The Meeples Choice Awards have announced their nominated games for the 2020 calendar year. The voting for the awards usually takes place in June, but because of COVID lockdowns, the decision was made to delay the proceedings for a few months, to give the voters time to play more of the previous year’s games face to face.
Here are the 29 nominated games, together with their designers and publishers:
1840: Vienna Tramways (Lonny Orgler) — Lonny Games
18Chesapeake (Scott Petersen) — All-Aboard Games
Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace) — Kosmos
Beyond the Sun (Dennis Chan) — Rio Grande
Bonfire (Stefan Feld) — Hall Games
Calico (Kevin Russ) — Flatout Games
Cantaloop: Book 1 (Friedemann Findelsen, Grzegorz Kobiela) — Lookout Games
CloudAge (Alexander Pfister, Arno Steinwender) — Nanox Games
Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen) — Dire Wolf
Faiyum (Friedemann Friese) — 2F-Spiele
Hallertau (Uwe Rosenberg) — Lookout Games
Iwari (Michael Schacht) — ThunderGryph Games
Loot of Lima (Larry Levy) — BoardGameTables.com
Lost Ruins of Arnak (Michal Stach, Michaela Stachova) — CGE
MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich) — Edition Spielwiese
My City (Reiner Knizia) — Kosmos
Nadavellir (Serge Laget) — GRRRE Games
Oceans (Nick Bentley, Dominic Crapuchettes, Ben Goldman, Brian O’Neill) — North Star Games
On Mars (Vital Lacerda) — Eagle-Gryphon Games
Paleo (Peter Rustemeyer) — Hans im Gluck
Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Matt Leacock, Rob Daviau) — Z-Man Games
Praga Caput Regni (Vladimir Suchy) — Delicious Games
Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade (Geoff Engelstein) — WizKids
The Isle of Cats (Frank West) — The City of Games
The Red Cathedral (Isra Cendrero, Shei Santos) — Devir
The Search for Planet X (Matthew O’Malley, Ben Rosset) — Foxtrot Games
Under Falling Skies (Tomas Uhlir) — CGE
Viscounts of the West Kingdom (Shem Phillips, SJ Macdonald) — Garphill Games
Warp’s Edge (Scott Almes) — Renegade
Over the next week, the voters will choose their favorites from that list and the three games with the highest vote totals will be crowned as the MCA winners for 2020!
Considering my decrease in game sessions with my group this past year, I managed to play a lot of games with my son and realized I can enjoy two player games. I never liked it before. So the voting for me will be tough this year because I have played several of the games on this list and enjoyed them all.
( * Nidavellir, not Nadavellir)
Damn it, I *always* get the spelling for that game wrong!
Thanks for the comment, Jacob. I bet you and your son are having a great time gaming together!