Friday 3 - Sunday 5 Jun 2022

UK Games Expo Awards

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. The UK Games Expo Awards Winners 2021 are listed at the bottom of this page.

The 2022 UK Games Expo Awards will open for submission in December 2021.

A special logo will be available for use by the winners in each category. Many exhibitors display these proudly on their games or their stands in future years.

There are many categories in our awards and in each category there will be a Judges Award which is determined by panels chose for their knowledge of games and a Peoples Choice Award where you the visitor can vote on the best games using the website.

The short listed games will appear in the programme and on the website in 2022, so why not get involved and help us choose our winners for 2022?

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These are the provisional categories for the awards for 2022. Games for evaluation will be sent to a panel of judges who will short list them as well as selecting the overall Judges Awards winner. On the weekend of UK Games Expo visitors will vote on short listed games to determine the People's choice award winner.

Good luck to all our entrants.

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. This may include variants and expansion of Minitaures Rules such as additional campaigns etc.

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

The category covers items and products which are used in or with games often to enhance or improve or add to game play. Examples would include game storage solutions, character sheet folio, dice trays, dice bags etc.

Best Gaming Novelty

The category covers items and products which are not directly used in or with games but are themed or related to the world of gaming. Examples would include clothing, food and drink, books and journals, jewellery etc

Best Game Variant or Expansion

The category covers variants such as new boards and maps or new themes applied to an existing game system or design. It also includes expansions to a game which introduce new components or new mechanics.

2021 UK Games Expo Award Winners:

Best New Abstract Games

  • Judges Award: Distrix - Distrix Games
  • People’s Choice: Flash 8 – Scorpion Masque

Best New Children’s Game

  • Judges Award: Micons – Gigamic
  • People’s Choice:Dragomino - Blue Orange

Best New Family Game

  • Judges Award: Daring Dustbunnies – Hopwood Games
  • People’s Choice: Zombie Teenz Evolution – Scorpion Masque

Best New Gaming Novelty (New for 2021)

  • Judges Award: Finding the Dragon – Game Flow
  • People’s Choice: Legend of the Five Rings: Poison River – Aconyte Books

Best New Miniatures Range

  • Judges Award: Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy - Osprey Games
  • People’s Choice: Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy - Osprey Games

Best New Miniature Rules

  • Judges Award: Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy - Osprey Games
  • People’s Choice: Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy - Osprey Games

Best New Accessory

  • Judges Award: 5E Condition Chips - Dungeon Bones Ltd
  • People’s Choice: Box of Adventure - Valley of Peril – Loke BattleMats

Best Board Games American Style

  • Judges Award: Kitara - Iello
  • People’s Choice: Kitara – Iello

Best New Board Game European Style

  • Judges Award: Excavation Earth - Mighty Boards
  • People’s Choice: Excavation Earth - Mighty Boards

Best New Board Game (Strategic Style)

  • Judges Award: Prisma Arena - Hub Games
  • People’s Choice: Undaunted: North Africa – Osprey Games

Best New Card Games (Strategic)

  • Judges Award: Schotten Totten 2 - Iello
  • People’s Choice: Imperium: Classics – Osprey Games

Best New Card Games (General)

  • Judges Award: Village Green: A Game of Pretty Gardens and Petty Grudges - Osprey Games
  • People’s Choice:Village Green: A Game of Pretty Gardens and Petty Grudges - Osprey Games

Best New Dice Game

  • Judges Award: Escape the Dark Sector - Themeborne
  • People’s Choice: Escape the Dark Sector – Themeborne

Best New Party Game

  • Judges Award: Inkling - Osprey games
  • People’s Choice: 50 Clues: Part 1 - The Pendulum of the Dead – 50 Clues

Best Role-playing Adventure

  • Judges Award: ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds - Free League Publishing
  • People’s Choice: ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds - Free League Publishing

Best Role-playing Expansion

  • Judges Award: The Compendium of Equestria - River Horse Games
  • People’s Choice:Land of the Rising Sun – Brittannia Game Designs Ltd

Best Role-playing Game

  • Judges Award: The Dee Sanction - All Rolled Up
  • People’s Choice: Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying – Free League Publishing

Best Variant or Expansion (New category for 2021)

  • Judges Award: Dice Hospital: Community Care - Alley Cat
  • People’s Choice: Stuffed Fables: Oh, Brother! Expansion – Fantasy Flight Games