27
Jun
09

Friday at the Origins Game Fair

Friday at this year’s Origins game fair started a little rocky, but the customer service team quickly resolved our badge snafus. (Thank goodness for the Senior Volunteers!)

We took a quick spin around the convention center to see the layout of this year’s show. The exhibit hall moved from hall d to the smaller hall C, trading places with the miniatures games. Tabletops and collectible card games took their traditional spot in hall E/F. The popular TerrorWerks live-action adventure moved into one of the Hyatt ballrooms, and the fabulous Origins Art Show took TerrorWerks old location across from main registration.

The famous BattleTech Pods made their debut at Origins this year. The pods were created many years ago as high-end, immersive video game systems for installations in Chicago, Seattle, and other major cities. After the locations closed, the pods went into limbo for a while until the current owner started collecting and rebuilding them. He updated the computing and networking systems, then took them to some regional conventions for shake-down tests. Here at Origins, they’re running well and pulling in the crowds!

Things seemed smooth at this year’s show. It’s hard to judge the attendance because of the show’s physical size, but it seemed lighter than last year. Many exhibit hall vendors reported good sales on Thursday, followed by a dip on Friday, but people were definitely spending money. Peeks into the various event halls showed energetic activity everywhere, but plenty of open tables. Saturday remains the “big day” for measuring the show, so we’ll see what happens!

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