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Charles S. Roberts Award

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The Charles S. Roberts Awards (or CSR Awards) are given annually for excellence in the historical wargaming hobby. It is named after Charles S. Roberts the "Father of Wargaming" who founded Avalon Hill. The award is informally called a "Charlie" and officially called a "Charles S. Roberts Award".

Prior to 2000, the awards were given at the Origins Game Fair, and Charles Roberts Awards prior to 1987 are also considered to be Origins Awards. Since 2000, the awards have been given at the World Boardgaming Championships (formerly "AvalonCon").

The Awards also include a Hall of Fame. The Charles Roberts Awards Hall of Fame recognizes game designers and producers that have made a significant and long lasting contribution to the contemporary board wargaming hobby.

The 2006 winners were announced during ConSimWorld Expo 2007, which was held in Tempe, Arizona June 5-10, 2007.[1] The winners as listed on the ConsimWorld site. ConSimWorld Expo 2008 is scheduled for May 27-June 1.[2]

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Recent award winners

2003

  • Best Pre-World War II Boardgame—Age of Napoleon (Phalanx Games)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—Europe Engulfed (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—Lock 'n Load (Shrapnel Games)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Ignorant Armies (Strategy & Tactics/Decision)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—Thunder on South Mountain (Blue Guidon)
  • Best Wargame Graphics—Ardennes '44 (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—Against The Odds
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Panzerschreck (Minden Games)
  • Best Game Review or Game Analysis—Drive on Stalingrad, Paper Wars #50
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article—"Napoleon at the Berezina", Against the Odds Vol.1 No.4
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement - Rick Young and Jesse Evans, Europe Engulfed (GMT Games LLC)
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—Kevin Zucker

2004

  • Best Pre-World War II Boardgame—Sword of Rome (GMT Games)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—ASL Starter Kit #1 (Multi-Man Publishing)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—Downtown (GMT Games)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Fortress Berlin (Against the Odds)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—Louisiana Tigers (BSO Games)
  • Best Wargame Graphics—Downtown (GMT Games)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—(tie) Against The Odds and Strategy & Tactics
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Panzerschreck (Minden Games)
  • Best Game Review or Game Analysis—no winner designated
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article—S&T Sedan, by Ty Bomba
  • Best Pre-20th Century PC Game—Rome: Total War (Total War Games)
  • Best 20th Century+ PC Game—Battles in Normandy (Strategic Studies Group)
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement—Lee Brimmicombe Wood for Downtown (GMT Games)
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—JD Webster

2005

  • Best Pre-World War II Boardgame— Bonaparte at Marengo (Simmons Games)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—Empire of the Sun (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—Twilight Struggle (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Chennault's First Fight (Against The Odds #12)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—Death in the Trenches (Schutze Games)
  • Best Wargame Graphics—(tie) Empire of the Sun (GMT Games LLC) and Fire in the Sky (MMP/The Gamers)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—Against The Odds
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Panzerschreck (Minden Games)
  • Best Game Review or Game Analysis—Empire of the Sun Strategy Concepts (C3i #17)
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article—not awarded
  • Best Pre-20th Century PC Game—Crown of Glory (Matrix Games)
  • Best 20th Century+ PC Game—not awarded
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement—Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews, Twilight Struggle (GMT Games LLC)
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—none

2006

  • Best Pre-World War II Boardgame—Here I Stand (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—A Victory Lost (Multi-Man Publishing)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—Winged Horse: Campaigns in Vietnam, 1965-66 (S&T #239)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—Battle of the Little Bighorn (Khyber Pass Games)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Golden Horde: Kulikovo 1380 (Against the Odds #18)
  • Best Wargame Graphics—A Victory Lost (Multi-Man Publishing)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—Against The Odds
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Line of Departure (Jim Werbaneth)
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement—Tetsuya Nakamura, A Victory Lost (Multi-Man Publishing)
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—none

Previous award winners

1974 to 1975 - Best Professional Game

Year Game Designer Company 1974 Third ReichJohn Prados The Avalon Hill Game Company1975 KingmakerAndrew McNeil PhilMar Ltd.

