The International Gamers Awards Nominees

BoraIt's awards time again, and now we've got the nominees for the International Gamers Awards. According to their Web site, "The International Gamers Awards were created to recognize outstanding games and designers, as well as the companies that publish them. The awards are truly international in scope, with committee members representing countries throughout the world. As such, it is our belief that these awards will truly select the ‘best of the best’ and come to be respected by not only hobbyists, but the general public at large. We hope that this will lead to greater exposure for these wonderful games to more and more people and help spread the word of the 'wonderful world of gaming' on a global scale. There are two categories (that we're concerned with, anyway): The Multi-player General Strategy category and the 2-Player General Strategy. Last year's winners were Trajan and Agricola: All Creatures Great and Small, so I automatically have more faith in these than the sketchy Origins Awards...

So who are this year's nominees? Let's take a look...

Multi-Player General Strategy

Bora Bora—Stefan Feld

Bruges—Stefan Feld

Clash Of Cultures—Christian Marcussen

Ginkopolis—Xavier Georges

Keyflower—Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale

Myrmes—Joann Levet

Nieuw Amsterdam—Jeffrey Allers

The Palaces of Carrara—Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island—Ignacy Trzewiczek

Snowdonia—Tony Boydell

Terra Mystica—Jens Drogmuller and Helge Ostertag

Tzolk'in—Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini

2-Player General Strategy


Android: Netrunner—Richard Garfield and Lukas Litzsinger

Antike Duellum—Mac Gerdts

Le Havre: The Inland Port—Uwe Rosenberg

Mage Wars—Bryan and Benjamin Pope

Polis: Fight For the Hegemony—Fran Diaz


So what's your favorite of the nominees? Will Feld win again, or will the juggernaut Terra Mystica take it. Will a once-dead CCG come back like a zombie of awesomeness to flatline the competition? Who knows?!

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Spiel des Jahres 2013—And the Winner Is...

HanabiBy Firestone The winners of the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) and Kennerspiel des Jahres (Gamers' Game of the Year) have been announced. To celebrate, let's set off some fireworks...

In a delightfully surprising move, Hanabi won the SdJ award—the other nominees were Qwixx and Augustus. Hanabi is a co-op card game where you're trying to put on the best fireworks display. It's also one of my favorite games of the last year.

The Kennerspiel award is for a deeper game, though it's still aimed at families, so it kind of straddles the line between light and meaty. Winner Legends of Andor is als0 a co-op game—but one I've not yet played. The other nominees were The Palaces of Carrara and Bruges—I've played Bruges and it's a solid middle-weight Feld game.

Keep an eye out for our review of Hanabi later this week! And we'll have a Bruges review up soon, too. Thanks for reading, and make sure you sign up to follow the blog via email----->. This week we're giving away a copy of Sunrise City from Clever Mojo Games!