Rules of competition 2017


Hippodice Game Designer Competition: Rules 2017


Orientation of the competition

The Game Authors' Competition of Hippodice Spieleclub e. V. is orientated internationally.

It is held yearly since 1989.

 The competition includes game ideas of such sections as

    Games for children
    Family games
    Games for connoisseurs
    Games for experts

The games can be set up as

    Classic board games
    Strategy games
    Card games
    2 person games
    Dice games
    Cooperative games
    Skill games

Intentions of the Game Authors' competition

The Hippodice Spieleclub e. V. wants to initiate contact between authors, players and publishers and to give a platform especially to new and unknown authors to present their game designs. We want to make it easier for publishers and game companies to sort the numerous new designs and help authors with their approach to the publishers.

After numerous rounds of testing selected games will be recommended to renowned publishers. A adept jury of publishers' representatives will elect the winners.

In a summary report over the competition every title of the final round and the list of recommendations is be presented. This report is submitted to game publishing companies and selected representatives of print media.

Also, this report will be published on the website of the Hippodice Spieleclub e. V.


How to enter the competition

Only prototypes of newly developed games are admitted to enter the competition. These games may not be published until the results of the final round have been made public. Applications must be done in writing via e-mail by using this form only! The form is to be used for each game to be applied separately.

Out of all applications the most promising games will be selected during a preliminary round. Then, the prototypes of these selected games will be requested to be thoroughly test played during the main round. Finally, the winning games will be picked from the best games of the main round during the final round.


A. Preliminary round

The e-mail application must contain:
  • The completed and signed application form (PDF)
  • A short description of the game which includes pictures and illustrations which are helpful to see the game setup, game mechanics and course of the game. Depending on the complexity the recommend extent of the description is 1-3 pages.
  • The rules of the game
  • The title of the game and the author’s name must be noted on the game description and rules

Application period for 2017' competition is July 11 - October 20, 2016!

Applications must either be written in English or German.
They must be submitted to: competition (at)

Out of all applicants of the preliminary round the actual prototypes for the main round will be requested within a maximum of 21 days. All authors whose game(s) have not been selected to enter the main round will be notified accordingly via e-mail.

B. Major round

Authors of qualified prototypes will receive an email-request to send in their physical games. Please, avoid to send games if you don't receive such a request.

Deadline for receipt of the prototypes is November 24, 2016. This deadline may be extended 14 more days for mailings from non-european authors.

The delivery address for the prototypes and information about further proceedings will be given together with the request of the game.

All participants of the main round must pay an attendance fee of 10 € per game.

Furthermore, postage fees for an optional return shipments must be paid, depending on the home country of the author. The exact amount will be specified when requesting the game.

We assume no liability for any games submitted unsolicited.

After the completion of the competition all authors of games of the main and final round will receive a detailed evaluation of their game until end of July.


C. Final round

The games requested for the main round will be thoroughly tested and evaluated by members of the Hippodice Spieleclub e. V. By judging these evaluations the best games will be determined to enter the final round. Then, these finalists will be tested and evaluated by a competent jury of representatives of game publishers and print media. This jury will elect the winner and runners-up. The composition of this jury may change from year to year.


Disposition of prototypes

Any submitted prototypes remain with the organizers at least until the final round starts.

The game will be returned to the author in the same condition as it was sent.

In case a game arouses interest of game publisher representatives, it will be handed over to them after the final round. All other prototypes will be shipped back to their owners.


Publication of results

In order to make the games known to publishers and to the general public, the organizers of the competition compile substantial publications. For this purpose only, the authors cede their rights concerning the publication of articles and pictures of the game submitted for the competition to the organizers. Any such articles will quote the author’s name and address, where appropriate. The game and its rules may be passed on to representatives of publishers who are interested in it. All copyrights of the game remain with the author.