1974 to 1975 - Best Amateur Game

Year Game Designer Company 1974 Manassas Tom Eller Historical Simulations Ltd. 1975 La Bataille de la Moskowa Lawrence Groves Martial Enterprises

1976 to 1977 - Best Tactical Game

Year Game Designer Company 1976 Terrible Swift SwordRichard BergSimulation Publications Incorporated1977 Squad LeaderJohn HillThe Avalon Hill Game Company

1976 to 1977 - Best Strategic Game

Year Game Designer Company 1976 The Russian CampaignJohn Edwards The Avalon Hill Game Company1977 Victory in the PacificRichard Hamblen The Avalon Hill Game Company

1978 to 1986 - Best Pre-20th century Game

Year Game Designer Company 1978 Source of the NileDavid Wesley Discovery Games 1979 Napoleon at Leipzig Kevin Zucker Operational Studies Group 1980 Empires of the Middle AgesJim DunniganSimulation Publications Incorporated1981 A House DividedFrank ChadwickGame Designers' Workshop1982 CivilizationFrancis Tresham The Avalon Hill Game Company1983 The Civil War Eric Lee Smith Victory Games1984 South Mountain Richard BergWest End Games 1985 Pax Britannica Greg CostikyanVictory Games1986 Chickamauga Jon Southard West End Games

1978 to 1986 - Best 20th century Game

Year Game Designer Company 1978 To the Green Fields Beyond David Isby Simulation Publications Incorporated1979 City Fight Joe Balkoski Simulation Publications Incorporated1980 Cresendo of Doom (Squad Leadermodule) Don GreenwoodThe Avalon Hill Game Company1981 Wings Craig Taylor Yaquinto Publications1982 Storm Over ArnhemCourtenay Allen The Avalon Hill Game Company1983 Ambush!Eric Lee Smith Victory Games1984 Vietnam 1965 - 1975 Nick Karp Victory Games1985 World in FlamesHarry Rowland Australian Design Group 1986 Fortress AmericaMike Gray Milton Bradley Company

1987 to 2006 - Best Pre-World War Two Game

Year Game Designer Company 1987 Shot & Shell Roger Nord World Wide Wargames 1988 Lee vs. Grant Joe Balkoski Victory Games1989 A House Divided(2nd ed.) Frank ChadwickGame Designers' Workshop1990 Kadesh Gary Dickens XTR Corporation 1991 Alexandros Mike Markowitz XTR Corporation 1992 SPQRRichard Berg& Mark Herman GMT Games LLC1993 When Eagles Fight Ted Racier XTR Corporation 1994 Battles of Waterloo Richard BergGMT Games LLC1995 Great War in Europe Ted Racier XTR Corporation 1996 Fields of Glory Richard BergMoments in History 1997 All Quiet on the Western Front Ted Racier Moments in History 1998 For the People Mark Herman The Avalon Hill Game Company1999 Paths of GloryTed Racier GMT Games LLC2000 Drive on Paris Al Wambold The Gamers Incorporated2001 Wilderness War Volko Runkhe GMT Games LLC2002 Napoleonic Wars Mark McLaughlin GMT Games LLC2003 Age of Napoleon Reynaud Verlaque Phalanx Games 2004 Sword of Rome Wray Ferrell GMT Games LLC2005 Bonaparte at MarengoBowen Simmons Simmons Games 2006 Here I Stand Ed Beach GMT Games LLC

