May 22, 2024

Mentioned in Dispatches, Season 5 Episode 10 – The Charles S Roberts “Awards”

13 November 2020 ~

Friday the 13th has arrived. And it’s gonna get bloody. It’s entertaining enough when we have Angry Ardwulf on the podcast, but to reinforce him with Angry Cyrano? What madness is this!?
Well, it’s the madness that was this year’s Charles S Roberts Awards. Or at least something that’s possessed the reanimated corpse of the Charlies.

Don’t forget, you can always catch up with past episodes on the “podcast” tab of our site.

So, we don’t just skim the surface of the awards with a few pithy comments and a ‘thanks’ that they’re back. Nope. We’re going through every category. Every. Category. In detail. In some cases, excruciating detail. Or “what would you expect from Ardwulf & Cyrano?”

Given that this episode is sure to generate all sorts of discussion from the crowd, we’re linking you to our forum thread on the Charlies, rather than the usual podcast thread.

For completeness’ sake, and so you can follow along….

Milieu Awards

  • Best Ancients to Pre-Napoleonic Era Board Wargame ~ Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242
  • Best Napoleonic Era Board Wargame ~ Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles
  • Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame ~ Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah
  • Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Post-WW2, Cold War, & Hypothetical Era Board Wargame ~ World at War 85: Storming the Gap
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Wargame ~ Dune

Computer Gaming Awards

  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame ~ Blocks! Julius Caesar
  • Best Modern Era Computer Wargame ~ Command: Modern Operations
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame ~ Stellaris
  • Best Computer Wargame Expansion or Update ~ Through the Ages – New Leaders and Wonders
  • Best Computer Wargame Graphics ~ Unity of Command 2

Format Awards

  • Best Amateur / Print & Play  Board Wargame ~ Federation Stellar Force
  • Best Solitaire/Cooperative Board Wargame ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Magazine Board Wargame ~ Campaigns of 1777 (Strategy & Tactics)
  • Best Postcard/Small format Board Wargame ~ Imua! The Unification of Hawaii, 1795
  • Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Board Wargame ~ Time of Crisis: Age of Iron and Rust
  • Best Board Wargame Playing Components ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Board Wargame Map Graphics ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Board Wargame Rules ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Computer Assist Module ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • Best Original Box Cover Art ~ U-Boot: The Board Game

Publication Awards

  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine ~ C3i
  • Best Amateur Magazine ~ War Diary
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article (tied?)
    • Evolution of Historical Small Unit Tactic Board Wargames  by Robert Caroll
    • OCS 101 Vitebsk Introductory Scenario  by Chip Saltsman
  • Best Game Review or Analysis ~ The Player’s Aid

Overall Awards

  • Best Board Wargame of the Year ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
  • James F Dunnigan Award for Playability and Design ~ Volko Ruhnke
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME ~ Paul Banner


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