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Michael Saunders
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Released on the Funagain Games site.

GAME OF THE YEAR
TZAAR

FAMILY STRATEGY GAMES
Stone Age (winner)
Jamaica (runner-up)
Ice Flow, Thebes, Race for the Galaxy, Darjeeling, Gangster, Metropolys, Kingsburg, The Market of Alturien, Airships, Galaxy Trucker, Chang Cheng, Tinners' Trail, Utopia, Fagin's Gang, San Quentin Kings, Dragon Lairds, Toledo, Oregon, The Pillars of the Earth: Expansion Set (nominees)

ABSTRACT STRATEGY GAMES
Ponte del Diavolo (winner)
Arktia (runner-up)
Cranium Triple Triumph, Octego, Angel Wars Board Game, Black Box +, Spectrangle (nominees)

ADVANCED STRATEGY GAMES
Key Harvest (winner)
Brass: Lancashire (runner-up)
League of Six, Tribune: Primus Inter Pares, Nefertiti, In the Year of the Dragon, Hamburgum, Amyitis, Jantaris, Cuba, Phoenicia, El Capitán (nominees)

HISTORICAL SIMULATION GAMES
Pacific Typhoon (winner)
Kutuzov (runner-up)
Manoeuvre, B-29 Superfortress, Tide of Iron, Blackbeard (nominees)

FAMILY GAMES
Pandemic (winner)
Marrakech (runner-up)
Aquaretto, Patrician, Yahtzee Free for All, Catan Dice Game, Hula Hippos, Pearl Fisher, Château Roquefort, Antler Island, The Hanging Gardens, Geominos, Cash a Catch, Tiki Mountain!, Surf's Up, Dude!, Dart Wars, Gipsy King, Wadi, Bacchus' Banquet, 'Senet', Big Points, Set Cubed, The Princess Bride: Storming the Castle, Carcassonne: Expansion 5 – Abbey & Mayor (nominees)

FAMILY CARD GAMES
Palastgeflüster (winner)
Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League (runner-up)
Reels & Deals: The Movie-Making Card Game, Biblios, Traders of Osaka, Chicago Poker, Ticket to Ride: The Card Game, Animalia, Lascaux, R-Eco, Chicago Cribbage (nominees)

PARTY GAMES
Go Nuts! (winner)
What? (runner-up)
Eye Know, Mad Scientist University, Be-Rhymed! (nominees)

WORD GAMES
Jumbulaya (winner)
Obscurity (runner-up)
Scrabble Express, Word Blur (nominees)

PUZZLE GAMES
Doris (winner)
Maze Ways: Cat & Mouse (runner-up)
North Pole Camoflage, safari undercover, Fire Escape, Oops, Dazzle, Intarsia, Zen Benders: Race Track, Zen Benders: Quilt, Zen Benders: Dragon, Zen Benders: Dachshund (nominees)




EDIT = glitch correction
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Nattakorn Vuttichaipornkul
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Tinners' Trail for family strategy game? that's surprising.
 
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I like these categories Hey Geekies take a look here. Plus for the most part the games fit the category they are in.

The only one I would argue with would be Jamaica not winning the family game, I think it is a better family game than Stone age but both are good choices
 
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Looks like you've got a glitch in the winner of the Historical games.

Thanks for sharing though!
 
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jollypirate wrote:
Looks like you've got a glitch in the winner of the Historical games.

Corrected. Thanks.
 
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So neither Agricola nor Keltis made their list. Hmmm...
 
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Not bad this year. Not bad at all.
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Spielfreak wrote:
So neither Agricola nor Keltis made their list. Hmmm...


No surprise about Keltis, because no offense to Dr. Knizia, but it's one of the weakest SdJ winners ever (there are many of his other games which should have won in the past).

But Agricola not even being a nominee? Very odd. Perhaps there's some precise reason (release timing in Europe was too early to make the cut? who knows).
 
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SubPrime wrote:

HISTORICAL SIMULATION GAMES
Pacific Typhoon (winner)


A glitch, here. Clearly, this category should be, "Best Trick Taking Card Game With Stock Photos On The Cards."
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Hey congrats to Dr. Finn for getting a nod to Scripts and Scribes! It really is a nifty game and you should all go buy it now.
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Hey--has anyone picked up the magazine itself and tried to figure out the cover puzzle? If you haven't seen it, it's a five by six grid of different photos of board games--some are from this year's Top 100, some are classics, and one or two I've never heard of ("Careers"? "Hare and Tortise"? Rough.). There are also pictures of dice on each photo with different numbers showing, which you're supposed to use to decode a clue, which in turn leads you to a single word answer.

There is a contest involved if you figure out the word and mail in an entry for a subsequent drawing--but honestly I'm more excited about the geek cred for recognizing almost all the games pictured (with some good guesses, I was 27 for 30...not too shabby).

Anyway, there is one left I can't get...it's a photo of two eighties-looking business people who look to be selling a TRS-80 type computer with "BUY!" on the green monochrome screen. From solving the rest of the puzzle, I know the fourth letter in the game title is an "E"--but I have no idea what the heck it is, and it's driving me nuts (Initially I was thinking "Pay Day", but that's got to be wrong based on the puzzle). Anyone have any ideas what this game could be?

 
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some are classics, and one or two I've never heard of ("Careers"? "Hare and Tortise"? Rough.)


OK, I'll defend Careers and The Hare and the Tortoise.

Of the games published in the 1950's, only 2 games-- with at least as many ratings as Careers-- have higher ratings: Diplomacy and Twixt.

Of the games published in the 1970's, only 4 games-- with at least as many ratings as Hare and Tortoise-- have higher ratings: Dune, Liars Dice, Cosmic Encounter, and Junta.

Careers has more owners and more ratings than does Blokus Trigon, Himalaya, Indonesia, Warhammer Quest, or Zendo.

Hare and Tortoise has more owners and more ratings than does Advanced Squad Leader, Carolus Magnus, Downfall of Pompeii, Hammer of the Scots, Keythedral, Kremlin, Mah-Jongg, Rumis, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, Titan, or Zertz.

 
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I'll go farther and claim that both of those games are established classics.
 
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goldenboat wrote:
SubPrime wrote:

HISTORICAL SIMULATION GAMES
Pacific Typhoon (winner)


A glitch, here. Clearly, this category should be, "Best Trick Taking Card Game With Stock Photos On The Cards."


A game with near zero historical value. Probably OK as a game (I've only played Atlantic storm, and consequently had no desire to buy this).

It must have been a poor year for wargames. Sorry , Historical Simulation games.
 
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Well, don't misunderstand--I'm not questioning at all the worthiness of Careers or Hare and Tortoise as games. My "Rough." comment was more directed only at the fact that I thought these were particularily challenging games to recognize in the puzzle. Since *I* didn't recognize them and had never even heard of them, I assumed they were not well known (...in my own mind, I am the master of all things board games...the reality, of course, may vary).

Now that you've laid out the stats that apparently indicate both these games have wide ownership and popularity, I can only be further humbled. I must just not be the uber-board-game-geek I thought I was (...still, recognizing 27 out of the 30 games in the puzzle's not too bad--anyone else have their stats?).

In any event, I *still* don't know what that last picture is (with the 80's people and the Radio Shack computers)--any clues?

 
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Here, hopefully this will help clarify: What is the game depicted on the bottom row, second from the left? Anyone?

http://www.magazine-agent.com/games/covers?c=1&cov=COVER0023...#

 
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