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Very simple: my picks for the Golden Geek awards based on the final nominees, and the rationale behind the picks.

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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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GAMER'S GAME

I don't really know what "gamer's game" means. To me, anyone that plays games is a game player. People who are deep into the games that BGG caters to seem to compete about everything. The way they play games is no exception, hence them labelling themselves "gamer", or "a cut above some casual game players". I woulda just picked "BEST GAME", but that may just be me...

I could have easily picked 1960, or Through the Ages, but I just feel this category is for "overall game of the year", so I picked Race because I felt is was the most accessible to the most people on the geek.
 
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2. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:339]
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Of all of the games on the wargame list, I have played Starcraft and Manouevre. Starcraft seems to fit the bill for the wargame category best: a "meaty" battle filled plastic fest.

THAT being said, I would have to abdicate my vote, given I have only played two games on the list. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage looks like the next game on this list I'd most likely play.
 
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3. Board Game: TZAAR [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:338] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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BEST 2 PLAYER

I just feel some games (Race, Pandemic, Agricola), may play OK with 2, but were not specifically designed for two. Manouevre would be my second pick. I am a big fan of abstracts, and would love to see TZAAR get this award.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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BEST FAMILY GAME

Yeah, I know: "a game about global disease family fun?" Well, it is fun, and a great cooperative game.

I have NOT played Felix or Galaxy Trucker, so I fully understand if people plead a case for them.
 
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5. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:158]
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BEST ARTWORK/PRESENTATION

I just love the detail on the board, from the notepad to the cirular coffee stain. The card graphics are also very nice, along with the box art.
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6. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1043]
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For me, best 2-player game and best wargame. A fine, fine game.
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