This rules for entering the awards

The UK Games Expo Awards


The UK Games Expo Awards 2016

The Expo Awards were developed and introduced at UK Games Expo in 2007 to recognise the achievement of manufacturers and publishers in a variety of game genres. A special logo will be available for use by the winners in each category.


1.Game products on show at Expo 2016 and which had been released in the UK in the preceding 12 months, or are released at Expo 2016 will be eligible for entry into the Awards.

Additionally iIf a game is a new reprint or version of a game published prior to UKGE 2007 we will consider it. If the game was released between 2007 and the Expo 2015. BUT is on sale or distribution in the UK for the first time in the current award year we will also consider it.

2.The Games must be on sale at UK Games Expo 2016.

3.Manufacturers and publishers may suggest which category, other than the Special Achievement Award, in which to enter their products, however the Expo judges will make the final decision. Only ONE category per product is permissible. A Game may only be entered for the awards in ONE year. Sometimes a given category will NOT be used one year in which case we will fit the game in the nearest category.

4.The awards are only for products from games companies who are exhibiting at EXPO (either themselves or via another company) and they are not open to others.

5. For all categories (other than Best New Accesory or Expansion) games must be original designs and not just new editions unless there is significant change in the design or game play between editions.

6. To enter the awards you MUST send a copy/mock-up or sample by 20th April. IF YOU MISS THE DEADLINE YOUR GAME WILL NOT BE ENTERED. There are NO exceptions to this rule. In the case of card, board game or RPG a mock-up is fine if a full version is unavailable. In the miniatures category a representative range of the figures must be sent.

7.You must also send a high res image of the game box to This should be a flat image of the box from straight in front - not angled. This image is the one we will put in the programme and we want all of them to be the same style - the box cover. IN ADDITION for promotional use you may also send us images of game components/ board etc and we may make use of them.

8. All samples, prototypes and products submitted will not be returned. These are passed to appropriate judges who will rate them. On the weekend the samples are made available to the public who have the opportunity to vote using voting forms handed out at the convention.

To enter your game for nominations please do ALL of the following:

All games apart from Roleplaying Games:

Patrick Campbell
91 Grosvenor Way
Quarry Bank
Brierley Hill
West Midlands

Roleplaying Games:
John Dodd
432 carlton road,

Patrick and John then take over as Awards Umpires and gets your games played by the Judges.

Categories and nominations for 2016

These are the provisional categories for the awards for 2015. Games for evaluation are being sent to a panel of judges whose vote will be part of the final result. To this will be added the results of the public vote on the weekend. Good luck to all our nominations.

For 2015 we have decided to tighten up the criteria for a give category.

Best New Boardgame  (Game with a target ages of 12+/ Adult and specifically not for young children, which uses a board or components that are not just cards and usually will have a strong theme and significant strategic choices)

Best Role-playing Game (A game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting and where the main thrust is players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a story general run by a games master. In any given year we may decide to split this category into Roleplay Games and Rolpelaying Game suplement.)

Best Miniatures Range (A wargame system and/ or miniatures range where the core part of the game is using miniature figures to fight out battles. Might include figures aimed at use in RPG games. In any given year we might break this catagoery in to rules systems and figures.

Best General Games (A game that any one can play with as much ease and enjoyment regardless of age - this category is used sometimes when we cant quite fit certain games into a specific category but also implies something with widespread appeal)

Best Party Game (A game which is usually light and easy to play, with simple rules and designed for larger groups or a party)

Best Children's Game (A game which is specifically deisgned for younger (10 years or below) to play with or without adult supervsion but not a game adults would play on their own.

Best Family Game (A game which is ideal for children (perhaps older children) and adults to play together and all enjoy equally. Something for parents and kids to have fun together with.)

Best Abstract Game (An abstract game is a game that minimizes luck and does not rely on a theme. It typically focuses on strategy where skill and careful planning is the key. May feature various components)

Best Card Game (This might be broken into different catagoeries such as collectible card game and stargeic card game. The defining features is that the game features mostly cards and not usually a board or other components)

Best New Accesory or Expansion (This covers expansions to existing games, new versions which are essentially the same game but might have a different ste of pieces eg an army pack and anything gaming related not covered in the other areas eg game storage solutions, dice bags etc.


The winner in each category wil be determined by a combined system of a public vote and the opinion of a Panel of Judges. Awards will be announced on Sunday 5th June 2016.

