Dice Tower Award Nominees!


The Dice Tower Award nominees were recently announced, and since they only allow the best and brightest boardgame minds in the hobby to participate*, I felt compelled to list them here: 

Game of the Year:
A Few Acres of Snow: Martin Wallace – Treefrog Games
The Ares Project: Brian and Geoff Engelstein – Z-Man Games
The Castles of Burgundy: by Stefan Feld – Ravensburger
Eclipse: by Touko Tahkokallio – Asmodee
King of Tokyo: by Richard Garfield – IELLO
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game: by Nate French – Fantasy Flight Games
Mage Knight Board Game: by Vlaada Chvatil – WizKids
Quarriors!: by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang – Wizkids
Risk Legacy: by Rob Daviau and Chris Dupuis – Hasbro
Star Trek: Fleet Captains: by Mike Elliott, Bryan Kinsella, and Ethan Pasternack – WizKids

Best Family Game Nominees:
Flash Point: Fire Rescue: by Kevin Lanzing – Indie Boards and Cards
Kingdom Builder: by Donald X. Vaccarino – Queen Games
King of Tokyo: by Richard Garfield – IELLO
Quarriors!: by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang – Wizkids
Say Anything Family Edition: by Dominic Crapuchettes – North Star Games

Best New Game Designer Nominees:
Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game: by Jason Little – Fantasy Flight Games
Flash Point: Fire Rescue: by Kevin Lanzing – Indie Boards and Cards
The Ares Project: Brian and Geoff Engelstein – Z-Man Games
Sentinels of the Multiverse: by Christopher Badell and Paul Bender – Greater Than Games
Nightfall: David Gregg – Alderac Entertainment Group

Best Game Reprint Nominees:
Can’t Stop: by Sid Sackson – Gryphon Games
Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War: by Robert Abbott – Stronghold Games
Evo: by Philippe Keyaerts – Asmodee
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition): by Christian T. Petersen – Fantasy Flight Games
Puerto Rico: Anniversary Edition: by Andreas Seyfarth – Rio Grande Games

Best Production Values Nominees:
Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game: by Peter Lee, Mike Mearls, and Bill Slavicsek – Wizards of the Coast
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game: by Peter Lee, Mike Mearls, and Bill Slavicsek – Wizards of the Coast
Mansions of Madness: by Corey Konieczka – Fantasy Flight Games
Risk Legacy: Rob Daviau and Chris Dupuis, Hasbro
Super Dungeon Explore: by Chris Birkenhagen, John Cadice, and Deke Stella – Soda Pop Miniatures

Best Small Publisher Nominees:
Flash Point: Fire Rescue, by Kevin Lanzing – Indie Boards and Cards
Dungeon Run, Mr. Bistro, Plaid Hat Games
Rallyman: by Jean-Christophe Bouvier, Rallyman Inc.
Sentinels of the Multiverse: by Christopher Badell and Paul Bender – Greater Than Games
Bears!: by Anne-Marie De Witt, – Fireside Games

Best Party Game Nominees:
Crappy Birthday: by Brian Weinstock and Amy Weinstock – North Star Games
Dixit: Odyssey: by Jean-Louis Roubira – Asmodee
Reverse Charades Junior Edition: Scott and Bryce Porter – Gryphon Games
Faux-Cabulary: by Matthew Nuccio – Out of the Box
Train of Thought: by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim – Tasty Minstrel Games

Best Game Expansion Nominees:
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia: by Alan R. Moon and Francois Valentyne – Days of Wonder
Thunderstone: Dragonspire: by Mike Elliott and Brent Keith, Alderac Entertainment Group
Small World Underground: by Philippe Keyaerts – Days of Wonder
7 Wonders: Leaders: by Antoine Bauza – Asmodee
Summoner Wars: Master Set, by Colby Dauch – Plaid Hat Games

Most Innovative Game Nominees:
The Ares Project: by Brian and Geoff Engelstein – Z-Man Games
Ascending Empires: by Ian Cooper – Z-Man Games
Paperclip Railways: Tony Boydell, Surprised Stare Games Ltd
Quarriors!: by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang – Wizkids
Risk Legacy: by Rob Daviau and Chris Dupuis – Hasbro

Best Game Artwork Nominees:
Dixit: Odyssey: by Marie Cardouat and Pierô- Asmodee
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game: by various artists – Fantasy Flight Games
Mansions of Madness: by Christopher Burdett, Anders Finer, and Henning Ludvigsen – Fantasy Flight Games
Flash Point: Fire Rescue, by Luis Francisco and George Patsouras – Indie Boards and Cards
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition): by Tomasz Marek Jedruszek and henning Ludvigsen – Fantasy Flight Games

Best War Games Nominees:
Sekigahara: Unification of Japan: by Matt Calkins – GMT Games
Band of Brothers: by Jim Krohn – Worthington Games
A Few Acres of Snow: by Martin Wallace – Treefrog Games
Julius Caesar: by Grant Dalgliesh and Justin Thompson – Columbia Games
Sergeants Miniatures Game: Jeff Billings, Lost Battalion Games

Best Game Theme Nominees:
Dungeon Petz: by Vlaada Chvatil – Z-Man Games
Flash Point: Fire Rescue, by Kevin Lanzing – Indie Boards and Cards
Last Will: by Vladimir Suchy – Rio Grande Games
Yggdrasil: by Cedric Lefebvre and Fabrice Rabellino – Z-Man Games
Takenoko: by Antoine Bauza – Asmodee

Best Digital Boardgame Nominees:
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer: by Robert Dougherty, John Fiorillo, Justin Gary, and Brian M. Kibler – iOS, Playdek
Ticket to Ride: by Alan R. Moon – iOS, Days of Wonder
Forbidden Island: by Matt Leacock, Gamewright – iOS, Button Mash Games
Ghost Stories: by Antoine Bauza – iOS, Repos Productions
Elder Sign: by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, Fantasy Flight Games

It’s a really good list, and while I still want to try a few more of the games before making my final vote, a lot of the categories have some pretty clear front-runners for me already.  You can also go here for the full press release from The Dice Tower. 

What do y’all think?  What would be your picks?


* Since, you know, I’m on the jury now…

1 Comment


  1. Hey Chris, as your admittedly amateur wargames correspondent, if you want to play Julius Caesar or Sekigahara at game night just let me know. Julius Caesar is simply great, as well as greatly simple – when I was asking about which of the Columbia block wargames to get, JC was a constant frontrunner. Sekigahara I haven’t got to play yet but I am itching to have it hit the table.

    I’ve also heard quite good stuff about Sergeants, although I have yet to see it anywhere around here so I’m just running off internet chatter. AFoS seems like an odd choice for any category given the Halifax Hammer debacle; still, I’d like to try it out.

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