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The winners of the 10th Annual Golden Geek Awards for 2015 have been determined by the users of BoardGameGeek, RPGGeek, and VideoGameGeek. Here is the complete list of winners and runners up in all categories.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!



2015 BoardGameGeek Winners & Runners Up

Board Game of the Year
Winner - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Runner Up - Codenames
Runner Up - 7 Wonders Duel


2-Player Game
Winner - 7 Wonders Duel
Runner Up - Tides of Time
Runner Up - Baseball Highlights: 2045


Artwork & Presentation
Winner - Mysterium
Runner Up - T.I.M.E Stories
Runner Up - Above and Below


Card Game
Winner - 7 Wonders Duel
Runner Up - The Grizzled
Runner Up - Arboretum


Expansion
Winner - Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania
Runner Up - Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition
Runner Up - Five Tribes: The Artisans of Naqala


Family Game
Winner - Codenames
Runner Up - Mysterium
Runner Up - Between Two Cities


Innovative
Winner - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Runner Up - 504
Runner Up - T.I.M.E Stories


Party Game
Winner - Codenames
Runner Up - Mysterium
Runner Up - Flick 'em Up!


Print & Play
Winner - Dune: The Dice Game
Runner Up - Deep Space D-6
Runner Up - Beyond Baker Street


Solo Game
Winner - Tiny Epic Galaxies
Runner Up - Hostage Negotiator
Runner Up - Baseball Highlights: 2045


Strategy Game
Winner - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Runner Up - 7 Wonders Duel
Runner Up - The Voyages of Marco Polo


Thematic Game
Winner - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Runner Up - T.I.M.E Stories
Runner Up - Blood Rage


Wargame
Winner - Churchill
Runner Up - Triumph & Tragedy
Runner Up - The U.S. Civil War


Best Podcast
Winner - The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast
Runner Up - Shut Up & Sit Down: The Podcast!
Runner Up - Rahdo Talks Through


Best Board Game App
Winner - Splendor
Runner Up - Galaxy Trucker
Runner Up - Star Realms: Gambit


2015 RPGGeek Winners & Runners Up

Game of the Year
Winner - Blades in the Dark
Runner Up - Urban Shadows
Runner Up - The Cypher System


Best Artwork & Pres.
Winner - Mouse Guard (2nd Edition)
Runner Up - Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook
Runner Up - Cthulhu Britannica: London


Best Supplement
Winner - The Dracula Dossier: Director's Handbook
Runner Up - Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide
Runner Up - Cthulhu Britannica: London


Best Podcast
Winner - Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
Runner Up - One Shot
Runner Up - Fear the Boot


2015 VideoGameGeek Winners & Runners Up


Game of the Year
Winner - Fallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Pillars of Eternity


Best Visuals/Artwork
Winner - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Fallout 4
Runner Up - Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)


Best Indie Game
Winner - Rocket League
Runner Up - Pillars of Eternity
Runner Up - Life is Strange


Best Mobile/Handheld
Winner - Fallout Shelter
Runner Up - You Must Build A Boat
Runner Up - XenoShyft


Most Innovative Game
Winner - Super Mario Maker
Runner Up - Her Story
Runner Up - Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


Best PC Game
Winner - Fallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Pillars of Eternity


Best XBox One Game
Winner - Fallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Rise of the Tomb Raider


Best PS4 Game
Winner - Fallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Bloodborne


Best Wii U Game
Winner - Super Mario Maker
Runner Up - Splatoon
Runner Up - Yoshi's Woolly World


Best 3DS Game
Winner - Fire Emblem Fates: Limited Edition
Runner Up - The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
Runner Up - Pokémon Picross


Best PS Vita Game
Winner - Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Runner Up - Axiom Verge
Runner Up - LEGO Jurassic World



Here's a list of all the 2015 Golden Geek Nominees

Winners can use this image to show off their award: Official Golden Geek Award Winner.

Nominees can use this image: Official Golden Geek Award Nominee.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to the winners!
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What a list. A lot of great games this year.
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Thanks for the results.

I don't understand how 504 could be beaten by Pandemic Legacy for "Innovative".



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So the RPG of the year is a game where the actual, full game isn't even out yet?
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Wow - ONE meaty game amongst all platform holders (Marco Polo - 3rd place strategy), exempting Wargames, which are an animal unto themselves.

The Golden Geeks are officially and forever more the Triumph of the Casual. I can't even be mad - this was telegraphed as a shift in this site's awards a year ago. If I try enough, I can maybe get a little angst over the fact that a game which was LITERALLY about art (The Gallerist) not even placing for art, but I was expecting it.

Funeral services will be held at 11. Bring wooden cubes for offering to honour the death of euros as a viable award candidate.
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Speedyox wrote:
Thanks for the results.

I don't understand how 504 could be beaten by Pandemic Legacy for "Innovative".





For the same reason last year Dead of Winter won out over Alchemists, Golem Arcana, and Hyperborea. Casuals don't play games like 504 (if we want to call 504 a game, it was really more of a toolkit that taught mechanics - which was very innovative). Apparently innovation these days means "games that you can play once"
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What a great honor for the whole Tiny Epic team!! Thanks for all the support everyone and congratulations to all the other winners.
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Speedyox wrote:
Thanks for the results.

I don't understand how 504 could be beaten by Pandemic Legacy for "Innovative".





