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2014 Board Game Award Nominations

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It’s that time a year again (ok, so we are a tad late this year). It’s our Second Annual BGQ Board Game Awards. There are many great games released every year and we like to spend a bit of time honoring those outstanding titles.

Over the past few months, our editorial staff has gone through the horde of games released in 2014 and chosen, in our opinion, the best of the best. It’s always a hard decision to make, but in the end, we were able to narrow it down to a final list of nominees. The only requirement was the game had to be published in 2014 (in english) and be for the most part, readily available in some form. A little leeway was also given to games that came out near the end or the beginning of the year.

You may wonder why we do 2014 awards in April the following year. Mostly because it takes time for games to make their way into our hands, especially when many are released at the Essen Game Fair in late October. We want to make sure we can experience as many as possible before making decisions.

We have a total of 11 categories this year and have allowed 5 nominees in each category (except Game of the Year which has 8). From among these nominations, our editorial staff will choose a winner. However, since we wouldn’t be doing this without you, our faithful readers, you get a vote as well.

Below is a poll for each of the 11 categories and you can cast your vote for which games you think should win. Our readers here will collectively get one vote, and along with each member of our editorial staff, the winner will be chosen. The voting will be open until May 8th, 2015 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all the nominees and may the best game win!

Board Game Quest Awards 2014 Nominees

Best Cooperative Game

Pandemic: The CureSamurai SpiritDead of Winter
Pandemic: The Cure
Z-Man Games
Designer: Matt Leacock
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Samurai Spirit
Fun Forge
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Get Your Copy
Dead of Winter
Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
Get Your Copy
Legendary: EncountersZombie 15'
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
Upper Deck
Designer: Ben Cichoski, Danny Mandel
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Zombie 15'
IELLO
Designer: Guillaume Lémery, Nicolas Schlewitz
Get Your Copy

Best Cooperative Game Nominee

 


 

Best Tactical / Combat Game

Star Wars Imperial AssaultGalaxy DefendersBattle of Five Armies
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying
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Galaxy Defenders
Ares Games
Designer: Simone Romano, Nunzio Surace
Get Your Copy
The Battle of Five Armies
Ares Games
Designer: Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
Get Your Copy
Sails of Glory BoxHeroes of Normandie
Sails of Glory
Ares Games
Designer: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini
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Heroes of Normandie
IELLO
Designer: Yann and Clem
Get Your Copy

Best Tactical Game

 


 

Best iOS Tabletop Game

Star RealmsGalaxy TruckerSentinels of the Multiverse
Star Realms
White Wizard Games
Developer: White Wizards Games
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Galaxy Trucker
Czech Games Edition
Developer: Czech Games Edition
Get Your Copy
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Greater Than Games
Developer: Handelabra Studio LLC
Get Your Copy
The WitcherBattlelore: Command
The Witcher
Fantasy Flight Games
Developer: CD Projekt RED S.A.
Get Your Copy
Battlelore: Command
Fantasy Flight Games
Developer: Fantasy Flight Games
Get Your Copy

Best iOS Game Nominee

 


 

Most Innovative Game

Dead of WinterAlchemistsConcept
Dead of Winter
Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
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Alchemists
Czech Games Edition
Designer: Matúš Kotry
Get Your Copy
Concept
Asmodee Games
Designer: Gaëtan Beaujannot, Alain Rivollet
Get Your Copy
Tragedy LooperCamel Up
Tragedy Looper
Z-Man Games
Designer: BakaFire
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Camel Up
Z-Man Games
Designer: Steffen Bogen
Get Your Copy

Most Innovative Game Nominee

 


 

Best Game Expansion

Viticulture: Tuscany7 Wonders BabelSpace Cadets Dice Duel
Viticulture: Tuscany
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Morten Monrad Pedersen, Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
Get Your Copy
7 Wonder: Babel
Asmodee Games
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Get Your Copy
Space Cadets: Dice Duel - Die Fighter
Stronghold Games
Designer: Geoff Engelstein, Sydney Engelstein
Get Your Copy
Mountains of MadnessX-Wing Miniatures Tantive IV
Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Nikki Valens
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Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Games: Tantive IV
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: James Kniffen, Corey Konieczka, Jason Little
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Best Game Expansion Nominee

