Award Categories

Marketability

  • Broad demographic appeal
  • Instantly recognizable design
  • Most suitable for distribution

 

Innovation

  • Creatively shapes the player experience
  • Introduces unique gameplay mechanics
  • Pushes the boundaries of board gaming
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Visual Design

  • Strong visual theme
  • Appealing artwork
  • Excellent typography and content layout

Replay Value

  • High variability of game layout
  • Fast-paced and easy to start again
  • Gameplay experience is universally rewarding

Craft

  • Masterful detail work
  • Physical components support gameplay and theme
  • Innovative use of materials

Enrichment

  • Promotes critical thinking through strategy
  • Enriches and/or teaches the players
  • Fosters interest in real world issues

Theme

  • Gameplay, mechanics, and design are cohesive
  • Creates a great narrative or story

Accessibility

  • Rules are easy to learn
  • Experts and novices can play together
  • Can be played by many or few people