2016 Notice of competition

XIV edition
dedicated to Alex Randolph
PREMIO ARCHIMEDE 2016, organized by studiogiochi,
concerns the invention of unpublished boardgames.
The Prize, dedicated to the great Alex Randolph, who
was its president during the first seven editions, made the
wishes of more than 30 authors come true thanks to the
pubblication of their games.
Everybody can participate, there are no age nor nationality
limits. Authors can partecipate either as a single person or
as a group.
The Prize is supported by the patronage of the Comune
di Venezia and the J.P. Halvah Foundation (founded by
the very same Randolph and directed by Herbert Feuerstein, who offers a support of € 4.000 to the winners (to
be spent within April 30 2017), in form of scholarships,
stages, contributions for the publication, etc. The final
ceremony will take place in Venice in September/October 2016 (the exact date will be comunicated as soon as
possible). During this occasion there will be an exhibition of
the finalist games.
The prize is also supported by the Musée Suisse du Jeu
(Swiss Museum of Games) that will organize an exhibition
of the winner games.
All the companies that participate to the event will receive
informations about the games competing and will be able
to take a look at them.
To participate, fill in the participation form within May 31th
2016 to:
PREMIO ARCHIMEDE 2016 c/o studiogiochi
S. Polo 3083
The authors are required to pay a participation fee of €30 for
each inscribed game in these two possible ways:
1) paypal to [email protected]
2) bank transfer (IBAN DE09 3605 0105 0003 7001 84 BIC
Eventual custom fees have to be refunded by the game
authors, otherwise the game won’t be inscribed.
The best showcase
for your
“games in the drawer”
Studiogiochi will have the right of first refusal on the finalist
games (see the participation form).
There will be a participation certificate for each admitted
game, to witness and certify the presence of the game in
this editione.
Besides the Archimede Prize, the jury will assign the Special
Prize Sebastiano Izzo and many other awards such as:
• Carta Mundi Special Prize for the best card
game: the prize consists in 1.000 copies of the winner game made by Carta Mundi for free given to its
creator; the game must be composed by one or two
decks of cards.
• Special Prize IDG for the best game entirely
created by an author that never published a
game before. In case of a prototype with more
than one author, all of them must be never
published authors.
• In collaboration with CNR, inside the European Project Photonics4All and in occasion
of the UNESCO Internatioanl year of Light
2015, the Special Prize Science in Games for the best educational and learning game, with a special attention
to issues concerning light and its many aspects.
More infos about it on: www.fotonicaingioco.it
All finalists will also receive games offered by the publishers that are supporting
the Prize.
www.spielmaterial.de offers a 20% discount to
any author participating to the Premio Archimede who makes an
order. Take this chance to realize your prototype in a professional
way. Please contact the Premio Archimede
secretary to receive the discount code.
Requirements to participate
All the games will need the requirements
below. Without these requirements, they
won’t be admitted to the final.
The game
- Has to be original and unpublished.
- Can’t last more than 90 minutes.
The prototype
- All game components, including the
game board, must be inside a rigid cardboard box, similar to the comamrcial boardgames boxes. The box should be easy
to open and close, keeping safe what’s
inside. It should be easy to transport: it is
better to avoid too big or too heavy boxes
(the ideal measures of a boardgame box
are 40x30x10 cm).
- It should be functional, the jury has to be
able to play it with ease. Pawns must stand
well, spaces must be enough big, the
cards not too thin, colours easy to identify,
and so on.
- The game should not depend on its
language. If text is necessary it is recomended to use english, so that the jury is able
to play it indipendently.
- It doesn’t have to be presented in its final
version, the graphic aspects come after its
- It is not necessary for the game to be
presented as a final version, the graphic
aspect comes after its use.
- The pieces of the game have to be wrapped separately in order to make it easy to
get ready for the game.
- If necessary, the board has to be folded
to fit into the box.
- The organization is not responsible for
any loss or damage of the prototype during the event.
