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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". The Wargamer magazine called it "very prestigious".[1]

Created at the first Origins Game Convention in 1975, the awards were the "brainchild of Canadian hobbyist John Mansfield."[2][3] Originally the awards were the Origins Awards but were informally known as the Charles Roberts Awards[4] and it was only in 1988 that Charles Roberts officially agreed to let his name be used.[5] The split from the Origins Awards occurred in 1987, after Fortress America by Milton Bradley Company won an award. Fortress America was not considered a traditional historical wargame by the grognards in the wargaming community. Prior to 2000, the awards were given at the Origins Game Fair. Since 2000, the awards have been given at the World Boardgaming Championships (formerly "AvalonCon"). The Award is managed by the Charles S. Roberts Award Committee with winners chosen by votes submitted by fans.

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

Contents

Recent award winners[edit]

2003[6][edit]

  • 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[7][edit]

  • 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[8][edit]

  • 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[9][edit]

  • 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

2007[10][edit]

  • Best Pre–World War II Boardgame—1914: Twilight in the East (GMT Games LLC)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—Case Blue (MMP/The Gamers)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—World at War: Eisenbach Gap (Lock 'n Load Publishing)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—Rosebud: Prelude to Little Bighorn (Khyber Pass Games)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Not War But Murder (Against the Odds #19)
  • Best Wargame Graphics (tie)—1914: Twilight in the East (GMT Games LLC) and Overlord: D-Day and the Beachhead Battles (New England Simulations)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—Against The Odds
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Line of Departure (Jim Werbaneth)
  • Best Game Review or Game Analysis—Against the Odds #19: "The Evolution of Cards and Wargames", by John Prados
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article—Against the Odds #19, "Not War But Murder: The Cold Harbor Campaign - 1864", by Michael Rinella
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement—Dean Essig, Designer, Case Blue and OCS series (MMP/The Gamers)
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame—Empires in Arms (Matrix Games)
  • Best 20th Century Era Computer Wargame—Guns of August 1914-1918 (Matrix Games)
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—none

2008[11][edit]

  • Best Pre–World War II Boardgame—Warriors of God (Multi Man Publications, Inc.)
  • Best World War II Boardgame—Conflict of Heroes (Academy Games)
  • Best Modern Era Boardgame—Red Dragon Rising: The Coming War with China (Decision Games)
  • Best DTP-Produced Boardgame—June '44 (DDH Games)
  • Best Magazine-Published Boardgame—Iwo Jima: Rage Against the Marines (Operations, MMP)
  • Best Wargame Graphics—Conflict of Heroes (Academy Games)
  • Best Professional Wargame Magazine—C3i Magazine (RBM Publication)
  • Best Amateur Wargame Magazine—Line of Departure (Jim Werbaneth)
  • Best Game Review or Game Analysis (tie)—Empire of the Sun: Opening Strategy, by Mark Herman (C3i Magazine) and Top 20 Games – A Look Back by Steve Carey (C3i Magazine)
  • Best Historical or Scenario Article (tie)—Combat Commander: Variant Rules by Chad Jensen and John Foley (C3i Magazine) and Flying Colors: Trafalgar Campaign by Mark Barker (C3i Magazine)
  • James F. Dunnigan Award, To a Game Designer, Developer, Graphic Artist or Game for outstanding achievement—Uwe Eickert
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame—none
  • Best 20th Century Era Computer Wargame—none
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME—none

2009[edit]

  • Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame - A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584, Multi Man Publications, Inc.
  • Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre–World War II Era Board Wargame - Battle Above the Clouds, Multi Man Publications, Inc.
  • Best World War II Era Board Wargame - D-Day at Omaha Beach, Decision Games
  • Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame - Elusive Victory, GMT Games
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame - Field of Glory, Slitherine
  • Best 20th Century Era - Modern Computer Wargame - War in the Pacific - Admiral's Edition, Matrix Games
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame - Struggle for the Galactic Empire, Decision Games
  • Best Magazine Game - Deathride: Mars-la-Tour 1870, Against the Odds magazine (ATO)
  • Best Desktop Published (DTP)/Print-and-Play Game - Zulus on the Ramparts!, Victory Point Games
  • Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Game - Panzerblitz Hill of Death mini-module Carentan, Multi Man Publications, Inc.
  • Best Board Game Graphics - Battle Above the Clouds, Multi Man Publications, Inc.
  • Best Professional Game Magazine - Battles magazine (by Olivier Revenu)
  • Best Amateur Game Magazine - Panzer Digest (by Gary Graber), Minden Games
  • Best Historical/Scenario Article - For the People – 10th Anniversary Variant Rules (C3i #23) by Mark Herman
  • Best Game Review or Analysis Article - Liberty Roads (Battles Magazine 2)
  • James F. Dunnigan Design Elegance Award - John Butterfield
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME - John Butterfield

2010[edit]

  • Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame - Washington's War (by Mark Herman), GMT Games
  • Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame - The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (by Javier Romero), GMT Games
  • Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame - Normandy '44 (by Mark Simonitch), GMT Games
  • Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame - Labyrinth: The War on Terror (by Volko Ruhnke), GMT Games
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame - Civilization V
  • Best 20th Century Era - Modern Computer Wargame - Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 (2by3 Games/ Matrix)
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame - War of the Ring Collector's Edition (by Roberto di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello), Fantasy Flight Games
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame - Mass Effect 2
  • Best Magazine Game - A Week in Hell (by Laurent Guenette), Battles magazine
  • Best Desktop Published (DTP)/Print-and-Play/Postcard Game - We Must Tell the Emperor (by Steve Carey), Victory Point Games
  • Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Game - Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 - Normandy (by John Foley), GMT Games
  • Best Board Game Graphics - Normandy '44 (GMT)
  • Best Computer Game Graphics - Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 (2by3 Games/ Matrix)
  • Best Professional Game Magazine - Battles Magazine
  • Best Amateur Game Magazine - Line of Departure
  • Best Historical/Scenario Article - Joel Toppen, History of the Peloponnesian War (C3i #24)
  • Best Game Review or Analysis Article - Mark Herman, Washington's War, Art of Asymmetrical Strategy (C3i#24)
  • James F. Dunnigan Design Elegance Award - Labyrinth: The War on terror
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME - Richard Borg

2011[edit]

  • Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame - Sekigahara (by Matthew Calkins), GMT Games
  • Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame - None But Heroes (by Dean Essig), Multi Man Publications, Inc. (MMP)
  • Best Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame- No Retreat: The Russian Front Deluxe Edition (by Carl Paradis), GMT Games
  • Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame - Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Gap (by Pete Abrams, Mark H. Walker), Lock 'n Load Publishing
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame - Shogun 2 Total War
  • Best 20th Century Era - Modern Computer Wargame - Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame - Space Empires 4X (by Jim Krohn), GMT Games
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame - Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion
  • Best Magazine Game - Into the Bastards! - First tank battle (by Nicolas Rident), Battles magazine
  • Best Desktop Published (DTP)/Print-and-Play/Postcard Game - The Battle of Halle 1806 (by Dennis A. Spors, James Soto, Monte Mattson, Michael Neylan), LA Bataille ME Premier
  • Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Game - Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit Expansion Pack #1 (by Ken Dunn), Multi Man Publications, Inc. (MMP)
  • Best Board Game Graphics - Where The Eagles Dare MMP
  • Best Computer Game Graphics - Shogun 2 Total War
  • Best Professional Game Magazine - Battles Magazine
  • Best Amateur Game Magazine - Line of Departure
  • Best Historical/Scenario Article - To Script or Not to Script, that is the question? (Mark Herman C3i #25
  • Best Game Review or Analysis Article - Labyrinth, David Hughes
  • James F. Dunnigan Design Elegance Award - Adam Starkweather
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME - Ed Wimble

2012[edit]

  • Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame: The Battle of Fontenoy (by Paul Dangel), Clash of Arms Games
  • Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame: Bloody April (by Terry Simo), GMT Games
  • Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame: Red Winter (by Mark Mokszycki), GMT Games
  • Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame: Andean Abyss (by Volko Ruhnke), GMT Games
  • Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame: Levee en Masse (by John Welch), Victory Point Games
  • Best 20th Century Era – Modern Computer Wargame: Battle of the Bulge, Shenandoah Studios
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (by Jeffrey Kniffen), Fantasy Flight Games
  • Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame: X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis 2K Games
  • Best Magazine Game: Beyond Waterloo (by John Prados), Against the Odds magazine (ATO)
  • Best Desktop Published (DTP) / Print-and-Play / Postcard Game: City of Confusion: The Battle for Hue, Tet 1968 (by Paul Rohrbaugh), High Flying Dice Games
  • Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Game: Festung Budapest (by Bill Cirillo), Multi Man Publications, Inc. (MMP)
  • Best Board Game Graphics: The Battle of Fontenoy (by Charles Kibler), Clash of Arms Games
  • Best Computer Game Graphics: Battle of the Bulge, Shenandoah Studios
  • Best Professional Game Magazine: C3i, RBM Publications
  • Best Amateur Game Magazine: 1914 Dispatches, Oregon Consim Gamers
  • Best Historical/Scenario Article: 1914 – A postwar Solution for Austria-Hungary’s Mobilization (Michael Resch C3i nr 26)
  • Best Game Review or Analysis Article: For the People – Defending the Union (by Dave Dockter and Mark Herman), C3i Magazine
  • James F. Dunnigan Design Elegance Award: Dean Essig
  • Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME: Brian Youse

Previous award winners[edit]

1974 to 1975 - Best Professional Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1974 Third Reich John Prados The Avalon Hill Game Company
1975 Kingmaker Andrew McNeil PhilMar Ltd.

1974 to 1975, 1978 - Best Amateur Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1974 Manassas Tom Eller Historical Simulations Ltd.
1975 La Bataille de la Moskowa Laurence Groves Martial Enterprises
1978 Source of the Nile David Wesely & Ross Maker Discovery Games

1976 to 1977 - Best Tactical Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1976 Terrible Swift Sword Richard Berg Simulation Publications Incorporated
1977 Squad Leader John Hill The Avalon Hill Game Company

1976 to 1977 - Best Strategic Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1976 The Russian Campaign John Edwards The Avalon Hill Game Company
1977 Victory in the Pacific Richard Hamblen The Avalon Hill Game Company

1978 to 1986 - Best Pre-20th century Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1978 Source of the Nile David Wesely & Ross Maker Discovery Games
1979 Napoleon at Leipzig Kevin Zucker Operational Studies Group
1980 Empires of the Middle Ages Jim Dunnigan Simulation Publications Incorporated
1981 A House Divided Frank Chadwick Game Designers' Workshop
1982 Civilization Francis Tresham The Avalon Hill Game Company
1983 The Civil War Eric Lee Smith Victory Games
1984 South Mountain Richard Berg West End Games
1985 Pax Britannica Greg Costikyan Victory Games
1986 Chickamauga Jon Southard West End Games

1978 to 1986 - Best 20th century Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1978 To the Green Fields Beyond David Isby Simulation Publications Incorporated
1979 City Fight Joe Balkoski Simulation Publications Incorporated
1980 Cresendo of Doom (Squad Leader module) Don Greenwood The Avalon Hill Game Company
1981 Wings Craig Taylor Yaquinto Publications
1982 Storm Over Arnhem Courtney Allen The Avalon Hill Game Company
1983 Ambush! Eric Lee Smith Victory Games
1984 Vietnam 1965 - 1975 Nick Karp Victory Games
1985 World in Flames Harry Rowland Australian Design Group
1986 Fortress America Mike Gray Milton Bradley Company

