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This is the highest honor of the Indie RPG Awards. It is awarded to the best overall Independently produced RPG of the year, as chosen by peers and members the gaming community. It is given to the RPG and the designer who made it. Everything which makes a game good; from game elements of story, setting, rules, innovation, and overall game design; to physical qualities like graphical design and layout, are taken into account for the awarding of this honor.

THE Indie Game of the Year FOR 2016 IS...

Blades in the Dark by John Harper / with 17 points

Blades in the Dark shows how mechanically rich and dense a game can get on the Powered-by-the-apocalypse foundation.



#Feminism: A Nano-Game Anthology by Edited by Misha Bushyager, Lizzie Stark, and Anna Westerling / with 16 points

The medium is the message.

The Beast by Aleksandra Sontowska, Kamil Węgrzynowicz / with 11 points

Incredible game. Profoundly human despite its unsettling subject matter. How often does a creative work get under your skin and change how you think about yourself? The Beast does.

War Birds by Moyra Turkington, Ann Kirstine Eriksen, Kira Magrann, Shoshana Kessock, Wendy Gorman / with 10 points

The Skeletons by Jason Morningstar / with 10 points

Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes by Kevin Crawford / with 9 points

An RPG that dares you to take out all of your old monster manuals so the PC's can kick them in the teeth.

Schema by Levi Kornelsen / with 6 points