IBGAW 2019 Award Show

Dear all,

Right before SPIEL 2019 the first Indie Board Game Awards wrapped up. You can see all the IBGAW games and where to find them at SPIEL 2019 in this video of the award show:

All the best,


IBGAW 2019 Timeline

The Indie Board Game Awards (further on IBGAW) aim to highlight lesser known, awesome board games. It was established in October 2018 with the inaugural award ceremony to be held in October 2019.


IBGAW year 2019

30.10.2018 – 31.12.2018: Submission period. Submissions for the IBGAW 2019 are closed now.

01.01.2019 – 31.03.2019: Stage 2 – the rule books are being reviewed.

01.02.2019 – 14.02.2019: The submission guidelines for the IBGAW 2020 are presented and submissions for IBGAW 2020 open.

01.04.2019 – 30.06.2019: Stage 3 – during this stage two review copies are required from the successful entries of stage 2. One is sent to the reviewer to allow them to assess the game and possibly write / film a review. The other is sent to the organizer to enable assessment in case of a tie and to present the game during the award ceremony.

01.07.2019 – 31.08.2019: Stage 4 – the scores are tallied. If there is a tie, then the organizer carries out internal play sessions to break the tie.

20.10.2019: The Indie Board Game Awards Ceremony is broadcast on the internet at 3 p.m. CET (2 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. EST, 6 a.m. PST) on www.forw.de. Rankings are shown on the website afterwards. The winning entry receives a file of the award that may be placed onto future production runs.


The time line may change as required.

During the inaugural IBGAW 2019, the categories are “best game,” “best rulebook,” and “best cover.”

Anyone who cannot objectively rate games due to a conflict of interest has to inform the organizer and be assigned different games.

The organizer’s games are ineligible for the IBGAW.