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BGQ 2013 Board Game Awards Nominees

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Board Game Quest Awards 2013We play a lot of board games here at Board Game Quest HQ. Unfortunately we don’t have the time to review each one. There are many great games that make their way across our table that don’t get the praise they deserve. Well we figured it was high time for that to change. So we are happy to announce the First Annual Board Game Quest Game Awards.

Our editorial staff has gone through the multitude of games released in 2013 and chosen, in our opinion, some of the best. It was far from an easy decision and there were many games we considered. In the end, we were able to narrow it down to a list of nominees. The only requirement was the game had to be published in 2013 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.

We’ve narrowed down the nomination categories to 10 and have allowed 6 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, we want to give you a vote as well.

Below is a poll for each of the 10 categories and you can cast your vote for which games you think should win. Our readers here will collectively have one vote, and along with each member of our editorial staff, the winner will be chosen. The voting will be open until May 14th, 2014 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

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

The winners have been announced!

You and find out who won here.

Board Game Quest Awards 2013 Nominees

Best Tactical/Combat Game

8 Minute Empire1775 RebellionBattlelore 2nd Edition
8 Minute Empire: Legends
Red Raven Games
Designer: Ryan Laukat
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1775 Rebellion
Academy Games
Designer: Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl
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Battlelore: 2nd Edition
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Richard Borg, Robert A. Kouba
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KemetStar Trek: Attack WingZombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
Kemet
Asmodee Games, Matagot
Designer: Jacques Bariot, Guillaume Montiage
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Star Trek: Attack Wing
Wizkids Games
Designer: Christopher Guild, Andrew Parks
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Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
Guillotine Games
Designer: Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult
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Best Tactical/Combat Game


Best Production Values

Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Lookout Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
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Francis Drake
Eagle Games
Designer: Peter Hawes
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Rampage
Repos Production
Designer: Antoine Bauza, Ludovic Maublanc
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Relic Runners
Days of Wonder
Designer: Matthew Dunstan
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Tomorrow
Conquistador Games
Designer: Dirk Knemeyer
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Best Production Values


Best iOS Board Game

Agricola
Lookout Games
Developer: Playdek
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Lords of Waterdeep
Wizards of the Coast
Developer: Playdek
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Pandemic
Z-Man Games
Developer: F2Z Digital Media
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Small World
Days of Wonder
Developer: Days of Wonder
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Stone Age
Z-Man Games
Designer: Campfire Creations
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Suburbia
Bezier Games
Developer: Jeremiah Maher
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Best iOS Board Game


Most Innovative Game

Carnival Zombie
Albe Pavo
Designer: Matteo Santus
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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Paizo Publishing
Designer: Mike Selinker
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Rampage
Repos Production
Designer: Antoine Bauza, Ludovic Maublanc
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Space Cadets: Dice Duel
Stronghold Games
Designer: Geoff Engelstein, Sydney Engelstein
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Steam Park
IELLO
Designer: Aureliano Buonfino, Lorenzo Silva, Lorenzo Tucci Sorrentino
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Most Innovative Game


Best Game Expansion

Legendary: Dark City
Upper Deck Entertainment
Designer: Devin Low
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Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport
Wizards of the Coast
Designer: Chris Dupuis, Peter Lee, Rodney Thompson
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Manhattan Project: The Second Stage
Minion Games
Designer: Eric Jome ,Brandon Tibbetts
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Pandemic: In the Lab
Z-Man Games
Designer: Matt Leacock, Thomas Lehmann
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Suburbia Inc
Bezier Games
Designer: Ted Alspach
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Village: Village Inn
Tasty Minstrel Games
Designer: Inka Brand, Markus Brand
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Best Game Expansion


Best Thematic Game

Eldritch Horror
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Corey Konieczka, Nikki Valens
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Firefly: The Game
Gale Force Nine
Designer: Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski, Sean Sweigart
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Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Academy Games
Designer: Brian Mayer
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Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
Portal Games
Designer: Michiel Justin, Elliott Hendriks
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Steam Park
IELLO
Designer: Aureliano Buonfino, Lorenzo Silva, Lorenzo Tucci Sorrentino
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Trieste
Victory Point Games
Designer: Matthew Ma
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Best Thematic Game


Best Cooperative Game

Carnival Zombie
Albe Pavo
Designer: Matteo Santus
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Eldritch Horror
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Corey Konieczka,Nikki Valens
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Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Academy Games
Designer: Brian Mayer
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Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
Forbidden Desert
Gamewright
Designer: Matt Leacock
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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Paizo Publishing
Designer: Mike Selinker
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Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
Guillotine Games
Designer: Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult
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Best Cooperative Game


Best Strategy/Euro Game

Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Lookout Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
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Glass Road
Z-Man Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Nations
Lautapelit.fi
Designer: Rustan Håkansson, Nina Håkansson, Einar Rosén, Robert Rosén
Get Your Copy
Russian Railroads
Z-Man Games
Designer: Helmut Ohley, Leonhard Orgler
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Viticulture
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
Get Your Copy

Best Strategy/Euro Game


Best Card Game

Bruges
Z-Man Games
Designer: Stefan Feld
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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Paizo Publishing
Designer: Mike Selinker
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Mascarade
Repos Production
Designer: Bruno Faidutti
Get Your Copy
SOS Titanic
Ludonaute
Designer: Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc
Sushi Go!
Adventureland Games, Gamewright
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Get Your Copy
Trieste
Victory Point Games
Designer: Matthew Ma
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Best Card Game


Game of the Year

Bruges
Z-Man Games
Designer: Stefan Feld
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Carnival Zombie
Albe Pavo
Designer: Matteo Santus
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Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Lookout Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Get Your Copy
Eldritch Horror
Fantasy Flight Games
Designer: Corey Konieczka,Nikki Valens
Get Your Copy
Glass Road
Z-Man Games
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Get Your Copy
Nations
Lautapelit.fi
Designer: Rustan Håkansson, Nina Håkansson, Einar Rosén, Robert Rosén
Get Your Copy
Rampage
Repos Production
Designer: Antoine Bauza, Ludovic Maublanc
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Viticulture
Stonemaier Games
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
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 is really good.

Game of the Year

4 COMMENTS

  1. Those are some great nominees! There seems to be an issue with Game of the Year poll. You have Bora Bora listed in the poll but do not show its icon. You show Glass Road instead.

    • Oops, thanks for catching that. The gremlins must have been monkeying with our polls. I’ve also punched our editor for missing that. 🙂

    • A few reasons really. It actually got #2 as best zombie game. The game that got number #1 came out in 2012, so wouldn’t even be eligible for the 2013 awards.

      Even still, as an overall game, Carnival Zombie is pretty fantastic. It blends elements of euro games, dexterity and exploration. As a pure “I just want to kill zombies” game, Zombicide is just more fun.

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