It'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
Clash Of Cultures—Christian Marcussen
Keyflower—Richard Breese and Sebastian Bleasdale
Nieuw Amsterdam—Jeffrey Allers
The Palaces of Carrara—Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling
Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island—Ignacy Trzewiczek
Terra Mystica—Jens Drogmuller and Helge Ostertag
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?!