The final ceremony of the Premio Archiemde 2012 took place on the 29th of September at the Istituto d'Arte Guggenheim of Venice. Once again the event was a great success and has been a really wonderfull way to remember and honour Alex Randolph, the “Master” of game authors, to whom this event is dedicated.
The number of prototypes that took part in it, came mostly from Italy but also from many other countries, and reached an all-time record with 146 games registered.
The exhibition presented the 66 games admitted to the final. Any kind of game was to be seen: strategy games, luck games, abstract games, simple games, complex games, all of them very special and original, with a quite high average quality.
The final ceremony was full of suspence, with the nomination of the  TOP 15 (the 15 games admitted to the very final), the live voting of the international jury and the official counting.
And finally the winner was  Marco Polo by Daniele Tascini and Simone Luciani, presented by the jury with these words: "Following the great explorer's path, one has to conclude the most convinient contracts, using in the best way as he can the dice to choose his actions." Simone Luciani also made it to the second place together with Paolo Mori, with the game  ROMANESQUE. The third place went to BEEKEEPER by  Nestore Mangone.
The first three places received also a special prize from Niek Neuwahl on behalf of the J.P. Halvah Foundation, created by Randolph with the purpose of helping emerging game authors.
To be mentioned also the Special Prizes: the Sebastiano Izzo Special Prize went to IL GIOCO DI NALA by Furio Honsell (Udine's Mayor and also president of the GioNa association) and the Focus Brain Trainer Special Prize to TERRA4MARS by Giuseppe Roncari and LordMax. 
The international jury's work has been really admirable: Niek Neuwahl, the president, Michael Bruinsma (Phalanx, Netherlands), Bernd Brunnhofer (Hans im Glück, Germany), Silvio De Pecher (la tana dei Goblin, Italy), Dario De Toffoli (studiogiochi, Italy), Mauro Gaffo (Focus Brain Trainer, Italy), Uwe Molter (Amigo, Germany), Philipp Sprick (Ravensburger, Germany), Dieter Strehl (Piatnik, Austria), Albrecht Werstein (Zoch, Germany).
Incredibly supportive and important was the work of the selection jury, chaired again by Niek Neuwahl, with Giuseppe Baggio, Alfredo Berni, Leonardo Colovini, Carlo A. Rossi, Alessandro Zucchini and the work done by the staff members for the website, secretary and graphics (Giulia Franceschini, Giorgia Marchesin, Elisa Marzorati, Rossana Nardo, Dario Zaccariotto and Fabrizio Berger).
Special thanks also to the Istituto d’Arte Guggenheim of Venice, the J.P Halvah Foundation and the Musée suisse de jeu (where the best finalists will be exposed) which contributed together with studiogiochi to the organization of the Premio Archimede 2012; the companies 999 Games, Amigo, Cartamundi, Hans im Glueck, Hasbro, IDG, La tana dei Goblin, Lego, Piatnik, Ravensburger, ScriBabs, Zoch; the official magazine for the Premio Archimede 2012 Focus Brain Trainer; Ares, Clementoni, DV Giochi, 
Oliphante, Spielmaterial for all the boardgames and puzzles offered as prizes for the finalist authors.

Premio Archimede 2012

1st place 
by Daniele Tascini and Simone Luciani

2nd place
by Simone Luciani and Paolo Mori

3rd place 
by Nestore Mangone

4th place 
by Luca Bellini

5th place 
by David Zanotto

6th place 
by Alessandro Saragosa

7th place 
by Cielo d'Oro

8th place 
by Ciro Facciolli and Sara Rubino

9th place 
by Davide Rigolone

10th place 
by Francesco Sciacqua

11th place

by Phil Harding

12th place

by Antonio Scrittore

13th place 
by Bruno Sparpaglione

14th place
by Luca Bellini

15th place
by Jim Dratwa

Special Prize Carta Mundi to the best card game
by Luca Bellini

Special Prize Focus Brain Trainer
assigned by the magazine, partner of the event, for the best game that could be used to create a game for the press
by Giuseppe Carlo Roncari e Lord Max

Special Prize “Sebastiano Izzo”
to the game that would have been appreciated by Sebastiano Izzo, our beloved  “games buddy” that we like to remember during every edition
by Furio Honsell

Special Prize IDG
for the best game entirely created by a non professional game author (an author that never published one of his games yet)
by David Zanotto



SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

Here we are! In a few days, on Saturday the 29th of September the Final Ceremony of the Premio Archimede 2012 will take place. This year 146 games made by italian and International authors took part in it. 66 of these made it to final and among them about 15 will be selected for the very final and judged by the international jury.


