The Golden Geek Awards are presented every year at the BGG.Con event in Dallas, Texas. Nominees are from a selection of games released over the course of the previous year. The winners of the Golden Geek are nominated and selected through voting by the user communities of the BoardGameGeek.com, RPGGeek.com, and VideoGameGeek.com website.
In 2014 the nomination and voting date was changed to January, the earliest it had ever been. The change was made to lessen confusion by ensuring that all nominated games were from the same year. Prior to 2014, eligible games had to have been released anywhere from the latter half of the previous year to the latter half of the current year. From October 2012 to September 2013 for example.
Nominations and Voting
1.) A preliminary 'selection round' is held for approximately 1 month (usually in January or February). The purpose of the 'selection round' is for the community to nominate games they think are worthy of receiving the award.
2.) A 'voting round' is then held for approximately three weeks. Only the top 10 - 15 most nominated games during the 'selection round' make it to the 'voting round' and become eligible for any awards. Voting is conducted using the Schulze method. What award (if any) the 10 - 15 nominees receive is decided during the 'voting round'.
3.) A physical Golden Geek medal and award letter are sent out to both the publisher and designer/developer of the winning games; provided we can get in touch with them via website, email, snail mail, facebook, twitter, etc. Nominees and Winners are allowed to display the appropriate Golden Geek Award for the year they were nominated/won on their websites and game packaging.