2020 Charles S. Roberts Awards and Nominees

2020 Charles S. Roberts Awards

* winner

Ancients to Medieval Board Wargame

Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul GMT *
Men of Iron Battles Tri-pack: Men of Iron, Infidel, Blood & Roses GMT
Stilicho: Last of the Romans Hollanspiele
The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750 White Dog Games
The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades White Dog Games

Early Gunpowder Board Wargame

Commands & Colors Tricorne: Jacobite Rising  Compass
Imperial Struggle GMT *
The Conquistadors: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas 1518-1548 Compass
The Great Crisis of Frederick II VUCA Simulations
This War Without an Enemy Nuts! Publishing

 

Napoleonic Era Board Wargame

Dawn’s Early Light: The War of 1812 Compass
Napoleon 1807 Shakos
Napoleon’s Wheel OSG
The Shores of Tripoli Fort Circle *
War & Peace: A Game of the Napoleonic Wars One Small Step

Late GunPowder Era Board Wargames

Dawn of Empire: The Spanish American Naval War in the Atlantic, 1898 Compass
Freedom! Phalanx *
Into the Lion’s Mouth: The Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-1849 White Dog Games
La Belle Epoque Aleph Games Studio
Red Sun, Blue Cross Bonsai Games

 

American Civil War (ACW) Board Wargames

Cedar Mountain 1862 Vae Victis

Chancellorsville 1863 Worthington *
Shiloh 1862 Worthington
Shiloh: First Day Lumaca

 

WWI Board Wargames

1918/1919: Storm in the West GMT
All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland 1917-1918 GMT
An Attrition of Souls Compass
Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno * Fellowship of Simulations
Versailles 1919 GMT

 

WW2 Board Wargames

A Time for Trumpets GMT
From Salerno to Rome Dissimula Edizioni
Hungarian Rhapsody: The Eastern Front in Hungary MMP
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES *
White Eagle Defiant: Poland 1919 Hollandspiele

 

Modern, Hypothetical Board Wargame

1985: Deadly Northern Lights Thin Red Line Games
Brief Border Wars Compass
Brotherhood & Unity: War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995 Compass *
Iron Curtain: Central Europe, 1945-1989 MMP
Next War: Vietnam GMT

 

SciFi Fantasy Board Wargame

Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps Gale Force 9
Dinosaur Table Battles Hollandspiele
Dune: Imperium Dire Wolf
Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy  Lautapelit.fi
Stellar Horizons Compass *

 

SF Fantasy Computer Wargame

Gears Tactic Xbox Game Studios
Shadow Empire* Matrix Games
Root *
Dire Wolf
Sierra Ops  Sekai Project

Pre-20th Century Computer Wargame


Crusader Kings III * Paradox Interactive

Field of Glory II: Medieval* Slitherine
Libertad o Muerte! Avalon Digital

Total War Saga: Troy Sega

Napoleonic Battles John Tiller Software

 

Modern Era Computer Wargame


Krim: The War in the Crimea 1941-42  Yobowargames

Panzer Campaigns – Scheldt ’44

Panzer Corps 2 *
Labyrinth: War on Terror  
Lock N’ Load Tactical Digital

Computer Wargame Expansion


Field of Glory Empires – Persia 550 – 330 BCE*  Slitherine Ltd
Order of Battle: Red Storm*  
Slitherine

Total War: Warhammer II: The Warden & The Paunch  Sega, Feral Interactive

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Craftworld Aeldari Slitherine

Combat Mission Shock Force 2 Slitherine

 

Computer Wargame Graphics


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Crusader Kings 3
Panzer Corps 2 *
Root

SGS Afrika Korps

Board Game Assist Module


Dune (Treachery Online) *
Empire of the Sun (Vassal)

For the People (Vassal)  

Red Storm (Vassal)

 

Solitaire/Coop Board Wargame

By Stealth and Sea Dan Verssen Games

The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750

The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades
The Shores of Tripoli * Fort Circle Games

