The Dice Tower Awards 2015

Posted on by Jesta

I was very honoured to be able to vote in the Dice Tower awards this year.

The winners have been announced, so how did they compare to how I voted?

Let’s get straight to it.

Best Game from a Small Publisher

My Vote: Stockpile
Winner: Stockpile

A company with 5 or less published games.

A very fun and quite mean stock game where you use insider trading to buy and sell stocks to make as much money as possible.

Well worth a try.

 

Well done Nauvoo Games.

Best Artwork

My Vote: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Winner: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

I haven’t played Ashes but the art is clearly amazing and MAKES me want to get it.

Ashes Rise of the Pheonixborn Card Art

Well done to David Richards & Fernanda Suarez.

Best Party Game

My Vote: Two Rooms and a Boom
Winner: Codenames

I love Two Rooms and a Boom, despite needing 8+ people and 2 fairly separate rooms, and a timer, and good people.

Codenames is a very good game and I liked it a lot… But Two Rooms and a Boom has to have a timer and Codenames NEEDS one but rarely is it used… The slow speed takes the party out this party game for me.

Best Components

My Vote: Blood Rage
Winner: Blood Rage

While I’m not a fan of the game, you can’t deny the minis look great on the board. It’s helped with the extra plastic bits you get in the Kickstarter edition, not sure I would have voted for it if the rest of the bits were cardboard.

Best Two-Player Game

My Vote: 7 Wonders: Duel
Winner: 7 Wonders: Duel

I nominated Epic and was slammed by the rest of the people nominating. There are a lot of good 2 player games out though and a 2 player game of one of my favourite games, 7 Wonders, takes it.

Best New Designer

My Vote: T.I.M.E Stories
Winner: T.I.M.E Stories

 

I  love T.I.M.E Stories so this was easy for me to pick, although I own most of the other nominees too.

But T.I.M.E Stories are is much fun and each module feels different and I always look forward to playing the next one.

Well done Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy.

Most Innovative Game

My Vote: 504
Winner: T.I.M.E Stories

 

I feel 504 and they way the game is put together is great and not many other games do it, certainly not on this scale.

T.I.M.E Stories is fairly innovative, but for me it’s not much more than a story game done very well.

Best Cooperative Game

My Vote: T.I.M.E Stories
Winner: Pandemic Legacy

T.I.M.E Stories needs a lot of working together and talking about what thy’re going to do at a location, where to go, thinking through puzzles etc VERY cooperative.

Pandemic is obviously a good co-op game though.

Best Theme

My Vote: T.I.M.E Stories
Winner: T.I.M.E Stories

T.I.M.E Stories has a very good theme for each of the different modules and the overarching story of you being sent to an alternate timeline from your present is good too.

Deserved winner.

Best Expansion

My Vote: Russian Railroads: German Railroads
Winner: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania

I think German Railroads adds a lot to an already good game, more than the other nominees.

People who like Ticket to Ride like this new Ticket to Ride expansion…

Best Reprint

My Vote: El Grande Big Box
Winner: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilisation

I hadn’t played enough of the nominees to feel I could vote in this category last year and this year I’d played them all.

I LOVE El Grande and having all the mini expansions in gives you a tonne of options.

But, Through the Ages is very good and my favourite Civ game so it’s a deserved winner.

Best Family Game

My Vote: Flick ’em Up!
Winner: Codenames

I think Flick ’em Up is a very good game for families of all ages with it’s dexterity element and big chunky pieces.

I think Codenames is a better game for older families though.

Best Strategy Game

My Vote: Roll for the Galaxy
Winner: Blood Rage

I really enjoy Roll for the Galaxy, it’s one of my favourite games and the strategic part of it is really interesting.

I’m not a huge fan of Blood Rage as I’ve said already said but it is very popular.

Game of the Year

My Vote: T.I.M.E Stories
Winner: Pandemic Legacy

I’ve played all of the nominees except The Gallerist. I own 8 of the other 9 with that other one being a 2 player game (7 Wonders: Duel)

Blood Rage and Codenames I can leave, I would also leave Pandemic Legacy.

The rest I enjoy but only Roll for the Galaxy comes close to T.I.M.E Stories for me.

As with last yer and Dead of Winter, you can’t argue with the popularity of Pandemic Legacy, winning 2 awards this year.

Congratulations to Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock and Z-Man Games.

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