1987 to 2006 - Best World War Two Game

Year Game Designer Company 1987 Raid on St. Nazaire Rob Markham The Avalon Hill Game Company1988 Tokyo Express Jon Southard Victory Games1989 Hitler's Last Gamble Danny Parker World Wide Wargames 1990 Operation Shoestring Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC1991 East Front Craig Besinque Columbia Games1992 Stalingrad Pocket Masahiro Yamazaki The Gamers Incorporated1993 Afrika Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1994 Enemy at the Gates Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1995 Tunisia Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1996 Wave of Terror John Desch XTR Corporation 1997 DAK Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1998 Invasion: Sicily Vance von Borries GMT Games LLC1999 Burma Dave Friedrichs The Gamers Incorporated2000 (tie) Sicily Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated2000 (tie) Ukraine '43 Mark Simonitch GMT Games LLC2001 Barbarossa - Army Group North Vance von Borries GMT Games LLC2002 Barbarossa to Berlin Ted Racier GMT Games LLC2003 Europe EngulfedRick Young & Jesse Evans GMT Games LLC2004 Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit #1Ken Dunn Multi-Man Publishing2005 Empire of the Sun Mark Herman GMT Games LLC2006 A Victory Lost Tetsuya Nakamura Multi-Man Publishing

1987 to 2006 - Best Post-World War Two (or Modern) Game

Year Game Designer Company 1987 (tie) Central America James McQuaid Victory Games1987 (tie) 7th Fleet Joe Balkoski Victory Games1988 Tac Air Gary Morgan The Avalon Hill Game Company1989 Modern Naval Battles Dan Verssen World Wide Wargames 1990 Silver Bayonet Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC1991 (tie) Inchon Jim Werbaneth XTR Corporation 1991 (tie) Hornet Leader Dan Verssen GMT Games LLC1992 Tet '68 Joe Miranda XTR Corporation 1993 Crisis: Korea 1995 Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC1994 no award - - 1995 Yom Kippur Al Sandrick The Gamers Incorporated1996 no award - - 1997 Semper Fi Lee Forester The Gamers Incorporated1998 - 2000 no award - - 2001 When Dragons Fight Ty Bomba XTR Corporation 2002 (tie) Khe Sahn 1968 John Prados Against the Odds Magazine 2002 (tie) First Indochina War Joe Miranda Decision Games2003 Lock 'n Load Mark Walker Shrapnel Games 2004 Downtown Lee Brimmicombe-Wood GMT Games LLC2005 Twilight StruggleAnanda Gupta & Jason Matthews GMT Games LLC2006 Winged Horse: Campaigns in Vietnam, 1965-66 Joe Miranda Decision Games

1999 to 2006 - Best DTP Game

Year Game Designer Company 1999 (tie) Bloody Beach: Omaha Bill Ramsey Bill Ramsey 1999 (tie) Chantilly Hampton Newsome Ivy Street Games 2000 Solomon Sea Markus Stumptner Simulations Workshop Incorporated 2001 Longbow Richard BergBSO Games 2002 (tie) A Mere Matter of Marching Bruce MacFarlane Microgame Design Group 2002 (tie) Togoland 1914 Dennis Bishop Khyber Pass Games 2003 Thunder on South MountainScot Holmgren Blue Guidon Games 2004 Louisiana Tigers Richard BergBSO Games 2005 Death in the Trenches Ben Madison Schutze Games 2006 Battle of the Little Bighorn Micheal Taylor Khyber Pass Games

1999 to 2006 - Best Magazine Game

Year Game Designer Company 1999 Borodino & Friedland Kevin Zucker Decision Games(Strategy & Tactics) 2000 Xenophon Joe Miranda Decision Games(Strategy & Tactics) 2001 War of 1812 Tom Dalgliesh Decision Games(Strategy & Tactics) 2002 First Indochina War Joe Miranda Decision Games(Strategy & Tactics) 2003 Ignorant Armies Phil Sharp Decision Games(Strategy & Tactics) 2004 Fortress Berlin John Prados Against the Odds Magazine 2005 Chennault's First Fight Paul Rohrbaugh Against the Odds Magazine 2006 Kulikovo 1380: the Golden Horde Richard BergAgainst the Odds Magazine

