The 2010 Meeples Choice Award Voting

Way back in 2001, well known gamer (and now successful designer) Stephen Glenn got an inspired idea:  why not let the members of the Spielfrieks user group vote on their game of the year?  (Okay, it was a lot more inspired 10 years ago, before the current proliferation of GotY awards.)  Then he came up with something truly original:  how about honoring the top three games from the previous calendar year?  That way, a variety of good games could be recognized.  The notion caught on immediately and was soon labeled the Meeples Choice Awards (I think Mark Johnson was responsible for the name).  It proved to be so popular that a series of retroactive votes was held to extend the award back to 1995 and it was decided to repeat the process every year.  I’ve been administering the voting process since 2004.

The voting for the 2010 gaming year began last Friday.  Any kind of non-electronic game is eligible, be it board games, card games, wargames, cooperatives, CCGs, or dexterity games.  Pure expansions are off limits, but a standalone game that builds on an earlier title is fine.  You can check out the previous winners at the MCA website ( to see the wide variety of games that have been selected in the past.  If you’d rather not bother with the link (which isn’t completely up to date anyway), here are the winners for the last few years, just to give you an idea of the kinds of games the group has favored.

2009:  Small World; Hansa Teutonica; Endeavor

2008:  Dominion; Pandemic; Le Havre

2007:  Race for the Galaxy; Agricola; Brass

2006:  Blue Moon City; Thurn and Taxis; Yspahan

2005:  Caylus; Louis XIV; Shadows over Camelot

The voting takes place in a two-step process.  First, the group chooses 25 games as its nominees for the final voting.  That’s what’s happening this week.  There is a list of 200 notable games from 2010 and everyone picks at most 10 of them from the various polls set up for this purpose on Spielfrieks.  Next Friday, after a week’s worth of voting, the picks will be tallied and the 25 games receiving the most votes will survive for the second stage.  In the final election, everyone will be able to choose three of the 25 nominated games.  The three games with the most votes in the final election will be the Meeples Choice Award winners for 2010.

If you are a member of Spielfrieks and you want to help with the selection of the games, just head over to the Yahoo user group and use the polls to make your first-stage votes.  There is a spreadsheet in the Files area called 2010 Designs that lists all the 200 games under consideration to make it easier to narrow your list down to 10 games.  If you’re not a member, no worries:  just send a request to and an invite will be sent to you as quickly as possible.  It usually only take a couple of hours and you’ll then be eligible to vote this year and all the succeeding years as well.

I’ll be reporting here on the results of the nominations process and on the final results once the selections have been made.  So keep checking with the Opinionated Gamers website for all your Game of the Year news!

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5 Responses to The 2010 Meeples Choice Award Voting

  1. Hi Larry, why Magestorm from NG Internation is not in the list ? Is one of my 2010 choices!

    good play

  2. Larry Levy says:

    Liga, my goal in putting together the initial list of games is to maximize the chances that everyone will be able to vote for their top 10 games. But even with 200 selections, inevitably a few games don’t make it. I use the Geek’s ratings as a main guide, particularly with games I’m not that familiar with (like wargames). Magestorm is a wargame with fewer than 100 raters and an average rating of under 7.5 and I don’t think any of those made the list. Historically, wargames have gotten very little support during the elections, so I only include the ones with very high ratings or a goodly number of raters. Even with that restriction, there’s quite a few wargames represented this year.

    There is still the write-in option, so I encourage anyone who wants to select a game not on the list of 200 to send me an email with that information and I’ll record it. So Liga, if you and any other Magestorm lover will get in touch with me, I’ll be happy to take those votes into consideration.

  3. Randy Cox says:

    Is there another way to vote (any of many other sites with polling)? Anything remotely like a “social network” site (which includes all ‘groups’), game site, or site with any video is blocked at work, which is when I’m most likely to vote. :( Remarkably, they haven’t figured out that this is a game site yet. Shhh.

  4. Larry Levy says:

    I don’t know of any other way, Randy, but I’m not an administrator. Let me ask around and see if there’s any way of doing what you want.

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