List of Game of the Year awards (board games)

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Game of the Year (abbreviated GotY) is a title awarded by various magazines, websites, and shows to a deserving game. Many publications award a single "Game of the Year" to a single title that they feel represents the pinnacle of gaming achievement that year.

Organizations[edit]

Organizations and publications who award board Game of the Years include:

Awards[edit]

Games magazine[edit]

Main article: Games 100

The winners of the Games (magazine) Game of the Year are chosen by Games editors:[1]

Year Game of the Year Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Garden Dice/The Card Expansion Doug Bass Meridae Games
2013 Trajan Stefan Feld Ammonit Spiele
2012 Tikal II: The Lost Temple Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Asmodée Editions
2011 Jump Gate Matt Worden Matt Worden Games
2010 Small World Philippe Keyaerts Days of Wonder
2009 Tzaar Kris Burm Rio Grande Games
2008 Pillars of the Earth Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler Mayfair Games
2007[2] Vegas Showdown Henry Stern Avalon Hill
2006[3] Australia Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Rio Grande Games
2005[4] BuyWord Sid Sackson Face2Face Games
2004[5] New England Alan Moon and Aaron Weissblum Überplay
2003[6] DVONN Kris Burm Rio Grande
2002 Evo Philippe Keyaerts Eurogames-Descartes USA
2001 Aladdin's Dragons Richard Breese Rio Grande
2000[7] Torres Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Rio Grande
1999[8] Fossil Klaus Palesch Rio Grande
1998[8] Quoridor Mirko Marchesi Great American Trading Co.
1997[9] 25 Words or Less Winning Moves
1995[10] Sharp Shooters Milton Bradley
1994[10] Myst Robyn Miller and Rand Miller Broderbund
1993[10] Inklings Mattel
1992[10] Pipeline Playco Hawaii
1991[10] Trumpet International Games

Golden Geek Award[edit]

The BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Award is presented every year at the BGG.Con event in Dallas, Texas. The winners of the Golden Geek are selected by the nomination and voting of the user community of BoardGameGeek.com website.

Year Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Splendor Marc André Space Cowboys
2013 Terra Mystica Helge Ostertag, Jens Drögemüller Feuerland Spiele
2012 Eclipse Touko Tahkokallio Lautapelit.fi
2011 Dominant Species Chad Jensen GMT Games
2010 Hansa Teutonica Andreas Steding Argentum Verlag
2009 Dominion Donald X. Vaccarino Rio Grande Games
2008 Agricola Uwe Rosenberg Lookout Games
2007 Shogun Dirk Henn Queen Games
2006 Caylus William Attia Ẏstari Games

Spiel des Jahres[edit]

These are winners of Spiel des Jahres, the German board game award.

Year Winner Designer Publisher
2015 Colt Express Christophe Raimbault Ludonaute
2014 Camel Up Steffen Bogen Eggertspiele
2013 Hanabi Antoine Bauza Asmodée Éditions
2012 Kingdom Builder Donald X. Vaccarino Queen Games
2011 Qwirkle Susan McKinley Ross Mindware
2010 Dixit Jean-Louis Roubira Libellud
2009 Dominion Donald X. Vaccarino Rio Grande Games
2008 Keltis Reiner Knizia Kosmos
2007 Zooloretto Michael Schacht Abacus Spiele
2006 Thurn and Taxis Andreas Seyfarth and Karen Seyfarth Hans im Glück
2005 Niagara Thomas Liesching Zoch Verlag
2004 Ticket to Ride Alan R. Moon Days of Wonder
2003 Alhambra Dirk Henn Queen Games
2002 Villa Paletti Bill Payne Zoch Verlag
2001 Carcassonne Klaus-Jürgen Wrede Hans im Glück
2000 Torres Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Ravensburger
1999 Tikal Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Ravensburger
1998 Elfenland Alan R. Moon Amigo Spiele
1997 Mississippi Queen Werner Hodel Goldsieber
1996 El Grande Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich Hans im Glück
1995 The Settlers of Catan Klaus Teuber Kosmos
1994 Manhattan Andreas Seyfarth Hans im Glück
1993 Call My Bluff Richard Borg F.X. Schmid
1992 Um Reifenbreite Rob Bontenbal Jumbo
1991 Drunter und Drüber Klaus Teuber Hans im Glück
1990 Hoity Toity Klaus Teuber F.X. Schmid
1989 Café International Rudi Hoffmann Mattel
1988 Barbarossa Klaus Teuber Altenburger und Stralsunder
1987 Auf Achse Wolfgang Kramer F.X. Schmid
1986 Top Secret Spies Wolfgang Kramer Ravensburger
1985 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Raymond Edwards, Suzanne Goldberg and Gary Grady Kosmos
1984 Railway Rivals David Watts Schmidt Spiele
1983 Scotland Yard Werner Schlegel, Dorothy Garrels, Fritz Ifland, Manfred Burggraf, Werner Scheerer and Wolf Hoermann Ravensburger
1982 Enchanted Forest Alex Randolph and Michel Matschoss Ravensburger
1981 Focus Sid Sackson Parker
1980 Rummikub Ephraim Hertzano Intelli
1979 Hare and Tortoise David Parlett Ravensburger

