Mensa Select winners 1990-2019 by BGG rating
- Jeff WolfeUnited States
The first Mensa Select awards were given in 1990. Originally, a panel of judges selected the games, but in 1996 it was opened up to the membership. What follows is the current process for naming the Mensa Select games. To be considered, a game must be submitted by its publisher. The Mind Games event is held from Friday night to Sunday morning, with a different local Mensa group hosting the event each year (for example, the 2006 event was in Portland, Oregon, and the 2007 event was in Pittsburgh). Within the approximately 40-hour period of the event, each participant evaluates 30 of the games that have been submitted for that year.
With the highly compressed evaluation period, the Mensa Select awards have historically tended to favor games that are quick and easy to learn. And many worthy games were not submitted by their publishers because they were not viewed as "Mensa" games. For many years, many of the winners were abstract brain-burners or party games that dealt with words or trivia. In recent years, the winner's list has begun shifting toward more gamer-friendly games.
The following games are not on the list (year of Mensa Select award in parentheses):
Rush Hour (1997) - Solitaire puzzle that is "Outside the Scope of BGG"
Kram (1998) - No BGG entry; I found a source describing this as "a tense word game"
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Over the years, the following methods of tracking Mensa Select winners have been added to BoardGameGeek.
- The Wiki contains a page that has all the Mensa Select winners by year: Mensa Select
- There is a BoardGameGeek family for Mensa Select games: Mensa Select
- The Mensa Select games are included in the BoardGameGeek "awards" system, and the corresponding award is listed in the Honors section of each winner's game entry
- Updated the header to reflect a shift in the kind of games that are named Mensa Select. Also removed the alternate Mensa Select sources from the update section and changed the remaining update to this.
- [+] Dice rolls