The Networks (designer Gil Hova, publisher Formal Ferret). I'd playtested it at UnPub 5 over a year ago, and loved it. I also picked up a little two-player co-op game called The Ravens of Thri Sahashri (designer Kuro; artists Hanbaagu, Rapan, and Romannu; publisher Osprey) based strictly on W. Eric Martin's description in his Origins Game Fair 2016 Preview.
I haven't played Pokémon since my sons were much younger, so its presence at Origins would have been insignificant to me - if it weren't for the giant inflated Pikachu that served as the universal landmark of the Main Gaming Hall. The open gaming area was immediately behind the creature, so the unofficial meeting call for pick-up gaming turned out to be "behind Pickachu's butt." If you were wondering about that hashtag on your Twitter feed, that's where it came from.
I love it when a game surprises me. One of the surprises out of Origins was Oh My Goods (designer Alexander Pfister, artist Klemens Franz, publisher Mayfair), which I played in open gaming with Charlie Hoopes, Roger Hicks, and Keith Ferguson. The engine building in this solid little card game provides a variety of tactical and strategic options. I hope to get a chance to explore them more in the future.
|Charlie Hoopes, Roger Hicks, and Keith Ferguson playing "Oh My Goods" on a table|
cloth protecting us from one of the many atrociously damaged and splintered tables
in the Origins Main Gaming Hall
Continued in Part 2 - Friday 17 June