Kennerspiel des Jahres[edit]

These are winners of Kennerspiel des Jahres, a part of the German Spiel des Jahres board game award.

Year Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Istanbul Rüdiger Dorn Pegasus Spiele
2013 Legends of Andor Michael Menzel Fantasy Flight Games
2012 Village Inka Brand and Markus Brand Pegasus Spiele
2011 7 Wonders Antoine Bauza Repos Production

Kinderspiel des Jahres[edit]

The Kinderspiel des Jahres is awarded every year to the best children's game by a jury of German game critics. This award is to children's games what the Spiel des Jahres is to family games.

2001 was the first year that the Kinderspiel des Jahres was officially awarded. Prior to that year, it was the Sonderpreis "Kinderspiel" (Special Prize for Best Children's Game). Since the intent behind both awards is the same, it is customary to refer to the 1989 - 2000 Sonderpreis winners as having won the Kinderspiel des Jahres.

Year Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister! Brian Yu --
2013 Der verzauberte Turm Inka Brand & Markus Brand --
2012 Schnappt Hubi! Steffen Bogen --
2011 Da ist der Wurm drin Carmen Kleinert --
2010 Diego Drachenzahn Manfred Ludwig --
2009 Das magische Labyrinth Dirk Baumann --
2008 Wer war's? Reiner Knizia --
2007 Beppo der Bock Klaus Zoch & Peter Schackert --
2006 Der schwarze Pirat Guido Hoffmann --
2005 Das Kleine Gespenst Kai Haferkamp --
2004 Spooky Stairs Michelle Schanen --
2003 Viva Topo! Manfred Ludwig --
2002 Maskenball der Käfer Peter-Paul Joopen --
2001 Klondike Stefanie Rohner and Christian Wolf --
2000 Arbos Martin Arnold and Armin Müller --
1999 Kayanak Peter-Paul Joopen --
1998 Chicken Cha Cha Cha Klaus Zoch --
1997 Leinen los! Alex Randolph --
1996 Vier zu mir! Heike Baum --
1995 Karambolage Heinz Meister --
1994 Loopin' Louie Carol Wiseley --
1993 Ringel-Rangel Geni Wyss --
1992 Galloping Pigs Heinz Meister --
1991 Piraten-Abenteuer Wolfgang Kramer --
1990 My Haunted Castle Virginia Charves --
1989 Gute Freunde Alex Randolph --

Deutscher Spiele Preis[edit]

The Deutscher Spielepreis (German for German Game Prize) is an important award for boardgames. It was started in 1990 by the German magazine "Die Pöppel-Revue", which collects votes from the industry's stores, magazines, professionals and game clubs. The results are announced every October at the Spiel game fair in Essen, Germany. The Essen Feather is awarded at the same ceremony.

Year Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Russian Railroads Helmut Ohley, Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
2013 Terra Mystica Jens Drögemüller, Helge Ostertag Feuerland Spiele
2012 Village Inka Brand, Markus Brand Pegasus Spiele
2011 7 Wonders Antoine Bauza Repos Production
2010 Fresco Marcel Süßelbeck, Marco Ruskowski, Wolfgang Panning Queen Games
2009 Dominion Donald X. Vaccarino Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
2008 Agricola Uwe Rosenberg Lookout Games
2007 The Pillars of the Earth Michael Rieneck, Stefan Stadler Kosmos
2006 Caylus William Attia Ystari Games
2005 Louis XIV Rüdiger Dorn Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
2004 Saint Petersburg Bernd Brunnhofer Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
2003 Amun Re Reiner Knizia Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
2002 Puerto Rico Andreas Seyfarth Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
2001 Carcassonne Klaus-Jürgen Wrede Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
2000 Taj Mahal Reiner Knizia alea
1999 Tikal Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
1998 Tigris & Euphrates Reiner Knizia Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
1997 Löwenherz Klaus Teuber Goldsieber Spiele
1996 El Grande Richard Ulrich, Wolfgang Kramer Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
1995 The Settlers of Catan Klaus Teuber Franckh
1994 Take 6! Wolfgang Kramer AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
1993 Modern Art Reiner Knizia Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
1992 Flying Dutchman Klaus Teuber Parker Brothers
1991 Master Labyrinth Max J. Kobbert Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
1990 Hoity Toity Klaus Teuber F.X. Schmid

