Origins is a 24 hour gaming convention held every year in Columbus, OH. For the area it is one of the largest and attended by many big name people. It is a five day convention that never stops so someone that attends has to choose wisely what they want to see and do. There is just about anything that a gamer could want. And this year it is being held June 25-29th in Columbus, Ohio. If you are interested in table-top role-playing, live action role-playing, miniatures, seminars, or other gaming areas, this is the place for you.
This year however the name has changed. Also changed this year is the extension to five days of gaming fun. The fair has signature events for all fans of games, fantasy, various shows, etc. I in fact got a signature from the actor who played Badger on Firefly. You just never know who will be there.
If it is your first year to Origins, they have created a new special pass for $3 per person or $10 per family. This pass lets you explore the Exhibit Hall, the Art Show and the demonstration booths lining the main corridor for this low price. They can only be purchased for Saturday and Sunday and only at the show. There are no advance special pass tickets.
It is $70 to attend Origins but it is well worth the trip. Of course if you want to get in free, you can volunteer to help with the event. Not only can volunteering get you in free, but it can also give you free hotel stay.
And this year is in memoriam of Gary Gygax who passed away earlier this year. The founder of Dungeons & Dragons helped get fairs like Origins started with the creation of D&D so it is very fitting for this. The man will be missed but his ideas and creativity will last forever thanks to the millions of players.
If you would like to find out more, visit the Origins website at http://www.originsgamefair.com/