Indie RPG Awards

The Indie RPG Awards are annual, creator-based awards for Indie role-playing games and supplements. They were established in 2002[1]: 143  by Andy Kitkowski, and are the most sought-after awards in the Indie RPG community.[citation needed]

For the purposes of the Awards, there exists a following "definition" of an Indie role-playing game:[2]

  • A game where the creator is the person who has written at least 50% of the actual game content.
  • A game where the creator has full control of content and publishing.
  • A game where the creator is the publisher, with full control over expenses and profits.


The following categories for nominations have been used throughout the history of the awards:

  • Indie Game of the Year - the main award for Indie Games.
  • Indie Supplement of the Year - for best Supplement for an Indie Game.
  • Best Free Game - for free Indie Games.
  • Best Support - for the publisher has best supported a previously published game or supplement.
  • Best Production - for best written and most attractive Indie Games.
  • Most Innovative Game - for games that stretch the RPG experience in new ways.

Additional categories were awarded in the first years of the awards:

  • Best Use of the d20 License - presented only in 2002
  • Indie RPG Zine of the Year - presented only in 2002
  • Best Synergy - a game with a synergistic relationship between the setting and the rules; presented only in 2002 and 2003.
  • Indie RPG "Human of the Year" - for Indie RPG creators and supporters; presented only in 2002 and 2003.
  • Andy's Choice Award - determined by the originator of the awards; presented only in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
  • People's Choice Award - decided by popular vote for best game and best supplement; presented only in 2004.




  • Indie Game of the Year: My Life with Master by Paul Czege
  • Indie Supplement of the Year: JAGS Have-Not
  • Best Free Game: FATE[3]: 422  by Fred Hicks
  • Best Production: My Life with Master
  • Best Support: FATE
  • Best Synergy: My Life with Master
  • Most Innovative Game: My Life with Master
  • Indie RPG "Human of the Year": Luke Crane (spelled as Power of the Year)
  • Andy's Choice: FATE










  • Indie Game of the Year: Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel
  • Indie Supplement of the Year: American Disasters (for Fiasco) by Jason Morningstar and Steve Segedy
  • Best Free Game: Mythender by Ryan Macklin
  • Best Production: Dungeon World
  • Best Support: Dungeon World
  • Most Innovative Game: Dog Eat Dog by Liam Burke



  • Indie Game of the Year: The Clay That Woke by Paul Czege
  • Indie Supplement of the Year: Deep Carbon Observatory by Patrick Stewart, Scrap Princess
  • Best Free Game: Dream Askew by Joe Mcdaldno
  • Best Production: A Red and Pleasant Land by Zak S.
  • Best Support: Deep Carbon Observatory
  • Most Innovative Game: The Clay That Woke



  • Indie Game of the Year: Blades in the Dark by John Harper
  • Indie Supplement of the Year: Microscope Explorer by Ben Robbins
  • Best Free Game: Quill: A Letter-Writing Roleplaying Game for a Single Player by Scott Malthouse
  • Best Production: Blades in the Dark by John Harper
  • Best Support: Blades in the Dark by John Harper
  • Most Innovative Game: #Feminism: A Nano-Game Anthology by Edited by Misha Bushyager, Lizzie Stark, and Anna Westerling


  • Indie Game of the Year: The Watch (role-playing game) by Anna Kreider and Andrew Medeiros
  • Indie Supplement of the Year: Itras By: The Menagerie by Ole Peder Giaver and others
  • Best Production:Timewatch by Kevin Kulp and others
  • Best Support: Timewatch
  • Most Innovative Game: Alas for the Awful Sea by Hayley Gordon, Vee Hendro


  1. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2014). Designers & Dragons: The '00's. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61317-087-8.
  2. ^ "Indie RPG Awards". November 16, 2013. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013.
  3. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.

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