The Dice Tower Gaming Awards




Nominees for the 2008 Awards - Announced May 27, 2009

WINNERS announced August 7, 2009

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 in 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.


Dominion

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Donald Vaccarino


Battlestar Galactica

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: Corey Konieczka


Agricola

Publisher: Z-man Games

Designer: Uwe Rosenberg



Pandemic

Publisher: Z-man Games

Designer: Matt Leacock


Stone Age

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Michael Tummelhofer

 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.

 

Snow Tails

Publisher: Fragor Games

Designer: Fraser and Gordan Lamont


Galactic Emperor

Publisher: Crosscut Games

Designer: Adam West


2 de Mayo

Publisher:   Gen X Studios

Designer: Daniel Val


Pizza Box Baseball

Publisher:   On the Line Publishing

Designer: Erik and Scott Smith


Tinner's Trail

Publisher:   Treefrog Games

Designer: Martin Wallace

   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.

Dominion

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Donald Vaccarino


Timber Tom

Publisher:   PYXI

Designer: Marco Bing


Ghost Stories

Publisher:   Repos Publishing

Designer: Antoine Bauza


Conflict of Heroes

Publisher:   Elfinworks

Designer: Uwe Eickert


2 de Mayo

Publisher:   Gen X Studios

Designer: Daniel Val

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

 

Formula D

Publisher:   Asmodee Editions

Designer: Eric Randall and Laurent Lavaur


Chinatown

Publisher:   Z-man Games

Designer: Karsten Hartwig


Chicago Express

Publisher:   Queen Games

Designer: Harry Wu


Cosmic Encounter

Publisher:   Fantasy Flight Games

Designers: Bill Eberle, Bill Norton, Jack Kittredge, Kevin Wilson, Peter Olotka



Talisman

Publisher:   Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: John Goodenough

 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.

 

Space Alert

Publisher:   Czech Games Edition

Designer: Vlaada Chvatil



Battlestar Galactica

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: Corey Konieczka


Dominion

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Donald Vaccarino


Snow Tails

Publisher: Fragor Games

Designer: Fraser and Gordan Lamont


Android

Publisher:   Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: Kevin Wilson

  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.

 

Descent: Road to Legend

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Designer: Kevin Wilson


Last Night on Earth: Growing Hunger

Publisher: Flying Frog Productions

Designer: Jason Hill


Memoir '44: Mediterranean Expansion

Publisher: Days of Wonder

Designer: Richard Borg


Merlin's Company

Publisher: Days of Wonder

Designer: Serge Laget and Bruno Cathala


Time's Up: Title Recall

Publisher: R & R Games

Designer: Peter Sarrett

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

 

 Battlestar Galactica

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Artists: Kevin Childress, Andrew Navaro, Brian Schomberg, WiL Springer


Formula D

Publisher:   Asmodee Editions


Artists: Stephane Poinscot, Nicolas Caniaux, Arnaud Simon-Laforet


Ghost Stories

Publisher:   Repos Publishing

Artist:  Pier
ô AKA Pierre Lechevailer


Stone Age

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Artist: Michael Menzel


Wasabi

Publisher:   Z-man Games

Artist: Joshua Cappell

 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.

 

 Formula D

Publisher:   Asmodee Editions

Designer: Eric Randall and Laurent Lavaur


Pandemic

Publisher: Z-man Games

Designer: Matt Leacock


Say Anything

Publisher:  Northstar Games

Designer: Dominic Crapuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri


Sorry Sliders

Publisher: Hasbro

Designer: Craig Van Ness


Stone Age

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Designer: Michael Tummelhofer



The Voting Committee




Award design by
Jonathan Dietrich