 


 

Best Production Values

Star Wars Imperial AssaultColt ExpressViticulture: Tuscany
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying
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Colt Express
Asmodee Games
Designer: Christophe Raimbault
Get Your Copy
Viticulture: Tuscany
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Morten Monrad Pedersen, Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
Get Your Copy
Black FleetAbyss
Black Fleet
Space Cowboys & Asmodee Games
Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale
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Abyss
Asmodee Games
Designer: Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier
Get Your Copy

Best Production Values Nominee

 


 

Best Thematic Game

Dead of WinterStar Wars Imperial AssaultColt Express
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying
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Dead of Winter
Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
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Colt Express
Asmodee Games
Designer: Christophe Raimbault
Get Your Copy
Sheriff of NottinghamBattle of Five Armies
The Battle of Five Armies
Ares Games
Designer: Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
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Sheriff of Nottingham
Arcane Wonders
Designer: Sérgio Halaban, Bryan Pope, Benjamin Pope, André Zatz
Get Your Copy

Best Thematic Game Nominee

 


 

Best Strategy / Euro Game

Imperial SettlersFive TribesCastles of the Mad King
Imperial Settlers
Portal Games
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
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Five Tribes
Days of Wonder
Designer: Bruno Cathala
Get Your Copy
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Bezier Games
Designer: Ted Alspach
Get Your Copy
Roll For The GalaxyIstanbul
Roll for the Galaxy
Rio Grande Games
Designer: Wei-Hwa Huang, Thomas Lehmann
Get Your Copy
Istanbul
Pegasus Spiele & AEG
Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Get Your Copy

Best Euro Game Nominee

 


 

Best Card Game

Star Realms BoxImperial SettlersRed7
Star Realms
White Wizard Games
Designer: Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle
Get Your Copy
Imperial Settlers
Portal Games
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Get Your Copy
Red7
Asmadi Games
Designer: Carl Chudyk, Chris Cieslik
Get Your Copy
DiamondsPaperback
Diamonds
Stronghold Games
Designer: Mike Fitzgerald
Get Your Copy
Paperback
Self Published
Designer: Tim Fowers
Get Your Copy

Best Card Game Nominee

 


 

Best Family Game

SplendorCamel UpDiamonds
Splendor
Space Cowboys & Asmodee Games
Designer: Marc André
Get Your Copy
Camel Up
Z-Man Games
Designer: Steffen Bogen
Get Your Copy
Diamonds
Stronghold Games
Designer: Mike Fitzgerald
Get Your Copy
King of New YorkBlack Fleet
King of New York
IELLO
Designer: Richard Garfield
Get Your Copy
Black Fleet
Space Cowboys & Asmodee Games
Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale
Get Your Copy

Best Family Game Nominee

 


 

Game of the Year

Dead of WinterStar Wars Imperial AssaultImperial Settlers
Dead of Winter
Plaid Hat Games
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
Get Your Copy
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying
Get Your Copy
Imperial Settlers
Portal Games
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Get Your Copy
Castles of the Mad KingFive TribesRoll For The Galaxy
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Bezier Games
Designer: Ted Alspach
Get Your Copy
Five Tribes
Days of Wonder
Designer: Bruno Cathala
Get Your Copy
Roll for the Galaxy
Rio Grande Games
Designer: Wei-Hwa Huang, Thomas Lehmann
Get Your Copy
Camel UpSheriff of Nottingham
Camel Up
Z-Man Games
Designer: Steffen Bogen
Get Your Copy
Sheriff of Nottingham
Arcane Wonders
Designer: Sérgio Halaban, Bryan Pope, Benjamin Pope, André Zatz
Get Your Copy

Note: Whichever game wins Game of the Year will automatically be removed from any of the above categories except Best Production Values, Best iOS Game and Most Innovative Game. Our reasoning is if a game wins Game of the Year, chances are it should win any of the other categories by default. That just seemed a bit redundant. If a game wins Game of the Year, you know it is really good.

2014 Game of the Year Nominee

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