June 27th, 2010

Origins 2010 Awards

A friend of mine sent me the listing late last night of the Origins Game Fair Awards winners for 2010. The 36th Annual Origins Award winners of 2010 are:

Best Historical Miniature Figure or Line: Wings of War: Albatross D.III by Nexus Editrice

Best Historical Miniature Game Rules Supplement: Flames of War: North Africa by Battlefront Miniatures, LTD.

Best Historical Miniature Game Rules: Wings of War: WWII, Deluxe Edition by Nexus Editrice, designed by Andrea Angiolino & Pier Glorgio Paglia

Best Historical Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! By Academy Games, designed by Uwe Eickert, John Hill & Dana Lombardy

Best Game-Related Book: BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction by Catalyst Game Labs, written by Randall N. Bills, Jason Schmetzer & Matt Heerdt

Best Game Accessory: Knights of the Dinner Table by Kenzer & Company, designed by Jolly R. Blackburn

Best Miniature Figure or Line: Marvel HeroClix Hammer of Thor Expansion by WizKids, designed by Eric Englehard, Kelly Bonilla, Jake Theis & James Szubski

Best Miniature Game Rules: BattleTech: Strategic Operations by Catalyst Game Labs, designed by Herbert A. Beas II & Randall N. Bills

Best Role Playing Game Supplement: Big Damn Heroes Handbook by Margaret Weis Productions, designed by Cam Banks, Jennifer Brozek, Jim Davenport, Jason Durall, Tony Lee, Nathon Rockwood & Clark Valentine

Best Role Playing Game: Eclipse Phase by Catalyst Game Labs/Posthuman Studios, designed by Rob Boyle & Brian Cross

Best Children’s, Family or Party Game: Are You The Traitor? By Looney Labs, designed by Andrew Looney

Best Traditional Card Game: Poo by Catalyst Game Labs/Labs/WildFire, LLC., designed by Matthew Grau

Best Board Game: Space Hulk by Games Workshop

I'd like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners. Well done! :)

England vs. Germany World Cup Game

I am watching this travesty of a World Cup football game in the Round of 16 between England and Germany, and have to say that Engand's defense is Germany's best offensive weapon. Down 3-1 in the second half, England just can't seem to muster any offense, and when they do, goals are clearly disallowed by referees who are as blind as bats. (The goal by Lampard in the first half was clearly in.)

It seems obvious that England is going to lose this one, too.

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Very Poor Effort

England has been thoroughly beaten and thrashed by a German side that was much better than anyone expected them to be. Final score was 4-1. Germany moves on to the Round of 8, while England is eliminated.

The sad thing about this loss is that the Germans fielded a very young team, many of their players no older than 23 or so, whereas the English fielded a team marked by some bright young lights, but several aging stars. It is no surprise that England lost this game, and the folks who head up the English football authority need to revise their game plan for 2014...seriously revise it.

In the meantime, I am off to run the Sunday gaming group through a new scenario in Desolation. Looking forward to this after that miserable game England played.