1974 to 2006 - Best Professional Wargaming Magazine

Year Magazine Publisher 1974 Strategy & TacticsSimulation Publications Incorporated1975 Strategy & TacticsSimulation Publications Incorporated1976 Strategy & TacticsSimulation Publications Incorporated1977 Strategy & TacticsSimulation Publications Incorporated1978 Fire & MovementRodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing 1979 Fire & MovementRodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing 1980 Fire & MovementRodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing 1981 Fire & MovementRodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing 1982 Fire & MovementFriedrich Helfferich & Steve Jackson Games 1983 Fire & MovementFriedrich Helfferich & Steve Jackson Games 1984 The WargamerWorld Wide Wargames 1985 The WargamerWorld Wide Wargames 1986 The WargamerWorld Wide Wargames 1987 Strategy & TacticsWorld Wide Wargames 1988 Strategy & TacticsWorld Wide Wargames 1989 Strategy & TacticsWorld Wide Wargames 1990 Command XTR Corporation 1991 Command XTR Corporation 1992 Command XTR Corporation 1993 Command XTR Corporation 1994 Command XTR Corporation 1995 Command XTR Corporation 1996 Command XTR Corporation 1997 Command XTR Corporation 1998 Strategy & TacticsDecision Games1999 Strategy & TacticsDecision Games2000 Strategy & TacticsDecision Games2001 Strategy & TacticsDecision Games2002 Strategy & TacticsDecision Games2003 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine 2004 (tie) Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine 2004 (tie) Strategy & TacticsDecision Games2005 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine 2006 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine

1974 to 2006 - Best Amateur Wargaming Magazine

Year Magazine Publisher 1974 Albion Don Turnbull 1975 Jagdpanther Jagdpanther Publications 1976 Battlefield/Jagdpanther Jagdpanther Publications 1977 The Space GamerSteve Jackson Games1978 Perfidious Albion Charles Vasey 1979 Perfidious Albion Charles Vasey 1980 HMS Review Herb Barenta 1981 Journal of World War Two Wargaming Nick Schuessler 1982 Journal of 20th Century Wargaming Nick Schuessler 1983 Journal of 20th Century Wargaming Nick Schuessler 1984 Alarums & Excursions Lee Gold 1985 The V.I.P of Gaming Alan Emrich 1986 The Midwest Wargamers' Association Newsletter Hal Thinglum 1987 Volunteers - Civil War Gaming Newsletter Bill Koff 1988 Volunteers - Civil War Gaming Newsletter Bill Koff 1989 Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group 1990 Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group 1991 Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group 1992 Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group 1993 Paper WarsHexessential Publications 1994 Paper WarsHexessential Publications 1995 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg1996 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg1997 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg1998 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg1999 The Boardgamer Bruce Monnin 2000 The Boardgamer Bruce Monnin 2001 The Boardgamer Bruce Monnin 2002 The Boardgamer Bruce Monnin 2003 Panzerschreck Minden Games 2004 Panzerschreck Minden Games 2005 Panzerschreck Minden Games 2006 Line of Departure Jim Werbaneth

1976 to 2006 - Best Wargame Graphics

Year Game Artist Publisher 1976 Avalanche - The Salerno Landings Rich Banner Game Designers' Workshop1977 no award - - 1978 Cross of Iron (Squad Leadermodule) Scott Moores The Avalon Hill Game Company1979 to 1983 no award - - 1984 Vietnam 1965 - 1975 Ted Koller Victory Games1985 Pax Britannica Ted Koller (Jim Talbot - map) Victory Games1986 Korean War Ted Koller Victory Games1987 Raid on St. Nazaire Charles Kibler The Avalon Hill Game Company1988 (tie) Lee vs. Grant Ted Koller Victory Games1988 (tie) The Campaigns of Robert E. Lee Rick Barber (map) Clash of Arms Games1989 Hitler's Last Gamble Dean Essig World Wide Wargames 1990 Kadesh Larry Hoffman (counters) & (Mark Simonitch - map) XTR Corporation 1991 Hornet Leader Rodger MacGowan GMT Games LLC1992 SPQR Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC1993 Lion of the North Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC1994 Battles of Waterloo Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC1995 Yom Kippur Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1996 GD '41 Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1997 DAK Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated1998 Saratoga 1777 Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC1999 River of Death Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC2000 Brandywine Creek Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC2001 Wilderness War Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC2002 Streets of Stalingrad (3rd ed.) Joe Youst (map) L2 Design Group2003 Ardennes '44 Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC2004 Downtown Rodger MacGowan (Lee Brimmicombe-Wood - map) GMT Games LLC2005 (tie) Empire of the Sun Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC2005 (tie) Fire in the Sky Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing2006 A Victory Lost Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing

