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Recap of Origins Game Fair 2016

We’re finally settled back at home after our best Origins yet! The week we spent in Columbus, OH was a whirlwind of meetings, events, and playing new and old games. We miss it already!

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We had two areas again this year: a booth in the Exhibit Hall with our store and a section of the Open Gaming Hall where we had our League. At our booth, you could frequently catch glimpses of a Kong visiting from New York. Doesn’t he look awesome in his IELLO tshirt? We also had quick demos of our most recent releases and a bunch of  the new version of King of Tokyo for sale.

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In our Organized Play area, the IELLO League was constantly a hub of energy and gaming. This picture is from Wednesday, the calmest day. Note: the nicely aligned stacks of papers and buttons. That didn’t last long, but we had a great time with everyone who stopped by and played! Everyone who participated walked away with an armful of promos and a well-stamped player card as a souvenir!

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We also hosted the Heroes of Normandie Nationals at Origins this year. Clem, one of the designers, was our guest and had signings scheduled on Saturday. We were happy to host the Nationals at Origins this year since the show started as a place for war gamers to gather! We taught Heroes to many people during the convention, and a few of them left the show with their very own copy of the game!

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Three of our games were nominated for Origins Awards this year: Medieval Academy (Best Card Game), Welcome to the Dungeon (Best Card Game), and Me Want Cookies! (Best Family Game). They were up against worthy contestants, and while we didn’t come home with any trophies, we are honored for the nomination.

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Sunday was the last day and while it was a long, busy show, the team still managed to keep smiles on their faces! Our awesome demo team helped with break down and everything was packed up for Gen Con before dinner time! We are already excited for next year and are brain storming ways to make our booths bigger and better for our fans!

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If you weren’t able to make it to Origins, we hope to see you soon at Gen Con in August!

IELLO Events at Origins 2016

Origins is four weeks away, and we’re getting excited! Promos and prizes are packed up, our games are on order, and our demo team is all organized. Since Event Registration is open, we wanted to share details about the events and provide a schedule of all of our events so you can plan your day in advance.

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Wednesday, June 15:

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We have the IELLO League running from 1pm-6pm.  If you don’t know what it is, check out this post that explains the concept. This year it’s working close to the same way, except you’ll get a scratch-off ticket instead of an envelope. Yay, less mess! Giant King of Tokyo will be out for two hours, from 3pm-5pm. All participants will receive a The Horde promo for King of Tokyo, and the winner will receive a Space Penguin. Exciting! We’ll have a Sapiens Tournament from 2pm-5pm. All participants will receive the Mountain AND Double promo tiles, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. Since we’re having the Heroes of Normandie Nationals at Origins this year, we’re having an official demo of the game every day leading up to the event. At 4pm, demo a scenario guided by the designer of the Heroes Tactical System! All participants will get the Bill & Siegfried promo punchboard.

Thursday, June 16:

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We open at 10am with the IELLO League in full swing. Giant King of Tokyo and a King of Tokyo Tournament also start then. All participants of the tournament will receive a promo card pack and the winner will receive a Space Penguin and an invitation to the King of Tokyo Nationals at Gen Con! At 11am, we’ll have our Shadows over Normandie Demo, guided by the designer. All participants will receive the Game Store promo punchboard. At 2pm, we’ll have a Medieval Academy Tournament. All participants will get the Magic & Gallantry alternate tile, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At 3pm, we’ll have a King of New York Tournament. All participants will get a promo card pack, and the winner will receive an Alpha Zombie and an invitation to the King of New York Nationals at Gen Con. At 4pm, we’ll close out the day with a Biblios Tournament. The winner will receive a free copy of the game.

Friday, June 17:

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The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo start at 10am again, along with a King of New York Tournament. At 11am, we’ll have a Happy Pigs Demo, where all participants will get the Penguin promo. At 1pm, we’ll have a Welcome to the Dungeon Tournament where the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At 2pm, we’ll have a King of Tokyo Tournament, and then at 3pm, we’ll have a Sea of Clouds Demo, where each participant will get the Kawaii promo card pack. At 4pm, we’ll end the day with another designer-guided Heroes of Normandie Demo.

Saturday, June 18:

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The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo start at 10am, but most importantly, the Heroes of Normandie Nationals begin as well. Play scenarios specially designed for Origins or die trying! All participants will receive an assortment of HoN prizes, and the winner will receive a free copy of every HoN product. While this is going out, we’ll have a King of Tokyo Tournament at 12pm and a King of New York Tournament at 2pm. You can try your hand at The Big Book of Madness Challenge at 1pm. All participants gets the Mime promo, and the fastest (or surviving) team will get the Golem promo as well. At 3pm, we’ll have a Happy Pigs Tournament. All participants get the Duck promo, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At the same time, we’ll also have a Sea of Clouds Tournament. All participants will get a Captain promo board, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game.

