GAMES MAGAZINE Games 100 2013 (December 2012)
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I have to admire those enigmatic GAMES Magazine selectors. The same folks who thrust Matt Worden's JUMP GATE into their top spot has just made Stefan Feld's TRAJAN their GAME OF THE YEAR. I might be able to think of two games even more different if time permitted, but I do not guarantee it. The list is already posted at http://www.funagain.com/control/productaward?award_type=GMMA...
MUCH earlier than I expected but, very surprisingly, I cannot spot it at the magazine's website!

Other award winners are:

Abstract Strategy.
MATTER (Best). SimplyFun
MINE SHIFT (Runner-Up). Mindware

Has anyone played a peculiar (it seems to me) game called, "Legacy" by a designer I have not heard of: James Jenista? It is available from The Game Crafter. I am not convinced that it belongs here rather than Family.

Advanced Strategy.
VILLAGE (Best). Tasty Minstrel
OLYMPOS (Runner-Up) Rio Grande

Card.
DECKTET (Best). Another Game Crafter release that is great value for money.
MUNDUS NOVUS (Runner-Up). Asmodee

Family
TAKENOKO (Best). Asmodee. I recommend this highly for family play. Their decision must have been swayed by the greedy but cute panda that my daughter loves!
ERUPTION (Runner-Up). Stratus. Very different from the category winner. It can be brutal! For Family play, though...?

Party
PLUCKIN' PAIRS (Best) R&R Games
SNAKE OIL (Runner-Up) Soon to be released by Out of the Box Games. Not surprising, since it owes much to their Apples to Apples

Strategy
ZONG SHI (Best) Gryphon
LORDS OF WATERDEEP (Runner-Up) WOTC/Hasbro

Word
KERFLIP! (Best) Creative Foundry Games
CAMPBELL'S ALPHABET DICE GAME (Runner-Up) TDC Games

There is a large section of puzzles. I will leave it to those with more patience to mention (hopefully uploaded with images) the other nominations. It's quite a good list, especially for a bunch of amateurs.


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1. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:72]
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GAME OF THE YEAR
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2. Board Game: Aether [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:9508]
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I think this is this game.

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3. Board Game: Mine Shift [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:10300]
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4. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:115]
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5. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:916]
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6. Board Game: Decktet [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1881]
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7. Board Game: Mundus Novus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1495]
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8. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:216]
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9. Board Game: Eruption [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3108]
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10. Board Game: Pluckin' Pairs [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2995]
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