1987 to 2008 – Best Pre–World War Two Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1987 Shot & Shell Roger Nord World Wide Wargames
1988 Lee vs. Grant Joe Balkoski Victory Games
1989 A House Divided (2nd ed.) Frank Chadwick Game Designers' Workshop
1990 Kadesh Gary Dickens XTR Corporation
1991 Alexandros Mike Markowitz XTR Corporation
1992 SPQR Richard Berg & Mark Herman GMT Games LLC
1993 When Eagles Fight Ted Raicer XTR Corporation
1994 Battles of Waterloo Richard Berg GMT Games LLC
1995 Great War in Europe Ted Raicer XTR Corporation
1996 Fields of Glory Richard Berg Moments in History
1997 All Quiet on the Western Front Ted Raicer Moments in History
1998 For the People Mark Herman The Avalon Hill Game Company
1999 Paths of Glory Ted Raicer GMT Games LLC
2000 Drive on Paris Al Wambold The Gamers Incorporated
2001 Wilderness War Volko Runkhe GMT Games LLC
2002 Napoleonic Wars Mark McLaughlin GMT Games LLC
2003 Age of Napoleon Reynaud Verlaque Phalanx Games
2004 Sword of Rome Wray Ferrell GMT Games LLC
2005 Bonaparte at Marengo Bowen Simmons Simmons Games
2006 Here I Stand Ed Beach GMT Games LLC
2007 1914: Twilight in the East Michael Resch GMT Games LLC
2008 Warriors of God Makoto Nakajima Multi-Man Publishing

2009 to 2012 - Best Ancient to Napoleonic Era Board Wargame[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
2009 A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570–1584 Tetsuya Nakamura Multi-Man Publishing
2010 Washington's War Mark Herman GMT Games
2011 Sekigahara Matthew Calkins GMT Games
2012 The Battle of Fontenoy Paul Dangel Clash of Arms

2009 to 2011 – Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre–World War II Era Board Wargame[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
2009 Battle Above the Clouds Ed Beach & Mike Belles Multi-Man Publishing
2010 The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Javier Romero GMT Games
2011 None But Heroes Dean Essig Multi-Man Publishing
2012 Bloody April Terry Simo GMT Games

1987 to 2012 - Best World War Two Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1987 Raid on St. Nazaire Rob Markham The Avalon Hill Game Company
1988 Tokyo Express Jon Southard Victory Games
1989 Hitler's Last Gamble Danny Parker World Wide Wargames
1990 Operation Shoestring Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC
1991 East Front Craig Besinque Columbia Games
1992 Stalingrad Pocket Masahiro Yamazaki The Gamers Incorporated
1993 Afrika Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1994 Enemy at the Gates Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1995 Tunisia Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1996 Wave of Terror John Desch XTR Corporation
1997 DAK Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1998 Invasion: Sicily Vance von Borries GMT Games LLC
1999 Burma Dave Friedrichs The Gamers Incorporated
2000 (tie) Sicily Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
2000 (tie) Ukraine '43 Mark Simonitch GMT Games LLC
2001 Barbarossa - Army Group North Vance von Borries GMT Games LLC
2002 Barbarossa to Berlin Ted Raicer GMT Games LLC
2003 Europe Engulfed Rick Young & Jesse Evans GMT Games LLC
2004 Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit #1 Ken Dunn Multi-Man Publishing
2005 Empire of the Sun Mark Herman GMT Games LLC
2006 A Victory Lost Tetsuya Nakamura Multi-Man Publishing
2007 Case Blue Dean Essig Multi-Man Publishing
2008 Conflict of Heroes Uwe Eckert Academy Games
2009 D-Day at Omaha Beach John Butterfield Decision Games
2010 Normandy '44 Mark Simonitch GMT Games
2011 No Retreat: The Russian Front Deluxe Edition Carl Paradis GMT Games
2012 Red Winter Mark Mokszycki GMT Games

