Ares Games, Osprey Games both up for three gongs at UK Games Expo 2023 Awards

Italy’s Ares Games and UK-based Osprey Games are each up for three awards at this year’s UK Games Expo Awards.

Ares has picked up nominations for War of the Ring – The Card Game, The War of the Ring Deluxe Game Mat and party game Ensemble, while Osprey is in contentions for awards with Village Rails, The Frostgrave: Barbarians II figures range and Xenos Rampant miniatures rules.

Belgian board game publisher Sit Down! dominates the Best Abstract Game category with two out of the three nominess, while Blue Orange notched up two nominations for Potion House and Next Station: London.

BoardGameGeek Hotness high-flier Earth and video game adaptation Frostpunk: The Board Game are also up for gongs in this year’s shortlist.

Winners of the 19 categories will be announced on May 9, just over three weeks before the UK’s largest hobby games convention opens its doors for 2023.

Last year’s awards saw Battlestar Galactica reimagining Unfathomable win Best Board Game (American Style), while Bitoku won Best Board Game (Euro Style) and The Thing Best Board Game (Strategic).

The full list of this year’s nominees is:

Best Abstract Game

  • Gardeners
  • Qawale
  • Tiwanaku

Best Accessory

  • Dice Tomes
  • Gamegenic Token Silo (Accessorises)
  • War of the Ring Deluxe Game Mat

Best Board Game (American Style)

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window
  • Northgard: Uncharted land
  • Oathsworn: Into The Deepwood

Best Board Game (Euro Style)

  • Earth
  • Hegemony: Lead Your Class to Victory
  • Tiletum

Best Board Game (Strategic)

  • Amass: Battle for Resources on Planet XS
  • Frostpunk: The Board Game
  • New Eden

Best Card Game (General)

  • Oh My. Orchids!
  • Village Rails

Best Card Game (Strategic)

  • Isle of Trains: All Aboard
  • Vita Mors
  • War of the Ring – The Card Game

Best Children’s Game

  • Dodo
  • Potion House
  • Stomp the plank

Best Dice Game

  • Solar Sphere
  • Star Fighters: Rapid Fire
  • Vengeance: Roll & Fight

Best Expansion

  • 7 Wonders Edifice
  • Living Forest Kodama expansion
  • Roll Camera! The B-Movie Expansion

Best Family Game

  • Hungry Monkey
  • Next Station London
  • Outrun the Bear

Best Gaming Novelty

  • EXIT Advent Calendar Hunt for the Golden Book
  • Everybody Wins: Four Decades of the Greatest Board Games Ever Made
  • The Sorcerers’ Enclave

Best Miniatures Range

  • Dystopian Wars: Avalon Battlefleet Set
  • Frostgrave: Barbarians II – Figures range
  • Moonstone – The Arising Expansion

Best Miniatures Rules

  • Five Leagues from the Borderlands
  • Moonstone – The Arising Expansion
  • Xenos Rampant

Best Party Game

  • Ensemble
  • How Am I Weird ‘Square’
  • Misfits

Best Roleplaying Game

  • Be Like a Crow
  • Critical Foundation
  • Vermin 2047 – Survival Kit

Best Roleplaying Game Adventure

  • Adventure Presents: Tiny in the Tower
  • Adventures in Rokugan – Game Master’s Kit
  • Blade Runner RPG Starter Set

Best Roleplaying Game Expansion

  • Fateforge Book 5 – Creatures: Netherworld
  • Star Trek Adventures Utopia Planitia Starfleet Sourcebook TOS Collector’s Edition
  • The One Ring™ – Ruins of the Lost Realm

Best Variant

  • CATAN – Dawn of Humankind
  • Maximum Apocalypse: Wasted Wilds
  • Unmatched Battle of Legends Volume 2

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