Stilicho: Last of the Romans


Magazine Board Wargame

“Almost a Miracle!”  Against the Odds #51

Banana Wars Strategy & Tactics #322

Battle for Kursk: The Tigers Are Burning, 1943*   C3i #34

Buffalo Wings 2   Against the Odds #29

Storm Over Madrid 1936: “Miracle of November”   Battles #14

Amateur/Print & Play Wargame
Bomber Boys

Gravelotte 1870
Kettle Hill*
Lucky Little Luxembourg
Sarajevo 28th June 1914

Postcard/Small Format Board Wargame
Austerlitz 05 Lumaca
Desert Eagles: Air Battles Over Israel, 1948 High Flying Dice Games
Goto Hell! ATO
Lucky Little Luxembourg *
Sarajevo: 28th June 1914  Lumaca

Best Board Wargame Expansion
Buffalo Wings Expansion Kit
Croix de Guerre, 2nd Edition
Fire in the Lake: Tru’ng Bot Update Pack
Labyrinth: The Forever War, 2015-? *

Root: The Underworld Expansion

Wing Leader: Origins 1936-1942

Board Wargame Playing Components
Imperial Struggle
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES *
The Shores of Tripoli
Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno
War without an Enemy

Board Wargame Map Graphics
All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland
Caesar: Rome vs Gaul GMT Games
Imperial Struggle * GMT Games
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES
The Shores of Tripoli  Fort Circle Games
Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno

Wargame Rules
Brotherhood & Unity
Imperial Struggle
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket * New England Simulations
The Shores of Tripoli *
Fort Circle Games
Undaunted: North Africa  Osprey Games

Original Box Cover Art
Imperial Struggle  GMT
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES
The Shores of Tripoli * Fort Circle Games
Verdun 1916 Steel Inferno (FSim)
This War Without an Enemy

Amateur Wargame Magazine
No Turkeys
Punched *
War Diary 

Professional Wargame Magazine
Against the Odds
Battles
C3I *
Paper Wars
Strategy & Tactics
Vae Victis

Wargame Analysis / Game Review / Analysis website, webcast, podcast
Ardwulf’s Lair (Counter Clipping)
Beyond Solitaire
Harold on Games
Moe’s Game Table

No Enemies Here
The Player’s Aid *

Individual Historical Article or Scenario Analysis

An Active Defense of Fifth Corps: The Soviet Breakthrough at Fulda, Central Front Series, Volume 1 – RMN https://www.armchairdragoons.com/articles/reviews/an-active-defense-of-fifth-corps-the-soviet-breakthrough-at-fulda-central-front-series-volume-1/

A Game Too Far – David Hughes https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2448909/game-too-far

The Military History of Jerusalem – Darin Leviloff   http://www.atomagazine.com/images/Annual17_TOC.pdf

Simulating Saratoga: How Saratoga-Themed Board Games Function as Experiential Historiography – Maurice Suckling https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/bgs-2020-0005

Wargaming in the Department of Defense — U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Common Core: Wargaming in the Joint Planning Process* – Eric Walters https://community.consimworld.com/post/wargaming-in-the-department-of-defense—-u-s-army-command-and-general-staf–604288efc993d26724d570206.

Military History Book
A Game of Bird and Wolves by Simon Parkin
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific 1944-1945 by Ian Toll *
Rome – City in Terror: The Nazi Occupation 1943–44 by Victor Fallmezger

Sicily ’43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe by James Holland
The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History by Alexander Mikaberidze
Tower of Skulls: History of the Asia-Pacific War by Richard Frank

Wargame of the Year
Brotherhood & Unity: War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995 Compass
Imperial Struggle   GMT Games
The Shores of Tripoli Fort Circle Games
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES
Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno*  Fellowship of Simulations 

Dunnigan Award for Design Excellence
            

A Time for Trumpets: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 Bruno Sinagalio

Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul Mark Simonitch

Imperial Struggle  Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews

The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944

Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno*  Walter Vejdovsky

 

