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There are many boardgames awards around the world. Here's an overview of some that you might have seen.

Award Name Spiel des Jahres
Country of Origin Germany
Description The Spiel des Jahres is the world's most prestigious prize for boardgames. The prize is awarded to the best family game published in the last year and available in Germany. There is another prize for the best children's game. Nominees and commended games receive a lower level of the award. There are "one-off" awards if the judges like a particular game but feel it may be unsuited for family play because it is too long or complex.

 

Award Name GAMES magazine Game of the Year
Country of Origin USA
Description GAMES magazine publishes an annual list of the 100 favourite games of the editors, as well as awarding a Game of the Year. It makes additional awards in many categories such as Best New Abstract Strategy Game, Best New Family Game, Best New Family Card Game, Best New Family Strategy Game, Best New Party Game.

 

Award Name Deutscher Spiele Preis
Country of Origin Germany
Description The Deutscher Spiele Preis is awarded at the International Game Fair in Essen, where more than 150 000 people come to mingle, see the latest releases and play games over 4 days. The award has multiple categories, but the main prize is awarded to a somewhat complex game better suited to families with older children or adults.

 

Award Name Parents' Choice Award
Country of Origin USA
Description The Parents' Choice Foundation awards prizes to books, toys and games that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate the imagination and inspire creativity. There is no single 'Game of the Year' but the highest levels awarded are Classic and Gold.

 

Award Name International Gamers Awards
Country of Origin International
Description The International Gamers Awards were created to recognize outstanding games from around the world. Committee members represent countries throughout the world. Awards are made to the best General Strategy Game and to the best 2-Player Game. The selected games are somewhat complex and best suited to adults and older children.

 

Award Name Golden Geek Awards
Country of Origin International
Description The Golden Geek Awards are voted on by the keen boardgamers who register at Boardgamegeek.com. The awards are in a wide range of categories icluding Family Game, Children's game, and Party Game. A nice feature is that the links to the games listed are full of detailed information and pictures.

 

Award Name Australian Games Association Game of the Year
Country of Origin Australia
Description The Australian Games Association members are independent game retailers in Australia. Each year they select a Game of the Year and announce it at the Australian Toy, Hobby and Nursery Show.

 

Award Name Mensa Select
Country of Origin USA
Description Awarded by Mensa, the society for people with high IQ. Five games each year receive the Mensa Select award. The games are evaluated over the three day Mensa Mind Games competition.

 

Award Name Dice Tower Gaming Awards
Country of Origin International
Description Awarded by presenters of several pod cast programs related to board games. Prizes are presented in several categories including: Best Game of the Year; Most Innovative Game for a board game that has a fresh, interesting mechanic driving the game; and Best Family Game which is not necessarily the most strategic, but is a game that is fun for the entire family.

 

You can read a perspective here detailing some of the differences between these awards and explaining some of the terms used when people talk about games and awards - such as game weight.

 

 
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