Golden Crown Awards – Winners!

By on 29 January 2013

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of UK Role Players. From a simple idea, the website has grown and developed. Likewise, gaming in the last 10 years has grown and developed. To coincide with the anniversary I thought it would be worthwhile to look back and celebrate the games and people of those years so I opted for a little award.

Firstly I’d like to thank my fellow judges, without whom the task of selecting worthy winners would have been much harder. They were Evilgaz, GB Steve and Graham W.

I’d also like to thank everyone who took the time to submit nominations. Without those nominations there would have been nothing for the judges to, well, judge!

Anyway, enough of my chatter, I’m sure you’ve skim-read the above anyway as you really want to know who’s won what.

Duty & HonourHot WarThe first category was for Best Role Playing Game. This one was tough as there were some very good games nominated. In fact, it was so tough that the judges couldn’t decide on a single game to present the award to. Two however, did stand out and we are very pleased to award the Golden Crown jointly to Omnihedron Games’ Duty & Honour and Contested Ground Studios’ Hot War.

Mouse GuardAnother tough category was Best Artwork/Production Values in a Role Playing Game as, again, there were some lovely looking games that were nominated. One stood out from the rest though and the judge’s decided that Archaia Entertainment’s Mouse Guard was a worthy winner.

VornheimNext up was Best Supplement for a Role Playing Game. As you can imagine, over the last 10 years there have been a number of worthy contenders for this category but, again, there was one standout winner in the eyes of the judges with Lamentations of the Flame Princess’ Vornheim: The Complete City Kit coming out on top.

Yog RadioKickstarterTechnology in the last decade has progressed rapidly and the next two categories celebrate those who have grabbed this opportunity with both hands. UK Role Players was actually nominated in both categories for which I am very grateful. However, it would seem extremely egotistical to award yourself a prize so I removed them from consideration. Not that it made any difference if I am completely honest as our two winners are first class and both very deserving. First up is Best Official Website/Podcast. I doubt there is anyone who would deny the impact that our winner has had, not just on role playing games, but on funding and publishing in general and we are pleased to award the prize to Kickstarter. The second category, and the other side of the official/unofficial coin is Best Unofficial Website/Podcast. If websites have moved on apace in ten years, then podcasts most certainly have and our winner, although no longer being broadcast, was at the forefront – and still are with their other podcasts. We are pleased to announce that Yog-Sothoth’s Yog Radio is the winner.

IndieConFurnaceFinally we come to Best UK Convention a category that, perhaps, caused the most discussion amongst the judges. After all, each of the conventions nominated is very good and how do you compare events that have different aims and audiences? Well, that was the job that the judges had volunteered for and it was one they completed well. Again, we couldn’t decide on a single winner so we are proud to announce that both Furnace and IndieCon are our winners!

Thanks again to everyone who nominated and congratulations to all our winners. If they would like to contact me to get the Golden Crown Awards graphic they are more than welcome.

Finally, I’m be very pleased with the response to these awards so have decided to make them an annual event. Of course, they won’t be able to celebrate 10 years worth of gaming when they are next run so I’ll shorten that to a single year. I’ll make an announcement closer to the time, but get ready to nominate your favourite releases of 2013 at the end of the year. I look forward to it and hope you do too.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at


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