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2018 Board Game Award Nominees

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2018 Board Game Awards

Welcome to the 6th 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 eleven award categories this year, with five nominees in each (except Game of the Year which has seven). Our editorial staff has spent countless hours playing the 2018 game releases and, after much debate, have chosen what we feel are some truly outstanding games to be nominated.

It’s from among these nominations that 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 13th, 2019 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

2018 Board Game Award Nominees

 

Best Cooperative Game

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Designers: Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jakub Łapot
Portal Games
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2018 Best Cooperative Game
Betrayal Legacy
Betrayal Legacy
Designer: Rob Daviau
Avalon Hill
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The Reckoners
The Reckoners
Designer: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Nauvoo Games
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Too Many Bones Undertow
Too Many Bones: Undertow
Designer: Adam Carlson, Josh J. Carlson
Chip Theory Games
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Now Boarding
Now Boarding
Designer: Tim Fowers
Fowers Games
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Best Tactical/Combat Game

Root
Root
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leder Games
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2018 Best Tactical Board Game
Seal Team Flix
Seal Team Flix
Designers: Pete Ruth, Mark Thomas
WizKids Games
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Wildlands
Wildlands
Designer: Martin Wallace
Osprey Games
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Lords of Hellas
Lords of Hellas
Designer: Adam Kwapiński
Awaken Realms
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Monolith Arena
Monolith Arena
Designer: Michał Oracz
Portal Games
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Best Digital Board Game

Terraforming Mars Digital
Terraforming Mars
Developer: Asmodee Digital
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2018 Best Digital Board Game
Ganz Schon Clever
Ganz Schon Clever
Developer: BrettspielWelt
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Among the Stars iOS
Among the Stars
Developer: Cublo Sp. z o.o.
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Dresden Files Card Game iOS
Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game
Designer: Hidden Achievement LLC
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Istanbul Digital
Istanbul
Developer: Acram Digital
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Most Innovative Game

keyforge
KeyForge: Call of the Archons
Designer: Richard Garfield
Fantasy Flight Games
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2018 Most Innovative Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Designer: Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jakub Łapot
Portal Games
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Nyctophobia
Nyctophobia
Designer: Catherine Stippell
Pandasaurus Games
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island
Designer: Marc Paquien
Matagot
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Seal Team Flix
Seal Team Flix
Designers: Pete Ruth, Mark Thomas
WizKids Games
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Best Game Expansion

7 Wonders Armada
7 Wonders: Armada
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Repos Production
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2018 Best Game Expansion
Root the Riverfolk
Root: The Riverfolk
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leder Games
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Adrenaline Team Play DLC
Adrenaline Team Play DLC
Designer: Filip Neduk
Czech Games Edition
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Too Many Bones Undertow
Too Many Bones: Undertow
Designer: Adam Carlson, Josh J. Carlson
Chip Theory Games
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Scythe: Rise of Fenris
Scythe – Rise of Fenris
Designer: Ryan Lopez DeVinaspre, Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games
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Best Production Values

Brass
Brass: Birmingham
Designer: Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, Martin Wallace
Roxley Games
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2018 Best Production Values
Vindication
Vindication
Designer: Marc Neidlinger
Orange Nebula, LLC
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Lords of Hellas
Lords of Hellas
Designer: Adam Kwapiński
Awaken Realms
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GKR Heavy Hitters
GKR Heavy Hitters
Designer: Matt Hyra
Weta Workshop
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The Reckoners
The Reckoners
Designer: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Nauvoo Games
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Best Thematic Game

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Designers: Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jakub Łapot
Portal Games
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2018 Best Thematic Game
Auztralia
AuZtralia
Designer: Martin Wallace
SchilMil Games
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Betrayal Legacy
Betrayal: Legacy
Designer: Rob Daviau
Avalon Hill
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Seal Team Flix
Seal Team Flix
Designers: Pete Ruth, Mark Thomas
WizKids Games
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Western Legends
Western Legends
Designer: Hervé Lemaître
Kolossal Games
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Best Game from a Small Publisher

Root
Root
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leder Games
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2018 Best Game From a Small Publisher
Tokyo Metro
Tokyo Metro
Designer: Jordan Draper
Jordan Draper Games
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Vindication
Vindication
Designer: Marc Neidlinger
Orange Nebula, LLC
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Vengeance
Vengeance
Designer: Gordon Calleja
Mighty Boards
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The tale of Ord
Tale of Ord
Designer: Rita Orlov
Post Curious
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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Lowlands
Lowlands
Designer: Claudia Partenheimer, Ralf Partenheimer
Z-Man Games, Inc.
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2018 Best Euro Game
Brass
Brass: Birmingham
Designer: Gavan Brown, Matt Tolman, Martin Wallace
Roxley Games
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Architects of the West Kingdom
Architects of the West Kingdom
Designer: Shem Phillips, S J Macdonald
Garphill Games
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Everdell
Everdell
Designer: James A. Wilson
Starling Games
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Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
Crusaders Thy Will Be Done
Designer: Seth Jaffee
Tasty Minstrel Games
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Best Family Game

Ticket to Ride: New York
Ticket to Ride: New York
Designer: Alan R. Moon
Days of Wonder
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2018 Best Family Game
Welcome To
Welcome To…
Designer: Benoit Turpin
Deep Water Games
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Quacks of Quedlinburg
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Designer: Wolfgang Warsch
North Star Games
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My Little Scythe
My Little Scythe
Designer: Hoby Chou, Vienna Chou
Stonemaier Games
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gizmos
Gizmos
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
CMON Limited
Get Your Copy

 

Game of the Year

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Designers: Przemysław Rymer, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Jakub Łapot
Portal Games
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2018 Game of the Year
Welcome To
Welcome To…
Designer: Benoit Turpin
Deep Water Games
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Architects of the West Kingdom
Architects of the West Kingdom
Designer: Shem Phillips, S J Macdonald
Garphill Games
Get Your Copy
Root
Root
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leder Games
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Lowlands
Lowlands
Designer: Claudia Partenheimer, Ralf Partenheimer
Z-Man Games, Inc.
Get Your Copy
Endeavor Age of Sail
Endeavor: Age of Sail
Designer: Carl de Visser, Jarratt Gray
Burnt Island Games
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Teotihuacan: City of the Gods
Teotihuacan: City of the Gods
Designer: Daniele Tascini
NSKN 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.

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