2021 Board Game Award Nominees


Welcome to our 9th annual Board Game Quest Board Game Awards. Each year we take some time to honor the best and most creative new tablet games from the previous years. For those wondering, we usually wait until spring to announce our nominees to give us time to play games that came out late in the winter.

As usual, we have a total of 11 award categories this year, with 5 nominees in each. While 2021 wasn’t quite back to normal yet, our editorial staff was still able to play a ton of games and have decided some stand-out titles that we would like to nominate. It’s from among these nominations that we will choose a winner. However, since we wouldn’t be doing this without you, our awesome readers, you get a vote as well!

Below is a poll for each of the 11 categories to allow you to cast a vote for which games you think should win. Our readers here will collectively get one vote, and along with each member of our editorial staff, the winner will be chosen. The voting will be open until April 11th, 2021 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Best Cooperative Game

Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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2021 Best Cooperative Board Game
The Initiative
The Initiative
Designer: Corey Konieczka
Unexpected Games

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Chronicles of Drunagor
Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness
Designers: Daniel Alves and Eurico Cunha Neto
Creative Games Studio

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Descent: Legends of the Dark
Descent: Legends of the Dark
Designers: Kara Centell-Dunk, Nathan I. Hajek, and Todd Michlitsch
Fantasy Flight Games

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The Night Cage
The Night Cage
Designers: Christopher Ryan Chan, Chris McMahon, and Rosswell Saunders
Smirk and Laughter Games

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Most Innovative Game

The Initiative
The Initiative
Designer: Corey Konieczka
Unexpected Games

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2021 Most Innovative Game
Oath
Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leader Games

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Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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Bullet
Bullet♥︎
Designer: Joshua Van Laningham
Level 99 Games

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Mind MGMT
Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game.”
Designers: Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim
Off the Page Games

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Best Game Expansion

Let Waltz
Grand Austria Hotel – Let’s Waltz
Designers: Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani
Lookout Games

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2021 Best Game Expansion
Return of the Sinister Six
Marvel United: Return of the Sinister Six
Designers: Andrea Chiarvesio and Eric M. Lang
CMON and Spin Master

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Tides of Ruin
Sleeping Gods: Tides of Ruin
Designers: Ira Fay and Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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Expedition Leaders
Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders
Designers: Mín & Elwen
Czech Games Edition

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Rise of Ix
Dune Imperium – Rise of Ix
Designer: Paul Dennen
Dire Wolf Digital
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Best Production Values

Canvas
Canvas
Designers: Jeff Chin and Andrew Nerger
Road to Infamy

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2021 Best Production values
Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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Oath
Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leader Games

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
Designers: Thibaud de la Touanne,
Fabrice Lamidey, and Manuel Rozoy
Triton Noir

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Clash of Cultures

Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition
Designer: Christian Marcussen
WizKids

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Best Thematic Game

Descent: Legends of the Dark
Descent: Legends of the Dark
Designers: Kara Centell-Dunk, Nathan I. Hajek, and Todd Michlitsch
Fantasy Flight Games

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2021 Best Thematic Game
Destinies
Destinies
Designer: Michał Gołębiowski and Filip Miłuński
Lucky Duck Games

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Chronicles of Drunagor
Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness
Designers: Daniel Alves and Eurico Cunha Neto
Creative Games Studio

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Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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Best Strategy/Euro Game

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall
Designer: Bobby Hill
Garphill Games

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2021 Best Euro Game
Dinosaur Island: Rawr 'n Write
Dinosaur Island: Rawr ‘n Write
Designers: Brian Lewis, David McGregor, and Marissa Misura
Pandasaurus Games

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Brian Boru
Brian Boru: High King of Ireland
Designer: Peer Sylvester
Osprey Games

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Clash of Cultures
Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition
Designer: Christian Marcussen
WizKids

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Oath
Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leader Games

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Best Game from a Small Publisher

Dollars to Donuts
Dollars to Donuts
Designers: Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, and Shawn Stankewich
Crafty Games

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2021 Best Small Publisher
The Initiative
The Initiative
Designer: Corey Konieczka
Unexpected Games

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Chronicles of Drunagor
Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness
Designers: Daniel Alves and Eurico Cunha Neto
Creative Games Studio

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
Designers: Thibaud de la Touanne,
Fabrice Lamidey, and Manuel Rozoy
Triton Noir

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Mind MGMT
Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game.”
Designers: Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim
Off the Page Games

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Best Card Game

GI Joe Deck Building Game
GI JOE Deck-Building Game
Designer: TC Petty III
Renegade Game Studios

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2021 Best Card Game
The Crew Deep Sea
The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
Designer: Thomas Sing
Kosmos

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Imperium
Imperium: Classics/Legends
Designers: Nigel Buckle and Dávid Turczi
Osprey Games

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Best Two Player Game

Trick Shot
Trick Shot
Designer:
Artyom Nichipurov
Wolff Design

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2021 Best Two Player Game
Lawyer Up
Lawyer Up
Designer: Samuel Bailey and Mike Gnade
Rock Manor Games

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That Time You Killed Me
That Time You Killed Me
Designer: Peter C. Hayward
Pandasaurus Games

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Best Family Game

7 Wonders Architects
7 Wonders Architects
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Repos Prod

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2021 Best Family Game
Canvas
Canvas
Designers: Jeff Chin and Andrew Nerger
Road to Infamy

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Marvel X-Men
Marvel United: X-Men
Designer: Andrea Chiarvesio, Eric M. Lang, and Francesco Rugerfred Sedda
CMON, Spin Master

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Catapult Kingdoms
Catapult Kingdoms
Designer: Christian Fosh
Vesuvius Media

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Super Mega Lucky Box
Super Mega Lucky Box
Designer: Phil Walker-Harding
Gamewright

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Game of the Year

Sleeping Gods
Sleeping Gods
Designer: Ryan Laukat
Red Raven Games

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2021 Game of the Year
Chronicles of Drunagor
Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness
Designers: Daniel Alves and Eurico Cunha Neto
Creative Games Studio

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Oath
Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
Designer: Cole Wehrle
Leader Games

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7 Wonders Architects
7 Wonders Architects
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Repos Prod

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Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall
Designer: Bobby Hill
Garphill Games

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Note: Whichever game wins Game of the Year will automatically be removed from any of the above categories except Best Production Values. Our reasoning is if a game wins Game of the Year, chances are it should win any of the other categories by default. That just seemed a bit redundant. If a game wins Game of the Year, you know it is really good.


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