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2019 Board Game Award Nominees

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2019 Board Game Awards

Welcome to the 7th 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. For those wondering, we usually wait until Spring to announce our nominees to give us time to play games that came out late in the winter.

As usual, we have a total of 11 award categories this year, with 5 nominees in each (except Game of the Year which has 6). Our editorial staff has spent countless hours playing the 2019 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 10th, 2020 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

2019 Board Game Award Nominees

 

Best Cooperative Game

Marvel Champions
Marvel Champions
Designers: Michael Boggs, Nate French, Caleb Grace
Fantasy Flight Games
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Best Cooperative Game
Letter Jam
Letter Jam
Designer: Ondra Skoupý
Czech Games Edition
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Tainted Grail
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
Designer: Krzysztof Piskorski, Marcin Świerkot
Awaken Realms
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Middara
Middara
Designer: Clayton Helme, Brooklynn Lundberg, Brenna Moncur, Ian Tate
Succubus Publishing
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Cthulhu Death May Die
Cthulhu: Death May Die
Designer: Rob Daviau, Eric M. Lang
CMON
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Best Tactical/Combat Game

Batman: Gotham City Chronicles
Batman: Gotham City Chronicles
Designer: Frédéric Henry
Monolith
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Best Tactical Game
Undaunted: Normandy
Undaunted: Normandy
Designers: Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson
Osprey Games
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Claustrophobia 1643
Claustrophobia 1643
Designer: Christophe Réaux, Laurent Pouchain
Monolith
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Set a Watch
Set a Watch
Designer: Mike Gnade, Todd Walsh
Rock Manor Games
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Unmatched
Unmatched
Designer: Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, Justin D. Jacobson
Restoration Games
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Best Digital Board Game

Raiders of the North Sea
Raiders of the North Sea
Developer: Direwolf Digital
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2019 Best Digital Board Game
Twice as Clever
Twice as Clever
Developer: BrettspielWelt
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Castles of Burgundy iOS
The Castles of Burgundy
Developer: Digidiced
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Evolution iOS
Evolution
Designer: Northstar Games
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Mystic Vale Digital
Mystic Vale
Developer: Nomad Games
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Best Production Values

PARKS
PARKS
Designer: Henry Audubon
Keymaster Games
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2019 Best Production Values
Wingspan
Wingspan
Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave
Stonemaier Games
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Nemesis
Nemesis
Designer: Adam Kwapiński
Awaken Realms
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Bosk
Bosk
Designer: Daryl Andrews, Erica Bouyouris
Floodgate Games
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Tainted Grail
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
Designers: Krzysztof Piskorski, Marcin Świerkot
Awaken Realms
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Best Thematic Game

Nemesis
Nemesis
Designer: Adam Kwapiński
Awaken Realms
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2019 Best Thematic Game
UBOOT
Uboot
Designer: Bartosz Pluta, Artur Salwarowski
Phalanx Games
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Marvel Champions
Marvel Champions
Designer: Michael Boggs, Nate French, Caleb Grace
Fantasy Flight Games
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Star Wars: Outer Rim
Star Wars Outer Rim
Designer: Corey Konieczka, Tony Fanchi
Fantasy Flight Games
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Tainted Grail
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
Designer: Krzysztof Piskorski, Marcin Świerkot
Awaken Realms
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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Dinogenics
Dinogenics
Designer: Richard Keene
Ninth Haven Games
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2019 Best Strategy/Euro Game
Barrage
Barrage
Designer: Tommaso Battista, Simone Luciani
Cranio Creations
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Edge of Darkness
Edge of Darkness
Designer: John D. Clair
AEG
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Pipeline
Pipeline
Designer: Ryan Courtney
Capstone Games
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Pax Premier
Pax Pamir: Second Edition
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Wehrlegig Games
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Best Game from a Small Publisher

PARKS
PARKS
Designers: Henry Audubon
Keymaster Games
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2019 Best Game from a Small Publsiher
Dinogenics
Dinogenics
Designer: Richard Keene
Ninth Haven Games
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The Isle of Cats
The Isle of Cats
Designer: Frank West
The City of Games
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QE
QE
Designers: Gavin Birnbaum
BoardGameTables.com
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Res Arcana
Res Arcana
Designer: Thomas Lehmann
Sandcastle Games
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Best Two Player Game

Shobu
Shobu
Designer: Manolis Vranas, Jamie Sajdak
Smirk & Laughter Games
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2019 Best Two Player Game
Watergate
Watergate
Designer: Matthias Cramer
Capstone Games
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Undaunted: Normandy
Undaunted Normandy
Designer: Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson
Osprey Games
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Claustrophobia 1643
Claustrophobia 1643
Designer: Christophe Réaux, Laurent Pouchain
Monolith
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Unmatched
Unmatched
Designer: Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, Justin D. Jacobson
Restoration Games
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Best Party Game

Letter Jam
Letter Jam
Designer: Ondra Skoupý
Czech Games Edition
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2019 Best Party Game
Team3
TEAM3
Designer: Alex Cutler, Matt Fantastic
Brain Games
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Wavelength
Wavelength
Designer: Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, Wolfgang Warsch
Palm Court
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QE
QE
Designer: Gavin Birnbaum
BoardGameTables.com
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Paranormal Detectives
Paranormal Detectives
Designer: Szymon Maliński, Adrian Orzechowski, Marcin Łączyński
Lucky Duck Games
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Best Family Game

Point Salad
Point Salad
Designer: Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, Shawn Stankewich
AEG
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2019 Best Family Game
Cartographers
Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
Designer: Jordy Adan
Thunderworks Games
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Tiny Towns
Tiny Towns
Designer: Peter McPherson
AEG
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PARKS
PARKS
Designer: Henry Audubon
Keymaster Games
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Sushi Roll
Sushi Roll
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Gamewright Games
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Game of the Year

Watergate
Watergate
Designers: Matthias Cramer
Capstone Games
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2019 Game of the Year
Marvel Champions
Marvel Champions
Designer: Michael Boggs, Nate French, Caleb Grace
Fantasy Flight Games
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Wingspan
Wingspan
Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave
Stonemaier Games
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Tainted Grail
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
Designer: Krzysztof Piskorski, Marcin Świerkot
Awaken Realms
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Batman: Gotham City Chronicles
Batman: Gotham City Chronicles
Designer: Frédéric Henry
Monolith
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Barrage
Barrage
Designer: Tommaso Battista, Simone Luciani
Cranio Creations
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. 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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