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The H.G. Wells Awards were awarded annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) during 1977-1986 at the Origins Game Fair. They focused on miniatures and RPGs, while the slightly older Charles S. Robert Awards (since 1974) were looking at wargames. In their last year, 1986, the awards even incorporated video games.

In 1987 the H.G. Wells Award was discontinued, the Origins Awards were born, and the Charles S. Roberts Awards remained a different set (with new organizers), though still awarded at Origins Game Fair for many years.

As far as I know, the H.G. Wells Award was the first award addressing RPGs (I don't know about miniatures/ wargames). This geeklist follows the information from GAMA:
http://www.gama.org/OriginsAwards/OriginsAwardsWinnersThe197...
http://www.gama.org/OriginsAwards/OriginsAwardsWinnersThe198...
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1. Board Game Designer: H. G. Wells
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The award is named after famous science fiction writer H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells (1866-1946). From a gaming perspective, he is most famous for the wargame Little Wars, written in 1913 for children.
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2. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:99]
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1977

In 1977 (presented at Origins 1978), D&D dominated the awards. It won
All Time Best Roleplaying Rules of 1977 and
Greatest Contribution to the Hobby 1967-77 of 1977.

Also, it was placed in the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame, together with Empire (a Napoleonic miniatures game) by Empire Games, Inc..
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Best Professional Magazine Covering Miniatures or Roleplaying of 1977

The Dragon is D&D winning yet another of the awards, at least sort of.
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4. Board Game Publisher: Empire Games, Inc.
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All Time Best Napoleonic Rules of 1977
Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame (together with D&D)

Empire
(We only have the third and fourth editions in the database.)
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5. Board Game Publisher: Ral Partha Enterprises
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Best Fantasy Figure Series of 1977
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Best Vehicular Model Series of 1977

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7. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2374]
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Best Historical Figure Series of 1977

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1978

Ral Partha won two awards for its miniatures this year:

Best Historical Figure Series of 1978

Days of the Empire

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Figure Series of 1978

Fantasy Collectors Series

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9. Board Game: Fire & Steel [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Best Miniatures Rules of 1978
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Best Vehicular Model Series of 1978

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11. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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In 1978 there was no award category for RPGs, and none for magazines.
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1979

Best Vehicular Model Series of 1979
OGRE series
Martian Metals

Best Magazine Covering Miniatures of 1979
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13. Board Game: System 7 Napoleonics [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
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Best Historical Figure Series of 1979
Best Miniatures Rules of 1979
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Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Figure Series of 1979

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15. RPG Item: Commando [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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16. RPG Item: Adventure 01: The Kinunir [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1354]
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Best Roleplaying Adventure of 1979
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18. Board Game: General Quarters [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:5642]
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All Time Best 20th Century Naval Rules of 1979
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19. RPG Item: Chivalry & Sorcery Sourcebook (1st Edition) [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6040]
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All Time Best Ancient Medieval Rules of 1979
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1980

Best Professional Magazine Covering Miniatures of 1980
The Courier
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21. Board Game Publisher: Ral Partha Enterprises
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Best Historical Figure Series of 1980
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25. RPG Item: Adventure 03: Twilight's Peak [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:402]
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