What can I say? I had a good time. I met some cool people including DM Scotty. The official line from GAMA is that attendance was up this year. I think there were more people there Thursday and Friday which were both dead days last year but Saturday did not really feel crowded to me.
Please fix on-site registration. This had been a mess every year since the convention has been in Columbus. There was a picture, posted on Facebook, of the line to register on Saturday that one person claimed as proof of the success of the convention but I saw it as a failure in customer service. The line at the BMV in Ohio moves faster than the Origins line. Ohio is ranked #1 in customer experience but there is a lot more to issuing license plates or a driver's license than printing a badge to enter Origins. Other conventions have figured out how to take registration payments online after pre-registration so why can't Origins? At a Wizard World Con I was able to buy my tickets with my phone while in line and then move to the pre-registration pick up line.
Overall not a bad show. A little disappointing but I will hope that there are changes for the better next year.
Origins Show FAQ
What was the favorite game you played?
Fantasy Quest - Miniature Skirmish Rules
So, What did you buy?
Mice and Mystics with expansion set
Call of Catthulu RPG
Get Lucky (Kill Dr. Lucky card game)
2 Dystopia Rising Splat books
My son Nick bought Star Realms
What did you almost buy?
Myth by Merc Games
Dragon Head Trophy by David Lee Pancake
What did you want to buy but could not find?
WizKids Godzilla Figures
Formula E by Clever Mojo Games (Elephant Racing!)
What new product looks promising?
WizKids new Dragon Combat game licensed from Wizards of the Coast
What was the strangest vendor in the hall?
Vendor selling oysters each guaranteed to have a pearl