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The Awards Story

The 1981 Charles S. Roberts Awards were presented at Origins '82 in Baltimore, Maryland on July 23-25, 1982.

A House Divided (3rd, 2nd, and 1st edition boxes)Best Pre-Twentieth Century Game
&A House Divided (Chadwick, GDW)
Alamo (Smith, SPI)
Cedar Mountain (Bush, Simon and Williams, SPI)
Richard the Lion Heart (Fisher, Mayfair)
Sheridan's Ride (Fisher, Mayfair)

 

Best Twentieth Century Game
Desert Fox (Berg, SPI)
Fall of France (Astell, GDW)
Spies (Prados and Glynn, SPI)
Task Force (Balkoski, SPI)
& Wings (Taylor, Yaquinto)

Best Science-Fiction Board Game
&Car Wars (Irby and Jackson, Steve Jackson Games)
Federation Space (Wilcox, Task Force)
Fifth Frontier War (Miller, GDW)
Invasion: Earth (Miller, Chadwick and Astell, GDW)
Return of the Stainless Steel Rat (Costikyan, SPI)

Best Fantasy Board Game
&Barbarian Prince (Hendrick, Heritage)
The Castle (Zimmerer, Mayfair)
Dragon Pass (Corbett and Stafford, Chaosium)
Elric (Stafford, Chaosium)
Undead (Jackson, Steve Jackson Games) 

Ironbottom SoundBest Initial Release
The Castle (Zimmerer, Mayfair)
ICBM (Zimmerer, Mayfair)
&
Ironbottom Sound (Greene, Quarterdeck)
Manassas (Britton, Iron Crown)
Richard the Lion Heart (Fisher, Mayfair) 

 

Best Computer Game
Crush, Crumble & Chomp (Automated Simulations)
Dragon's Eye (Automated Simulations)
&
Eastern Front (Atari)
Ultima (California Pacific)
Wizardry (Sir-Tech)

Fire & Movement magazine 1981Best Professional Magazine
Campaign
&
Fire & Movement (Rodger MacGowan / Baron Publishing)
The General (AH)
Moves (SPI)
Strategy and Tactics (SPI)

 

Best Amateur Magazine
Abyss
Alarums & Excursions (Lee Gold)
The Deck of Many Things
&Journal of WWII Wargaming
The Wild Hunt

Hall of Fame
Marc W. Miller: Co-founder of Game Designers Workshop (GDW), designer of Traveler. Designer of:

 
bulletImperium
bullet1942
bulletFifth Frontier War
bulletInvasion: Earth

& = Awarded Best in that Category

1981: That Was the Wargaming Year That Was!

Breakout! magazine of Australia was founded in 1981. It galvanized the hobby Down Under and well received by its readers in the United States.