Gaming Awards – Episode #8

Episode #8: Gaming Awards Report

In this episode Cathy reports on all the games that won awards so far this summer and discusses her favorite board game app.

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Gaming Awards 2016

Below is the full list of award winners for each of the awards mentioned in Episode #8. If you want to see the list of nominees for each award, click on the link in the paragraph at the top of each list.

Origins Awards

Determined and awarded by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Presented at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH in June. The awards are given for excellence in game design. You can check out the full list of nominees here.

And the Origins Award Winners Are:
  • Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games and designed by Jusitn Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, and Jonathan Ying
  • Card Game: 7 Wonders Duel from Repos Productiions. Designed by Anoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala
  • Collectable Card Game: DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light from WizKids. Designed by Mike Elliott & Eric M. Lang
  • Family Game: Codenames from Czech Games Edition. Designed by Vlaada Chivatil
  • Game Accessory: Terrain Tiles from Lost Battalion Games. Designed by Becky Siebe
  • Miniatures Game: Star Wars Armada from Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by James Kniffen & Christian T. Petersen
  • Role Playing Game: Star Wars: Force and Destiny from Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Jay Little
  • Game of the Year: Codenames (Czech Games) Designed by Vlaada Chvátil
Dice Tower Awards

Dice Tower Awards are presented each year in July at Dice Tower Con in Orlando, FL. Here are the links promised in the episode:

AND THE Dice Tower AWARD WINNERS ARE:
  • Best Board Game Components: Blood Rage published by Cool Mini or Not & Guillotine Games. Designed by Eric M. Lang
  • Best Co-op Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Published by: Z-Man Games. Designed by: Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock
  • Best Family Game: Codenames Published by: Czech Games Edition. Designed by: Vlaada Chvátil
  • Best Game Artwork: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn Published by: Plaid Hat Games. Designed by: Isaac Vega.
  • Best Game Expansion: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania Published by: Days of Wonder. Designed by: Alan R. Moon.
  • Best Game from a New Designer: T.I.M.E. Stories Published by: Space Cowboys & Asmodee North America. Designed by: Manuel Rozoy.
  • Best Game Theming: T.I.M.E. Stories Published by: Space Cowboys & Asmodee North America. Designed by: Manuel Rozoy.
  • Best Game Reprint: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization Published by: Czech Games Edition. Designed by: Vlaada Chvátil.
  • Best Party Game: Codenames Published by: Czech Games Edition. Designed by: Vlaada Chvátil
  • Best Small Publisher: Stockpile Published by: Nauvoo Games. Designed by: Brett Sobol & Seth Van Orden.
  • Best Strategy Game: Blood Rage published by Cool Mini or Not & Guillotine Games. Designed by Eric M. Lang
  • Best Two-Player Game: 7 Wonders Duel from Repos Productiions. Designed by Anoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala
  • Most Innovative Game: T.I.M.E. Stories Published by: Space Cowboys & Asmodee North America. Designed by: Manuel Rozoy.
  • Best Game of the Year: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Published by: Z-Man Games. Designed by: Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock.
GenCon Awards

The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples’ choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public. These are awarded at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN in August.I will have a link to the list of nominees and winners in the Show Notes.

AND THE Gen Con EN World RPG Award WINNERS ARE:
Diana Jones Award

Diana Jones Award for Excellence in GamingEric M. Lang

Spiel des Jahres 2016

Spiel des Jahres 2016: The Spiel des Jahres (German for Game of the Year) is an award for board and card games, created in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design, and promoting top-quality games in the German market. A Spiel des Jahres nomination can increase the typical sales of a game from 500–3000 copies to around 10,000; and the winner can usually expect to sell 300,000 to 500,000 copies.These are given out at the Internationale Spieltage Game Trade Fair in Essen, Germany in October. However, they were announced in July.

AND THE Spiel des Jahres WINNERS ARE:
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 Games Mentioned in this Episode

The links below will take you to BoardGameGeek.com or RPGGeek.com, where you can learn more about the individual games. The Buy It! links will take you to FunAgainGames.com OR DriveThruRPG.com where you can purchase the game. These are affiliate links and using them will help us pay for show expenses like hosting, buying games, and traveling to conventions and events. Thanks for your support!

 7 Wonders Duel

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 Blood Rage

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Codenames

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Curse of Strahd

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Dragon Age Core Rulebook

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Dungeons & Dragons:
1st Edition
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 Elder Sign: Omens

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 Favor of the Pharaoh

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Isle of Skye:
From Chieftain to King
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Mega Civilization

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Numenera Boxed Set Edition: Reliquary** Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

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Project Dreamscape

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Qwirkle

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Stone Age Junior
(aka My First Stone Age)
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T.I.M.E. Stories

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**This was a Kickstarter project that is no longer active.

Other Resources Mentioned:

All of the links below go to the sites where you can find out about each item or resource. None of these links are affiliate links. Enjoy!

Black Straw Games Board Game Geek GenCon
 HaitiCon  Internationale Spieltage Game Trade Fair  Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
NPC Cast Origins Game Fair PacifiConGameExpo.com
Paizo Publishing Spiel des Jahres Award The Dice Tower
World Builder
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6 thoughts on “Gaming Awards – Episode #8

    1. Cathy! Post author

      I’m a big fan to Heavy Cardboard too! Next year, I’ll remember to include the Golden Elephant in my rundown of gaming awards. 🙂 I need to include video gaming awards too!

      1. Mary T

        The elephant award is one or two people picking a favorite game. It means nothing compared to these other awards. If you do it, then any show that has awards should be included and that just dilutes this great list you already have. Just my opinion.

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