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Controversy Behind 14th Annual Golden Geek Awards
"The problem is not popular voting, it's badly-defined categories" - Designer Elizabeth Hargrave
Looks like "awards" will be the theme of this month. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article highlighting how much exposure the past Spiel des Jahres winners have obtained by winning this prestigious award. Few days later, BGG also released the results of their annual awards and caused quite a stir—Wingspan won 7 different categories including Game of the Year, Best Artwork, Best Card Game, Best Family, Best Solo, Best Strategy, and Most Innovative Game. You can take a look here for more background on this story and for convenience, user Crazybirdman gathered Elizabeth's response to this event in the comments section.
An award with little moderation and clarity in its categories is bound to go south. And with the nominees going against Wingspan that has at least 5-10x the number of owners, it was tough competition. So that got me thinking—what should we do for BGA? I personally love the idea of breaking away from the norm so I started a thread for unconventional board game awards. Here's a highly specific category suggested by J from 3 Minute Board Games that I know for sure we can't use—Best board game that should have been about beavers but wasn't: Barrage.
This week is packed with cool projects we are sponsoring to help spread the word. Whether it's your need for elevating your gaming experience with a modular table and avoiding food hazards, storing your valuable dice set, or searching for a new game to add to your shelf, you can check them out here:
- AdapTableTop: A Modular System for Board Games and RPGs ($68,046/$20,616)
- Oracle Dice Boxes by Master Monk Gaming ($16,910/$5,000)
- Obsidia: Build Your Empire and Rule the Realm ($14,054/$20,000)
- OverBattle: The All War by Syther Gaming ($34,104/$59,500)
- Mitropia: The Mythical Game of Surrounding ($16,387/$12,500)
- Ausonia: An Innovative Deck-Builder Now On Kickstarter ($83,871/$12,267)
Cloudspire - The Peak of Overproduction?
"The playmat is made of neoprene. The tiles that you put on that playmat are also made of neoprene, making this the first board game in the world that offers you neoprene-on-neoprene action" - No Pun Included
I don't know if I'll ever get past Cloudspire's massive barrier to entry in its high price point and its complex ruleset (same with Too Many Bones), but this is a fun review anyone should check out. Especially if you need a waterproofed game.
Press Releases and Deals
I just got Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and found out they're coming out with an expansion to accommodate 6 players! Welcome news for any Clank! fans out there. Plus, the release date for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion has been confirmed for July 2020. This will offer a more accessible experience for those interested in Gloomhaven but afraid of diving too deep.
Lastly, I don't know about you, but the recent times have gotten me into digital board game adaptations way more than ever. There's a great deal on Humble Bundle at the moment where you can get Scythe, Small World, Patchwork, and many other great games at less than $25 total. You'll be helping out a charity in the process and you can specify how your money will get distributed.
You can enter now by contributing to the community! Leave comments, make a post, add missing data on the game pages to gain as many entries before the deadline.
Thanks for the read! I will report in again on the Spiel des Jahres once the nominees are announced in a few days. I'm also thinking of running a giveaway to see what your predictions are for the 2020 winners, so be on the lookout!
- Phil & Trent