Pulsar 2849

Since 2000, the International Gamers Awards have recognized outstanding games and their designers and publishers.  Each year, an international collection of committee members votes to determine the best general strategy game in two categories: Best Multi-player Game, and Best 2-Player Game. Game released from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 are eligible for consideration.  Below are the finalists for the 2018 International Gamers Award.

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category

Agra

Designer:  Michael Keller

Publisher:  Quined Games

Altiplano

Designer:  Reiner Stockhausen

Publisher:  dlp Games

Azul

Designer:  Michael Kiesling

Publisher:  Plan B Games

Clans of Caledonia

Designer:  Juma Al-Jou Jou

Publisher:  Karma Games

Decrypto

Designer:  Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance

Publisher:  Le Scorpion Masqué

Gaia Project

Designer:  Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag

Publisher:  Feuerland Spiele


Gentes

Designer:  Stefan Risthaus

Publisher:  Spielworxx

Heaven & Ale

Designer:  Michael Kiesling & Andreas Schmidt

Publisher:  eggertspiele

Nusfjord

Designer:  Uwe Rosenberg

Publisher:  Lookout Games

Pulsar 2849

Designer:  Vladimir Suchy

Publisher:  Czech Games Edition


Rajas of the Ganges

Designer:  Inka & Markus Brand

Publisher:  Huch!

Santa Maria

Designer:  Eilif Svensson & Kristian Amundsen Ostby

Publisher:  Aporta Games

TransAtlantic

Designer:  Mac Gerdts

Publisher:  PD-Verlag

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category

Codenames Duet

Designer:  Vlaada Chvatil & Scot Eaton

Publisher:  Czech Games Edition

The Fox in the Forest

Designer:  Joshua Buergel

Publisher:  Foxtrot Games

13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Designer:  Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pederson

Publisher:  Jolly Roger Games

Claim

Designer:  Scott Almes

Publisher:  White Goblin Games

Colonial Twilight

Designer:  Brian Train

Publisher:  GMT Games

Fog of Love

Designer:  Jacob Jaskov

Publisher:  Hush Hush Projects

Shadows in Kyoto

Designer:  Wei-Min Ling

Publisher:  EmperorS4

 

 

Czech Games Edition has announced several new games and expansions coming in the next few months.

Pulsar 2849 is a new space based euro game from Vladimír Suchý (Prodigals Club, Shipyard). 2-4 players explore space, build megastructures and discover alien technologies, using a unique dice drafting mechanic. Each round, players roll dice and sort them according to value, and draft with each number corresponding to an action in the game. Expect Pulsar 2849 in Q4 2017.

Tash Kalar: Arena of Legends by Vlaada Chvátil has a new expansion coming, Etherweave. This third expansion brings a new faction and a new mechanic. Warp Effect allows a player to manipulate time, using the effect of a not-yet-summoned being right now. Be careful and do not destroy causality – once you use the effect, there are serious punishments for failing to summon the future being. Expect Tash-Kalar: Etherweave in Q4 2017.

Adrenaline, the 2016 hit FPS simulator by Filip Neduk, also has an upcoming expansion, adding a sixth player and several new elements. Adrenaline: Team Game Expansion promises a new player character, simultaneous team play, a new poison damage mechanism, and character specific weapons and gadgets. The new expansion is due to hit the streets in Q1 2018.

Finally, CGE has announced a digital version of their mega-hit game Codenames. The new computer version promises online matchmaking or play with your friends. CGE also promises the already large word list will be easily expandable. Additionally, a Codenames Gadget App is available for iOS and Android from CGE, providing random key cards and a timer. Interested players can sign up for future news about Codenames Online here.