The 1996 Origins Awards – Presented at Origins 1997

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Figure Miniatures Series of 1996
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos – Games Workshop – Developer: Robin Deus – Designer: Jeff Goodwin

Best Vehicular Miniatures Series of 1996
Battletech: Mechs & Vehicles – Ral Partha – Developer: Chuck Crain – Designers: Chris Atkin, Jim Johnson, Robert Kyde, David Summers, Jeff Wilhelm

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Miniatures Rules of 1996
Warhammer Fantasy Battles – Games Workshop – Designers: Andy Chambers, Bill King, Rick Priestley

Best Pre-20th Century Board Game of 1996
Age of Renaissance – Avalon Hill – Designer: Jared Scarborough

Best Modern-Day Board Game of 1996
Harpoon4 – Clash of Arms – Designers: Larry Bond, Chris Carlson

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Board Game of 1996
Settlers of Catan – Mayfair Games – Designer: Klaus Teuber

Best Card Game of 1996 (three-way tie)
Legend of Five Rings: Battle of Beiden Pass – Five Rings Publishing – Designer: Dave Williams
Lunch Money – Atlas Games – Designer: Charlie Wiedman
Mythos – Chaosium – Designer: Charlie Krank

Best Roleplaying Rules of 1996
Deadlands – Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Inc. – Designer and Writer: Shane Hensley

Best Roleplaying Adventure of 1996
The Complete Masks of Nyarlathotep – Chaosium – Designers and Writers: Larry DiTillio, Lynn Willis

Best Roleplaying Supplement of 1996
Six Guns and Sorcery – R. Talsorian – Writers: Edward Bolme, James Cambias, Eric Floch, Angela Hyatt, Jim Parks, Derek Quintanar, Barrie Rosen, Mark Schumann, Chris Williams

Best Graphic Presentation of a Roleplaying Game, Adventure, or Supplement of 1996
Deadlands – Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Inc. – Graphic Designers: Tim Link, Jay Lloyd Neal, Charles Ryan

Best Game Accessory of 1996
Cthulhu for President – Chaosium – Designers and Writers: Shannon Appel, Les Brooks, Charlie Krank, Paul Lidberg

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game of 1996
Master of Orion II – Microprose – Designers: Steve Barcia, Ken Burd

Best Game-Related Fiction of 1996
The Cthulhu Cycle – Chaosium – Editor: Robert M. Price – Authors: Donald R. Burleson, Leonard Carpenter, Pierre Comtois, August W. Derleth, Lord Dunsany, Alan Dean Foster, C. J. Henderson, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Will Murray, Steven Paulsen, David C. Smith.

Best Professional Game Magazine of 1996
Shadis Magazine – Alderac – Publisher: John Zinser – Editor: Rob Vaux

Best Amateur Game Magazine of 1996
Mechforce Quarterly – Publisher: Mech Force – Editor: Jean Rabe

Best Historical Figure Miniatures Series of 1996
Daimyo 25mm – Reaper Miniatures – Designer: Bob Charrette

Best Historical Miniatures Rules of 1996
Hostile Aircraft 2nd Ed. – Goblintooth Enterprises – Designer: Brian Reddington-Wilde

Best Miniatures Accessory Series of 1996
Wild West Hollow 25mm House – Tactical Conflict Systems – Designer: Leo Walsh

Best Graphic Presentation of a Board Game of 1996
Battletech 4th ed. – FASA Corp. – Art Director: Jim Nelson

Best Play-By-Mail Game of 1996
Middle Earth Play-By-Mail – Game Systems, Inc. – Designers: William B. Feild, Jr., Peter G. Stassun

Best New Play-By-Mail Game of 1996
Starship Command – Elite Simulations – Designer: Brian Hansen

Best Military or Strategy Computer Game of 1996
Wooden Ships & Iron Men – Avalon Hill – Executive Producer: Mike Daninnella

Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game or Expansion of 1996
Middle Earth: The Dragons – Iron Crown Enterprises – Graphic Designers: Pete Fenlon, Jason Hawkins, Nick Morawitz, Jessica Ney-Grimm

1997 Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame Inductees
Darwin Bromley
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – TSR, Inc. – Designer: E. Gary Gygax
Cosmic Encounter – Eon Products, Inc. – Designers: Bill Eberle, Jack Kittridge, Bill Norton, Peter Olotka
Traveller – Game Designers Workshop – Designer: Marc Miller