Unconventional Board Game Awards

Speaking of awards, why don't we take the time to give awards to the games in our collection? We can also use this to brainstorm some off-the-wall award categories that we could potentially use for BGA's first annual award some day.

Here are some unconventional awards for the standout elements behind games in my collection, that are sure to be worthy contenders against other games:

Other unconventional award ideas:

  • I want to try reaching out to hundreds of board game artists out there and seeing their choice for the best looking box art.

6 points by philryuh - updated 5 days ago | 39 comments | report | subscribe

BenjaminK 14 days ago | 4 points[-]

nealkfrank 14 days ago | 4 points[-]

I would throw #Azul in the edible components. Those tiles look like Starburst...

BenjaminK 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

We played Azul yesterday so obviously a shot went into my Instagram. My cousin commented saying they look like Starbursts haha I suppose they do at that!

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Worst best game? Yeah I have no idea what kind of game that would be haha, unless it's something like best game that's worst for getting to the table, worst rulebook, worst components, etc

An award that highlights components would be cool! I'd want to see all the lineup of the best meeples of the year. Makes me want to play Wingspan again :)

Edit: What's Hero's Crossing about? Did you happen to review it before?

BenjaminK 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

For worst best, I was thinking along the lines of your lowest-ranked game that you consider to be one of the best. No idea where that would cap off, so I just gave up and didn't say anything haha

Hero's Crossing is a town builder where you're building buildings to produce resources (weapons, armor, etc.) and then sell them to heroes to recruit the. It's a great concept, but it really fell flat for me. I reviewed it at the end of 2018. I really want to like it, so I consider it one of the best I really have no desire to play haha

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Gotcha, so you were going for more of an "underappreciated" or "under the radar" category. I like it! Shut Up and Sit Down is great at highlighting these types of games.

As for Hero's Crossing, that type of theme always resonates well with me because it brings so much video game nostalgia. It'd be nice to have a game with those types of ideas in my collection some day.

BenjaminK 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, that's probably a better way to put it haha I had been up since 5:00 a.m. on Saturday (blasted kids haha) and then got 3.5 hours sleep Saturday night, so words weren't my friend when I wrote this :) 

I really wanted to like Hero's Crossing. I want to play it again, just to see if it was a phase I was going through haha It didn't help that the rule book was confusing. Perhaps I will try it again. Just to see. But the concept is neat, and I love that theme as well. Probably one reason why I like #Bargain Quest as much as I do.

theDL 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

#Everdell's berries give Wingspan's eggs a run for their money. They're even squishy!

Skurvy5 Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Mmm those berries are straight up awesome. 

BenjaminK 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

SQUISHY? I'd vote for those over Wingspan's eggs haha I have yet to play Everdell. I would be tempted to replacec the berries with gummy candy haha

3MBG 13 days ago | 2 points[-]

I like these. I'll add

theDL 13 days ago | 2 points[-]

Lol 2nd best version of Terra Mystica

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

That was a fun read.

  • Barrage with beavers sounds AWESOME
  • I've heard SUSD mention the same about Nemesis
  • And wait wait wait, that's how you feel about Viscounts? Now I'm curious when your video will drop for that one

sdirrane Supporter13 days ago | 2 points[-]

I love this idea!

Best Meeples for a Game that could have driven the price up with too many Kickstarter Style Minis: #Root

Game that could have been Meeples and still been really fun: #Western Legends

Game that would be less fun if it didn't have Minis: #Star Wars Imperial Assault

I need some help with this one, but "Most Likely to cause a huge fight and ruin Friendships" (and no #Monopoly doesn't count haha).

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Most likely to ruin friendships... the only one I can think of that I've played is #The Estates. At the same time though, the game is intended to be played that way and is great with the right group haha. Do you think the games that best fit this category are games where that wasn't the intent but it turns out that way due to design flaws?

You and your meeples lol. I'm with ya there though.

sdirrane Supporter12 days ago | 1 point[-]

There is something about the simplicity of them that makes them so attractive.  I always say to my wife when we are watching new animation movies that I wish someone would just go ahead and make a classic style animation movie.

