2019 – Diamond Climber Board Game Award Winners

Join us as we announce the winners of the Meeple Mountain 2019 Diamond Climber Awards.

2019 was a hell of a year for board games.

We went birding with Wingspan, a Kennerspiel des Jahres winning board game from first time designer Elizabeth Hargrave; one which also received writeups in the New York Times, Nature, and the Smithsonian Magazine. We re-created Frankenstein’s monster in Abomination: Heir of Frankenstein. We acted as Afghani power brokers in the 19th century in Pax Pamir 2nd Edition. And we ate our salad…lots of Point Salad.

Meeple Mountain is now in our 5th year and we’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing reviews and articles to you about all facets of board gaming. Our writing team has spent the past two months working on our official nominees, and in early December we also began collecting votes for the fan favorites. We’re particularly proud of the time we spent working through the nomination and voting process for this year’s awards.

So without further ado please join me in congratulating the winners of the 2019 Diamond Climber board game awards.

Best Reprint

Dune

Buy Dune on Amazon
Best Reprint Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Dune

Best Coop

Horrified

Buy Horrified on Amazon
Best Coop Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Letter Jam

Read our review of Letter Jam.

Best Artwork

Wingspan

Buy Wingspan on Amazon
Best Artwork Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: PARKS

Read our review of PARKS.

Best Light Game

Point Salad

Buy Point Salad on Amazon
Best Light Game Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Point Salad

Best Kickstarter

Awkward Guests

Find out more about Awkward Guests.
Best Kickstarter Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon

Best Family Game

Tiny Towns

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Best Family Game Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: PARKS

Read our review of PARKS.

Best RPG

Star Crossed

Buy Star Crossed from Bully Pulpit
Best RPG Nominees
  • A Town Called Malice
  • Alien: The Roleplaying Game
  • For the Queen
  • Pathfinder 2nd Edition
  • The Expanse Roleplaying Game
  • Star Crossed
Fan Favorite Winner: The Expanse & Pathfinder 2nd Edition

Best Thematic Game

Horrified

Buy Horrified on Amazon
Best Thematic Game Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon

Best Gateway Game

Tiny Towns

Best Gateway Game Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Wingspan

Read our review of Wingspan.

Best Import Game

Silver & Gold

Buy Silver & Gold on Amazon
Best Import Game Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner(s): Silver & Gold and Nine Tiles Panic

Read our review of Silver & Gold.
Read our review of Nine Tiles Panic.

Best Expansion

The Quacks Of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches

Buy The Quacks Of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches on Amazon
Best Expansion Nominees
  • Barenpark: The Bad News Bears
  • Inis: Seasons of Inis
  • PitchCar Extension 7: The Loop
  • The Quacks Of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches
  • War Chest Nobility
  • Wingspan: European Expansion
Fan Favorite Winner: The Quacks Of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches

Read our review of The Quacks Of Quedlinburg.

Best Two Player

SHŌBU

Buy SHŌBU on Amazon
Best Two Player Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Watergate

Best Euro

Paladins of the West Kingdom

Buy Paladins of the West Kingdom on Amazon
Best Euro Nominees
Fan Favorite Winner: Wingspan

Read our review of Wingspan.

Game of the Year

Wingspan

Buy Wingspan on Amazon
Game of the Year Nominees
  • Clank Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
  • Detective: City of Angels
  • Horrified
  • Marvel Champions: The Card Game
  • The Taverns of Tiefenthal
  • Wingspan
Fan Favorite Winner: Wingspan

Read our review of Wingspan.

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Andy Matthews

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor in chief 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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