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2018 - Meeple Mountain Board Game Award Winners header

When I started Meeple Mountain 4 years ago I was looking up to other media outlets like The Dice Tower, BoardGameGeek, and GeekDad. In addition to producing compelling content, and having a great community of supporters, each of them had a singular board game award related to their brand. Dice Tower had the Dice Tower award, BoardGameGeek had the Golden Geek. and GeekDad had the Golden Bot.

I wanted the same thing for Meeple Mountain…without realizing just how much time and effort goes into playing the games, reviewing the games, compiling lists of nominees, removing titles from the list that just didn’t make the cut, and more. Now that Meeple Mountain has nearly 30 writers, we’re finally in a place where we can produce a relevant, meaningful, and diverse set of winners in 12 different categories.

So without further ado please join me in congratulating the winners of the inaugural 2018 Diamond Climber board game awards.

Best Reprint
Best Artwork
Best Coop Game
Best Filler Game
Best Kickstarter
Best Family Game
Best Expansion
Best RPG
Best Euro Game
Best Thematic Game
Best Gateway Game
Game of the Year

Best Reprint

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Reprint logo

 

Meeple Mountain Winner

Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Ka

Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar

Fan Favorite Winner

Brass: Lancashire

Best Reprint Nominees

Container
The Estates
Brass: Lancashire
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – Big Box
Dominant Species
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar

Best Artwork

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Artwork logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Root

Root

Fan Favorite Winner

Root

Best Artwork Nominees

Brass: Lancashire/Birmingham
Treasure Island
Root
Sunset Over Water
Everdell

Best Coop Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Coop Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Chronicles of Crime

Fan Favorite Winner

Pandemic: Fall of Rome

Best Coop Game Nominees

The Mind
Codenames: Harry Potter
Chronicles of Crime
Pandemic: Fall of Rome

Best Filler Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Filler Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

The Mind

The Mind

Fan Favorite Winner

The Mind

Best Filler Game Nominees

The Mind
Drop It
Welcome To…
Scarabya
Ticket to Ride: New York
Kariba
Ganz Schön Clever

Best Kickstarter

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Kickstarter Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Chronicles of Crime

Fan Favorite Winner

Root

Best Kickstarter Game Nominees

Brass: Birmingham
Monster Slaughter
Lords of Hellas
Who Goes There
Chronicles of Crime
Root

Best Family Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Family Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Drop It

Drop It

Fan Favorite Winner

Reef

Best Family Game Nominees

Fireball Island: Curse of Vul-Kar
Drop It
Hippo
Scarabya
Eco-Links

Best Expansion

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Expansion logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Root: The Riverfolk Expansion cover

Root: The Riverfolk Expansion

Fan Favorite Winner

Scythe: The Rise of Fenris

Best Expansion Nominees

T.I.M.E. Stories: Brotherhood of the Coast
Vikings Gone Wild: Masters of Elements
Roll Player: Monsters and Minions
King’s Forge: Gold
Root: The Riverfolk Expansion

Best RPG

2018 Diamond Climber - Best RPG logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Kids on Bikes

Kids on Bikes

Fan Favorite Winner

Overlight

Best RPG Nominees

Weave
Overlight
Invisible Sun
Star Crossed
Kids on Bikes

Best Euro Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Euro Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Coimbra

Coimbra

Fan Favorite Winner

Coimbra

Best Euro Game Nominees

Key Flow
Architects of the West Kingdom
Newton
Carpe Diem
Coimbra

Best Thematic Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Thematic Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Who Goes There?

Who Goes There?

Fan Favorite Winner

Scythe: Rise of Fenris

Best Thematic Game Nominees

Detective: Modern Crime
Who Goes There?
Nyctophobia
Shadows in the Forest

Best Gateway Game

2018 Diamond Climber - Best Gateway Game logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Reef

Reef

Fan Favorite Winner

Reef

Best Gateway Game Nominees

Reef
Ticket to Ride: New York
Scarabya
Majesty for the Realm
Gunkimono
Villainous

Game of the Year

2018 Diamond Climber - Game of the Year logo

Meeple Mountain Winner

Root

Root

Fan Favorite Winner

Rising Sun

Game of the Year Nominees

Root
Gizmos
Ganz Schön Clever
The Mind
Chronicles of Crime
KeyForge: Call of the Archon
Key Flow
Architects of the West Kingdom
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar
Rising Sun

Congratulations again to all the winners. Join us again in 2020 where we’ll cover the best board games that 2019 produced! Thanks to everyone in the Meeple Mountain writing team that contributed input and votes (especially Andrew Plassard), and all of you who took part in our open voting. Finally, a huge thank you to Than Gibson for contributing the illustration which at the very core of our award graphic, the Diamond Climber himself.

We’ll be publishing an article soon which discusses the approach we took to running the awards, voting, and data collection. If you’re interested in the data itself, here are the 2018 staff votes and the 2018 fan votes.

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Andy Matthews

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor of MeepleMountain.com, and software engineer. Father of 4, husband to 1, lover of games, books, and movies, and all around nice guy. I run Nashville Game Night, and Nashville Tabletop Day.

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  • Hello Andy. My name is Mónica and I live in South América. I worked during the past 5 years in the invention of a boardgame that has to do with geo-politics (WWII). Fun for all the family, ages 8 to 100. The boardgame has awaken the interest of schools and without having it produced yet (it´s still a model), I already have a few orders. I please need some advice of how can I enter this Meeple Mountain contest. Thank you very much.

    • Greetings Mónica, the only way to enter is to publish a great quality game. Our writing team plays lots of games throughout the year, and the Diamond Climber awards are given to a game that we’ve played, that we think is worthy of the name.

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