Opening of the reception desk
General information
Withdrawal of the not admitted prototypes
Withdrawal of the 66 finalists Diplomas
Exhibition of the 66 finalist games
All the game authors (finalists and not finalists) may meet Leo Colovini and the other members of the jury to receive information and advice about their creations.
In memory of Alex Randolph

Nomination of the 15 finalist games
Greeting by Furio Honsell, GioNa President and Mayor of Udine

16:00 Live voting and official count, awards and special prizes
18:00 Withdrawal of the remaining prototypes at the reception
Dinner party – Refreshment/Buffet dinner
Whoever is interested to be part of the dinner party may write to

Don’t miss it: it’s an opportunity to meet people, exchange ideas, have a great experience and become friends!

AUGUST 28, 2012

Here we are! After a hard and long work, finally the jury has been able to comunicate the list of the games that made it to the final of the Premio Archimede 2012! Among the 146 participants, 66 the prototypes that passed the jury selection:

Acri (Cielo d'oro)
Antico (David Zanotto)
Arena Fight (Walter Ferrini, Edoardo Panzeri, Alessio Ferrini)
Atlantide (Marco Pozzi)
Beekeeper (Nestore Mangone)
Bononia (Gabriele Bubola)
Buio (Luca Bellini)
Cruz (Koshu Takahashi)
Cursus Honorum (Fabrizio Angeletti)
Dyuthree (Bruno Sparpaglione)
Ecclesia (Luca Mulazzani)
Edelweiss (Antonio Scrittore)
Escalation! (Pierluigi Taddei, Giampaolo Grieco)
Estimo (Franco Marchiori)
Fito (Robert Korzeniowski)
Fosaca (Antonio Ceccarelli)
Free Climbing (Luca Bellini)
Fruit Jammin' (Enrico Feresin)
Greenhorn (Robert Korzeniowski)
Human Pyramid (Fabrizio Angeletti)
I am a king bee (Carlo Emanuele Lanzavecchia)
Il consiglio dei Dogi (Luca Morigi, Pier Damiano Bandini)
Il gioco del palio (Nicola Montagner )
Il gioco di Nala (Furio Honsell, Paolo Munini, Flavio Rigo)
Il sistema (Francesco Saverio Salonia)
La banda del buco (Luisa Cognetti, Francesco Cognetti)
Legami pericolosi (Fabio Chiarello)
L'elezione del Doge (Paolo Gallina)
Let's have a party (Giuseppe Di Giovanni)
Marble Colosseum (Hiroaki OTA)
Marco Polo (Daniele Tascini, Simone Luciani)
Memory x3 (Simone Cuicchi)
Mitiko (Gianluca Merli e Carlo Casagrande Raffi)
Moonphase (Francesco Frittelli)
Neckar (Ciro Facciolli, Sara Rubino)
No way out (Enrico Feresin)
Olimpiocchio (Paolo Agrippino)
Oulala! (Gabriele Bubola)
Per fare un albero (Alberto Segale, Marco Montanari)
Pirates tavern (Jim Dratwa)
Plus&Minus (Cielo d'oro)
Porto Belo (QMAM: Francesco Sciacqua, Teodoro Mitidieri, Pietro Rubolino)
Ready to rock (Tommaso Bonetti)
Rintocchi di mezzanotte (Stefano Tascone, Giandomenico Martorelli)
Risc! (Davide Maria Luigi Varni)
Romanesque (Simone Luciani, Paolo Mori)
Rus (Alessandro Saragosa)
Sacro Romano Impero (David Zanotto)
Serengeti (Antonio Scrittore)
Sesta Estinzione (Alessio Baldini, Francesco Acquaviva, Massimo Spiga)
Shooter (Marco Franchin)
Space explorer (Pier Damiano Bandini)
Space gems (Carlo Emanuele Lanzavecchia)
Stress (Agnese Minuto, Giulia Delmonte)
Style (David Zanotto)
Tale of tails (Urustar srl: Federico Fasce, Marina Rossi, Lorenzo Pigozzo)
Temple of the sun (Phil Walker-Harding)
Terra4Mars (Giuseppe Carlo Roncari, LordMax)
Tohunga (Alberto Vis)
Tolomeo (Diego Allegrini)
TirenLup (Furio Ferri)
Tribe war (Alessandro Saragosa)
Villaggio (Marco Franchin)
Wellsfargo (Antonio di Cecco)
Wherewolf? (Carmelo Massimo Tidona)
Who sleeps won't fish… (Davide Rigolone) 

