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With hundreds of board games released every year, it can be a challenge to decide which games deserve your attention.

Being aware of the awards that are given out and the criteria for each one can help you decide if a game is for you or not. Here is a brief description of a number of outstanding board game awards that you should be aware of.

Boardgames Australia | Mensa Select | International Gamers Award | Spiel des Jahres | Deutscher Spieile Preis | Boardgamegeek Golden Geek

BOARD GAMES AUSTRALIA:


Boardgames Australia was founded in 2007 to encourage the growth and raise the profile of boardgames in Australia.

Boardgames Australia presents three awards each year, announced at the Toy and Game Expo. The awards are Best International Game, Best Australian Game and Best Children's Game.

(for more information visit: www.boardgamesaustralia.org.au)


Recent Winners:


Best International Game:

2018 - Azul

2017 - Oceanus

2016 - Stockpile - Codenames

2015 - Sheriff of Nottingham

2014 - Bruges

2013 - Guildhall

2011/12 - Cargo Noir

2010 - Dice Town

2009 - Pandemic

2008 - 10 Days in Asia


Best Australian Game:

2018 - Barenpark

2017 - Imhotep

2016 - Royals

2015 - Sushi Go

2014 - Relic Runners

2013 - Dungeon Raiders

2011/12 - Dweebies

2010 - Make 'n' Break Compact

2009 - Sorts for Kids

2008 - Archaeology: The Card Game


Best Children's Game:

2018 - Rhino Here: Super Battle

2017 - Ticket to Ride: First Journey

2016 - My First Stone Age

2015 - Doodle Quest

2014 - Three Little Pigs

2013 - Catan Junior

2011/12 - Nelly

2010 - The Kids of Carcassonne

2009 - Viva Topo!

2008 - Quoridor Kid

MENSA SELECT

Each year five board games are given the Mensa Select Award, these games are chosen because they are "original, challenging and well designed". This award has been presented since 1990, and some of the more well known recipients include Trivial Pursuit and Taboo.


Recent Winners Include:

2019 - Architects of the West Kingdom

2018 - Azul

2017 - Clank!

2016 - New York 1901

2015 - Dragonwood

2014 - Pyramix

2013 - Forbidden Desert

2012 - Tetris Link

2011 - Pirate vs Pirate

2010 - Forbidden Island

2009 - Dominion

2008 - Tiki Topple

INTERNATIONAL GAMERS AWARD

Recognition for outstanding games and designers is the aim of the International Gamers Award.

Committee members for all over the world come together to select the 'best of the best' with the hope that these games will come to the attention of the general public. Awards are given to Outstanding Multi-player game and Outstanding 2-player game.

(for more information visit: http://www.internationalgamersawards.net/)


Recent Winners:


Best Multiplayer Strategy Game

2017 - Great Western Trail

2016 - Mombasa

2015 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

2014 - Russian Railroads

2013 - Terra Mystica

2012 - Trajan

2011 - 7 Wonders

2010 - Age of Industry

2009 - Le Havre

2008 - Agricola


Best 2-player Strategy Game

2017 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game

2016 - 7 Wonders Duel

2015 - Wir Sind das Volk

2014 - Limes

2013 - Le Havre: The Inland Port

2012 - Agricola: All creatures Big and Small

2011 - A few acres of snow

2010 - Campaign Manager 2008

2009 - Day & Night

2008 - 1960: The making of the president

SPIEL DES JAHRES:

 

The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) is perhaps the most prestigious of awards given to board games. The games that are nominated to receive this award are generally family style games. In the past more complex games have occasionally been awarded a special prize, but in 2011 the Kennerspiel des Jahres was introduced to recognise these more complex games annually.

(for more information visit: http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=123&changelang=4)


Recent Winners:


Spiel des Jahres

2018 - Azul

2017 - Kingdomino

2016 - Codenames

2015 - Colt Express

2014 - Camel Up

2013 - Hanabi

2012 - Kingdom Builder

2011 - Qwirkle

2010 - Dixit

2009 - Dominion

2008 - Keltis (Lost Cities the Board Game)


Kennerspiel des Jahres

2018 - The Quacks of Quedlingbirg

2017 - Exit

2016 - Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

2015 - Broom Service

2014 - Istanbul

2013 - Legends of Andor

2012 - Village

2011 - 7 Wonders

DEUTSCHER SPIELE PREIS:



In contrast to the Spiel des Jahre, the Deutscher Spiele Preis is awarded to more complex 'Gamers' games with particularly good or innovative gameplay. The winner is announced each year in October at the Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany.

(for more information visit: http://www.deutscherspielepreis.de/)


Recent Winners:

2018 - Azul

2017 - Terraforming Mars

2016 - Mombasa

2015 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

2014 - Russian Railroads

2013 - Terra Mystica

2012 - Village

2011 - 7 Wonders

2010 - Fresco

2009 - Dominion

2008 - Agricola

BOARDGAMEGEEK GOLDEN GEEK



The Golden Geek is actually a series of awards which are voted on by users of boardgamegeek.com. There are several categories where awards are given, including best family game, best party game, best art & presentation, etc. As well as the all important 'Game of the Year'.

(for more information visit: http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/BoardGameGeek_Golden_Geek)


Recent Winners:


Golden Geek Game of the Year

2018 - Root

2017 - Gloomhaven

2016 - Scythe

2015 - Pandemic: Legacy Season 1

2014 - Splendor

2013 - Terra Mystica

2012 - Eclipse

2011 - Dominant Species

2010 - Hansa Teutonica

2009 - Dominion

2008 - Agricola