Clausewitz Hall of Fame recipient

Walter Vejdovsky*

2020 Charles S. Roberts Milieu/Era Nominations

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Ancients to Medieval Board Wargames

Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul GMT
Men of Iron Battles Tri-pack: Men of Iron, Infidel, Blood & Roses GMT
Stilicho: Last of the Romans Hollanspiele
The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750 White Dog Games
The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades White Dog Games

Early Gunpowder Board Wargames

Commands & Colors Tricorne: Jacobite Rising  Compass
Imperial Struggle GMT
The Conquistadors: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas 1518-1548 Compass
The Great Crisis of Frederick II VUCA Simulations
This War Without an Enemy Nuts! Publishing

Napoleonic Nominees
Dawn’s Early Light: The War of 1812 Compass
Napoleon 1807 Shakos
Napoleon’s Wheel OSG
The Shores of Tripoli Fort Circle
War & Peace: A Game of the Napoleonic Wars One Small Step

Late GunPowder Nominees
Dawn of Empire: The Spanish American Naval War in the Atlantic, 1898 Compass
Freedom! Phalanx
Into the Lion’s Mouth: The Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-1849 White Dog Games
La Belle Epoque Aleph Games Studio
Red Sun, Blue Cross Bonsai Games

ACW Nominees

Chancellorsville 1863 Worthington
Shiloh 1862 Worthington
Shiloh: First Day Lumaca

Cedar Mountain 1862 Vae Victis

WWI Nominees
1918/1919: Storm in the West GMT
All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland 1917-1918 GMT
An Attrition of Souls Compass
Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno  Fellowship of Simulations
Versailles 1919 GMT

WW2 Nominees
A Time for Trumpets GMT
From Salerno to Rome Dissimula Edizioni
Hungarian Rhapsody: The Eastern Front in Hungary MMP
The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944  NES
White Eagle Defiant: Poland 1919 Hollandspiele

Modern, Hypothetical
1985: Deadly Northern Lights Thin Red Line Games
Brief Border Wars Compass
Brotherhood & Unity: War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995 Compass
Iron Curtain: Central Europe, 1945-1989 MMP
Next War: Vietnam GMT

Nominations and eligibility

The Charles S. Roberts is run by volunteers and we make a best effort to ensure accuracy of the awards. We heard second hand and in response to our recent posts that two games nominated by the voters were ineligible for their categories. We have disqualified both of those games for their award categories..

New and Updated Categories

The 2020 Charles S. Roberts Awards for Excellence in Conflict Simulation voting is now open through July 31, 2021.
Have your voice heard by placing your votes.

There are new categories and some changes to existing categories.

NEW CATEGORIES
Best Ancients to Medieval Era (1453 and before) Board Wargame
Best Early Gunpowder (After 1453 to 1793) Board Wargame
Best American Civil War Board Wargame  
Best World War 1 Era Board Wargame (1914-1933)

UPDATED CATEGORIES
Best Late Gunpowder to Pre-World War 1 (excluding American Civil War) (After 1815 to 1914)
Small Format Boardgame has its maximum map size increased to A4 or American Letter size
Best Wargame Review or Analysis now can include podcasts, webcasts, or websites.

Votes can be submitted online at https://charlieawards.wordpress.com/ballot or a PDF ballot at https://charlieawards.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/2020-charles-s-roberts-award-ballot.pdf can be downloaded and mailed in. 

2019 Charles S. Roberts Winners

October 25, 2020

We are pleased to announced the winners of the 2019 Charles S. Roberts Awards for Excellence in the Conflict Simulation Industry. Congratulations to the winners and nominees.