Mensa Select[edit]

These are winners of Mensa Select Award, for the five best board games of the year submitted to Mensa Mind Games

Year Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2014 Euphoria Jamie Stegmaier Stonemaier Games
2014 Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension Corey Young Cryptozoic Entertainment
2014 Pyramix Tim Roediger Gamewright
2014 Qwixx Steffen Benndorf Gamewright
2014 The Duke Jeremy Holcomb Catalyst Game Labs
2013 Forbidden Desert Matt Leacock Gamewright
2013 Ghooost! Richard Garfield Iello
2013 Kerflip Damon Tabb Creative Foundry Games
2013 Kulami Andreas Kuhnekath Foxmind Games
2013 Suburbia Ted Alspach Bezier Games
2012 Coerceo Erik Gortzen Coerceo Company
2012 Iota Gene Mackles Iota
2012 Mine Shift John Forte, Jr Mindware
2012 Snake Oil Jeff Ochs Snake Oil, LLC
2012 Tetris Link (Uncredited) TechnoSource
2011 Instructures Jane Mathews Jane's Games
2011 Pastiche Sean D MacDonald Gryphon Games
2011 Pirate vs Pirate Max Winter Osterhaus Out of the Box
2011 Stomple Greg Zima GaZima Games
2011 Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype Paul E Nowak and Christopher Nowak Eternal Revolution
2010 Anomia Andrew Innes Anomia Press
2010 Dizios Nicholas Cravotta MindWare
2010 Forbidden Island Matt Leacock Gamewright
2010 Word on the Street Jack Degnan Out of the Box
2010 Yikerz! (Uncredited) Wiggles 3D Incorporated
2009 Cornerstone Matt Mette Good Company Games
2009 Dominion Donald X Vaccarino Rio Grande Games
2009 Marrakesh Dominique Ehrhard Fundex
2009 Stratum Jose' L Navas Family Games America, Inc
2009 Tic-Tac-Ku Mark Asperheim and Cris Van Oosterum Mad Cave Bird Games
2008 AmuseAmaze Ethan Goffman HL Games
2008 Eye Know Paul Berton and George Sinclair Wiggles 3D Inc
2008 Jumbulaya Julie Archer and Karl Archer Platypus Games
2008 Pixel Ariel Laden Educational Insights
2008 Tiki Topple Keith Meyers Gamewright
2007 Gemlok Donald Meyer Pywacket Games
2007 Gheos Rene' Wiersma Z-Man Games
2007 Hit or Miss Garrett J Donner, Brian S Spence, and Michael S Steer Gamewright
2007 Qwirkle Susan McKinley Ross MindWare
2007 Skullduggery K Allegra Vernon Outset Media Games
2006 Deflexion (aka Khet) Luke Hooper, Michael Larson, and Del Segura Deflexion
2006 Hive John Yianni Smart Zone Games
2006 Keesdrow Donald Meyer Pywacket
2006 Pentago Tomas Floden Mindtwister USA
2006 Wits & Wagers Dominic Crapuchettes North Star Games
2005 DaVinci's Challenge Paul Micarelli Briarpatch
2005 Ingenious Reiner Knizia Fantasy Flight Games
2005 Loot Reiner Knizia Gamewright
2005 Niagara Thomas Liesching Rio Grande Games
2005 Zendo Kory Heath Looney Labs
2004 10 Days in Africa/USA Alan Moon and Aaron Weissblum Out of the Box
2004 Basari Reinhard Staupe Out of the Box
2004 The Bridges of Shangri-La Leo Colovini Uberplay Entertainment
2004 Rumis Stefan Kogl Educational Insights
2004 Yinsh Kris Burm Rio Grande Games
2003 Blokus Bernard Tavitian Educational Insights
2003 Cityscape Sjaak Griffioen Out of the Box
2003 Fire & Ice Jens-Peter Schliemann Out of the Box
2003 Octiles Dale Walton Out of the Box
2003 Transamerica Franz-Benno Delonge Rio Grande Games
2002 Curses! Brian Tinsman Play All Day Games
2002 Dvonn Kris Burm Rio Grande Games
2002 The Legend of Landlock Edith Schlichting Gamewright
2002 Muggins! (Uncredited) Muggins Math
2002 Smart Mouth Theo Coster, Ora Coster, and Theora Design Binary Arts
2001 Brainstrain DJ Calhoun Chuckle Games Company
2001 Dao Jeff Pickering and Ben VanBuskirk Playdao.com
