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2015 Board Game Award Nominees

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2015 Board Game Award Nominees

Welcome to the annual Board Game Quest Board Game Awards. There are many outstanding games produced each year, and we like to take some time out each spring to recognize the best games of the previous year.

You may be wondering why we wait until spring to hand out our awards from the previous year. With the annual Essen gaming convention being in October every year, it can take some time for games to not only make their way across the ocean, but also for us to get a chance to play them!

We have a total of 10 award categories this year, with five nominees in each (except Game of the Year which has 6). Our editorial staff has combed through the 2015 releases and chosen some truly outstanding games to be nominated.

From among these nominations, our editorial staff will choose a winner. However, since we wouldn’t be doing this without you, our awesome readers, you get a vote as well!

Below is a poll for each of the 10 categories to allow you to cast a 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 April 8th, 2016 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

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

2015 Board Game Award Nominees

 

Best Cooperative Game

The Grizzled
The Grizzled
Designer: Fabien Riffaud, Juan Rodriguez
Cool Mini or Not Games
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2015 Best Cooperative Board Game
Pandemic: Legacy
Pandemic: Legacy
Designer: “Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock”
Z-Man Games
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TIME Stories
TIME Stories
Designer: “Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy”
Space Cowboys
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Xcom The Board Game
XCom: The Board Game
Designer: Eric Lang
Fantasy Flight Games
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Burgle Bros
Burgle Bros.
Designer: Tim Fowers
Self-Published
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Best Tactical/Combat Game

Blood Rage
Blood Rage
Designer: Eric Lang
Cool Mini or Not Games
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2015 Nominee Best Tactical Game
Star Wars: Armada
Star Wars: Armada
Designer: James Kniffen, Christian T. Petersen
Fantasy Flight Games
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Zombicide: Black Plague
Zombicide: Black Plague
Designer: Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult
Cool Mini or Not Games
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Cthulhu Wars
Cthulhu Wars
Designer: Sandy Petersen
Petersen Games
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Forbidden Stars
Forbidden Stars
Designer: Samuel Bailey, James Kniffen, Corey Konieczka
Fantasy Flight Games
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Most Innovative Game

504
504
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Stronghold Games
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2015 Most Innovative Game Nominee
TIME Stories
TIME Stories
Designer: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Space Cowboys
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Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot
Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Portal Games
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Xcom The Board Game
XCom: The Board Game
Designer: Eric Lang
Fantasy Flight Games
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Above and Below
Above and Below
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games
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Best Game Expansion

Abyss: Kraken
Abyss: Kraken
Designer: Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier
Asmodee Games – Bombyx
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2015 Best Game Expansion Nominee
Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans
Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Portal Games
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5 Tribes Artisans of Naqala
Five Tribes: Artisans of Naqala
Designer: Bruno Cathala
Days of Wonder
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Orleans Invasion
Orléans: Invasion
Designer: Inka Brand, Markus Brand, Reiner Stockhausen
DLP Games
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Kemet Ta-Seti
Kemet: Ta-Seti
Designer: Jacques Bariot, Guillaume Montiage
Matagot
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Best Production Values

Flick 'em Up
Flick ‘Em Up
Designer: Gaëtan Beaujannot, Jean Yves Monpertuis
Pretzel Games
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2015 Best Production Values Nominee
The Gallerist
The Gallerist
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
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Poseidon's Kingdom
Poseidon’s Kingdom
Designer: Gordon Lamont, Fraser Lamont
Fragor Games
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Star Wars: Armada
Star Wars: Armada
Designer: James Kniffen, Christian T. Petersen
Fantasy Flight Games
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Blood Rage
Blood Rage
Designer: Eric Lang
Cool Mini or Not Games
Get Your Copy

 

Best Thematic Game

TIME Stories
TIME Stories
Designer: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Space Cowboys
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2015 Best Thematic Game Nominee
Above and Below
Above and Below
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games
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Flick 'em Up
Flick ‘Em Up
Designer: Gaëtan Beaujannot, Jean Yves Monpertuis
Pretzel Games
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The Gallerist
The Gallerist
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
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Blood Rage
Blood Rage
Designer: Eric Lang
Cool Mini or Not Games
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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Discoveries
Discoveries
Designer: Cédrick Chaboussit
Asmodee Games – Ludonaute
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2015 Best Euro Game Nominee
Champions of Midgard
Champions of Midgard
Designer: Ole Steiness
Grey Fox Games
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Nippon
Nippon
Designer: Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, Paulo Soledade
Asmodee Games – What’s Your Game
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Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Designer: Andreas Pelikan, Alexander Pfister
Mayfair Games
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Food Chain Magnate
Food Chain Magnate
Designer: Jeroen Doumen, Joris Wiersinga
Splotter Spellen
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Best Card Game

The Grizzled
The Grizzled
Designer: Fabien Riffaud, Juan Rodriguez
Cool Mini or Not Games
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2015 Best Card Game Nominee
7 Wonders Duel
7 Wonders: Duel
Designer: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Asmodee Games – Repos Production
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Arboretum
Arboretum
Designer: Dan Cassar
Z-Man Games
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Tides of Time
Tides of Time
Designer: Kristian Čurla
Portal Games
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Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Designer: Isaac Vega
Plaid Hat Games
Get Your Copy

 

Best Game from a Small Publisher

Burgle Bros
Burgle Bros
Designer: Tim Fowers
Self-Published
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2015 Best Game from a Small Publisher Nominee
Trickerion
Trickerion
Designer: Richard Amann, Viktor Peter
Mindclash Games
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Cthulhu Wars
Cthulhu Wars
Designer: Sandy Petersen
Petersen Games
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Champions of Midgard
Champions of Midgard
Designer: Ole Steiness
Grey Fox Games
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Hostage Negotiator
Hostage Negotiator
Designer: A. J. Porfirio
Van Ryder Games
Get Your Copy

 

Game of the Year

2015 Game of the Year Nominee

Pandemic: Legacy
Pandemic: Legacy
Designer: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Z-Man Games
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TIME Stories
TIME Stories
Designer: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Space Cowboys
Get Your Copy
Blood Rage
Blood Rage
Designer: Eric Lang
Cool Mini or Not Games
Get Your Copy
Codenames
Codenames
Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Czech Games Edition
Get Your Copy
Flick 'em Up
Flick ‘Em Up
Designer: Gaëtan Beaujannot, Jean Yves Monpertuis
Pretzel Games
Get Your Copy
Star Wars: Armada
Star Wars: Armada
Designer: James Kniffen, Christian T. Petersen
Fantasy Flight Games
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 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.

8 COMMENTS

  1. While I know there were many games published in 2015, I was a little disappointed to see Lanterns: The Harvest Festival not included in a single category, especially in games from a small publisher.

    • Thanks for the comment. Lanterns was definitely on a few short lists, there were just some other games we enjoyed a bit more.

    • Thanks for the comment Thomas. While we do love Pandemic: Legacy (see our review), it was built upon a lot of things that both Pandemic and Risk: Legacy did. So while it was fantastic, we didn’t feel it was as innovative or unique as our other nominees in that category.

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