Each year the Dice Tower and it’s contributors vote for the games worthy of an award among a variety of categories, not the least of which is the best game of the previous year. 2017 was an awesome year for gaming with lots of surprising games from new designers and independent publishers, so the awards this year have many deserving nominees yet only so many could be elected for each category. The nominees have been chosen, and the winners will be announced July 5th during Dice Tower Con. Congratulations to all the nominees, and good luck!! May the best games win! Without further ado, the nominees are:

Most Innovative:
The 7th Continent
Fog of Love

Best Strategy Game:
Spirit Island
Near and Far
Dinosaur Island

Best Reprint:
Nemo’s War (second edition)
Stop Thief!
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)

Best Party Game:
Magic Maze
Word Slam
Meeple Circus
Rhino Hero: Super Battle

Best Game from a Small Publisher:
Century: Spice Road
The 7th Continent

Best Game from a New Designer:
Spirit Island
Dragon Castle
Too Many Bones

Best Family Game:
Century: Spice Road

Best Expansion:
Scythe: The Wind Gambit
Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire
Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star
Champions of Midgard: Valhalla

Best Cooperative Game:
Flip Ships
Spirit Island
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
The 7th Continent

Best Board Game Production:
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Wasteland Express Delivery Service

Best Game Artwork:
Near and Far
Century: Golem Edition

The International Gamers Awards have been going on since the year 2000, celebrating and recognizing gaming a truly global scale by having a committee of judges from all around the world. Each year they vote for the best game within the General Strategy category, which is split into two sub-categories: Multiplayer and 2-Player. 2017’s finalists have been announced and it’s immediately noticeable that this year’s competition is fierce. So without further ado, the nominees are:

General Strategy Games – Multiplayer nominees

A Feast for Odin
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Feuerland Spiele

Century: Spice Road
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Publisher: Plan B Games

First Class
Designers: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans im Glück

Designer: Isaac Childress
Publisher: Cephalofair Games

Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publishers: eggertspiele

Key to the City: London
Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

Lorenzo il Magnifico
Designers: Flaminia Brasini and Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani
Publisher: Cranio Creations

Magic Maze
Designer: Kasper Lapp
Publisher: Sit Down!

Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Stonemaier Games

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Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: Fryx Games / Stonemaier Games

The Colonists
Designer Tim Puls
Publisher: Lookout Games

Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: HUCH!

Designer: Hisashi Hayashi
Publisher: OZAKU Brand

General Strategy Games – 2-Player nominees


Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Designers: Nate French and Matthew Newman
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games


Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
Designer: Diego Ibanez
Publisher: Devir

Designer: Gordon Hamilton
Publisher: Roxley

Star Wars: Destiny
Designers: Corey Konieczka and Lukas Litzsinger
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

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The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design has announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Origins Awards. The Academy is a network made up of gaming professionals with the aim of promoting innovation and excellence in games.

The winner for each category will be voted on by members of the Academy. Additionally there is a fan favourite award in each category that is voted on by visitors to the Origins Games Fair. The winners will be presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 18th at 7:00pm at the show.

The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see

Board Games

  • Champions of Midgard                
  • La Granja                                            
  • New York 1901                                 
  • Orleans                                               
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault        

Card Games

  • 7 Wonders Duel
  • The Grizzled
  • Medieval Academy
  • Welcome to the Dungeon          

Miniatures Games

  •  Frostgrave
  • Guild Ball                                           
  • Star Wars Armada                          
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar      
  • Wrath of Kings                                 

Collectible Games

  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light   
  • Force of Will                                     
  • Yugi’s Legendary Decks                               

Family Games

  •  Codenames
  • Co-Mix
  • Dohdles!
  • Fuse 
  • Me Want Cookies

The full list of nominees is below or for more information please see

juego del ano

The nominations for the Juego del Año Tico 2014 (Costa Rican Game of the Year Award) has been announced.
The nominated games are:

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Duel of Ages II.

Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar.

Costa Rica has no boardgame industry, even when the stores that sell boardgames are growing each year.
That’s why the Costa Rican Game of the Year is an award given by gamers, as a reward for all the time around a table sharing laughs and toughts.