PREMIO ARCHIMEDE 2020 is organized by studiogiochi and it concerns the creation of new, original boardgames.
The award is entitled to the incredible Alex Randolph, president of the first seven editions, and, so far, it has helped more than 40 authors in making the dream of having their game published come true. Participation is open to singles or groups, with no age or residence restrictions.
The award is organized in collaboration with the City of Venice within an ampler framework of initiatives aimed at spreading the game culture – also as a means of preventing the rampant gambling disorders – and it is recognized by SAZ (Spiele-Autoren-Zunft), the International Game Designers Association.
The award ceremony will be held at Sala San Leonardo, in Venice, on Saturday, October 3, 2020. A special exhibition of the prototypes that qualified for the final phase will also be set up for the occasion.
The Musée Suisse du Jeu will house a display of both the finalist games and the Special Trophies winners.
The Award is also recognized by PlayRes, by UISP (Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti), and by GioNa (Associazione Nazionale delle Città in Gioco) for its socio-cultural and inclusive values, and for its ability in bringing people together, as a recreational activity that promotes the right to play for everyone and at any age.
Thanks to the publishers’ support (so far have joined 999 Games, Amigo, Asmodee, Cartamundi, CMON, Cranio Creations, Giochi Uniti, Hans im Glück, Huch! & friends, Kosmos, Mandoo Games, Oliphante2, Pegasus Spiele, Piatnik, Queen Games, Ravensburger, Rio Grande Games, ThunderGryph Games, and other companies are in the process of finalizing their contribution) the winning authors will receive €3.500 in advance on the future royalties accrued through the publication of their games.
In addition to the Premio Archimede, the Jury will also assign several other awards, trophies and special prizes, such as:
• Special Mention Sebastiano Izzo to the game that would have been a favorite of Sebastiano Izzo, unforgotten “game buddy” that we like to honor in each edition.
• Special Trophy Cartamundi to the best card game. Thanks to Cartamundi support, €500 will be granted in advance on future royalties of the game.
• Special Trophy AIG (Autori In Gioco) to the game with the most innovative mechanics.
• Special Trophy Scienza in Gioco to the best science-themed game with educational and informative purposes, assigned by the Photonic and Nanotechnology Institute of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IFN – CNR).
You can download the Premio Archimede 2020 Notice of Competition from the top left menu.
There will be two separate juries, working in different phases of the competition. During the first phase the only input will be from the Selection Jury, as of now composed by:
This Jury will rank the games by the following features (in order of importance):
- Originality of the game’s mechanics
- Playability, balance and functionality of the mechanics
- Publishing potential, i.e. the possibility that the game will be taken into consideration by a publisher
- Theme coherence
- Prototype’s functionality and understandability of the rules
The Jury will reveal the Grossa-lista roughly a month before the day of the final, i.e. the list of the worthiest titles (it usually includes 50% of the participants).
After this, the list will be further skimmed to get to the Fina-lista (which generally includes 15-20 titles) to submit to the Final Jury.
At the moment, the Final Jury is composed by:
In the week before the final, each juror will test all the finalist games, recording their impressions in secret and choosing their seven favorite games. During the final, which is open to the public, each jury member will cast their vote, secretly assigning 7 points to their favorite game, 6 points to their second favorite, and so on. Counting of the votes will be in real time in front of the public, and the final ranking will be entirely based upon the sum of the points received by each game.
Both juries will make use of the consultation and collaboration of F. Bortolato, G. Franceschini, C. Giuriato, C. Manfren, G. Marchesin, R. Nardo and selected playtesters.