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Golden Geek Awards: 2012

Jesse Dean
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On the whole awards are silly, and I have not been particularly impressed with the awards by any dedicated awards group in quite a while. That being said, I do still like the Golden Geek Awards. Partially because they are “our” awards as the BGG community, and also because I more frequently find myself agreeing with them then the awards of any other organization out there. So I still participate, both in the voting and the nominations, every year. This year is no different, and I have put together a selection of games I will be voting for this year. Note, I do not vote for games I have not played, or seen in the case of the art award.

2-Player
1. 1989: Dawn of Freedom
2. Android: Netrunner
3. Summoner Wars: Master Set
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Notable Omissions: Dungeon Command, which would have otherwise been in the first spot for me.
Who I think will win: Android: Netrunner

Abstract Game
I have not played any of this year’s nominees.

Artwork and Presentation
1. Dungeon Petz
2. Mage Knight: The Board Game
3. Lords of Waterdeep
4. King of Tokyo
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
6. Eclipse
7. Belfort

I think Dungeon Petz has a particularly effective combination of presentation and functionality, though Mage Knight is also noteworthy in how effectively it presents complex game state information. Good show on both.

Notable Omissions: None
Who I think will win: Eclipse

Card Game
1. Blood Bowl Team Manager: The Card Game
2. Android: Netrunner
3. Sentinels of the Multiverse
4. Summoner Wars: Master Set
5. Eminent Domain
6. Core Worlds
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
8. Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin

Notable Omissions: Mage Knight the Board Game
Who I think will win: Android: Netrunner

Children’s Games
I have not played any of this year’s nominees except King of Tokyo, and do not feel qualified to vote.

Expansion
I do not have any particular appreciation for any of the games with nominated expansions, so could not accurately judge which was better than the others. So I did not vote.

Family Game
I do not approach board gaming from a family gaming perspective, and did not vote for this category.

Innovative
1. Mage Knight Board Game
2. Risk Legacy
3. Ascending Empires
4. Quarriors!
5. D-Day Dice
6. Trajan
10. Eclipse
10. Last Will
10. Village

For reasons I have gone into extensively elsewhere, I think Mage Knight is a very innovative game. That being said, I would not be too torn up about Risk Legacy winning, and honestly expect that to be the winner. I do not consider, Eclipse, Last Will, or Village to be innovative enough to be in the running for this award.

Notable Omissions: Cave Evil
Who I think will win: Risk Legacy

Party Game
I do not approach board gaming from a party gaming perspective, and did not vote for this category.

Print & Play
I have not played any of this year’s nominees except D-Day Dice, and do not feel qualified to vote.

Strategy Game
1. Mage Knight Board Game
2. Ora et Labora
3. Dungeon Petz
4. Eclipse
5. Trajan
6. Lords of Waterdeep
7. The Castles of Burgundy
8. Hawaii
9. Belfort

I apparently need to play Village in order to have an effective perspective on last year’s games.
Notable Omissions: Andean Abyss, Vanuatu
What I think will win: Eclipse

Thematic Game
1. Mage Knight Board Game
2. Blood Bowl: Team Manager the Card Game
3. Dungeon Petz
4. King of Tokyo
5. Eclipse
6. D-Day Dice

Notable Omissions: Cave Evil
What I think will win: Mage Knight Board Game

Wargame
1. Andean Abyss
2. 1989: Dawn of Freedom
3. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
4. Risk Legacy
5. D-Day Dice
6. Eclipse

I think Eclipse is a better game than D-Day Dice, but I also do not think it is a wargame or belongs in this category.
Notable Omissions: N/A
What I think will win: Eclipse

So there we have it. Are there any particularly notable omissions that you noticed? Anything in particular you want to win?
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