Good luck to everybody! We are looking forward to see you at the very final on September 29 at the Istituto d’Arte Guggenheim of Venice (download map)!

JUNE 19, 2012

146 prototypes at the Premio Archimede 2012: it's a record!

We have a new record for the games participating to the Premio Archimede 2012! The 146 prototypes taking part to this year's competition, most of them coming from Italy but also from Germany, France, Poland, Turckey,  United States, Australia and japan beat the 141 prototypes record of the 2010 Edition!
The selection jury is already working hard, in order to choose the games that will make it to the finals. It is a difficult task and somehow sad, because the average quality of the games is quite good, and some hard choices will have to be taken.
The finalist games will be exposed at the Istituto d’Arte Guggenheim of Venice that is at the ha la sua sede in the ancient convent of the Carmini, near Campo S.Margherita, a few minutes walk from Piazzale Roma and the Railway Station. 
We are looking forward to see you all for the ceremony and the meetings with the members of the jury on the 29th of September at the Istituto d’Arte Guggenheim of Venice (Dorsoduro 2613, 30123 Venice – tel: 041 5209189)

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The Aula Magna of the Istituto d'arte, where the final and the Prize giving will take place

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The cloister of the Istituto d'arte di Venezia


JUNE 21, 2011
After the great success of the 2010 edition, the notice of the Premio Archimede 2012 is already on-line! Premio Archimede is a biennial competition for unpublished games designed by non-professional authors.
This manifestation is the 12th edition and its primary goal is to allow the authors to develop their experience and to compare with others authors and with the professionals of the jury; we are also encouraged by the exceptional results of the last edition.
The authors are better and the number of the Prize’s games that are published, or are to be published, is always increasing!
Concerning the 2010 Edition, there are already 6 games currently under contract and about to be released are: Aquileia (2010), Builders of Egypt (2010), Cacao (2010), Castles (2010), Crazy race (2010), Drop Site (2010).

The 2012 edition in short

• The Prize will be dedicated to the great Alex Randolph, who was the president for the firsts 7 editions.
• The Prize will have the patronage of the J.P. Halvah Foundation , established by Randolph himself and presided by Herbert Feuerstein. The foundation will offer a contribution of €3.500 to the winners (to be spent within the 30 of April 2013) in the form of scholarships, stages, contribution for the publication, etc.
• The Prize will have the collaboration of the Musée Suisse du Jeu (Swiss Museum of Games) that will organize an exhibition with all the finalist games.
• The final ceremony will take place in 2012, September 29 in Venice (details to come in the next days).
• There will be 2 juries: one responsible of the first selection and one responsible of the final votation. The president is again the Dutch Niek Neuwahl.
• Besides the Archimede Prize, the jury will assign the Special Prize Sebastiano Izzo, the Carta Mundi Special Prize for the best card game and the Special Prize IDG for the best game entirely created by an author that never published one of his games.
• All the finalists will receive many games offered by the publishers that sponsor the prize, and materials for the creation of new prototypes kindly offered from
• The official Magazine of the event is Focus Brain Trainer