• Origins 2017 Preview Part 2!


    Welcome back to the second part of my Origins Game Fair review. Today I want to focus on the Con itself, both from a Dice Masters and overall gaming perspective. Make sure to check out my part one to this article. Once again the material is some of a repeat from last year with some new information and tips to make Origins 2017 the best you have ever had!


    Registration!

    First and foremost, before anything else you must get to the convention and check yourself in. If you preregistered, have your barcoded sheets ready to go. If you did not, I would suggest you aim to be there at least one hour before the event you are participating in starts so you have time to check-in and be ready to go. The registration line isnít insanely long most of the time, and the earlier you are the better luck you will have getting in and out of there. Keep in mind that Thursday morning is probably going to be the busiest at the registration area.

    Also when you register, it can help to pick up some generic coins that can be used to play and participate in any open events. They are $2/each and you can always cash them back in before the end of the event if you donít use them.


    Dice Masters



    Letís be honest, if you are here on our site it is because Dice Masters interests you. For the week at Origins, the schedule of events looks like this:

    WEDNESDAY

    11:00 A.M.
    - Registration Starts
    12:00 P.M.
    - Side Events Start
    8:00 P.M.
    - Side Events End


    THURSDAY

    9:00 A.M.
    - Registration Starts
    10:00 A.M.
    - Side Events Start
    2:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Start
    5:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Registration Ends
    8:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers End
    - Side Events End


    FRIDAY

    9:00 A.M.
    - Registration Starts
    10:00 A.M.
    - Dice Masters U.S. National Championship
    - Side Events Start
    2:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Start
    5:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Registration Ends
    8:00 P.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers End
    - Side Events End


    SATURDAY

    9:00 A.M.
    - Registration Starts
    10:00 A.M.
    - Dice Masters World Championship
    - Side Events Start
    8:00 P.M.
    - Side Events End


    SUNDAY

    9:00 A.M.
    - Registration Starts
    10:00 A.M.
    - Side Events Start
    4:00 P.M.
    - Side Events End

    Thursday is the start of all the Worlds qualifiers events. They will fire off in 8 man pods at a time, and if you win you are in with 8 qualification points. If you finish second, you get 4 points and you are halfway to qualifying.


    $6 Quick Plays where you line up against an opponent with your constructed team and winner gets a prize.

    $12 Rainbow Drafts where you will play one match and the winner gets a prize.

    Prizes this year will be the same foil cards given out at WKO part 2 a few months ago along with some new cards and are as follows:

    Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lordsí Alliance Foil Card
    Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card


    The structure of play this year for side events is different and significantly improved from past years.. Then to do a draft you had to play out 3 rounds, here you only need to play out 1. This allows you a chance to collect the foils you need quicker and get a few drafts in while still leaving time for other aspects of the Con.
    If you are playing in Nationals, Worlds Qualifiers or Worlds this year, it may be to your advantage to have your team sheet printed and ready to go filled out. This will also stop you from making last minute changes to your team and be ready to roll with what your plans were. Make sure you have your dice, cards, dice bag and mat ready to go day of-it is much easier than scrambling to find them last minute.



    Board Games

    Are you also a fan of Board Games? For me, this is the reason I started coming to Origins and one of the main reasons I continue to come back each year. This year you can get a sneak-peek at some of the new games being offered from your favorite companies HERE on the boardgamegeek.com geeklist covering it. Many companies offer large areas to demo their new and favorite games and offer you a chance to decide if it is one you want to pick up. Donít be afraid to look for or ask for deals, especially as the Con starts to wrap up, as some vendors do not want to haul all their stuff back with them. Con exclusives like promo cards and pieces can often be found this way as well.


    Besides the main vendor hall, there are great opportunities to play unique to Con games and tournaments. Some of my favorites in the past have been the Ďígiantíí versions of games like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and others. Even if you donít play those you can usually check them out, they are entertaining to watch. Tourneys of all sizes and levels of play are also available in a wide variety of game from CCGs, LCGs and board games. Some of my favorites have been the Legendary games to win an expansion, DC Deckbuilder, Star Realms and Splendor. But there are many opportunities to play and try your hand at casual to competitive play and I would encourage you to make the time to try some old favorites and new things while you are there.


    Outside of the Scope

    This is a gaming convention, which means outside of the board game/CCG world which makes up a bulk of the interest of those attending there are still some other awesome things to check out. In the past I took the time to play an RPG I had never heard of and had a blast. Some other areas that I have seen or experienced include:

    RPGs
    Cosplay
    Videogames
    Battletech Mech
    Art Show/Artistís Corner
    Painting minis
    LARPing
    Awards show
    Movie screenings

    Take the time to look at all the convention has to offer and find that unique thing or experience for you to make it a memorable event! You may discover a hidden talent or new hobby that you would not have otherwise even thought to try before.


    FOOD!

    Next to gaming, eating is one of the best things about Origins. There are a number of amazing food choices in and around the Convention Center, and I would recommend you go with fan favorites or take a chance on some smaller places. These include:



    North Market
    By far one of the most popular choices, this place is hopping on a consitent basis. There are numerous food vendors including bbq, Korean, Japanese, Burgers, Pizza, Italian, Sammies and of course ice cream. Donít miss out on a funky unique flavor from Jeniís Ice Cream while there also. Definitely best to come during Ďíoff-timesíí to avoid the rush. We have gone here and gone back numerous times in the past.

    Food Trucks
    These are usually lining the outside of the Con and offer a chance to get some great food and offers the convenience of being very close to where you are playing. These are usually only around during the busy, midday rush. Keep an eye out front of the center for their appearances.

    Barleyís
    Great food, great beer and a theme menu that matches the Con all make this a welcome, inviting place to check out. Dave and I checked it out last year and loved it. It will be one of my official go-toís for the Con from now on for sure.

    Convention Center
    There are food choices in the center, and in the lobby of the adjoining hotels you can find food as well. I would recommend checking these out when you are out of options or need a quick fix. Take the time to get out of the center if you can, it helps to clear your head and get you the break you need mentally and physically.

    Chains
    If you prefer old standbys that are familiar, there are plenty of those to pick from as well. You can find places like Subway, Steak Escape, Chipotle, Max & Ermaís, Bar Louie and BD Mongolian Grill all close to the Con and give you a chance to seek out familiar eats when you need to grab a bite.

    Pack!
    As much as all of these choices are good, sometimes the best option and the quickest is to pack snacks/food items you can eat on the go. There are plenty of choices, we discussed those previously-but find items with protein and simple sugars to keep you fueled through the day.



    Well that wraps it up friends-I look forward to seeing many of you there-take the time to introduce yourself to our team that will be there: Paul (pk2317), Mike (Whispereni), Michaela (Memmek2k), Trubie (Flexei), JT, Dave, Randy, Patrick (Shadowmeld), Stuart (TheConductr) and myself. We are looking forward to seeing you in just a few short days!
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    1. Drakolich's Avatar
      Drakolich -
      Do we know who will be casting the twitch stream this year by chance? I'm going to be setting up a party to watch it like last year!