The 2018 NorthWest Luci Award

Submissions for the 2018 LUCI Awards are now open!



  • April 17th – Contest opens
  • May 20th – Final Submissions are Due
  • May 25th – Semi-Finalists will be announced
  • June 2nd 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 3rd at Digipen – Finalists will participate in an Arena event, and the winners will be announced.


Submissions must be received before Sunday May 20th 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 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.


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.

RULES and restrictions

Only tabletop board, card and dice games are eligible. Sorry, no RPGs, traditional wargames  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 rules at anytime during the competition.

2018's Final Round JUDGES...



additional prizes TBA



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?


Wait, I didn't think there was an ETX this year? Where will the LUCI Awards 2018 events be held?

There is a scaled down version of ETXWA this year with Game Design Academy and the LUCI Awards. Semi-Finalist and Finalist events will be hosted at the DigiPen Institute of Technology on June 2nd-June 3rd. Info on the event will be posted on

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

No. The semi-finalists and finalist events are a ticketed event (like it was at ETX 2017) at the.

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.

The 2017 Northwest Lucu Award winners

Congratulations to all of the our 2017 contestants. Below are your 2017 LUCI game design contest winners.