Crazybirdman Supporter14 days ago | 2 points[-]

game I don't like, but my family does, so i play it because I love my family: #Jamaica

Game I genuinely enjoy playing with younger kids: #Dino Race

game i genuinely enjoy playing  with grandparents: #Apples to Apples

best game to break out when people say they hate board games: #Crossing

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Is #Crossing your go-to game when introducing people to board games then? Haven't played before but it certainly looks approachable.

Crazybirdman Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

People who are adamant that they hate games? yeah. "All you have to do is point at the treasure you want" Not 100% true, but that at least convinces them they won't have to do much. I've probably convinced a dozen people to buy it, and a few more made their own version. (albeit, mostly families with kids)

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's awesome, I wonder if any of them eventually branched off into even more board games.

theDL 15 days ago | 2 points[-]

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great picks! What made you go with Dune for nerdiest?

theDL 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

  • Sci-fi theme
  • Inspired by a book
  • Lots of rules
  • Can take several hours
  • More prone to rules disagreements than any game in my collection and therefore most likely to be ackchyually-ed
  • Sometimes you get to stand up and yell "TREACHERY!"

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

You know, maybe another category that would go well for this would be Best Use of IP or Best Adaptation? Just something with a narrow entryway? How does your group deal with the rule disagreements if you can't find the official ruling anywhere?

theDL 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Best Use of IP or Best Adaptation would fit for Dune quite well. Any rules ambiguities have been handled fairly cleanly by our group, actually. I'm sure part of that is that we're all noobs at this game. Usually I'll look at the FAQ or do a quick Google search, and if nothing turns up, we just kind of go with what makes the most sense thematically. Several of us have read the book so that helps. When all else fails, it's my game, so they tend to defer to me, haha. We're a pretty chill group overall.


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BenjaminK 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Best Game That My Wife Hates is an awesome category! For me, that would be #Fuse

Skurvy5 Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol. Wouid All of Them count as an answer?

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Is it the stress of real-time? Because I'd agree 100% with your wife hahaha

BenjaminK 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yup. That, and we never win. Probably the combination of the two. She's fine playing #Flatline, the sequel to Fuse. Probably because the mechanics allow us to stop and talk before starting the timer between rounds. That way we can plan rather than frantically chucking dice and everyone failing to communicate with each other haha

theDL 14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha that's my favorite category I came up with

theDL 15 days ago | 1 point[-]

Also highest "Must Touch This" factor: the bowl full of the glass beads in #Viticulture: Essential Edition

Skurvy5 Supporter15 days ago | 2 points[-]

Cool idea Phil! I like it. I’ll have to think and post back later. 

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

I foresee Star Wars haha


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Chunkmonger 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

So best looking box cover with people staring at you didn’t go to Great Western Trail?  I’m so confused. 

Chunkmonger 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cutest art has to go to another Australian design - Dweebies. Actually, it could also win the most Obscure game and the game only played by my family and...

LScott 12 days ago | 1 point[-]

These categories are interesting, but I fear simple popularity would enter in here, too. If voters are not required to have played the contenders then there is easily limited exposure to many titles. I believe those who vote for Academy Awards (movies) are required to see movies submitted for consideration. Don't know how that could be done, but it's something to consider. I treat awards like reviews and see value in them, but also know that a personal interpretation of what they mean to me in my game plays and game purchases is important. Thanks for the discussion though! 

Courageous Bob 12 days ago | 1 point[-]

  • Game with the largest wooden cubes that serve no real purpose #Revolver 
  • Game that broke my belief in statistics #Burgle Bros.(rolled 35 dice before I managed to get a 4). Runner up #Incursion (I rolled 18 d6's looking for a single 6 and failed)
  • Game that I enjoy being the traitor in a little too much #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
  • Game I think has the most elegant and thematic design that I absolutely wish I loved but in actual fact never enjoy playing that much #Photosynthesis
  • Game that I can never win no matter how hard I try #Perudo
  • Game that arrived the day after the lockdown started and I am absolutely itching to get to my game club as soon as I possibly can #Cry Havoc