Your 2019 LUCI AWARD Semi-finalists:

  • Rising Tides by Justus Games

  • Ascending Koi by One Trillium Games

  • Flapjack Flipout by Peter Newland

  • Mandalaca by Rob Lewis

  • For All Mankind by Doug Beyers and Julia Drachman

  • Wizardz Bluff by Jayson Smith

  • Cabinet of Curiosities by David Iezzi

  • Gem Cataclysm by Very Best Friend Games

Join us at the Evergreen Tabletop Expo (ETX) on June 1st and June 2nd to help determine the LUCI People’s Choice Award winner and to see the finals and the winning game for the 2019 LUCI Award! You can get tickets to convention here. In addition to the LUCI Award finals, you can check out the Game Design Academy panels, game demos, and more happening during ETX.

Look for more information on the semi-finalist games and upcoming ETX happenings on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The 2019 NorthWest Luci Award

Recognizing up-and-coming indie game designers!

The LUCI Award is an annual contest for indie game designers who do not have a published game to their name. Please read the contest details and rules and regulations below before submitting your game. Eight semi-finalists will be chosen to showcase at the Evergreen Tabletop Expo and present their game before our esteemed judges.



  • April 3rd – Contest opens

  • May 19th – Final Submissions are due at 11:59pm PST

  • May 24th – Semi-Finalists will be announced

  • June 1st at DigiPen – Semi-finalists will be given space and a time slot to present their games to the final round judges. Finalists will be announced.

  • June 2nd at DigiPen – Finalists will participate in an Arena event, and the winners will be announced.


Submissions must be received before Sunday May 19th 11:59 PM Pacific Time. For each submission we need a brief Game Description, a link to a Video Overview, and a link to a Rules Document (ideally PDF).

We use game pics (jpg, png or pdf) for the site and promotion materials. We also need your name and contact information. These can all be provided in the Submission Form, past the RULES AND RESTRICTIONS section below.


This should be a short description of the game including the title, number of players, length, and a brief description of the game.


The video should be 2-4 minutes. The video can be hosted on your own site or on a public site (like YouTube or Tumblr). The video doesn’t need to be a complete walk through of the game but rather should convey the key mechanics and what makes the game interesting or innovative.


The rules should be complete and teach the reader how to play the game. They can be hosted on your own site or on a public site such as One Drive or Google Drive.


Only tabletop board, card and dice games are eligible. Sorry, no RPGs, traditional war games  or video games.

Only newly developed games are eligible. Games must not be publicly available through any retail, crowd-funding, or print-on-demand market. If your game has been available for purchase for any purpose other than prototyping, then it isn’t eligible.

Designs must be original works that do not infringe on any intellectual property. Game designs should be complete and well-playtested before being submitted. Rules and prototypes do not need to have fancy art, but they should be clear and readable.

Designers must be 18 years or older to enter. Limit two submissions per designer. Judges and game designers who are related to, or work for any of the companies who are judging final submissions, cannot participate.

All designs remain the intellectual property of the designers. PlaytestNW and ETX reserve the right to use submissions names, images and or likeness for promotional purposes.

By submitting your game you agree to not hold PlaytestNW, or any of the contest Sponsors, Judges, or Participants liable for any perceived intellectual property infringement. PlaytestNW may change or alter the contest rules at anytime during the competition.

2019 LUCI Award Judges




Who is LUCI?

Our contest is named after Luci; a GPO (Giant Pacific Octopus) that was released out of captivity back to waters near Tacoma. Like most GPOs, Luci has a penchant for solving puzzles and is believed to reside in the ruins of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 

Is the award only for new designers, or can published designers participate?

Although open to any unpublished game, the contest is specifically geared to help expose new indie designs and talent.

Is it OK if I know some of the judges personally?

Yes. Our judges are fairly gregarious, so we expect that they may have met some of the contestants. Direct relatives and co-workers of the judges are not eligible, however. See the RULES AND REGULATIONS section.

What do I get if I win?

You'll receive a nifty plaque, as well as the right to use the LUCI Award logo on your to be published game. You'll also get the chance to show off your design to dozens of industry insiders and professional designers at ETX. Not to mention fame, glory, bragging rights, and the satisfaction of a job well done. We're getting other prizes together as well which we will announce.

Do I Need to be present at ETX to win?


Where will the LUCI Awards 2018 events be held?

The LUCI Award will take place during ETXWA, which will be hosted at the DigiPen Institute of Technology on June 1st-June 2nd. Info on the event will be posted on

Are the semi-finalist & finalist events open for the public to attend?

Anyone who has purchased a badge for ETX can attend the semi-finalists and finalist events of the LUCI Award.

What about a live Twitch broadcast?

Live broadcast information is TBA.

What happens in the case of a tie?

We reserve the right to announce multiple winners.

Can I submit my game to other contests?

Yes, submission to the LUCI Design Contest does not preclude entry to other contests.

Previous Winners: