TOM: The Originsô Metagame Rules

 

James Ernest and Rick Loomis††††††††††††† Sample TOM card.

 

(Note: if you want to purchase some of the cards for TOM: The Origins Metagame, click here)

 

Introduction:

 

Origins is, and always has been, a convention for gamers. Every year since 1975 Origins has been the best place for gamers to meet the people who make the games. From the biggest company to the smallest, players, manufacturers, and designers all come to Origins. Itís the best place to see and play the newest games on the market, and to find rare games long out of print.

 

TOM, The Origins metagame, is a new way to participate in the Origins experience. A booster pack of 8 random cards is included in your convention bag. There are 110 cards in the 2002 edition, representing companies, designers, and game products from all levels of the game industry. Many of these cards are available from the appropriate company booths at Origins, and you can get a complete card list and additional booster packs from your friends at Flying Buffalo.

 

About the Cards:

 

Every card in The Origins Metagame represents either a game company, a game designer, or a game product (COMPANY, PERSON, or GAME). The basic game works like Rock, Paper, Scissors: COMPANY beats PERSON, PERSON beats GAME, and GAME beats COMPANY. However, there are exceptions. For example, if a PERSON has worked for a COMPANY, as listed on the PERSON card, then that PERSON beats that COMPANY. More important, when two cards of the same type come up, the tie is broken by three numbers in the STAR, the DIAMOND, and the SHIELD.

 

When you meet someone else who is playing The Origins Game, you can challenge that player to a fight. Each of you chooses one card from your collection and holds it out face down. Then compare the cards, and the winner of the challenge keeps them both.

 

Obviously this is a very simple game. But thatís the point. The real fun is in the Metagame, in which you try to amass a complete set, determine the most powerful cards, and enjoy challenging friends and strangers to random instantaneous duels.

 

What Beats What:

 

As described above, the general rule is that COMPANY beats PERSON, PERSON beats GAME, and GAME beats COMPANY. The exceptions are as follows:

 

When a PERSON card has a COMPANY card listed below his or her name, itís because that person works (or has worked) for that company. In this case, that PERSON card beats that COMPANY card.

 

When a PERSON card has a GAME card listed above his or her name, itís because that person designed or contributed to that game. That GAME beats this PERSON card.

 

Similar rules apply to the other cards. In general, any card listed above a cardís name beats that card, and any card listed below a cardís name is beaten by it. Note: Not all card listings are complete, since designers work on many games, companies publish many games, and so on. Be sure to check both cards for possible reversals of the normal card order. The text on the cards in final, so even if you know better, you must go by what the cards tell you. (Weíre doing the best we can here.)

 

Cards of the Same Type:

 

You will frequently play two cards of the same type (a GAME vs. another GAME, for example). In this case, the following rules will determine who wins.

 

Star Number: First, compare the Star values. Between two cards of the same type, the card with the higher Star value wins. Star values are based on Origins Awards and are computed as follows: for every Origins Award nomination that company, designer, or game has received, the star value grows by one point. For each Origins Award, the value gains an additional 2 points (this make an Award worth 3 points altogether, 1 for the nomination and 2 for the award). For each listing in the Academyís Hall of Fame, the Star value gains 5 points.

 

Star Values are not always current, but you must always go by the star value on your card. If a game, designer, or company wins an Origins award at Origins 2002, it will be reflected in the cards for the following year.

 

Diamond and Shield Numbers: When the Star Numbers are tied, compare the Diamond Numbers. When the Diamond Numbers are also tied, compare the number in the Shield. If all three of these values are the same, then the game is a draw and the players keep their cards.

 

The Value of Autographs:

 

If an individualís name appears anywhere on a card, either as the primary card name or in the list of related cards, you should get that card signed if you can. Each applicable signature on a card increases the Star value of that card by five points.

 

Note: Because of the autograph rule, itís possible for one card to beat a copy of itself.

 

Challenge Protocol:

 

The Origins Metagame is happening all the time. If you want to show other players that you are playing, you can wear an Origins Metagame card attached to your convention badge. Or you can wander the halls shouting ďFight me! Fight me! Iím playing The Origins Metagame!Ē

 

When you challenge another player for the first time, that payer must accept your challenge. Subsequent challenges between the same two players are always optional. Trading is legal all the time, and is always optional.

 

Credits:

 

TOM, The Origins Metagame, is published by Flying Buffalo under license from GAMA, and was designed by James Ernest and Rick Loomis. Origins is a trademark of GAMA and is used with permission. Part of the proceeds of this game go to help support GAMA and the Origins game fair. For more information, visit the GAMA Web site at www.gama.org or the Origins website at www.originsgames.com Questions? Call Flying Buffalo at 480-945-6917, come to our booth at Origins, or email Rick Loomis at rick at flying buffalo dot com

 

CARDLIST for TOM: The Origins Metagame (1st edition). (as of July 4, 2002)

 

 

†††††††† 1

Rick Loomishttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/rloomis.htm

†††††††† 2

Steve Crompton http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/sscrompt/index.htm

