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2017 Board Game Award Nominees

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2017 Board Game Awards

Welcome to the 5th annual Board Game Quest Board Game Awards. Each Spring we like to take some time to honor the best and most creative board games that came out the previous year.

We have a total of 11 award categories this year, with five nominees in each (except Game of the Year which has 7). Our editorial staff has spent many hours playing the 2017 game releases and, after much debate, have 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 11 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 14th, 2018 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

2017 Board Game Award Nominees

 

Best Cooperative Game

Spirit Island
Spirit Island
Designer: R. Eric Reuss
Greater Than Games
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2017 Best Cooperative Game Nominiee
Pandemic Legacy Season 2
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
Designer: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Z-Man Games
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Gloomhaven
Gloomhaven
Designer: Isaac Childres
Cephalofair Games
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Deadline
Deadline
Designer: Dan Schnake, Adam West
WizKids Games
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7th Continent
7th Continent
Designer: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
Serious Poulp
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Best iOS Board Game

Race for the Galaxy iOS
Race for the Galaxy
Developer: Temple Gates Games
Rio Grande Games
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2071 Best iOS Board Game
Through the Ages iOS
Through The Ages
Developer: Czech Games Edition
Czech Games Edition
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Jaipur iOS
Jaipur
Developer: Asmodee Digital
GameWorks
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Onirim iOS
Onirim
Developer: Asmodee Digital
Z-Man Games
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Tokaido iOS
Tokaido
Developer: FunForge
FunForge
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Best Game Expansion

Imperial Settlers Aztecs
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs
Designer: Ignacy Trzewiczek
Portal Games
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2017 Best Expansion Nominee
Scythe The Wind Gambit
Scythe: The Wind Gambit
Designer: Kai Starck, Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games
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Clank! Sunken Treasures
Clank!: Sunken Treasures
Designer: Paul Dennen
Renegade Games
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Jabba's Realm
Imperial Assault: Jabba’s Realm
Designer: Todd Michlitsch, Paul Winchester
Fantasy Flight Games
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Peloton
Flamme Rouge: Peloton
Designer: Asger Harding Granerud
Stronghold Games
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Best Production Values

Lisboa
Lisboa
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
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2017 Best Production Values Nominee
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Ben Pinchback, Matt Riddle
Pandasaurus Games
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Photosynthesis
Photosynthesis
Designer: Hjalmar Hach
Blue Orange Games
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Dinosaur Island
Dinosaur Island
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Brian Lewis
Pandasaurus Games
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Anachrony
Anachrony
Designer: Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi
Mindclash Games
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Best Thematic Game

Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Ben Pinchback, Matt Riddle
Pandasaurus Games
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2017 Best Thematic Nominee
Gloomhaven
Gloomhaven
Designer: Isaac Childres
Cephalofair Games
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This War of Mine
This War of Mine
Designer: Michał Oracz, Jakub Wiśniewski
Awaken Realms, Ares Games
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Dinosaur Island
Dinosaur Island
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Brian Lewis
Pandasaurus Games
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7th Continent
7th Continent
Designer: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
Serious Poulp
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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Clans of Caledonia
Clans of Caledonia
Designer: Juma Al-JouJou
Karma Games
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2017 Best Euro Nominee
Lisboa
Lisboa
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
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London
London: Second Edition
Designer: Martin Wallace
Osprey Games
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Calimala
Calimala
Designer: Fabio Lopiano
ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH
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Civilization: New Dawn
Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn
Designer: James Kniffen
Fantasy Flight Games
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Best Card Game

The Fox in the Forest
The Fox in the Forest
Designer: Joshua Buergel
Renegade Games Studios
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2017 Best Card Nominee
Deadline
Deadline
Designer: Dan Schnake, Adam West
WizKids Games
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7th Continent
7th Continent
Designer: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
Serious Poulp
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Alien Artifacts
Alien Artifacts
Designer: Marcin Senior Ropka, Viola Kijowska
Portal Games
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London
London: Second Edition
Designer: Martin Wallace
Osprey Games
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Best Game from a Small Publisher

Clans of Caledonia
Clans of Caledonia
Designer: Juma Al-JouJou
Karma Games
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2017 Best Small Publisher Nominee

Azul
Designer: Michael Kiesling
Plan B Games
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7th Continent
7th Continent
Designer: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
Serious Poulp
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Fog of Love
Fog of Love
Designer: Jacob Jaskov
Hush Hush Projects
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Too Many Bones
Too Many Bones
Designer: Adam Carlson, Josh J. Carlson
Chip Theory Games
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Best Two Player Game

The Fox in the Forest
The Fox in the Forest
Designer: Joshua Buergel
Renegade Games Studios
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2017 Best Two Player Nominee
Fog of Love
Fog of Love
Designer: Jacob Jaskov
Hush Hush Projects
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Codenames: Duet
Codenames: Duet
Designer: Vlaada Chvátil, Scot Eaton
Czech Games Edition
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Tak
Tak
Designer: James Ernest, Patrick Rothfuss
Cheapass Games
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Techno Bowl
Techno Bowl
Designer: Brent Spivey
Bombshell Games
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Best Family Game

The Quest for El Dorado
The Quest for El Dorado
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Ravensburger
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2017 Best Family Game Nominee
Harvest Dice
Harvest Dice
Designer: Danny Devine
Grey Fox Games
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Rhino Hero: Super Battle
Rhino Hero: Super Battle
Designer: Scott Frisco, Steven Strumpf
HABA Games
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Kingdomino
Kingdomino
Designer: Bruno Cathala
Blue Orange Games
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Slide Blast
Slide Blast
Designer: Sam-goo, Evan Song
FoxMind Games
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Game of the Year

Clans of Caledonia
Clans of Caledonia
Designer: Juma Al-JouJou
Karma Games
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2017 Game of the Year Nominee
Pandemic Legacy Season 2
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
Designer: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Z-Man Games
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Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Ben Pinchback, Matt Riddle
Pandasaurus Games
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Lisboa
Lisboa
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Eagle-Gryphon Games
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Spirit Island
Spirit Island
Designer: R. Eric Reuss
Greater Than Games
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7th Continent
7th Continent
Designer: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
Serious Poulp
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Civilization: New Dawn
Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn
Designer: James Kniffen
Fantasy Flight Games
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Note: Whichever game wins Game of the Year will automatically be removed from any of the above categories except Best Production Values. 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.

9 COMMENTS

    • Our editorial team voted our nominations in, and Gloomhaven wasn’t one of the top 7 vote getters for that category.

    • While I agree that Gloomhavan should have been featured among those nominated for game of the year (based on what I’ve played), I like that the Boardgamequest team represents a different perspective and does not just reiterate what is being promoted elsewhere.

    • I agree 100%. Gloomhaven is not for everyone by any means. But to not include it in a list of SEVEN nominees for game of the year is a major oversight.

      I wonder if a substantial portion of gamers are underrepresented by the editors of this site?

      • Thank you for the comment. I assure you most all of the BGQ staff has played Gloomhaven, and some even own it. However there were just other games we felt were more deserving of the award.

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