COLUMBUS (WCMH) — This is not a device in your hand, while you sit by yourself. Instead, you interact with the players around you and actually use your fine motor skills of grabbing and rolling dice, moving game peices, and holding playing cards.
For the 45th year, Origins Game Fair hosts its annual event here in Columbus. Some of the interesting points here: Instructors are available for you to learn new games. Tables are set up for you, your family and or friends to play something you purchased. Sensory gaming room are also available for families living with autism
“This is a great opportunity for you to find your best fit game,” said Mary Kaempen with Catalyst Game Labs. “Most companies [here] have GMs, game masters who will come and teach you the game.”
The gamemaster walks the players through all the rules.
“A lot of these games seem complicated, but when you learn from someone they are not complicated,” said Kaempen.
The Beougher family from Ceder Falls, Iowa, focuses on together time. They come to the event as a vacation with their 10 and 7-year-old.
“When they were about two we decided to limit screen time,” said Jessica Beougher. “It’s kind of a conscious decision.”
For the past two and a half years the family has played games at a table, just like they did Wednesday. They talked, helped, and had fun together.
“We’re typical,” explained Jessica.
“There’s another family here that we met back at the hotel,” her husband Andrew said.
There are thousands of new games, gaming pieces, and people. One of them is Tina Vo. She volunteers to help run the booth for Battletech. Her day job is an assistant professor at the University of Neveada-Las Vegas.
Here, her job is to keep people’s shoes off of a huge board game.
“Someone will run you through a scenario, you’ll battle each other with in like a grand shootout,” Vo explained to a father and son visiting where she stood.
She catches most people off gaurd, because she is standing off of the pathway, and when you approach the giant game board, she practically shouts, “Oh shoes,” while pointing to the floor. Every person looks down at the floor and Vo explains that area is for socks only.
She then pulls the passerby in with and explaination about the 3-D printed game peices they can use on the huge game board.
The event runs from June 12-16 at the Columbus Convention Center and is typically going 24 hours a day.