Previous Years Results

Awards Winners 2015

Black Fleet, Space Cowboys, Asmodee

General Game
Cycling Party, Snake Eye Games

Board Games with Miniatures
Star Wars Imperial Assault, Fantasy Flight Games

Role Play Games
Mutant Year Zero, Modiphius Games

Family Games
Waggle Dance, Grublin Games

Star Wars Armada, Fantasy Flight Games

Strategic Card and Dice Games
Elysium Space Cowboys, Asmodee

General Card games
Sushi Go! Gamewright

Children's Game
Chickyboom, Blue Orange

Party Game
Cash'n Guns, Repos Production

Abstract Games
HexAgony, JJR Distributions Ltd

Firefly, Blue Sun Rim Expansion Set Gale Force Nine

Syrinscape, Syrinscape Pty Ltd

Honourable Mention:
You are the Hero, Jonathan Green


Awards winners 2014:

Best New Boardgame  

Splendor Asmodee

Best Role-playing Game

Achtung Cthulhu Keepers Guide Modiphius Games

Best Miniatures Range

Sails of Glory Ares Games

Best Family Game

Luchador! Backspindle

Best Abstract Game

Castellan Steve Jackson Games

Best Strategic Card Game

Trains AEG

Best General Card Game

Cheaty Mages - AEG

Best Children's Game

The Magic Labyrinth - Drei Magier Spiele/Lion Rampant Imports

Best Party Game

Anomia - Coiledspring Games

Best Accesory

Gaming Bag- All Rolled Up


Awards winners 2013:

Best New Boardgame  

Mice and Mystics Plaid Hat Games

Best Role-playing Game

Star wars Fantasy Flight Games

Best Miniatures Range

Star Wars Xwing Minatures Fantasy Flight Games

Best Family Game

Forbidden Desert Coiledspring

Best Abstract Game

String Railway Abstract Games

Best Strategic Card Game

Lords of War Black Box Games

Best General Card Game

Smash Up - AEG


Awards winners 2012:

Best New Boardgame  

Zoom Zoom Kaboom Hopwood Games

Best Role-playing Game

Airship Pirates Cubicle 7

Best Miniatures Range

Star Fleet Mongoose

Best Family Game

Rory's Story Cubes Coiledspring

Best Abstract Game

Foundation Cubiko

Best Card Game

Panic Lab Coiledspring

Special Award

Designers and Dragons - Mongoose Publishing

2011 Expo Winners

You can view the award ceremony for 2011 here:

Best New Boardgame
Ankh Morpork (Treefrog)

Best Role-playing Game
All For One- Triple Ace

Best Family/Children's Game
Kingbrick - Oliver Sidthorpe

Best Abstract Game
Cubulous – Coiled Spring Games

Best Party Game
The Know It Games - Pants on Fire

Best Card Game
Braggart - Spiral Galaxy Games

Best Minatures Range
Wars of Tonan - Table Warfare

Special Awards

Triple Ace - Best Looking Stand

Scott Hughes - Beast of Burden Award

Richard Law - "I do all this work just to get a free Yellow Shirt Award"

2010 Expo Winners

Best New Boardgame
Workshop of the World (Ragnar Brothers)

Best Role-playing Game
DR Who - Cubicle 7

Best Family/Children's Game
Forbidden Island– Coiled Spring

Best Abstract Game
Mijnlieff – Hopwood Games

Best Card Game
World Cup Card Game - Games for the World

Special Award
Martin Wallace - For service to boardgames

Triple Ace - Best Looking Stand

2009 Expo Winners

Best New Boardgame
Snow Tails (Asmodee Version)

Best Role-playing Game
Lovecraftian tales from the Table- The Bradford Players (Yog radio)

Best Miniatures Range
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Copplestone Casting)

Best General/Party Game
Liar-Liar – Pants on Fire Games

Best Family/Children's Game
Cubiko – Gavin Birnbaum

Best Abstract Game
Kamisado – Burley Games

Best Card Game
Fzzzt! – Surprised Stare

Best Collectible Card Game
Huntik - Upper Deck Entertainment

2008 Expo Winners

Best Boardgame 
Iceflow (Ludorum Games)

Best Role-playing Game
Dungeons and Dragons (Wotc)

Best Miniatures Game
Field of Glory (Slitherine)

Best Quiz Game
Idenity Crisis (Ibble Dibble)

Best Abstract Game
Serendipity (Cuburo)

Best Card Game
World of Warcraft (UDE)

Special Award
Take it Easy (Peter Burley)

2007 Expo Winners

2007 Expo Awards:
Best New Boardgame: Fagin’s Gang-Ludorum Games

Best Family Game: Alphabet Runner-Alphabet Runner

Best Card Game: World of Warcraft-Upper Deck Entertainment

Best Miniatures Game: AT-43-Rackham

Best Role-playing Game: RuneQuest-Mongoose Publishing

Special Award: Pitchcar-Ferti