2001 Metro Dirk Henn Queen Games
2001 Shapes Up! (Uncredited) Educational Insights
2001 The Poll Game Eric Martin and Jeff Snow Thepollgame, LLC
2000 3 Stones Andy Daniel Enginuity Games
2000 Finish Lines Joan Moravick Games For All Reasons
2000 Imaginiff Jack Lawson and Andrew Lawson Buffalo Games
2000 Time's Up! Peter Sarrett R&R Games
2000 Zertz Kris Burm Schmidt International/Rio Grande Games
1999 Apples to Apples Matthew Kirby Out of the Box
1999 Bollox (Boku) Rob Nelson Cadaco
1999 Doubles Wild Andy Daniel Enginuity Games
1999 Fluxx Andrew Looney Looney Labs
1999 Quiddler Marsha Falco Set Enterprises
1998 Avalam Philippe Deweys Great American Trading Company
1998 Cube Checkers Gillespie and Rolling DCP Limited
1998 Kram Mark Blazczyk Du Botting Originals
1998 Spy Alley William Stephenson Spy Alley Partners
1998 Wadjet Dee Pomerleau Timbuk II
1997 Hattrick! Björn Holmér US Games Systems
1997 Quoridor Mirko Marchesi Great American Trading Company
1997 Rush Hour Nob Yoshigahara Think Fun (Binary Arts)
1997 Sagarian Jason Yearout Sagarian
1997 Stops Don Kimball Stops
1996 Pirateer Scott Peterson Mendocino Game Company
1996 Quadwrangle Maureen Hiron Great American Trading Company
1996 Rat-a-Tat Cat Ann and Monty Stambler Gamewright
1996 Take 6 Wolfgang Kramer US Games Systems
1996 Touche' Wayne Bobette Wayne Bobette Enterprises
1995 Continuo Maureen Hiron US Games Systems
1995 Duo Maureen Hiron US Games Systems
1995 Quixo Thierry Chapeau Great American Trading Company
1995 The Great Dalmuti Richard Garfield Wizards of the Coast
1995 Word Spin Scramble Geospace Products Co, Inc
1994 Char Frank Bechter Bechter Productions, Inc.
1994 Chung Toi W. Reginald Chung House of Chung Enterprises
1994 Down Fall Western Publishing, Inc.
1994 Magic, The Gathering Richard Garfield Wizards of the Coast
1994 Pyraos (aka Pylos) David G. Royffe Great American Trading Co.
1993 Farook Stewart M. Lamle Amuse, Inc..
1993 Inklings Mattel
1993 Overturn Ron and Pat Dubren Pressman
1993 Quadrature Mark Steere Mark Steere Games
1993 Quarto! Blaise Muller Gigamic
1992 Kinesis Adam Byer Cherry Street Games
1992 Q4 Abalone Games Corp
1992 Terrace Anton Dresden Siler/Siler Ventures
1992 Traverse Michael Kuby, John Miller Educational Insights
1992 Why Not? Herman Erikson Our Game Company
1991 Clue: The Great Museum Caper John Labelle, Thomas and Dave Rabideau Parker Brothers
1991 Lapis Pango, Inc
1991 Master Labyrinth Max J. Kobbert International Playthings
1991 Pyramis Murray J. Gould, James R. Longacre Abalone Games Corp
1991 Set Marsha J. Falco Set Enterprises
1990 Abalone Michael Lalet, Laurent Levi Abalone Games Corp
1990 Scattergories Milton Bradley
1990 Taboo Brian Hersch Milton Bradley
1990 Tribond Ed Muccini, Tim Walsh, Dave Yearick Big Fun A Go-Go
1990 Trivial Pursuit, Genus Edition Scott Abbot, Chris Haney Parker Brothers

As d'Or / Golden Ace[edit]

These are winners of As d'Or Award, for the best board games of the year submitted at the Cannes International Game Festival

To be continued

Year Category Winner Designer(s) Publisher
2015 As d'Or Jeu de l'année Colt Express Christophe Raimbault Ludonaute
2015 As d'Or Jeu de l'année Grand Prix Five Tribes Bruno Cathala Days of Wonder
2015 As d'Or Jeu de l'année Enfant La Chasse aux Gigamons Karim Aouidad, Johann Roussel Elemon Games
2015 As d'Or Jeu de l'année Prix du Jury Loony Quest Laurent Escoffier, David Franck Libellud

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