Round Three

The top 5 games from round two, based on final scores, will move on to round three. Those games will be announced September 1st.


Round three submissions will be due October 13.

For round three you will submit a physical copy of your game. Your game must be post marked by October 13, 2019. The address to send your game to is in the submission form.

Your game must be complete and playable. It must include printed rules. It does not have to have art, but should have all necessary graphics to play.

In addition to submitting a physical copy of your game, you will fill out a submission form with the following:

  • Your email address (Use the same one you used in round two.)
  • The name of all the game’s designers
  • The name of your game (If this has changed since round two, please include the old name as well.)
  • A description of your game for the website. (There is no character limit for this.)
  • A bio of the designer(s) for the website.
  • A link to an image of your game for the website.
  • A link to an image of the designer(s) for the website.

You can look at last years finalist page here.

I will also schedule interviews with the finalists for the podcast. This is not a requirement.

Judging Round Three

Judging in round three will work differently than rounds one and two. Judges will meet in person to play the finalist games. Once a judge has played a game, they will fill out the judging form for that game.

They will rate the game from 1 to 5 in five categories.

  • Innovation: Does the game do something new or combine things into a new and unique experience?
  • Elegance: Does the game flow smoothly and not get in the way of the fun?
  • Excitement: How excited are you to play the game?
  • Presentation: Was the information presented clearly?
  • Overall: How much do you like the game overall?

They will also give some written feedback.

The combined rating for all five categories is the game’s score from that judge. The lowest score a game can receive is 5 and the highest score is 25. The scores from all of the judges that judged a game will be averaged to get that game’s final score. 

Once all the scores are calculated, the ranking of games along with their final scores will be published to the site and each entrant will be emailed their detailed scores which includes individual scores and written feedback from the judges.