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Awards short lists announced

The list of short listed awards is here...

The UK Games 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.


1a.Game products on demo and on sale at UK Games Expo 2019 and which had been released in the UK in the preceding 12 months, or are released at UK Games Expo 2019 will be eligible for entry into the Awards.

1b. Additionally if a game is a new reprint or version of a game published prior to the current year we may consider it providing the game was never entered into the awards before.

1c. If a game missed inclusion in the previous year for various reasons and has never been considered in the awards we may consider it. Inclusion of these games in the awards is at our discretion however. A valid reason may be that a production quality prototype was not available at the point we close down submissions in March and you prefered not to send a mock up. In this case we are happy to accept the game in the following award year.

2. The Games must be on sale at UK Games Expo 2019.

3.Manufacturers and publishers may suggest which category, 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 UK Games Expo (either themselves or via another company) and they are not open to others.

5. For all categories (other than Best New Accessory or Expansion) games must be original designs and not just new editions unless there is very 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 31st January 2019 if published in 2018 or 15th March 2019 if published in 2019. IF YOU MISS THE DEADLINE YOUR GAME WILL NOT BE ENTERED. There are NO exceptions to this rule.

7. If you do not have a production copy of the game available by 15th March 2019, a mock-up is fine if a full version is unavailable. (Alternatively you may decide to submit the game in the following award year. See 1c above.)

7.You must also upload a thumb nail and a high res image of the game box to the awards entry on your portal (the options will appear after you make your entry. 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 if your game is selected to the short list and we want all of them to be the same style - the box cover.

8. All samples, prototypes and products submitted will not be returned. These are passed to appropriate judges who will rate them.


1. Visit your exhibitor portal here and click on awards and fill in the form.

(Instructions on setting up your portal are here.)

2. Post your game or games to:
UK Games Expo Ltd
Third Floor, Suite 12 Elgar House Green Street Business Centre
Green Street
DY10 1JF

For RPG Games send them here:

UK Games Expo Ltd
432 Carlton Road,

3. We will update the awards page on your portal in 3 to 4 weeks.

Categories and nominations for 2019

These are the provisional categories for the awards for 2019. 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 nominees.

Best New Boardgame (American-Style ) Generally feature a prominent theme, encourage direct conflict between players and have a significant degree of luck. American-style games often have longer playtimes and have mechanics designed to suit the theme. Sometimes referred to as Ameritrash. (Games with a target ages of 12+ and specifically not for young children.)

Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style ) Generally these games will have less direct player interaction, limited elements of luck and less conflict. Sometimes called a Eurogame or German-style board game. (Game with a target ages of 12+ and specifically not for young children.)

Best New Boardgame (Strategic) These are games which involve tactical and strategic game play, involve direct player interaction, often involve elements of competition, conflict and sometimes military themes. Miniatures may be involved or tokens representing characters or units(Game with a target ages of 12+ and specifically not for young children.)

Best New Card Game (General) Generally these games will not involve a board, but cards will be the predominant feature. This category includes lighter and more family orinetated games.

Best New Card Game (Strategic) Generally these games will not involve a board, but cards will be the predominant feature. This category features a high degree of tactical or strategic play. Examples may include Collectible Card Games. (Game with a target ages of 12+ and specifically not for young children.)

Best New Dice Game Generally these games will not involve a board, but dice will be the predominant feature.

Best Role-playing Game The main rules set for 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 generally run by a games master.

Best Role-playing Game Expansion An expansion or supplement for roleplaying games which expands or adds to an existing game system.

Best Role-playing Game Adventure An adventure, scenario or campaign or campaign setting for roleplaying games.

Best Miniatures Range A miniatures range for use in wargames or roleplaying games.

Best Miniatures Rules A rules system where the core part of the game is using miniature figures to fight out battles.

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 designed for younger children (10 years or below) to play with or without adult supervision 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.

Best New Accessory Anything gaming related not covered in the other areas e.g. game storage solutions, dice bags etc.


The winner in each category will be determined by a combined system of a public vote and the opinion of a Panel of Judges.

Firstly all games are rates by a panel of judges chosen by UK Games Expo. This year we are introducing short lists of the top games in each category where there are more than 3 entries. The short lists will be selected according to the judge's ratings and published on 15th May 2019.

At the UK Games Expo one of these 3 games will be chosen as the Judges' Award winner.

All games in the shortlist are eligible for a public vote using the show app (search UK Games Expo on app store and google play) to choose the Popular Choice Award winner.

Both the Judges and the Popular Choice Awards will be announced on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 3pm.

Winners 2018

Best Children’s Game
Judges Award: Brain Box People at Work – The Green Board Game Company
People’s Choice: Rhino Hero – Super Battle – The Habermaass Gmbh (HABA)

Best Family Game
Judges Award: Untold: Adventures Await – Hub Games
People’s Choice: Untold: Adventures Await – Hub Games

Best Party Game
Judges Award: When I Dream – Repos
People’s Choice: When I Dream – Repos

Best Board Game (European Style)
Judges Award: Great Western Trail – Stronghold
People’s Choice: Photosynthesis – Blue Orange

Best Card Game or Dice Game
Judges Award: Pikoko – Brain Games
People’s Choice: Legend of the Five Rings – Fantasy Flight Games

Best Miniatures Range
Judges Award: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Imperium – Games Workshop
People’s Choice: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Imperium – Games Workshop

Best Miniatures Rules
Judges Award: Gaslands – Osprey Game
People’s Choice: Gaslands – Osprey Game

Best Abstract Game
Judges Award: Thieves – Merlin Games
People’s Choice: Thieves – Merlin Games

Best Expansion
Judges Award: QueenDomino – Blue Orange Games
People’s Choice: Cities of Splendor – Space Cowboys

Best Accessory
Judges Award: DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set
People’s Choice: Big Book of Battle Mats – Loke Battle Mats

Best Board Game (American Style)
Judges Award: Rising Sun – CMON
People’s Choice: Rising Sun – CMON

Best Role-Playing Adventure
Judges Award: Two Headed Serpent – Chaosium Inc.
People’s Choice: The Cthulhu Hack: Three Faces of the Wendigo – All Rolled Up

Best Role-Playing Expansion
Judges Award: Down Darker Train – Chaosium In.
People’s Choice: Leagues of Cthulhu – Triple Ace Games

Best Role-Playing Game
Judges Award: Adventures in an Age Undreamed of – Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.
People’s Choice: SINS – The Roleplaying Game – First Falling Leaf Limited

Best Board Game (Strategic Style)
Judges Award: Civilisation – Gibsons
People’s Choice: Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire – Games Workshop

Winners 2017

Winners 2016

Isle of Skye - Mayfair Games

Board Games with Miniatures
Star Wars Rebellion, Fantasy Flight Games

Role Play Games
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, Chaosium

Family Games
Civilisation - Granna

Frostgrave - Osprey Games

Strategic Card and Dice Games
Odin's Ravens Osprey Games

General Card games
Games of Trains -Brain Games

General Games
Time Stories

Children's Game
Icecool - Brain

Party Game
Codenames - Czech Games Edition

Abstract Games
Onitama - Arcane Wonders

Colt Express, Horses and Stagecoach - Ludonate

Dice Tray - All Rolled Up

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 Accessory

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 Miniatures 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
Identity 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: Fagins 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