The Apples Project was created in 2002 by Mark Jackson to select the best games within the same theme or by the same designer. In his own words:
- Most awards attempt to compare apples to oranges, pitting family games & strategy games released in the same 12 months against each other. It's downright futile to compare a party game with a two-player abstract... but year after year, that's the way lots of awards are given. I managed to gather a group of like-minded gamer/experts to help me create... The Apples Project! An attempt to compare apples to apples... by nominating & voting on games in categories rather than by chronological years.
Mark revived the project in 2006, inviting 50+ 'Apple Pickers' mostly from the game blogging community, almost half of them having participated in 2002. In each category, they first nominate up to 7 games, the 10 most nominated games being selected for voting in the second round. Each Apple Picker votes for 5 games, the 5 most voted games being the final selection.
Links: 2006 and 2002