Information about the authors
On the box and on the rules there must
be the name of the game, the name and
surname of the authors, their full address,
telephone number, and eventual e-mail
The rules
- Have to be in Italian and/or English and
- Have to be easy to understand and
exhaustive (including the indication of the
contents of the material and the number
of players). The jury must not have a hard
time understanding them. It is advisable to
use examples and figures.
- Can’t be written in more than 10.000
- Advice: Before you send the game, let it
be played by the testers without giving any
help explaining the rules, and observe how
it works! That way you will know how to
refine and perfection your rules and even
your game.
Participation form
The participation form has to be completely filled in and signed for each participating game.
The jury, the criteria and procedures for the selection of the games
There will be two separate juries, both directed by Niek
During the first part of the competition only the selection
jury is working:
• Niek Neuwahl (president)
• Leo Colovini (spokesman)
• Giuseppe Baggio
• Mauro Gaffo (journalist, Italy)
• Dario Zaccariotto
• Umberto Rosin (tana di Goblin Venezia)
• Alessandro Zucchini
• Federico Colovini
The selection jury will carefully study all game rules, dividing them
among its members
• During the jury meetings each member explains to the others
the rules he read. Each game will be played by at least two
of the selection jury members. If during playing the game is
judged as not appropriate its playing can be interrupted before
the end of the game.
• Each jury member will evaluate the game according to the
evaluation criteria. The average of the sum of all votes gives a
position to each game that will determine what game will make
it to the final.
• The first 30 games will all be played once more by all selection
jury members, and among them the finalists will be selected.
The jury will consider the games accordingly to the following criteria (in order of importance):
- Originality of the game mechanisms.
- Playability, balance and functionality of the mechanisms.
- Amusement.
- Interaction between players.
- The possibility that the game
will be taken into consideration
from editors to be published.
- Theme coherence.
- Quality of the prototype.
At this point the final jury come into play:
• Niek Neuwahl (president)
• Michael Bruinsma (Phalanx, The Netherlands)
• Bernd and Moritz Brunnhofer (Hans im Glück, Germany)
• Silvio De Pecher (la tana dei Goblin, Italy)
• Dario De Toffoli (studiogiochi, Italy)
• Uwe Molter (Amigo, Germany)
• Philipp Sprick (Ravensburger, Germany)
• Dieter Strehl (Piatnik, Austria)
• Albrecht Werstein (Zoch, Germany)
• Doug Grimes (Hasbro, USA)
• Croc (Asmodee, France)
• Klaus Ottmeier (Pegasus, Germany)
The final jury will meet about one week before the final and each
member will play every finalist game, secretly voting and writing
down his impressions about his 7 favourite ones.
During the final ceremony, there will be a voting in front of the
public to decide the winner. Each jury member will give 7 points
to his favourite game, 6 points to his second favourite, and so on.
The votes will then be imediately counted to determine the winner of the Edition.
The selection jury will also choose the 3 best card games, indifferently if they are or not among the finalists. These 3 games
will be judged separately by the final jury + Luc Martens from
Cartamundi. Each jury member will assign 3 points to its favourite
card game, 2 points to the next game, and so on. The winner will
recieve the Cartamundi Special Prize.
Both groups will be joined by F. Berger, G. Franceschini, G. Marchesin, E. Marzorati, R. Nardo and
selected playtesters for consultancy.
I giochi di Archimede pubblicati
The Premio Archimede, has demonstrated throughout the
years to be an outstanding showcase. Already 42 the published games that participated to the Prize.
Edition 2014: there are already two contracts, but soon more will be
Edition 2012: Marco Polo by S.Luciani and D.Tascini, ed. Hans im
Glück, Who sleep don’t fish by D. Rigolone ed. Piatnik (Espresso
fishing), Ready to rock by T. Bonetti, indipendent publication.
Edition 2010: Builders of Egypt by Phil Harding, ed. Kosmos (release
in 2016), Cacao by Phil Harding, ed. Abacus Spiele, Castles by Marco
Pozzi, ed.Heidelberger Verlag, Aquileia by Pier Volontè, ed. Zoch and
999 games, Crazy race by Antonio Scrittore, ed. Zoch and 999 games (Kalimambo), Drop Site, by Dennis Hoyle, ed. Gordion games.