Sunday, June 19:

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We’ll end the convention with just a small selection of low-key events. The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo will start at 10am. There will be a King of Tokyo Tournament at 11am, and a King of New York Tournament at 12pm. Then we pack up our booth and catch up on sleep after an exciting week of Origins!

Recap of Origins Game Fair 2015

Five days later and the whole IELLO team is finally back home and back in business! For the unfortunate ones among you that didn’t make it out to Columbus, Ohio for this year’s Origins Game Fair – sorry we missed you! This convention is one of the rare few that the entire IELLO team attends (though even the French team attends GenCon), and we had a lot of fun things planned! IMG_4144 11109495_427064840752017_9043576197003363353_n

 

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In our Organized Play booth, we had a copy of each of our available games set up to play. If you didn’t know a game, our dedicated team of demo people were super excited to teach you! This year, we even had the added perk of introducing our IELLO League. For three tokens you got a wristband that inducted you into our League. Then, every time you played our games, you received a prize envelope! For completing crazy special objectives, you instead got an upgraded envelope with even cooler prizes (Broken Token inserts, game of choice, BUTTONS – what could be better than that??). If you’re planning on going to GenCon, we’ll be doing this again – this time with all of the kinks worked out!

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Our demo for Medieval Academy was upgraded to the Geek Chic playroom, which made for a fantastic experience! We had enough for two full games and more! From what I saw, everyone thoroughly enjoyed mastering their knighthood studies to join the ranks of King Arthur. And before you forget, go check out those tables – they’re beautiful!11401305_10205187261815513_5739944593591013762_n

In our Exhibit Hall booth, we also had some demos going on, but the real kicker of this area was our store! Here we had all of our in-stock games available for purchase, as well as Master Fox and Pingo Pingo (releasing next week on the 18th!). Look how cool this place looks!

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Out by registration, we had our infamous GIANT King of Tokyo events going on. Here you could play with 4-foot tall characters and throw dice the size of your head! What’s not to like?? Two of our demo people, Chris and David, were superstars that kept up the energy for every game. Don’t worry, they did such a great job that they’ll be handling GIANT KOT at GenCon as well!HareandTortoise_EN_3DBox_BF_2014-04-07OA_winner_seal300HoN_Iello_3DBox

 

Besides all of these awesome events, we also received a huge honor from the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design! The Hare & the Tortoise AND Heroes of Normandie both received awards this year! TH&TT received an award for Best Children’s, Family, & Party Game, while HoN received Best Historical Board Game AND the Fan Favorite for this category! Congrats are due to our co-publishers Purple Brain Creations and Devil Pig Games for their hard work and great ideas that made these games possible.IMG_4167

And that’s a wrap! Sunday afternoon we finished packing up all of our games and sent them on their way to GenCon! Though we were all extremely tired by the end of the show, it was all worth it because of supporters like you! Talking to you, sharing our games, and having fun with you is what we’re all about! If we didn’t see you this year, we hope to see you at GenCon, or at any of the other shows we’ll be at to share experiences like this!

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IELLO’s Event Schedule at Origins 2015

Are you ready for Origins?! With about 6 weeks left, we’re getting excited for this awesome event. You can find our schedule below and you can register on the Origins site here:

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Here is a PDF of the schedule for all IELLO events at Origins for whoever wants an easy printable version. Listed below is an outline of each event by day and location (click on each table for a bigger view).

See you in Columbus!

Weds. June 3rd

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Thurs. June 4th

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Fri. June 5th

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Sat. June 6th

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Sun. June 7th

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Heroes of Normandie nominated at Origins

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We’re proud to announce that Heroes of Normandie has been nominated for a 2015 Origins Award in the Historical Board Games Category!

About the Origins Awards

Each year the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) presents the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair in June. The purpose of the Origins Awards is to reward excellence in game design. The Top 5 products in each category, as determined by the Academy Jury, are announced after the GAMA Trade Show in March. The Top 5 nominees are voted on by all members of the Academy. The Academy vote determines the winner of the Origins Award. Origins attendees have the chance to vote on the Fan Favorite in each category by visiting the Origins Awards area in the back of the exhibit hall. The nominees will be available to check out and play throughout the show. Voting will end on Saturday, June 6th at Noon. The winners will be announced and receive their award at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 6th of Origins.

We will be there in person – stop by and join our events, including a Heroes of Normandie tournament!

About Heroes of Normandie

Heroes of Normandie is a new, fast-paced WWII strategy wargame inspired by Hollywood war movies. This is a tactical scale board-game for 2 players, each commanding their own armies – the Germans on one side, the Americans on the other. Players deploy their units, secretly plan their attacks and try to outwit their enemies by blocking their strategies and surprising them. One thing’s for sure: there’s no turning back!

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