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2017 Dice Tower Award Nominees

img_0702The Dice Tower Network is proud to announce the nominees for the best games of 2016. A jury of more than seventy Dice Tower staff, prominent bloggers and reviewers went through all the games released in English in 2016, and chose the five best in each category – with ten games nominated for best game of the year.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Dice Tower Convention in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the publishers and designers who were nominated, and we hope that gamers will have a list of truly excellent games to seek out and play.

See the complete listing with pictures at http://www.dicetowerawards.com

Best Game from a New Designer:

Note: The game has to be the designer’s first or second published game to qualify for this award.

Kingdom Death: Monster – designed by Adam Poots; published by Kingdom Death

Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

Adrenaline – designed by Filip Neduk; published by CGE

Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games

The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire – designed by Luke Laurie; published by Minion Games

 

Best Artwork

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – illustrated by Christopher Hosch, Ignacio Bazán Lazcano, Henning Ludvigsen, Mercedes Opheim, Zoe Robinson, and Evan Simonet; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Inis – illustrated by Dimitri Bielak & Jim Fitzpatrick; published by Matagot

Islebound – illustrated by Ryan Laukat; published by Red Raven Games

Kanagawa – illustrated by Jade Mosch; published by Iello

Scythe – illustrated by Jakub Rozalski; published by Stonemaier Games

 

Best Theming

Black Orchestra – designed by Philip duBarry; published by Game Salute

Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot

Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games

SeaFall – designed by Rob Daviau; published by Plaid Hat Games

Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

 

Best Two-Player Game

13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis – designed by Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pedersen; published by Jolly Roger Games

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – designed by Nate French & Matthew Newman; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Codex: Card Time Strategy – designed by David Sirlin; published by Sirlin Games

Star Wars: Destiny – designed by Corey Konieczka & Lukas Litzsinger; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

 

Best Reprint

51st State: Master Set – designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek; published by Portal Games

Escape from Aliens in Outer Space – designed by Mario Porpora, Pietro Righi Riva, Luca Francesco Rossi, & Nicolò Tedeschi; published by Osprey Games

Mansions of Madness, 2nd Edition – designed by Nikki Valens; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Arkwright – designed by Stefan Risthaus; published by Capstone Games

Robinson Crusoe – designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek; published by Portal Games

 

Best Expansion

7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon – designed by Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala; published by Repos Production

Scythe: Invaders from Afar – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games

Stockpile: Continuing Corruption – designed by Brett Sobol & Seth Van Orden, published by Nauvoo Games

TIME Stories: Prophecy of Dragons – designed by Manuel Rozoy; published by Space Cowboys

TIME Stories: Under the Mask – designed by Guillaume Montiage & Manuel Rozoy; published by Space Cowboys

 

Best Party Game

Codenames: Pictures – designed by Vlaada Chvátil; published by Czech Games Edition

Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot

Happy Salmon – designed by Ken Gruhl & Quentin Weir; published by North Star Games

Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games

Secret Hitler – designed by Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, & Max Temkin; published by Goat Wolf & Cabbage

 

Best Cooperative Game

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – designed by Nate French & Matthew Newman; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, & Andrew Wolf; published by USAopoly

Mansions of Madness, 2nd Edtion – designed by Nikki Valens; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games

Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu – designed by Matt Leacock & Chuck D. Yager; published by Z-Man Games

 

Best Family Game

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell, & Andrew Wolf; published by USAopoly

Ice Cool – designed by Brian Gomez; published by Brain Games

Junk Art – designed by Jay Cormier & Sen-Foong Lim; published by Pretzel Games

Karuba – designed by Rüdiger Dorn; published by HABA

Sushi Go Party! – designed by Phil Walker-Harding; published by Gamewright

 

Best Strategy Game

A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games

Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele

Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games

Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

 

Best Board Game Production

Conan – designed by Frédéric Henry, Antoine Bauza, Pascal Bernard, Bruno Cathala, Croc, Ludovic Maublanc, & Laurent Pouchain; published by Monolith

The Others – designed by Eric M. Lang; published by Cool Mini or Not

Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games

Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games

Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

 

Most Innovative Game

Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure – designed by Paul Dennen; published by Renegade Game Studios

Millennium Blades – designed by D. Brad Talton, Jr.; published by Level 99 Games

Mystic Vale – designed by John D. Clair; published by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)

Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

 

Best Game from a Small Publisher

Note: The publisher must have published five or fewer games at the beginning of 2015.

Arkwright – designed by Stefan Risthaus; published by Capstone Games

Cottage Garden– designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Edition Spielwiese

Not Alone – designed by Ghislain Masson; published by Geek Attitude Games

Roll Player – designed by Keith Matejka; published by Thunderworks Games

Vast: The Crystal Caverns – designed by David Somerville; published by Leder Games

 

Game of the Year

Adrenaline – designed by Filip Neduk; published by Czech Games Edition

Captain Sonar – designed by Roberto Fraga & Yohan Lemonnier; published by Matagot

Cry Havoc– designed by Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, & Michał Walczak; published by Portal Games

A Feast for Odin – designed by Uwe Rosenberg; published by Z-Man Games

Great Western Trail – designed by Alexander Pfister; published by Stronghold Games & eggertspiele

Inis – designed by Christian Martinez; published by Matagot

Mechs vs. Minions – designed by Chris Cantrell, Rick Ernst, Stone Librande, Prashant Saraswat, & Nathan Tiras; published by Riot Games

Scythe – designed by Jamey Stegmaier; published by Stonemaier Games

Star Wars: Rebellion – designed by Corey Konieczka; published by Fantasy Flight Games

Terraforming Mars – designed by Jacob Fryxelius; published by Stronghold Games & FryxGames

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