Edition 2008: Nuraghe by S. Luciani, ed. Cranio (Sheepland),
Quebec by Pietro Vozzolo, ed. Huch (Campos), Portobello Road by
Simone Luciani, ed. Piatnik (Frutti di mare), Egizia by Virginio Gigli,
ed. Hans im Glück, Strada romana by Walter Obert, ed. Ghenos,
Fairy Power by Antonino Calogero, ed. Lanza del Vasto.
Edition 2006: Ur by Paolo Mori, ed. What’s your game, Star System
by Walter Obert, ed. Scribabs, The muddle maze by Enrico Pesce
and Federica Rinaldi, ed Scribabs/Post sciptum (Sator Arepo Tenet
Opera Rotas).
Edition 2004: Terranova by Gaetano Evola and Rosanna Leocata,
ed. Winning Moves, Moria by Alessandro Saragosa, ed. Clementoni
(König Solomons Schatzkammer), Al Fischmarkt by Mario Papini, ed.
Clementoni, I vichinghi by Alessandro Zucchini, ed. Amigo (Walhal-
la), Criminal mouse by the prisoners of the San Vittore Prison, ed.
Faro, Feudo by Mario Papini, ed. Zugames.
Edition 2002: Andrew’s cage by Andrea Mainini, ed. da Recent
Toys International (Tunnelz), Spin & Trap by Andrea Mainini, ed.
Gold Sieber + ed. Recent Toys, Collection by Luisa and Francesco
Cognetti, - ed. Dal Negro + ed. Piatnik (Minestrone), Major Tom by
Roland and Tobias Goslar, ed. Kronberger Spiele (Tom Tube), Old
Town by Stephan Riedel, ed. Clicker Spiele, Cromodrom by Giuseppe Bonfiglio, ed. Piatnik (Farb Flitzer).
Edition 2000: Bisanzio by Alessandro Saragosa, ed. 999 games (Justinianus), Gnomoni by Duilio Carpitella, ed. Piatnik (San Gimignano)
- nomination SdJ 2002, Sopravvento (2000) by Alberto Zaccagni, ed.
Edition 1998: Verba game by Giuliano Parenti and Torquato Lo
Mele, ed. Dal Negro, Trikube by Luca Borsa, ed. da Ravensburger as
Verbindung gesucht, Trigos by Paolo Gasperat, ed. Arg Design.
Edition 1996: Forma o colore? by Francesco Rotta, ed. Hiku Spiele
+ ed. Faro (Oxxo), Algoritmo by G.Dotta, ed. Qualitygame, Kupido
by Giovanni Caron, ed. Qualitygame, C’era una volta by Francesco
Lutrario, ed. Carte Segrete, Konos by G.Grieco, A.Grieco, N. Roccasalva, ed. GE.MI
Participation form
to be completely filled in and signed for each participating game
Hereby I declare to be the exclusive owner of the rights of
the game described in PART 2 of this form, representing all
the authors indicated in PART 1.
Zip code
e-mail address
telephone number
tax code (alphanumerical code for personal identification )
place and date of birth
name of the authors:
number of players
Moreover I give to studiogiochi sas, of Dario De Toffoli,
Leo Colovini, Dario Zaccariotto & c. sas with head office in
Venice, San Polo 3083, P. IVA 02925110278, from now on
named “Agent”, the right of first refusal on the game, in
case it accesses to the final of the prize with expiry date
December 21 2020.
L’opzione prevede quanto segue:
This means that:
• The Agent will try to its best to find Italian as well as
foreign publishers for the GAME. Within the expiry date
the Agent will have the right to sign publishing contracts in
name and for the author.
• In case of stipulation of one or more contracts, the Agent will
pay the author 50% of the resulting pre-tax royalties.
• Until the expiry date the author can’t stipulate license
contracts without the Agent.
