The Green Board Game Company, Games Workshop and Osprey Games have been named among the winners of this year’s esteemed UK Games Expo Awards.
Decided upon by a panel of judges comprised of board gaming experts and industry personalities as well as being subject to a public vote, the winners list was decided upon at the 2018 show in Birmingham last weekend.
Categories in this year’s list span 15 categories, including Best Children’s Game, Best Abstract Game and Best Board Game. Two winners have been selected in each category under Judges Award and People’s Choice accolades.
The Green Board Game Company took home the Judges Award for Best Children’s Game with its title Brain Box People At Work, while Gibsons scooped Best Board Game (strategic style) for Civilisation.
“We are thrilled to announce that Civilisation won the Best Strategic Board Game Award at UK Games Expo this weekend,” Gibsons announced via Twitter. “Thank you to everyone who visited us during the show, we had a blast.”
The complete winners list is a heady mix of quick fire, party games and long-play hobbyist titles, reflecting the diversity of the UK’s board gaming space and its rise in popularity. The show saw a 30 per cent growth on last year with a record 21,700 attendees across its three days from May 31 to June 2.
All games in the shortlist were eleigible for a public vote using the show app to choose the People’s Choice Award winners, allowing show visitors to select their favourite titles from the shortlisted companies and games.
The complete list is:
Best Children’s Game
Judges Award: Brain Box People at Work – The Green Board Game Company
People’s Choice: Rhino Hero – Super Battle – The Habermass 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 Game
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
Judges Award: QUeenDomino – Blue Orange Games
People’s Choice: Cities of Splendor – Space Cowboys
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 Inc.
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