(Norfolk, VA, July 6, 2002) Deciphers The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game was awarded Best Trading Card Game (TCG) of 2001 and Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game last night at the 28th Annual Origins Awards ceremony in Columbus, Ohio. The prestigious awards were presented by many celebrities including John Rhys-Davies, who portrays “Gimli The Dwarf” in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Deciphers TCG Studio Game Designer Joe Alread was on hand to accept the award for Best TCG of 2001, while Decipher Marketing Manager Kendrick Summers accepted on behalf of the Art Group for Best Graphic Presentation for a Card Game.
We are very proud to have these industry honors bestowed upon us for a game that we believe in so strongly, said Warren Holland, Deciphers chairman and chief executive officer. Our game designers worked extremely hard to develop a trading card game that would stay true to the lore of The Lord of the Rings while incorporating some of the most innovative game mechanics of any TCG available. The work of our art department on this game speaks for itself.
Voting for the Best Trading Card Game of 2001 was open to the public, while Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game was voted on exclusively by members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design.
These Origins Awards are the most recent accolades received by Decipher for its The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. Earlier this year, The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game was the recipient of the first Nigel D. Findley Memorial Award for Outstanding Card Gaming Product of the Year. In addition, InQuest Gamer Magazine fans named The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game Best CCG in the June 2001 issue. InQuest staff awarded The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game the title of Best Movie-Based CCG of All Time in the May 2002 issue.
The Origins Awards, which are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design, celebrate the best in board, roleplaying, miniatures, trading card games, professional and amateur magazine publications, game-related fiction, play-by-mail game design, and gaming accessories and supplements.