1987 to 2012 – Best Post–World War Two or Modern Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
1987 (tie) Central America James McQuaid Victory Games
1987 (tie) 7th Fleet Joe Balkoski Victory Games
1988 Tac Air Gary Morgan The Avalon Hill Game Company
1989 Modern Naval Battles Dan Verssen World Wide Wargames
1990 Silver Bayonet Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC
1991 (tie) Inchon Jim Werbaneth XTR Corporation
1991 (tie) Hornet Leader Dan Verssen GMT Games LLC
1992 Tet '68 Joe Miranda XTR Corporation
1993 Crisis: Korea 1995 Gene Billingsley GMT Games LLC
1994 no award - -
1995 Yom Kippur Al Sandrick The Gamers Incorporated
1996 no award - -
1997 Semper Fi Lee Forester The Gamers Incorporated
1998–2000 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 Games
2003 Lock 'n Load Mark Walker Shrapnel Games
2004 Downtown Lee Brimmicombe-Wood GMT Games LLC
2005 Twilight Struggle Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews GMT Games LLC
2006 Winged Horse: Campaigns in Vietnam, 1965-66 Joe Miranda Decision Games
2007 World at War: Eisenbach Gap Mark H. Walker Lock 'n Load Publishing
2008 Red Dragon Rising: The Coming War with China Bruce Costello Decision Games
2009 Elusive Victory Terry Simo GMT Games LLC
2010 Labyrinth: The War on Terror Volko Ruhnke GMT Games
2011 Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Gap Pete Abrams, Mark H. Walker Lock 'n Load Publishing
2012 Andean Abyss Volko Ruhnke GMT Games

1999 to 2012 - Best DTP Game (or Print and Play, from 2009)[edit]

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 Berg BSO 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 Mountain Scot Holmgren Blue Guidon Games
2004 Louisiana Tigers Richard Berg BSO Games
2005 Death in the Trenches Ben Madison and Wes Erni Schutze Games
2006 Battle of the Little Bighorn Micheal Taylor Khyber Pass Games
2007 Rosebud: Prelude to Little Bighorn Micheal Taylor Khyber Pass Games
2008 June '44 ? DHH Games
2009 Zulus on the Ramparts! Joe Miranda Victory Point Games
2010 We Must Tell the Emperor! Harry Carey Victory Point Games
2011 La Bataille d' Halle - 1806 Dennis A. Spors, James Soto, Monte Mattson, Michael Neylan Marshal Enterprises
2012 City of Confusion: The Battle for Hue, Tet 1968 Paul Rohrbaugh High Flying Dice Games

1999 to 2012 - Best Magazine Game[edit]

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 Berg Against the Odds Magazine
2007 Not War But Murder Michael Rinella Against the Odds Magazine
2008 Iwo Jima: Rage Against the Marines Takaharu Horie Operations Magazine
2009 Deathride: Mars-la-Tour 1870 Charles Vasey Against the Odds Magazine
2010 A Week in Hell Laurent Guenette Battles Magazine
2011 Into the Bastards! - First tank battle Nicolas Rident Battles Magazine
2012 Beyond Waterloo John Prados Against the Odds Magazine

2009 to 2012 - Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Game[edit]

Year Game Designer Company
2009 Panzerblitz Hill of Death mini-module Carentan Darren Emge Multi-Man Publishing
2010 Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 - Normandy John Foley GMT Games
2011 Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit Expansion Pack #1 Ken Dunn Multi-Man Publishing
2012 Advanced Squad Leader: Festung Budapest Bill Cirillo Multi-Man Publishing

1974 to 2012 - Best Professional Wargaming Magazine[edit]

Year Magazine Publisher
1974 Strategy & Tactics Simulation Publications Incorporated
1975 Strategy & Tactics Simulation Publications Incorporated
1976 Strategy & Tactics Simulation Publications Incorporated
1977 Strategy & Tactics Simulation Publications Incorporated
1978 Fire & Movement Rodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing
1979 Fire & Movement Rodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing
1980 Fire & Movement Rodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing
1981 Fire & Movement Rodger MacGowan & Baron Publishing
1982 Fire & Movement Friedrich Helfferich & Steve Jackson Games
1983 Fire & Movement Friedrich Helfferich & Steve Jackson Games
1984 The Wargamer World Wide Wargames
1985 The Wargamer World Wide Wargames
1986 The Wargamer World Wide Wargames
1987 Strategy & Tactics World Wide Wargames
1988 Strategy & Tactics World Wide Wargames
1989 Strategy & Tactics World 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 & Tactics Decision Games
1999 Strategy & Tactics Decision Games
2000 Strategy & Tactics Decision Games
2001 Strategy & Tactics Decision Games
2002 Strategy & Tactics Decision Games
2003 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine
2004 (tie) Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine
2004 (tie) Strategy & Tactics Decision Games
2005 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine
2006 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine
2007 Against the Odds Against the Odds Magazine
2008 C3i RBM Publishing
2009 Battles Olivier Revenu
2010 Battles Olivier Revenu
2011 Battles Olivier Revenu
2012 C3i RBM Publishing