• After the expiry date the right of first refusal will automatically be renovated every year, unless there is a retraction
from one or the other side, at least 6 (six) months before
the original or renovated expiry. The contracts eventually
stipulated by the Agent before the original or renovated
expiry date of the right of first refusal will remain valid until
their own expiry date.
I accept and sign all the conditions of this participation
form including what is written in PART 3 about the rights of
first refusal.
Signature of the author
Albo d’oro
Venice, Sala San Leonardo
Premio Archimede
Nea Polis
by Ciro Facciolli and Sara Rubino
Approdo del Re
2nd place
by David Zanotto
Venice, Aula Magna
IUAV University
Lorenzo il magnifico
Venice, Aula Magna
dello IUAV
by Paolo Mori
3rd place
by David Zanotto
Les Halles
4th place
by Enrico Feresin
5th LA ZATTERA DEL TESORO by Guido Albini,
6th CARDO MAXIMUS by Emanuele Ornella,
7th ISOLA TAKUKI by Nestore Mangone and
RUS IN URBE by Marco Franchin,
9th MESSTI by Peter Verhaeghe and
SOCCORSO ALPINO by Antonio Scrittore,
11th GHOST TOWN by Alessandro Dentis,
12th ALIEN CORPORATE INVADERS by Mauro Vanetti and
TORNEO by Cielo D’oro
14th KHEFREN by Francesco and Laura Frittelli, and
RECYCLE INC by Marco Pozzi and Laura Nicolini
Special Prize Carta Mundi to the best card game: Rus in Urbe by
Marco Franchin
Special Prize Sebastiano Izzo: Approdo del Re by David Zanotto
Special Prize IdG: Nea Polis by Facciolli+Rubino
Special Prize for the most professional prototype: Apollo 11 and Jules
Verne’s prophecy
Special Prize Pencil&Paper Game: Line2Dots by Chong Veng Cheang
Venice, Terese, IUAV
fac. design ed arti
Venice, Aula Magna
dello IUAV
Venice, Ca’
Vendramin Calergi
Cagli, 8° Festival dei
Cagli, 6° Festival dei
Marina di Carrara,
Venice, Istituto Guggenheim
Premio Archimede
by Pier Volontè
Marco Polo
Hotel Queen Mary
by Gaetano Evola and Rosanna Leocata
by Carlo A. Rossi
by Alessandro Saragosa
by Duilio Carpitella
by Furio Ferri
by Walter Obert
by Claudio Serravalli
by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini
2nd place
by Simone Luciani and Paolo Mori
3rd place
by Giacomo Dotta
by Nestore Mangone
4th place
Marina di Carrara,
Estategiochi ‘94
Free Climbing
by Luca Bellini
5th ANTICO by David Zanotto,
6th RUS by Alessandro Saragosa,
7th ACRI by Cielo d’Oro,
8th NECKAR by Ciro Facciolli and Sara Rubino,
9th WHO SLEEPS WON’T FISH by Davide Rigolone,
10th PORTO BELO by Francesco Sciacqua,
11th TEMPLE OF THE SUN by Phil Harding,
12th EDELWEISS by Antonio Scrittore,
13th DYUTHREE by Antonio Scrittore,
14th BUIO by Luca Bellini,
15th PIRATES TAVERN by Jim Dratwa
Special Prize Carta Mundi to the best card game: BUIO by Luca Bellini
Special Prize Focus Brain Trainer: Terra4mars by Giuseppe Carlo Roncari and Lord Max
Special Prize Sebastiano Izzo: Il gioco di Nala by Furio Honsell
Special Prize IdG: Antico by David Zanotto.
4° Festival dei giochi
rassegna dimostrativa
The Premio Archimede 2012 is organized by studiogiochi in collaboration with the J.P. Halvah Foundation, the Swiss Museum of Games and the patronage of the City of Venice.
The Special Prize Science in Games is assigned with the support and collaboration of:
The finalists will receive boardgames and game materials produced by: