Participants in the contest are required to submit the following prior to the May 31st deadline, for each entry:
Note that our preference in evaluating the videos is to keep the graphics and splashy effects to a minimum. Your game design is being evaluated on the game play criteria outlined below, NOT the video production. Video taken from a smart phone or similar device is fine. There is NO need to go buy expensive video equipment or editing software.
Failure to submit all required documents, fees and information will disqualify the entry from participation in this year's contest.
Initially all designs submitted (up to a maximum of 50) will be evaluated largely based upon viewing the Designer's Perspective Video by a number of Canadian judges all acting independently of each other. Each judge will make the evaluation based upon his own personal experience and expertise. The judges are game connoisseurs from all across Canada.
All submissions that do not become semi-finalists will receive a summary of the judge's evaluations shortly after the Finalists are announced on the FallCon website (July 2019). The summary will be an anonymous compilation of the scores and the comments from all the judges.
All finalist designs (up to, but not necessarily a maximum of 6) will be evaluated by a round table panel of judges by both Interactivity Boardgame Cafe in Vancouver and FallCon in Calgary. The finalist judges will have access to a summary of the evaluations done by the Video Judges.
All finalists will receive a summary of the judges evaluations the week following the winner announcement at FallCon. The summary will be an anonymous compilation of the scores and comments from all the judges in the Video and Finalist phases of evaluation.
All Finalists will be awarded free admission to FallCon Boardgame and Miniature Convention 2019.
The winner will be announced live at the 32nd FallCon Boardgame and Miniatures Convention in Calgary, Alberta. The announcement will take place in the Orpheus Theatre immediately before the Auction.
The FallCon Gaming Society would appreciate a signed copy of any published winners to add to our game library.
Should the Selection Committee discover rules breaking or entry ineligibility after an award has been given, the awarded designers are required to return all prizes to the FallCon Gaming Society and will cease from labeling their game with "FallCon Game Design Award Winner", "FallCon Game Design Award Finalist", or any other label associated with the contest.
Participation in the contest entails agreement with the hereby presented rules. Any breach of the rules will lead to the game's disqualification or the withdrawal of the prize.
FallCon cannot guarantee all of the prototypes will be returned to the designer, we are at the mercy of Canada Post and other forces majeure. It is our intent to return all the prototypes intact and complete to the designer within a reasonable time after the winner has been announced.
The FallCon Gaming Society is entitled to cancel or postpone the competition, in case of absolute necessity, without any right to compensation to any participants.