1974 to 2012 - Best Amateur Wargaming Magazine[edit]

Year Magazine Publisher
1974 Albion Don Turnbull
1975 Jagdpanther Jagdpanther Publications
1976 Battlefield/Jagdpanther Jagdpanther Publications
1977 The Space Gamer Steve Jackson Games
1978 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 and 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 The Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group
1990 The Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group
1991 The Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group
1992 The Canadian Wargaming Journal Canadian Wargaming Group
1993 Paper Wars Hexessential Publications
1994 Paper Wars Hexessential Publications
1995 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg
1996 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg
1997 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg
1998 Berg's Review of Games (BROG) Richard Berg
1999 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
2007 Line of Departure Jim Werbaneth
2008 Line of Departure Jim Werbaneth
2009 Panzer Digest Minden Games
2010 Line of Departure Jim Werbaneth
2011 Line of Departure Jim Werbaneth
2012 1914 Dispatches Oregon Consim Gamers
  • - formerly Swabbers

1987 to 2012 - Best Historical or Scenario Magazine Article[edit]

Year Article Writer Magazine
1987 Aesthetics, Function and History in Wargame Graphics Rodger MacGowan The Wargamer Vol. 2, #3
1988 Forrest at Bay Richard Berg Strategy & Tactics #119
1989 Rush for Glory Richard Hitchman Strategy & Tactics #127
1990 (tie) Borodino Gary Morgan Strategy & Tactics #136
1990 (tie) Enter Rommel Frank Watson Europa Magazine #15
1991 Desert Storm Bo Eldridge Command #13
1992 Russo-Japanese War Ron Bell Command #19
1993 When Eagles Fight: First World War in the East Ted Raicer Command #25
1994 No Award - -
1995 Bunker Hill William Marsh Command #32
1996 No Award - -
1997 End of Empire, Parts I and II William Marsh Command #46
1998 The Meuse-Argonne: America's Last Offensive of the Great War John Desch Command #51
1999 Equus: Cavalry Battles of the Second Punic War Dan Fournie C3i #10
2000 French Foreign Legion Timothy Kutta Strategy & Tactics #200
2001 The Boer War, 1899-1902 Joseph Miranda Strategy & Tactics #205
2002 Overshadowed by a Phrase: Pyrrhus David W. Tschanz C3i #14
2003 Napoleon at the Berezina Rob Markham Against the Odds #4
2004 The Sedan Campaign of 1870: An Analysis Ty Bomba Strategy & Tactics #224
2005 No Winner Declared* - -
2006 No Award - -
2007 Not War But Murder: The Cold Harbor Campaign - 1864 Michael Rinella Against the Odds #19
2008 (tie) Combat Commander: Variant Rules Chad Jensen and John Foley C3i #21
2008 (tie) Flying Colors: Trafalgar Campaign Mark Barker C3i #20
2009 For the People – 10th Anniversary Variant Rules Mark Herman C3i #23
2010 History of the Peloponnesian War Joel Toppen C3i #24
2011 To Script or Not to Script, that is the question? Mark Herman C3i #25
2012 1914 – A postwar Solution for Austria-Hungary’s Mobilization Michael Resch C3i #26
  • - only Honorable Mentions

1987 to 2012 - Best Game Review or Game Analysis[edit]

