BoardGameGeek

Online database of board games, game designers and game publishers worldwide

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BoardGameGeek
Owner Scott Alden
URL boardgamegeek.com Edit this at Wikidata
Launched January 2000; 24 years ago (2000-01)

BoardGameGeek (BGG) is an online forum for board gaming hobbyists and a game database that holds reviews, images and videos for over 125,600 different tabletop games, including European-style board games, wargames, and card games.[1][2] In addition to the game database, the site allows users to rate games on a 1–10 scale and publishes a ranked list of board games.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

BoardGameGeek was founded in January 2000 by Scott Alden and Derk Solko,[6] and marked its 20th anniversary on 20 January 2020.[7]

Since 2005, BoardGameGeek hosts an annual board game convention, BGG.CON, that has a focus on playing games, and where winners of the Golden Geek Awards are announced. New games are showcased and convention staff is provided to teach rules.[8] There is also an annual Spring BGG.CON which is family friendly, and an annual BGG@Sea which is held on a cruise.

In 2010, BoardGameGeek received the Diana Jones Award, which recognized it as “a resource without peer for board and card gamers, the recognized authority of this online community.”[9] The New York Times has called BoardGameGeek “the hub of board gaming on the Internet.”[10]

In 2020, BoardGameGeek was inducted into the Origins Award Hall of Fame.[11]

The site has branched out into other fields by using the same system for RPGs and video games (rpggeek.com and videogamegeek.com).[12]

Golden Geek Award[edit]

Since 2006, the site annually awards the best new board games of the year with the Golden Geek Award. Winners are selected based on a vote by registered users.[13]

2006–2009[edit]

Category 2006 2007 2008 2009
Game of the Year[14] Caylus Shogun Agricola Dominion
Best Strategy Game[15][16][17] Caylus Shogun Agricola Le Havre
Best Wargame[18] Twilight Struggle Combat Commander: Europe Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage Combat Commander: Pacific
Best Children’s Board Game[19] Nacht Der Magier Zooloretto Chateau Roquefort Sorry! Sliders
Best 2-Player Board Game[20] Twilight Struggle BattleLore oraz Commands & Colors: Ancients Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage Space Hulk (third edition)
Best Family Board Game[21] Ingenious Zooloretto Thebes Pandemic
Best Party Board Game[22] Diamant Wits and Wagers Say Anything Time’s Up! Deluxe
Best Card Game[23] Caylus Magna Carta Race for the Galaxy Dominion
Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation[24] BattleLore Jamaica Space Hulk (third edition)
Best Board Game Expansion[25] Pandemic: On The Brink
Best Print & Play Board Game[26] Dune Express
Best Innovative Board Game[27] Space Alert

2010–2019[edit]