Milieu Awards

Best Ancients to Pre-Napoleonic Era Board Wargame

Al Nofi’s Imperium Romanum

Command & Colors: Medieval

Freeman’s Farm 1777

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242* 

Peloponnesian War

Best Napoleonic Era Board Wargame

La Bataille de Bautzen 1813

Moravian Sun

Napoleon Retreats: Campaign in France, Part II

Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles* 

Waterloo Campaign 1815

Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame

Brave Little Belgium

Crusade and Revolution: The Spanish Civil War

Custoza: Fields of Doom

Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah*

Triumph of Chaos V2: The Russian Civil War 1918-1921

Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame

Brazen Chariots: Battles for Tobruk

Last Hundred Yards

Stalingrad ’42: Southern Russia, June-December, 1942

U-Boot: The Board Game*  

Wings of the Motherland

Best Post-WW2, Cold War, & Hypothetical Era Board Wargame

Blue Water Navy: The War at Sea

Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975

Less than 60 Miles

Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987

World at War 85: Storming the Gap* 

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Wargame

Dune *   

Escape from Hades

Red Alert: Space Fleet Warfare

Space Infantry: Resurgence

Time of Legends: Joan of Arc

Computer Gaming Awards

Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame

Blocks! Julius Caesar *

Blocks! Richard III

Fields of Glory: Empires

Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis

Best Modern Era Computer Wargame

Command: Modern Operations*

Unity of Command 2

WarPlan

World of Tanks

Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame

Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2

Fantasy General 2

Stellaris* 

Best Computer Wargame Expansion or Update

Through the Ages – New Leaders and Wonders*

Best Computer Wargame Graphics

Steel Division 2

U-Boot: The Board Game

Unity of Command 2 * 

World of Tanks

Format Awards

Best Amateur / Print & Play  Board Wargame

Battles for the Pacific

B-25 Prince of the Skies

Federation Stellar Force* 

S-boats:  Scourge of the English Channel

Storm over Dublin

Best Solitaire/Cooperative Board Wargame

Fields of Fire 2

Jeff Davis: The Confederacy at War

Peloponnesian War

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Zeppelin Raider

Best Magazine Board Wargame

Campaigns of 1777 (Strategy & Tactics)*

Die Atombombe (Against the Odds)

Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (Operations)

Pitt’s War (Paper Wars)

Waterloo Campaign 1815 (C3I)

Best Postcard/Small format Board Wargame

A Hard Pounding Fight: The Battle for La Haye Sainte

Five for Fighting: The Battles of D-Day

Imua! The Unification of Hawaii, 1795 * 

JU87 Stuka Jericho Trumpets

S.W.A.T.: Hostage Rescue

Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Board Wargame

Great War Commander: British Expeditionary Force

Next War: Supplement #2 – Insurgency

Red Factories

Time of Crisis: Age of Iron and Rust* 

Wing Leader: Eagles 1943-45

Best Board Wargame Playing Components

Crossing the Line: Aachen 1944

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Wings of the Motherland

World at War 85: Storming the Gap

Best Board Wargame Map Graphics

Death Valley: Battles for the Shenadoah

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242

Stalingrad ‘42

The Last Hundred Yards

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Best Board Wargame Rules

Peloponnesian War

Stalingrad ‘42

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Undaunted Normandy

Wings over the Motherland

Best Computer Assist Module

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Best Original Box Cover Art

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242

Peloponnesian War

Stalingrad ‘42

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Wings of the Motherland

Publication Awards

Best Professional Wargame Magazine

Against the Odds

Battles

C3I* 

Modern War

Strategy & Tactics

Best Amateur Magazine

Banzai!

Dispatches from the Bunker

Line of Departure

War Diary *  

Best Historical or Scenario Article

1777 Year of Decision Trevor Bender

Evolution of Historical Small Unit Tactic Board Wargames Robert Caroll*

OCS 101 Vitebsk Introductory Scenario Chip Saltsman*

Best Game Review or Analysis

Armchair General

Harsh Rules- Breaking Down Boardgames

The Player’s Aid *    

Wojennik TV

Overall Awards

Best Board Wargame of the Year

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242

Stalingrad ‘42

U-Boot: The Board Game *

Undaunted Normandy

Wings of the Motherland

James F Dunnigan Award for Playability and Design 

Volko Ruhnke

Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME

Paul Banner