For Immediate Release
2014 Ion Award Winners Announced
The 2014 Ion Award was held at the SaltCON board game convention on March 28 in Layton Utah. The award is for unpublished board game prototypes that show excellence in game design.
Four finalists competed in the Light Game category and four in the Strategy Game category. We are pleased to announce the winners of this years award:
Best Strategy Game was awarded to Xenon Profitier, designed by T.C. Petty III.
Best Light Game was awarded to Payload, designed by Steven Aramini.
Eagle and Gryphon Games announced at the event that they would be publishing Xenon Profitier. Crash Games announced that they would be publishing Payload under the title Yardmaster.
We would like to thank our finalist judges:
In the Strategy category we would like to thank Rick Soued of Fred Distribution, Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel Games, and Max Holiday of Mayday Games.
In the Light Games category we would like to thank Phil Kilcrease of 5th Street Games, Patrick Nickell of Crash Games, Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games, and Trent Howell of Boardgamefamily.com.
Thank you to all the entries, and to the community for supporting the Ion Award! We are proud of the efforts of the designers and wish them the best of success in the future.
The Ion Award is a game design award for unpublished games and their designers. It is held annually, with the final judging taking place at SaltCON.
SaltCON is the premier board game convention in Utah, featuring the Ion Award game design competition, as well as board game tournaments, demos, exhibitors, and open gaming. Usually the event is held in Salt Lake City, but the 2014 SaltCON took place in Layton Utah on March 28-30.
Past Ion Award winners can be found at these links: