certainly an interesting factoid given the general anxiety over the economy. I’m not sure how to explain it, except to suggest that either consumer confidence isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be, or that because consumer sentiment really is in a Springfield Mystery Spot-like free fall, people are turning to tabletop games as a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment.

But that’s as much deep-think as I can manage right now. I’m still reluctant to say anything about the project that has been stealing all of my blogging time because no contracts have actually been signed, and the primeval fear of jinxing things is very real to me.