Yeah, how many versions of legacy have already been out?
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Congrats to the winners! What a good year for gaming!
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Congratulations to the winners, especially The Secret Cabal. Well deserved.

Any idea if we can see the breakdown? Would like to see if Flip the Table secured last position on the nominations.
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So the RPG of the year is a game where the actual, full game isn't even out yet?


Yeah, wanted to write the same thing...
A game which is not even ready yet in 2016 is already a winner? Is that a joke? This kind of lightheartedness in awarding rewards in my opinion should totally discredit this award shake
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Stop.

Speedyox wrote:
Thanks for the results.

I don't understand how 504 could be beaten by Pandemic Legacy for "Innovative".



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Quintious wrote:
Wow - ONE meaty game amongst all platform holders (Marco Polo - 3rd place strategy), exempting Wargames, which are an animal unto themselves.

The Golden Geeks are officially and forever more the Triumph of the Casual. I can't even be mad - this was telegraphed as a shift in this site's awards a year ago. If I try enough, I can maybe get a little angst over the fact that a game which was LITERALLY about art (The Gallerist) not even placing for art, but I was expecting it.

Funeral services will be held at 11. Bring wooden cubes for offering to honour the death of euros as a viable award candidate.


What games would you want in any of these categories? Your arguments don't really mean much without examples.

And as for The Gallerist, I would say that for a game about art, I don't think I could have been less impressed with the overall art for that game.
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These lists are great reminders of what we played last year.
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Congrats to all the winners! Pandemic Legacy taking home wins in both "best thematic game" and "best strategy game" categories is certainly unprecedented.
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Nothing really surprising here. Fully expected 7 Wonders Duel to win the 2-player category and Pandemic Legacy to win overall (it did hit #1 on here so it was expected)
 
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Fallout 4 beat Bloodborne? Lol wow. I put 100 hours into the latter and probably 90 minutes into the former and sold it.
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Speedyox wrote:
Thanks for the results.

I don't understand how 504 could be beaten by Pandemic Legacy for "Innovative".





I second this! I guess PL had to win every category it was nominated in.
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I love 7 Wonders Duel but do not see it as a card game in any way, shape or form.
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Quintious wrote:
Wow - ONE meaty game amongst all platform holders (Marco Polo - 3rd place strategy), exempting Wargames, which are an animal unto themselves.

The Golden Geeks are officially and forever more the Triumph of the Casual. I can't even be mad - this was telegraphed as a shift in this site's awards a year ago. If I try enough, I can maybe get a little angst over the fact that a game which was LITERALLY about art (The Gallerist) not even placing for art, but I was expecting it.

Funeral services will be held at 11. Bring wooden cubes for offering to honour the death of euros as a viable award candidate.


What games would you want in any of these categories? Your arguments don't really mean much without examples.

And as for The Gallerist, I would say that for a game about art, I don't think I could have been less impressed with the overall art for that game.



That's an academic exercise that doesn't even need to be undertaken. The direction of the wave is clear, and you can't swim against a wave. There were many, many worthy nominees scattered across all categories (2015 was seriously an amazing year for games w/ meat on their bones), and with the exception of Marco Polo, every worthy candidate was completely ignored in favour of casual-type games and 30 minute quasi's. It's screaming into a fan to rail against it at this stage (I spent my rant about this last year). New World Order, Age of the Quasi-Gamer and awards based upon which 4 games they were aware existed in a given year. I welcome our new overlords with open arms, and acknowledge the GG's are no longer meritorious or to be participated in.
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I can see how Pandemic wins game of the year, and family game, thematic game, whatever, but strategic game??? For next year, how about a new category for co-ops, so they can keep them separated from competitive games? And/or add another new category: "Medium to heavy weight competitive strategy games that support more than 2 players". Actually, that used to be exactly what "Strategy Game" meant... shake
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The awards are officially announced....

Let the butt hurt commence.
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It has cards in it.

webstergroup wrote:
I love 7 Wonders Duel but do not see it as a card game in any way, shape or form.
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RPG Geek awards needs a Solo category. Solo RPGs are called gamebooks--they go way back. Tunnels and Trolls had gamebooks in the 70's.
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Quintious wrote:
Wow - ONE meaty game amongst all platform holders (Marco Polo - 3rd place strategy), exempting Wargames, which are an animal unto themselves.

The Golden Geeks are officially and forever more the Triumph of the Casual. I can't even be mad - this was telegraphed as a shift in this site's awards a year ago. If I try enough, I can maybe get a little angst over the fact that a game which was LITERALLY about art (The Gallerist) not even placing for art, but I was expecting it.


As disappointed as I am that more Euros didn't make it into the running, this is the People's Choice Awards, not the Academy Awards -- it's literally a popularity contest.

Don't turn board gaming into video games and have the entitled mindset that only "core gamers" understand the medium; it's elitist, shitty, and does more harm than good. You can find plenty of "top" lists from last year that cater to people that love heavy games.

Also, remember, not only do people have to actually have a BGG account to vote, they needed to put down real money or a significant amount of time! Most "casual" gamers will not do that for a hobby site.

Also, I think even if you polled actual game designers, you'll find a consensus that PL was knock out.

Edit: Significant amount of time is probably wrong (I didn't realize there was an avatar thread until this moment!), but at least one major step. If someone was a casual board gamer, then why would they even care to get involved with the community enough to get an avatar?
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