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2016 Board Game Award Nominees

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2016 Board Game Awards

Welcome to the 4th annual Board Game Quest Board Game Awards. Each Spring we like to take some time to honor the best and most innovative board games that came out the previous year.

We have a total of 10 award categories this year, with five nominees in each (except Game of the Year which has 7). Our editorial staff has spent a lot of time playing and debating the 2016 game 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 7th, 2017 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

2016 Board Game Award Nominees

 

Best Cooperative Game

Mechs vs Minions
Mechs Vs Minions
Designer: Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, Nathan Tiras
Riot Games
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Best Cooperative Board Game
Mansions of Madness
Mansions of Madness: 2nd Edition
Designer: Nikki Valens
Fantasy Flight Games
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Arkham Horror LCG
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Designer: Nate French, Matthew Newman
Fantasy Flight Games
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Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
Designer: Matt Leacock, Chuck D. Yager
Z-Man Games
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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, Andrew Wolf
USAopoly
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Best Tactical/Combat Game

Cry Havoc
Cry Havoc
Designer: Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, Michał Walczak
Portal Games
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Best Tactical Game
Star Wars Rebellion
Star Wars: Rebellion
Designer: Corey Konieczka
Fantasy Flight Games
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Adrenaline
Adrenaline
Designer: Filip Neduk
Czech Games Edition
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Orcs Must Die
Orcs Must Die: The Board Game
Designer: Sandy Petersen
Petersen Games
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Conan
Conan
Designer: Frédéric Henry
Monolith
Get Your Copy

 

Best iOS Board Game

Pathfinder Adventures
Pathfinder Adventures
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Paizo Publishing
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Best iOS Board Game
Patchwork iOS
Patchwork
Developer: DIGIDICED
Mayfair Games
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Tsuro
Tsuro
Developer: Thunderbox Entertainment
Calliope Games
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Heroes of Normandie iPad
Heroes of Normandie
Developer: Slitherine
Devil Pig Games
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Twilight Struggle
Twilight Struggle
Developer: Playdek
GMT Games
Get Your Copy

 

Most Innovative Game

Mystic Vale
Mystic Vale

Designer: John D. Clair
Alderac Entertainment Group
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Most Innovative Game
Potion Explosion
Potion Explosion
Designer: Stefano Castelli, Andrea Crespi, Lorenzo Silva
CMON Games
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Millennium Blades
Millennium Blades
Designer: D. Brad Talton, Jr.
Level 99 Games
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Cry Havoc
Cry Havoc

Designer: Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, Michał Walczak
Portal Games
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Vast: The Crystal Caverns
Designer: Patrick Leder, David Somerville
Leder Games
Get Your Copy

 

Best Production Values

Mechs vs Minions
Mechs Vs Minions
Designer: Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, Nathan Tiras
Riot Games
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Best Production Values
Scythe
Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games
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Allegiance: A Realm Divided
Allegiance: A Realm Divided Designer: Paul MacKinnon
Underground Games
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Dragoon
Dragoon
Designer: Jake Given, Zach Given, Jonathan Ritter-Roderick
Lay Waste Games
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Vinhos
Vinhos Deluxe Edition
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
Get Your Copy

 

Best Card Game

Mystic Vale
Mystic Vale
Designer: John D. Clair
Alderac Entertainment Group
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Best Card Game
Tides of Madness
Tides of Madness
Designer: Kristian Čurla
Portal Games
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Millennium Blades
Millennium Blades

Designer: D. Brad Talton, Jr.
Level 99 Games
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Villages of Valeria
Villages of Valeria
Designer: Rick Holzgrafe, Isaias Vallejo
Daily Magic Games
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Allegiance: A Realm Divided
Allegiance: A Realm Divided Designer: Paul MacKinnon
Underground Games
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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Scythe
Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games
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Best Euro Game
Terraforming Mars
Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Stronghold Games
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The Networks
The Networks
Designer: Gil Hova
Formal Ferret Games
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Great Western Trail
Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Stronghold Games
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Tyrants of the Underdark
Tyrants of the Underdark
Designer: Peter Lee, Rodney Thompson, Andrew Veen
Gale Force 9
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Best Two Player Game

Star Wars Rebellion
Star Wars: Rebellion
Designer: Corey Konieczka
Fantasy Flight Games
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Best Two Player Game
Tides of Madness
Tides of Madness
Designer: Kristian Čurla
Portal Games
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Ontiama
Onitama
Designer: Shimpei Sato
Arcane Wonders
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Allegiance: A Realm Divided
Allegiance: A Realm Divided

Designer: Paul MacKinnon
Underground Games
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Agility
Agility
Designer: Brent Povis
Two Lantern Games
Get Your Copy

 

Best Family Game

Ice Cool
Ice Cool
Designer: Brian Gomez
Brain Games
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Best Family Game
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, Andrew Wolf
USAopoly
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Junk Art
Junk Art
Designer: Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim
Pretzel Games
Get Your Copy
Dream Home
Dream Home

Designer: Klemens Kalicki
Asmodee Games
Get Your Copy
Sushi Go Party!
Sushi Go: Party
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Gamewright Games
Get Your Copy

 

Game of the Year

Mechs vs Minions
Mechs Vs Minions

Designer: Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, Nathan Tiras
Riot Games
Get Your Copy
Game of the Year
Scythe
Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games
Get Your Copy
Terraforming Mars
Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Stronghold Games
Get Your Copy
Mansions of Madness
Mansions of Madness: 2nd Edition
Designer: Nikki Valens
Fantasy Flight Games
Get Your Copy
Great Western Trail
Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Stronghold Games
Get Your Copy
Millennium Blades
Millennium Blades
Designer: D. Brad Talton, Jr.
Level 99 Games
Get Your Copy
Clank!
Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure
Designer: Paul Dennen
Renegade Game Studios
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.

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