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. 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.
Voting arrangements and a list of the sort listed games will be published on the website just before the show, so why not get involved and help us choose our winners.
These are the provisional categories for the awards for 2020. Games for evaluation are 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.
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.