The 2017 NorthWest Luci Award

The NW LUCI Award exists to showcase innovative, independent tabletop game design. Any designer with an unpublished game can enter. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of play testers. Eight semi-finalists will be given space to exhibit at ETX (the Evergreen Tabletop Expo), where finalists will present their games to a panel of pro Designers and Publishers in a "public arena” event. Three games will be presented with awards live at ETX - one for Best Game Design, one for Best Family Game Design, and one People's Choice award. Past Luci Winners

submissions for the 2017 Northwest LUCI award are now closed - semi-finalists will be announced by may 5th.


Submissions must be received before Saturday April 8th 11:59 PM Pacific Time. For each submission we need a brief Game Description, a link to a Video Submission, and a link to a Rules Document. We also need your name and contact information. These can all be provided in the submission form past the RULES AND RESTRICTIONS section below.


  • February 3rd – Contest opens
  • April 8th – Final Submissions are Due
  • May 5th – Semi-Finalists will be announced
  • June 2nd at ETX – Semi-finalists will be given table space at ETX to present their games. Judges and the public will be invited to play the prototypes. Finalists will be announced.
  • June 3rd at ETX – Finalists will participate in a live arena event at ETX. Winners will be announced.

Game Description

This should be a short description of the game including the title, player count, play time, and a brief description of the game.

Rules Document

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


The video should be no longer than 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 flashy or made professionally, but it needs two specific elements:

  1. A 10 second elevator pitch
  2. 2-4 minutes of actual gameplay. This isn’t meant to be a complete walk through of the game but rather a way to show key mechanics and what makes the game interesting or innovative by demonstrating an actual turn or two of the game in action.


RULES and restrictions

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

Only board, card and dice games are eligible. No RPGs. No videogames.

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

Only newly developed games are eligible. The game cannot be under consideration by any company at the time of submission. These games must not be publicly available through any retail, crowd-funding or print-on-demand markets for the duration of the contest. If your game has been available for purchase for any purpose other than prototype creation, 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.

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 rules at anytime during the competition.



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. 

Can non-U.S. designers participate?

Yes, although you need to be present at ETX in order to compete and win.

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. There may be other prizes as well, we'll see.

Do I Need to be Present at ETX to win?


Whats this about a live twitch broadcast?

We partner with HyperRPG (, who interview semi-finalists and broadcast the arena events.

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.