1979 to 1981 - Best Initial Release Wargame

Year Recipient Game Company 1979 Ironclads John Fuseler Yaquinto Publications 1980 Streets of Stalingrad Dana Lombardy Pheonix Games 1981 Ironbottom Sound Jack Greene Quarterdeck Games

1977 to 1986 - Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Wargame

Year Recipient Game Company 1977 War of the Rings Richard BergSimulation Publications Incorporated1978 Mayday Marc MillerGame Designers' Workshop1979 The Creature That Ate SheboyganGreg CostikyanSimulation Publications Incorporated1980 Azhanti High Lightning Frank ChadwickGame Designers' Workshop1981 : Sci-Fi Car WarsChad Irby & Steve JacksonSteve Jackson Games1981 : Fantasy Barbarian Prince Arnold Hendrick Dwarfstar Games 1982 : Sci-Fi IlluminatiSteve JacksonSteve Jackson Games1982 : Fantasy Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Gary Grady, Raymond Edwards & Suzanne Goldberg Sleuth Publications 1983 : Sci-Fi Nuclear Escalation Douglas Malewicki Flying Buffalo 1983 : Fantasy Lost WorldsAlfred Leonardi Nova Game Designs 1984 : Sci-Fi Web & Starship Greg CostikyanWest End Games 1984 : Fantasy Lonely Mountain Coleman Charlton Iron Crown Enterprises 1985 Wabbit Wampage Mark Acres Pacesetter Games 1986 Kings & Things Tom WhamWest End Games

1989 to 2006 - James F. Dunnigan Award for Playability and Design

To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement in that year

Year Recipient Game Company 1989 Dan Verssen & Rodger MacGowan Modern Naval Battles** World Wide Wargames 1990 Don GreenwoodRepublic of Rome The Avalon Hill Game Company1991 (tie) Mark Simonitch The Legend Begins Rhino Games 1991 (tie) Craig Besinque East Front** Columbia Games 1992 Ben Knight Victory at Midway XTR Corporation 1993 Dean Essig Afrika The Gamers Incorporated1994 Dean Essig Enemy at the Gates The Gamers Incorporated1995 Ted Racier Great War in Europe XTR Corporation 1996 Ty Bomba Command magazine XTR Corporation 1997 Dean Essig DAK The Gamers Incorporated1998 Mark Herman For the People The Avalon Hill Game Company1999 Ted Racier Paths of GloryGMT Games LLC2000 Mark Simonitch Ukraine '43 GMT Games LLC2001 Volko Runkhe Wilderness War GMT Games LLC2002 Ben Hull This Accursed Civil War GMT Games LLC2003 Rick Young & Jesse Evans Europe EngulfedGMT Games LLC2004 Lee Brimmicombe-Wood Downtown GMT Games LLC2005 Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews Twilight StruggleGMT Games LLC2006 Tetsuya Nakamura A Victory Lost Multi-Man Publishing
  • - In 1989 and 1991 the game won the award.

Leading CSR award winners for wargames (1974 to 2006)

These totals include awards for games, magazine games, game graphics and (for designers) the James F. Dunnigan award. Not included are awards for magazines, computer media and articles.

by game company

30 -GMT Games LLC
13 - The Gamers Incorporated
12 - The Avalon Hill Game Company
12 - Victory Games
9 - XTR Corporation
7 - Decision Games
6 - Simulation Publications Incorporated
5 - Game Designers' Workshop
4 - Multi-Man Publishing
4 - Against the Odds Magazine
4 - World Wide Wargames
4 - West End Games

by game designer or graphic artist

12 - Rodger MacGowan
11 - Dean Essig
9 - Richard Berg
7 - Ted Racier
5 - Joe Miranda
4 - Mark Herman
4 - Ted Koller
3 - Frank Chadwick
3 - John Prados
3 - Joe Balkoski
3 - Greg Costikyan
3 - Dan Verssen
3 - Mark Simonitch
3 - Gene Billingsley

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