W. Eric Martin
Following its two-day Mensa Mind Games event in which approximately three hundred participants played and rated games released in the past twelve months, the U.S. branch of Mensa has announced the winners of its 2019 Mensa Select award:
• Architects of the West Kingdom, by Shem Phillips and S J Macdonald (Garphill Games)
• Gizmos, by Phil Walker-Harding (CMON Limited)
• Gunkimono, by Jeffrey D. Allers (Renegade Game Studios)
• Planet, by Urtis Šulinskas (Blue Orange Games)
• Victorian Masterminds, by Antoine Bauza and Eric M. Lang (CMON Limited)
This marks the fifth year in a row in which Renegade Game Studios has landed a Mensa Select award, following Lanterns (2015), World's Fair 1893 (2016), Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure (2017) and Ex Libris and Raiders of the North Sea (2018). Blue Orange Games won the award in 2018 for Photosynthesis, with an earlier win in 2016 for New York 1901.
Game publishers submit titles to the Mensa Mind Games event, paying a fee in the process in addition to giving copies of the games to the organizing Mensa branch for use during the event. The 2020 Mensa Mind Games will be hosted by the North Texas Mensa chapter.