Year Article Writer Magazine
1987 Central America Tom Slizewsk Fire & Movement #56
1988 Lee vs. Grant Keith Poulter The Wargamer Vol. 2, #5
1989 World War II Anthology, Part I Vance Von Borries Fire & Movement #60
1990 D-Elim Ulrich & Dirk Blennemann Command #2
1991 The Evolution of Simulation Design John Schettler MOVES #65
1992 August Storm: Franco-Prussian War Ulrich & Dirk Blennemann MOVES #72
1993-95 No Award - -
1996 A Fleet Squandered Tom Dworschak Command #40
1997 Panzergruppe Guderian Ted Kim SPI Revival eZine #1
1998 Home Before the Leaves Fall Rick Lechowich Fire & Movement #116
1999 La Bataille de Lutzen Juan Rosario Paper Wars #32
2000 Clash of Arms' Summer Storm Greg Ullrich Paper Wars #33
2001 Hube's Pocket Analysis Tony Zbaraschuk Operations #41
2002 Enjoying a Slice of Sicilian Adam Starkweather Paper Wars #48
2003 Drive on Stalingrad Adam Starkweather Paper Wars #50
2004 No Award - -
2005 Empire of the Sun Strategy Concepts Mark Herman C3i #17
2006 No Award - -
2007 The Evolution of Cards and Wargame John Prados Against the Odds #19
2008 (tie) Top 20 Games – A Look Back Harry Carey C3i #20
2008 (tie) Empire of the Sun: Opening Strategy Mark Herman C3i #21
2009 Liberty Roads review François Xavier Euzet Battles #2
2010 Washington's War, Art of Asymmetrical Strategy Mark Herman C3i #24
2011 Labyrinth David Hughes Battles #6
2012 For the People – Defending the Union Dave Dockter, Mark Herman C3i #25

1976 to 2012 - Best Wargame Graphics[edit]

Year Game Artist Publisher
1976 Avalanche - The Salerno Landings Rich Banner Game Designers' Workshop
1977 no award - -
1978 Cross of Iron (Squad Leader module) Scott Moores The Avalon Hill Game Company
1979 to 1983 no award - -
1984 Vietnam 1965 - 1975 Ted Koller Victory Games
1985 Pax Britannica Ted Koller (Jim Talbot - map) Victory Games
1986 Korean War Ted Koller Victory Games
1987 Raid on St. Nazaire Charles Kibler The Avalon Hill Game Company
1988 (tie) Lee vs. Grant Ted Koller Victory Games
1988 (tie) The Campaigns of Robert E. Lee Rick Barber (map) Clash of Arms Games
1989 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 LLC
1992 SPQR Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
1993 Lion of the North Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
1994 Battles of Waterloo Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
1995 Yom Kippur Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1996 GD '41 Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1997 DAK Dean Essig The Gamers Incorporated
1998 Saratoga 1777 Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC
1999 River of Death Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC
2000 Brandywine Creek Rodger MacGowan (Joe Youst - map) GMT Games LLC
2001 Wilderness War Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
2002 Streets of Stalingrad (3rd ed.) Joe Youst (map) L2 Design Group
2003 Ardennes '44 Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
2004 Downtown Rodger MacGowan (Lee Brimmicombe-Wood - map) GMT Games LLC
2005 (tie) Empire of the Sun Rodger MacGowan (Mark Simonitch - map) GMT Games LLC
2005 (tie) Fire in the Sky Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing
2006 A Victory Lost Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing
2007 (tie) 1914: Twilight in the East Markus Brown, Michael Resch, Mark Simonitch GMT Games LLC
2007 (tie) Overlord Mark Hinkle New England Simulations
2008 Conflict of Heroes Steve Paschal Academy Games
2009 Battle Above the Clouds Charles Kibler & Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing
2010 Normandy '44 Mark Simonitch GMT Games
2011 Where Eagles Dare Nicolas Eskubi Multi-Man Publishing
2012 The Battle of Fontenoy Charles Kibler Clash of Arms

1979 to 1981 - Best Initial Release Wargame[edit]

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

1977 to 1986 & 2010 to 2012 - Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Wargame[edit]

Year Recipient Game Company
1977 War of the Rings Richard Berg Simulation Publications Incorporated
1978 Mayday Marc Miller Game Designers' Workshop
1979 The Creature That Ate Sheboygan Greg Costikyan Simulation Publications Incorporated
1980 Azhanti High Lightning Frank Chadwick Game Designers' Workshop
1981 : Sci-Fi Car Wars Chad Irby & Steve Jackson Steve Jackson Games
1981 : Fantasy Barbarian Prince Arnold Hendrick Dwarfstar Games
1982 : Sci-Fi Illuminati Steve Jackson Steve Jackson Games
1982 : 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 Worlds Alfred Leonardi Nova Game Designs
1984 : Sci-Fi Web & Starship Greg Costikyan West End Games
1984 : Fantasy Lonely Mountain Coleman Charlton Iron Crown Enterprises
1985 Wabbit Wampage Mark Acres Pacesetter Games
1986 Kings & Things Tom Wham & Robert J. Kuntz West End Games
2010 War of the Ring Collector's Edition Roberto di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello Fantasy Flight Games
2011 Space Empires 4X Jim Krohn GMT Games
2012 Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game Jeffrey Kniffen Fantasy Flight Games

