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PAX Unplugged 2022 coverage: Dicebreaker Tabletop Award Winners

Cardboard Alchemy, Lucky Duck Games’ Flamecraft Take Home Best Board Game

PHILADELPHIA – Dec. 5, 2022 – The debut Dicebreaker Tabletop Awards recognize the most outstanding tabletop and board games and their creators in 2022. The winners include the “Best Board Game Award,'' awarded to Flamecraft by Cardboard Alchemy and Lucky Duck Games, as well as the audience-voted “People’s Choice” award, which went to Beam Saber by Austin Ramsey.

Nominations spanned across blockbuster releases, hidden indie gems, established names, and rising stars already making their mark on the industry. A panel of expert judges consisting of journalists, influencers, designers, artists, and other prominent members of the tabletop gaming industry selected a shortlist of finalists before casting votes to decide the winner in each category. Meanwhile, “The People’s Choice” awards received thousands of votes from the game-playing public.

The well-deserving winners were announced on stage at PAX Unplugged 2022, with the ceremony streamed online.

The winners are as follows:.

Best Board Game

•Designer: Manny Vega

•Artist: Sandara Tang


Best Roleplaying Game

•Designer: Connor Alexander (Cherokee Nation), William McKay (Manitoba Métis Federation), Weyodi Oldbear (Numunu), Derek Pounds (Samish), Nico Albert (Cherokee Nation), Riana Elliot (Cherokee), Diogo Nogueira, William Thompson (Cherokee Nation)

•Artist: Tate Allen (Choctaw), Kyle Charles (Whitefish Lake First Nation), Phil Cohen, Dale Deforest (Diné), Jillian Dolan (Métis/Cree), Sadekaronhes Esquivel (Kanyen’kehá:ka/Mexican Indigenous), Emma Flowers (Crow), Elijah Forbes (Waganakising Oadawak), Al Harris (Lumbee), Amélie Hutt, Mackenzie Neal (Quapaw Nation), Brian Roanhorse (Navajo), Heather Snell (Lakota/Dakota), Jesse Thompson, Wolf Tomoyaketu (Comanche/Apache), Charles Utting, Jeffrey Veregge (S’Klallam), Kameron White (Chahta/Tsalagi), Matthew Willetto (Navajo), Lawrence Willie (Paiute), Nala J. Wu

•Publisher: Coyote & Crow LLC


Best Ongoing Card Game

•Designer: James White

•Artist: Robbie Wen, MJ Fetesio, Sam Yang

•Publisher: Legend Story Studios


Designer of the Year

Banana Chan

Runner-ups: Cezar Capacle, Colin Le Sueur, James Kniffen, Jeeyon Shim, Jonny Pac, Lynne Hardy, Paul Dennen, Will Jobst


Publisher of the Year


Rising Star: Designer

Lottie and Jack Hazell

Runner-ups: Connor Alexander, Duke Harrist, Gwendolyn Clark, Kavita Poduri, Mabel Harper, Mario Ortegon, N.L. Morrison, Seb Pines, Viditya Voleti


Rising Star: Publisher


People’s Choice

•Designer: Austin Ramsay

•Artist: Vincent Patrick, Hadrian, Atlas Sellman, Christine Blight, Jess Whitmore, Imani Kelker, No_Tables, Andrew Ferris, Roberto Zoreda Ichaso, Mal Peters

•Publisher: Austin Ramsey

Dicebreaker will welcome back The Tabletop Awards in 2023. For further information and updates, check out the official Tabletop Awards website.

About Dicebreaker

Launched in 2019, Dicebreaker brings high-quality coverage of amazing tabletop games to everybody. From the latest Dungeons & Dragons adventure and biggest board games of the year to overlooked tabletop gems that you might have missed, it’s the place for both veterans and newcomers to find their next favorite game and to learn more about the games they already love. Staffed by a team of experienced journalists, video producers and tabletop gamers, Dicebreaker delivers friendly, entertaining and accessible writing and videos about the tabletop hobby and industry that doesn’t shy away from the important conversations.

About ReedPop

ReedPop is a boutique group within RX – one of the world’s leading events organizers. Launched in 2006, the group has become the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe as well as a full service digital content provider and media company. Delivering once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences curated specifically for localized audiences, ReedPop currently features events in North America and Europe, including: E3, New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX West, East, and Unplugged, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), Star Wars Celebration, MCM Comic Con, Eurogamer Expo (EGX), Star Trek Missions and more. In addition to organizing and managing events, ReedPop also runs and operates the Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading gaming websites including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun and GamesIndustry.Biz. The staff at ReedPop are a fan-based, globally focused group of professionals that are uniquely qualified to build and serve the communities with whom they share a common passion.


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