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Origins Game Fair

This year, members of the Dungeons & Dragons team will be on hand at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio to discuss D&D Next and the exciting things we have planned for board games and miniatures. Learn about the new Dungeon Command miniatures skirmish game, and take the opportunity to jump into a 4-hour D&D Next playtest. The convention runs from May 30 – June 3. You can find information about D&D events below, as well as general information about the convention on the Origins website or at Baldman Games.

Gaming Events

Sneak Peek of Dungeon Command

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM, Friday and Saturday
Location: Regency Foyer, Hyatt Hotel

Wizards of the Coast’s new miniatures skirmish game, Dungeon Command, doesn’t release until this summer, but you can get a sneak peek of the game at Origins. Join the games designers, Peter Lee and Chris Dupuis, to watch or play the game.

Playtest Special: D&D Next

Length: 4 hours
Location: Regency Ballroom, 3rd floor Hyatt Hotel

4 tables each time slot:
Thursday: 8:00 am / 1 pm / 7 pm
Friday: 8:00 am / 1 pm / 7 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am / 1 pm / 7 pm

Join in a public playtest of the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons game at Origins. Play in an adventure with characters provided, and give us your feedback to help guide the future of the D&D game! Players of any edition of the game are welcome to participate. Ticketing will be available in the Origins registration system. All participants are required to agree to playtesting terms in order to participate.


Board Games Industry Panel

Time: 11 AM, Saturday
Panelists: Peter Lee, Chris Dupuis, Mike Selinker, James Earnest
Location: Room C212

Miniatures, Board Games & Beyond

Time: 4 PM, Friday
Panelists: Peter Lee, Chris Dupuis, Mike Mearls
Location: Room C 212

Come chat with some of the Wizards of the Coast board game and miniatures team about the design and development process for some of Wizards’s recent games, including Lords of Waterdeep and the new miniatures skirmish game, Dungeon Command. Seminar to be followed by Q&A.

An Hour with Mike Mearls

Time: 2 PM, Friday
Panelist: Mike Mearls
Location: Room C 212

D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls takes questions about Dungeons & Dragons, his history with gaming, breaking into the game industry, and anything else you can think of.

Future of Dungeons & Dragons

Time: 6PM, Friday & 6 PM Saturday
Panelists: Mike Mearls, Robert J. Schwalb
Location: Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel

The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls and designer Robert Schwalb in a Q&A about the next D&D, and how the public playtest is using fan feedback to help shape the future of the game.

Special Guests

Mike Mearls is the Senior Manager for Dungeons & Dragons R&D. Some of his past credits include Player’s Handbook 3, Monster Manual 3, books in the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials line, as well as the Castle Ravenloft board game. He is currently involved in the design and development of the next iteration of D&D.

Peter Lee is a Tabletop Game Designer who has worked on a multitude of Dungeons & Dragons games, including Wizards of the Coast’s new Dungeon Command Miniatures Skirmish game. His past credits include D&D Miniatures, D&D Dungeon Tiles, Lords of Waterdeep, The Legend of Drizzt, as well as the other Adventure System games.

Chris Dupuis is a traveling bard who recently found himself in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and 2 cats. When he’s not spinning tales about the majestic mountains, he’s rolling dice as a Tabletop Game Designer for Wizards of the Coast. His recent credits include Heroscape, Risk Legacy, Dungeon Command, and the Dungeon! board game. You can follow him on twitter, where he’s @gameguruchris.

Robert Schwalb is an award-winning game designer who has contributed design or developed over one hundred roleplaying game titles for Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, Star Wars RPG, and the d20 System.