Cardboard Edison Awards for 2022 presented
The winners of the 2022 Cardboard Edison Awards have been announced. Since 2016, Cardboard Edison has been recognizing great unpublished board games, and has helped bring many titles to eventual publication. Previous winners include Blood of an Englishman, Castell, Animal Kingdoms, and Umbra Via. Two awards were given this year, one for an online presentation, and one for an in-person prototype.
Capetalism, as in Ca-petalism, by designer Chris Chan took online presentation, a flower speculation game about developing a literal hedge fund, with players growing their "stalk" portfolio. Flowers gain value by being surrounded on the board. At the end of the game, when the flower market crashes, each player’s portfolio of flowers is valued, and the most money wins.
For the in-person game award, the winner was another pun-filled title, Roux-Mates by David Masnato, a game about companionship, cooking, and cohabitation. Players compete to be the most popular roommate by cooking meals and doing chores. The game features dual action cards, programming, and some light engine building. Plan action cards on player board slots, with each card activating a number of times equal to the power on the slot.
Runner Ups for the Edison include Tri-Star Racers by Glenn Cotter, and Isle of Gems by Aaron Kempkes.