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14,000 TO ATTEND ORIGINS GAME EXPO AT GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER
June 22, 2004

Every kind of tabletop game imaginable - from traditional games like chess and cribbage, to trading card games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, to role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, to board games and card games and miniatures games of every variety - will be featured this weekend at the Origins Game Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The event will be held June 24-27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Admission is $20 per day or $50 for a four-day pass.

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Origins, every living member of the Adventure Game Hall of Fame will attend to discuss the history of both Origins and the hobby game industry. Friday night features the 30th Annual Origins Awards at 8 p.m., where the best game products of the last year are honored. Saturday, Sean Astin, star of Lord of the Rings, Sean will discuss the films and sign autographs. The show also features several national championship tournaments throughout the weekend.

The Origins Game Expo began in Baltimore in 1975 and featured war games, which were the principal type of product published in the industry at the time. Since then the show (and the industry) has expanded to include card games of every type, non-war board games, role-playing games, and much more. In 1996, after traveling from city to city for its first 21 years, Origins moved to its permanent home in Columbus, where it has been ever since. In 2002, the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the hobby game industry's trade association, took over management of the show. Since then, attendance has grown 36%, making Origins the fastest-growing national game convention. Last year's attendance was 12,600. This year, GAMA expects more than 14,000.

For more information, visit www.originsgames.com or www.gama.org.

Other large and/or unique upcoming conventions:

OFA - an association of Floriculture Professionals
Short Course
July 10-14
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Attendance-9,200
www.ofa.org

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
PPG Nationals
July 9-11
Ohio Expo Center
Attendance-20,000
www.good-guys.com

National Softball Association
Girls Youth Fast Pitch World Series
July 24-31
Berliner Park
Attendance-30,000

Longaberger Company
Annual Basket Bee
July 28-Aug. 7
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Attendance-15,000
www.longaberger.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brent LaLonde
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Experience Columbus
614-222-6104
614-562-0940 (cell)
BLaLonde@ExperienceColumbus.com

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