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Nominees for the 2018 International Gamers Awards

W. Eric Martin
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I don't normally post about most of the awards given in the game industry, but given the repeated suggestions by BGG users following the Spiel des Jahres nominations, including those in 2018, that the SdJ jury pay attention to heavier games, I thought I'd highlight one set of awards that does feature such titles: the International Gamers Awards.

The IGA was founded in 1999, and it's run by long-time game reviewer Greg Schloesser. Games released between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 were eligible for consideration for the 2018 IGA, although the 27 jury members are free to nominate whichever titles they want during the nomination window, and if enough jurists vote for a particular game, then it's in! Jury members submit their nomination lists in secret, and whichever ten titles receive the most nominations make the cut — although when a tie exists for tenth place, then the nomination expands to meet that cut-off, as is the case in 2018. In alphabetical order, the nominees for the 2018 multiplayer IGA are:

Agra, by Michael Keller and Quined Games
Altiplano, by Reiner Stockhausen and dlp games
Azul, by Michael Kiesling and Plan B Games
Clans of Caledonia, by Juma Al-Jou Jou and Karma Games
Decrypto, by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance and Le Scorpion Masqué
Gaia Project, by Jens Drögemüller, Helge Ostertag, and Feuerland Spiele
Gentes, by Stefan Risthaus and Spielworxx
Heaven & Ale, by Michael Kiesling, Andreas Schmidt, and eggertspiele
Nusfjord, by Uwe Rosenberg and Lookout Games
Pulsar 2849, by Vladimir Suchy and Czech Games Edition
Rajas of the Ganges, by Inka & Markus Brand and HUCH!
Santa Maria, by Eilif Svensson, Kristian Amundsen Ostby, and Aporta Games
Transatlantic, by Mac Gerdts and PD-Verlag

For the two-player IGA, the top five vote-getters are nominated, except in the case of a tie. In alphabetical order, the nominees for the 2018 two-player IGA are:

13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, by Asger Harding Granerud, Daniel Skjold Pederson, and Jolly Roger Games
Claim, by Scott Almes and White Goblin Games
Codenames Duet, by Vlaada Chvatil, Scot Eaton, and Czech Games Edition
Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62, by Brian Train and GMT Games
Fog of Love, by Jacob Jaskov and Hush Hush Projects
The Fox in the Forest, by Joshua Buergel, Foxtrot Games, and Renegade Game Studios
Shadows in Kyoto, by Wei-Min Ling and EmperorS4

I'll note that both BGG owner Scott Alden and I are IGA jurists. I became a jurist in the mid-2000s before I joined BGG, but I haven't nominated games or voted for a winner in roughly a decade, so I'm an IGA jurist in name only — which is good since I wouldn't have time to play the fifteen games that I've never played before final voting is due on the nominees...
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