2019 Best Australian Game

Boardgames Australia has announced the short list for its 2019 Best Australian Game award.

The awards are open to stand-alone board games designed by an Australian, which were first made available (in English) to Australian retailers between 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2019 and are currently available in at least two Australian retailers.

Gingerbread House

Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Artist: Andy Elkerton & Klemens Franz
Publisher: Lookout Games
Playtime: 30 minutes
Ages 8+

Players take on the role of a witch, constructing a gingerbread house domino tile by domino tile. As you build up the house, you’ll cover symbols which will enable you to entice various fairy tale characters to earn points and bonuses.


Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Artist: Hannah Cardoso, Júlia Ferrari, Giovanna BC Guimarães, Mathieu Harlaut & Saeed Jalabi
Publisher: CMON
Playtime: 40-50 mins
Ages: 14+

Grab energy marbles to help build gizmos for your incredible machine which will help you grab energy marbles which will help build gizmos for your incredible machine….

But will your machine be better than everyone else’s in this engine building game?

The Great City of Rome

Designers: Mathew Dunstan & Brett J Gilbert
Artist: Martin Hoffmann & Claus Stephan
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Playtime: 60 minutes
Ages: 10+

Two to four builders are trying to impress the Roman Emperor with their designs to rebuild Rome.

Not only must your design for the four by four city including residential buildings, aqueducts, temples, farms and various public buildings be inspiring, but using your influence you must also please the Emperor.

The Stars Align

Designers: Sean Fenemore & Matt Radcliffe
Artist: Ian Reed
Publisher: Unstable Games
Playtime: 15 – 30 mins
Ages: 6+

Place stars from a constellation card in the night sky trying to make seven in a row or a column for a shooting star in this two player game.

The first to five shooting stars is the winner and the cloth bag that the game comes in is the board.

Village Pillage

Designer: Peter C. Hayward & Tom Lang
Artist: Tania Walker
Publisher: Jellybean Games
Playtime: 20 mins
Ages: 10+

In Village Pillage two to five players race to gain three royal relics by playing Farmers, Walls, Raiders and Merchants.  Each turn you play two cards, one to your left and one to your right which are compared with those neighbouring villages who have also played two cards.  

You buy relics with turnips which your farmers produce, but raiders from other villages may steal your turnips, but you can protect them with walls.