This year, the ARPIA was hosted at Fortress Melbourne. These awards celebrate the diverse forms of fun, creativity and imagination coming out of the Australian community. The evening’s celebration emphasised how important diversity and inclusiveness were in making people feel welcome and safe in the hobby, and encouraged involvement in making and sharing one’s creations.
The judges were comprised of award-winning writer Jane Routley, editor, historian and game designer Melody Watson and industry veteran M. T. Black. The Game of the Year Award took into consideration criteria including: overall game experience, player engagement, clarity of rules, ease of play and production values.
The Game of the Year Award was expertly handcrafted by The Tray Tinker.
- Game of the Year – Villagesong by Storybrewers Roleplaying
- Best PDF Only (Shared) – LOGAN – An Autobiographical Tabletop Game by Logan Timmins
- Best PDF Only (Shared) – A Modern Prometheus by Mitchell Salmon
- Best Scenario – Goblins of Zarth by Herbert Peppard
- Best Cartography – Goblins of Zarth by Herbert Peppard
- Best Artwork – The Chronomancer’s Guide to the Future by Clint Skene
- Best TTRPG Stream – Stream of Chaos, The Necropolis by Jackson Heenan, Art Hunter, James Coquillat and David Naylor
- Best Rule System – Grimoire by Nicholas Robinson