Category 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Game of the Year[14] Hansa Teutonica Dominant Species Eclipse Terra Mystica Splendor Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Scythe Gloomhaven Root Wingspan
Best Strategy Game[15] Hansa Teutonica Dominant Species Eclipse Terra Mystica Five Tribes Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Scythe Gloomhaven Brass: Birmingham Wingspan
Best Wargame[18] Washington’s War A Few Acres of Snow Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan 1775: Rebellion Fire in the Lake Churchill Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar 878 Vikings: Invasions of England Hannibal & Hamilcar Undaunted: Normandy
Best Children’s Board Game[19] Forbidden Island Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge King of Tokyo Forbidden Desert Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
Best 2-Player Board Game[20] Washington’s War A Few Acres of Snow Android: Netrunner Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game Star Realms 7 Wonders Duel Star Wars: Rebellion Codenames: Duet KeyForge: Call of the Archons Watergate
Best Family Board Game[21] Tobago 7 Wonders King of Tokyo Love Letter Splendor Codenames Codenames: Pictures Azul The Quacks of Quedlinburg Wingspan
Best Party Board Game[22] Telestrations Dixit Odyssey King of Tokyo Love Letter Cash n’ Guns 2nd Ed. Codenames Codenames: Pictures Warewords The Mind Wavelength
Best Card Game[23] Innovation 7 Cudów Świata Android: Netrunner Love Letter Star Realms 7 Wonders Duel Arkham Horror: The Card Game Century: Spice Road The Mind Wingspan
Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation[24] Merchants & Marauders Takenoko Mice and Mystics Abyss Mysterium Scythe Photosynthesis Root Wingspan
Best Board Game Expansion[25] Dominion: Prosperity Twilight Imperium: Shards of the Throne Alien Frontiers: Factions Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport 7 Wonders: Babel Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 United Kingdom & Pennsylvania 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon Scythe: The Wind Gambit Scythe: The Rise of Fenris Wingspan: European Expansion
Best Print & Play Board Game[26] Zombie in My Pocket The Thing D-Day Dice: Free Trial Version Tiny Epic Kingdoms & Coin Age …and then we held hands… Dune: The dice game Star Trek: The Dice Game My Little Scythe Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game TINYforming Mars
Best Innovative Board Game[27] Catacombs A Few Acres of Snow Risk: Legacy Love Letter Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Captain Sonar Gloomhaven Root Wingspan
Best Thematic Board Game[28] War of the Ring Collector’s Edition Mansions of Madness Mage Knight Board Game Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Scythe Gloomhaven Root Dune
Best Abstract Board Game[29] FITS Paris Connection Kingdom Builder Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends Patchwork
Best Cooperative Game[30] Mechs vs. Minions Gloomhaven The Mind The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine
Best Solo Game[31] Imperial Settlers Tiny Epic Galaxies Scythe Gloomhaven That’s Pretty Clever Wingspan
RPG and Video Game awards

RPG and Video game awards were introduced in 2014 and awarded through 2017. Only 1 category was awarded in 2018, and none in following years.

Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Best RPG Artwork/Presentation Player’s Handbook (D&D 5e) Mouse Guard (2nd Edition) Volo’s Guide to Monsters Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
Best RPG Supplement Winner Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook Volo’s Guide to Monsters Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
RPG of the Year Dungeon Master’s Guide (D&D 5e)

Player’s Handbook (D&D 5e)
Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)

Blades in the Dark 7th Sea Tales from the Loop
Best Indie Video Game Winner Star Realms Rocket League Stardew Valley Cuphead
Best Mobile/Handheld Video Game Star Realms Fallout Shelter Twilight Struggle Through the Ages
Best Video Game Visuals/Artwork The Banner Saga The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Overwatch The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Most Innovative Video Game Galaxy Trucker Pokémon GO The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Video Game of the Year Winner Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Multiple Winners Multiple Winners Multiple Winners
Best Board Game App Winner Twilight Struggle Through the Ages Ganz Schön Clever

2020–present[edit]

2020 saw many awards replaced with new categories, such as “Board Game of the Year” replaced with “Game of the Year, Light”, “Medium” and “Heavy”.

Category 2020 2021 2022
Game of the Year, Light[32] MicroMacro: Crime City Cascadia Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
Game of the Year, Medium[33] Lost Ruins of Arnak The Crew: Mission Deep Sea Heat: Pedal to the Metal
Game of the Year, Heavy[34] Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion Ark Nova Carnegie
Best Wargame[18] Imperial Struggle Undaunted: Reinforcements Undaunted: Stalingrad
Best 2-Player Board Game[20] Undaunted: North Africa Radlands Splendor Duel
Best Card Game[23] Dune: Imperium
Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation[24] On Mars Sleeping Gods Flamecraft
Best Board Game Expansion[25] Wingspan: Oceania Expansion Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders Dune: Imperium – Rise of Ix
Best Print & Play Board Game[26] 7 Wonders Duel: Solo Gloomholdin’ Aquamarine
Most Innovative Board Game[27] MicroMacro: Crime City Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
Best Thematic Board Game[28] Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion Sleeping Gods Heat: Pedal to the Metal
Best Cooperative Game[30] Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion The Crew: Mission Deep Sea Return to Dark Tower
Best Solo Board Game[31] Under Falling Skies Final Girl Turing Machine
Best Zoomable Game[35] Forgotten Waters
Best Party Game[22] So Clover! Ready Set Bet
Best Podcast So Very Wrong About Games Board Game Barrage This Game Is Broken
Best Board Game App Root (2020) Gloomhaven Everdell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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