July 1, 2005 (Columbus, OH) -- The gamers have spoken! Iconic strategy board game brand Avalon Hill, published by Seattle-based hobby game leader Wizards of the Coast, received two of the prestigious Gamers' Choice Awards in recognition of its recent hits Betrayal at House on the Hill and Axis & Allies D-Day.
Gamers' Choice Awards are selected by the public and presented by the Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) during its annual Origins Award ceremony in Columbus, Ohio. They are among the premier awards given to game designers and developers in recognition of excellence in hobby game publishing.
"In 1974, Avalon Hill received the first-ever Origins Award for our wargame Third Reich," said Linda Cox, manager of Avalon Hill at Wizards of the Coast. "This latest recognition is a testament to the timeless vitality of this rich and historic brand."
Betrayal at House on the Hill was designed by Dr. Bruce Glassco, an English instructor at Eastern-Shore Community College in Melfa, Virginia. Glassco describes it as "the thinking person's board game." BaHotH features a unique "tile mapping" mechanic that allows players to build their own haunted house room by room, tile by tile. The game generates new and thrilling twists with each session of play. Designed for three to six players, it has an MSRP of $45.
Larry Harris's Axis & Allies D-Day, which hit store shelves in the summer of 2004, is a military strategy game in which two or three players recreate the largest amphibious invasion in history. The game represents the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the two following weeks of fighting. It is one of several variants of the celebrated Axis & Allies board game originally created by Harris in 1980. Axis & Allies D-Day has an MSRP of $45.