Hypermind Awards!

Just over 6 years ago, my gaming life changed forever when I managed to pull together a few other local gamers to play at our FLGS, Hypermind.  We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but the core group is still going strong having fun together each and every week.  So once a year, we take a little time out to celebrate with cake and snacks, and to reflect on the last year in the form of voting for some of our favorite games. 

Someone just couldn’t wait…

So, here are the official results for our “awards” from 2012:

Favorite Filler: Divinare (Brett J. Gilbert, Asmodee)

Favorite Gateway Game: Revolution! (Philip duBarry, Steve Jackson Games)

Most Thematic Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures (Jason LIttle, Fantasy Flight Games)

Coolest Game Mechanics: Trajan (Stefan Feld, Ammonit)

Favorite Game of the Year: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures (Jason LIttle, Fantasy Flight)
Honorable Mentions: The Manhattan Project, Lords of Waterdeep

And to help make the event special, I’ve put together a collage every year to test our members’ knowledge about the games that we played throughout the year.  So if you’re interested in testing yourself, here’s what it looked like:

There are 51 games pictured here.  How many can you get (post in the comments below if you give it a try)?

And as an extra, added bonus, Chris Ingersoll has also come up with a puzzle of his own for the last couple of years.  So take a look at these images and try to figure out what they mean (all the answers are game titles):

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So, what do y’all think?  Did we make good choices?  Can you figure out the puzzles?  Any other comments?


  1. DLE

    Good choice of Revolution! from SJG. Phil duBarry is a good guy, and his games deserve more love. Not to say that Revolution! hasn’t gotten some love, only that it and the rest of duBarry’s oeuvre tend to fly under some people’s radar.

  2. Keith

    For those that have not tracked our annual voting please note that games which have won in past years are not eligible.

    I had not previously thought of Revolution! as a gateway game. It is easy enough to teach.

  3. Chris Norwood

    That’s a good point that I didn’t mention, Keith.  The only qualification a game needs to be eligible for an award is that we played it in the previous year, so both new and old games are up for contention.  The only exception to that are games that previously won an award, which we put into our “Hall of Fame” (mostly just so people won’t keep voting for the same games over and over again). 

    The Hall of Fame looks like this:

    • Race for the Galaxy
    • The Princes of Florence
    • Liar’s Dice
    • Ticket to Ride
    • Settlers of Catan
    • 1960: The Making of the President
    • China
    • Agricola
    • Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
    • No Thanks!
    • Carcassonne
    • Bang!
    • Tribune
    • Tobago
    • Macao
    • Memoir ‘44
    • Forbidden Island
    • Parade
    • Letters from Whitechapel
    • Belfort
    • Kingdom Builder
    • Chronicle

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