1989 to 2012 - James F. Dunnigan Award for Playability and Design[edit]

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 Greenwood Republic of Rome The Avalon Hill Game Company
1991 (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 Incorporated
1994 Dean Essig Enemy at the Gates The Gamers Incorporated
1995 Ted Raicer Great War in Europe XTR Corporation
1996 Ty Bomba Command magazine XTR Corporation
1997 Dean Essig DAK The Gamers Incorporated
1998 Mark Herman For the People The Avalon Hill Game Company
1999 Ted Raicer Paths of Glory GMT Games LLC
2000 Mark Simonitch Ukraine '43 GMT Games LLC
2001 Volko Ruhnke Wilderness War GMT Games LLC
2002 Ben Hull This Accursed Civil War GMT Games LLC
2003 Rick Young & Jesse Evans Europe Engulfed GMT Games LLC
2004 Lee Brimmicombe-Wood Downtown GMT Games LLC
2005 Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews Twilight Struggle GMT Games LLC
2006 Tetsuya Nakamura A Victory Lost Multi-Man Publishing
2007 Dean Essig Case Blue and the OCS series Multi-Man Publishing
2008 Uwe Eickert Conflict of Heroes Academy Games
2009 John Butterfield D-Day at Omaha Beach Decision Games
2010 Volko Ruhnke Labyrinth: The War on Terror GMT Games
2011 Adam Starkweather The Devil's Cauldron & Where Eagles Dare Multi-Man Publishing
2012 Dean Essig It Never Snows and the SCS series Multi-Man Publishing
  • - In 1989 and 1991 the game won the award.

Leading CSR award winners for wargames (1974 to 2011)[edit]

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[edit]

47 - GMT Games LLC
16 - Multi-Man Publishing
13 - The Gamers Incorporated
12 - The Avalon Hill Game Company
12 - Victory Games
10 - Decision Games
9 - XTR Corporation
6 - Simulation Publications Incorporated
6 - Against the Odds Magazine
5 - Game Designers' Workshop
4 - World Wide Wargames
4 - West End Games
3 - Clash of Arms
3 - Khyber Pass Games

by game designer or graphic artist[edit]

16 - Dean Essig
13 - Rodger MacGowan
9 - Richard Berg
7 - Ted Raicer
6 - Mark Simonitch
6 - Joe Miranda
6 - Mark Herman
5 - Volko Ruhnke
4 - John Prados
4 - Ted Koller
4 - Nicolas Eskubi
3 - Frank Chadwick
3 - Joe Balkoski
3 - Greg Costikyan
3 - Dan Verssen
3 - Charles Kibler

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Parrino (15 April 2010). "Industry News: Voting for the Charles S Roberts Award Now Open". The Wargamer. Retrieved January 17, 2014. ..the very prestigious Charles S Roberts Awards has started. 
  2. ^ The Evolution of Origins: The National Convention af Five by John Prados, Moves, #45, June/July 1979, p.5
  3. ^ John Mansfield, resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba and long time gamer, is manager of Pendragon Games & Hobbies as of 2014.
  4. ^ The Evolution of Origins: The National Convention af Five by John Prados, Moves, #45, June/July 1979, p.10
  5. ^ 31 May 1988 - CSR AWARDS AUTHORIZATION
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  7. ^ "2004 CSR Award Winners". ConsimWorld. 2005-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  8. ^ "2005 CSR Award Winners". ConsimWorld. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  9. ^ "2006 CSR Award Winners". ConsimWorld. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  10. ^ "2007 CSR Award Winners". ConsimWorld. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  11. ^ "2008". Alanemrich.com. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 

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