Round Two

The top 20 games from round one, based on final scores, will move on to round two. Those games will be announced June 30th.

Round two submissions will be due July 28. For round two you will submit an entry form with the following information.

  • Your email address (Use the same one you used in round one.)
  • The name of all the game’s designers
  • The name of your game (If this has changed since round one, please include the old name as well.)
  • A short description of your game. (500 character limit. See below.)
  • A link to a PDF of your game’s rules. (See below.)
  • A link to your how to play video. (15 minute maximum. See below.)
  • The length of your video in minutes.

Short Description

You can use the same short description you did in round one or you can update it. Just like in round one this is a way for you to catch the interest of the judges.

The purpose of the short description is to quickly describe your game for the judges looking at the list of entries. The judges will decide which games to judge based on the designer names, game names, and short descriptions. It doesn’t need to explain game play or go into any detail. It is your opportunity to make sure the judges that love games like yours watch your video. Get across the main hook of your game as simply as possible.

Rules PDF

Your rules should be in PDF format and hosted on a service that the judges can access without signing up for anything or signing in. Google Drive and Dropbox are 2 popular services. Make sure your sharing settings are correct.

How to Play Video

Your video can not be longer than 15 minutes. Because we are putting a time limit on the videos, you are not expected to have a full how to play video that can explain the game by itself.

Your video should explain your game well enough to give the judges a good sense of the setup, what happens on a turn, the players’ goals in the game, and any unique or interesting aspects of your game. The rules and video combined should have all the information needed to play the game.

Judging Round Two

Judging in round two will work the same as round one.

All of the judges will have access to the full list of submissions. They will choose which entries they want to judge based on the game’s name, designers’ names, and the short description. Near the end of judging, judges will focus on games that received less views.

Once a judge has chosen a game to judge, they will look at the rules PDF and watch the how to play video. Then 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.