The Dice Tower Gaming Awards




The purpose of the awards is to:


- Encourage new developments and innovations in the board game industry.
- Promote board and card games to a larger audience
- Award the best games in different categories released each year.
- Present a slate of games with wide appeal from a variety of genres.
- Point out games that are simply fun!


The BEST GAME OF THE YEAR award goes to a game that is the "cream of the crop", the one game which a sense defines the year in gaming.


This is a combined result of the games' physical presentation, strategic choices, and most of all - a sense of fun.

 

  One of the goals of these awards is to recognize the "gem in the rough", a game that may not get the press others do. The SMALL PUBLISHER award recognizes the best game from any publisher with five or fewer published games.

 2007-Nominees

Elfinworks (Kingsburg)

Flying Frog Productions (Last Night on Earth)

Pilot Games (Duel in the Dark) - *

Portal Games (Neuroshima Hex)

Smirk and Dagger Games (Cutthroat Caverns) - W

 

  To promote a constant influx of new ideas into the industry, the NEW DESIGNER award is presented to the best designer with their first or second published game.

 2007-Nominees

David Rakoto & Sebastien Gigaudaut (Cold War: CIA vs KGB)- *

Friedemann DePedro (Duel in the Dark) - W

Yehuda Berlinger (It's Alive!)

Heinrik & Ase Berg (Oregon)

Vladimir Suchy (League of Six)

 
 

  BEST REPRINT will go the company who has reprinted an older game with the best updated rules and/or components.

 2007-Nominees

Caylus - Limited Edition

Fire & Axe - *

Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

Princes of Florence

Thebes - W

 
 

  The MOST INNOVATIVE award goes to the tabletop game that has a fresh, interesting mechanic driving the game. It is a game that will likely have future effects in the industry.

 
 

  The BEST EXPANSION award is given to the add-on to a game that increases variety, fun, and more strategic options. This is one expansion that owners of th original game should rush to buy.

 2007-Nominees

A Shattered Empire (Twilight Imperium)

Switzerland (Ticket to Ride)

Call to Arms (Battlelore) - *

Air Pack (Memoir ' 44) - W

Yakuzas (Ca$h 'n Gun$)

 
 

 

BEST ARTWORK will go to the artist and game which have best brought the theme to life - via the box and components.

 2007-Nominees

Chateau Roquefort - *

Colosseum

Duel in the Dark

Race for the Galaxy

Starcraft - W

 
 

  The BEST FAMILY GAME is the one game that can best be used to introduce new folks into the gaming hobby. It is a game with a low barrier to entry, but emphasizes fun and easy strategies. It is not necessarily the most strategic, but emphasizes a game that is fun for the entire family. Game components are of a high quality, and the game should appeal to a wide range of ages.

 2007-Nominees

 

Winners are in yellow, and the runner-up is designated by a *

Award Policies and the Voting Committee



Award design by
Jonathan Dietrich