Which board game do you think will win game of the year for 2020? Also, what do you think should be the criteria for winning such an award?
Here are some games published in 2020. This is only a small subset of the entire catalog for this year and some of these haven't even seen retail release just yet:
Based on past results, Game of the Year candidates are typically popular games that garnered lots of attention. They're typically in the midweight range in terms of complexity as well.
Personally, I would narrow it down to these games. Not all of them are my favorites, but they seem like likely candidates based on the overall reception among content creators:
- #On Mars - I think this is highly unlikely because it's too heavy, but Lacerda games often get listed among the candidates
- #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - A successful casual adaptation of the #1 game that sold out immediately after its Target exclusive release. If anything, it's got to be one of the most influential games of 2020
- #Fort - Not my favorite, but I think it'll likely get mentioned as one of the top 5 games of the year
- #Forgotten Waters - This one got so much attention as well and has seen great reception in the media world. It also seems to have originality, and that's always a plus to be considered as a game of the year
- I would've gone for one from Garphill Games here, but I'm not sure how likely it is considering that #Raiders of Scythia is too close to #Raiders of the North Sea (which has performed well in 2019) and #Viscounts of the West Kingdom hasn't seen retail release just yet
What do you think?