3

Elizabeth Danforth http://www.oakheart.com/

4

Jim "Bear" Peters

5

Doug Malewickihttp://www.canosoarus.com

6

Ken St Andre http://www.geocities.com/kenstandre

7

Chainmail Girlhttp://www.geocities.com/chainmailgirl

8

Flying Buffalo Inc http://www.flyingbuffalo.com

9

Michael Stackpolehttp://www.stormwolf.com

10

James Ernest†† http://www.cheapass.com

11

Cheapass Gameshttp://www.cheapass.com

12

Dicelandhttp://www.diceland.com

13

Cloud Kingdom Gameshttp://www.cloudkingdom.com

14

Looney Laboratorieshttp://www.looneylabs.com

15

Andy Looney http://www.wunderland.com/Andy

16

Icehousehttp://www.icehousegames.com

17

Chaosiumhttp://www.chaosium.com

18

Call of Cthulhuhttp://www.chaosium.com

19

Charlie Krankhttp://www.chaosium.com

20

Living Room Gameshttp://www.lrgames.com

21

Another Fine Messhttp://www.animal-companions.com

22

Clockworkshttp://www.clockworksgames.com

23

Ann Dupuishttp://www.animal-companions.com

24

Steffan O'Sullivanhttp://www.panix.com/~sos/fudge.html

25

Terra Incognitahttp://www.nagssociety.com

26

Grey Ghost Press Inchttp://www.fudgerpg.com

27

Chosenhttp://www.chosenrpg.com

28

Digital Burnhttp://www.lrgames.com

29

Aaron Rosenberg

30

Fudge Expanded Editionhttp://www.fudgerpg.com

31

Earthdawnhttp://www.lrgames.com

32

Magi-Nationhttp://www.magi-nation.com

33

2i Art Team

34

When Darkness Comes http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com

35

Ty Dobsonhttp://members.tripod.com/~baronPA/

36

Peter Adkison

37

Battle Tech Miniatureshttp://www.ironwindmetals.com

38

Ral Partha

39

Nova Games

40

Alfred Leonardihttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/a lfred.htm

41

Ace of Aceshttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/ace.htm

42

Eagle Gameshttp://www.sixsidedsimulations.com

43

FASA

44

Phil Lacefield

45

Pinnaclehttp://www.peginc.com

46

Deadlandshttp://www.peginc.com

47

Shane Lacy Hensleyhttp://www.peginc.com

48

Phil Fogliohttp://www.airshipbooks.com

49

Airship Entertainmenthttp://www.airshipbooks.com

50

Girl Genius the Workshttp://www.airshipbooks.com

51

Traveller

52

Conflict Game Co

53

Game Designers Workshop

54

Marc Miller

55

Twilight 2000

56

Kenzer & Cohttp://www.kenzerco.com

57

Hackmasterhttp://www.kenzerco.com

58

Kingdoms of Kalamarhttp://www.kenzerco.com

59

KODT Design Teamhttp://www.kenzerco.com

60

Michael Pondsmith

61

Dwarven Stoneshttp://www.crystalcaste.com

62

Dave Helberhttp://zeitcom.com/majgen

63

Chessex Dicehttp://www.chessex.com

64

Star Fleet Battleshttp://www.starfleetgames.com

65

Simulations Design Corp

66

Streets of Stalingrad http://www.L2DesignGroup.com

67

Dana Lombardyhttp://www.L2DesignGroup.com

68

Art Lupinaccihttp://www.L2DesignGroup.com

69

L2 Design Group http://www.L2DesignGroup.com

70

Spellbindershttp://www.spellme.com

71

John Kovalichttp://www.dorktower.com

72

Scott Kurtzhttp://www.pvponline.com

73

Aaron Williamshttp://www.nodwick.com

74

Dwarven Forge LLChttp://www.dwarvenforge.com

75

MasterMazehttp://www.dwarvenforge.com

76

Stefan Pokornyhttp://www.dwarvenforge.com

77

Legends†††† http://www.mgames.com

78

Heritage Models

79

Reaper Minihttp://www.Reapermini.com

80

CAVhttp://www.CavHQ.com

81

Legends Dark Heavenhttp://www.reapermini.com

82

Originshttp://www.originsgames.com

83

KODT Dicehttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/kodtdice.htm

84

KODT LW Teflon Billyhttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/kodt.htm

85

KODT LW El Ravagerhttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/kodt.htm

86

KODT LW Knuckleshttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/kodt.htm

87

KODT LW Thorinahttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/kodt.htm

88

Citybookshttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/catalyst.htm

89

Starwebhttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/starweb.htm

90

Grimtooth's Traps†† http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/catalyst.htm

91

Tunnels & Trolls†† http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/tandt.htm

92

Lejentia Books http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/catalyst.htm

93

Death Dicehttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/dice.htm

94

Nuclear Warhttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/nucwar.htm

95

Fantasy Games Unlimited

http://www.fantasygamesunlimited.com

96

Loren Wisemanhttp://www.lorenwiseman.com

97

Strategy & Tacticshttp://www.decisiongames.com

98

SPI

99

Supergermhttp://www.flyingbuffalo.com/nucwar.htm

100

Grimtooth†† http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/catalyst.htm

101

MSPE http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/mercen.htm

102

VEX: Nations of the World http://www.sixsided.com

103

VEX: States & Provinces http://www.sixsided.com

104

VEX: Historical Entities http://www.sixsided.com

105

Skotos Tech http://www.skotos.net

106

Castle Marrachhttp://www.marrach.net

107

RPG Net http://www.rpg.net

108

Duke Siefried

109

Dave Arneson http://www.castleblackmoor.com

110

Adventure Games Inc

 

 

 

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