We’ve learned that the Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen has been nominated for an Origins Award, arguably the biggest games awards in the United States. This is fantastic news, and a wonderful recognition of the Baron’s talent as a games designer. We have cracked a bottle of Armagnac in celebration, so if our spelling goes wonky you’ll know why.
On the other hand, it’s been nominated in the category of ‘Childrenâ€™s, Family, and Party Games’. Admittedly the new edition does contain the rules for ‘My Uncle the Baron’, a simplified version of the main game, but still: this is fundamentally a game about drinking, gambling and ogling the Duke of Clarence’s daughter. Still, as Oscar Wilde put it, the only thing worse that being talked about is being beheaded by the Sultan of Constantinople. Something like that. Don’t hog the Armagnac, dear fellow.
The original edition of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausenâ€”the 1998 release, not the suppressed 1808 printingâ€”was also nominated for an Origins Award, and Magnum Opus press supremo James Wallis is a previous winner for his work on Nobilis in 2002.