2021 Gaming Awards Roundup; Imperial Struggle, Arnak, and Dune Snag Late Awards

The last of the significant 2021 Game of the Year awards were announced recently, so let’s review the results:

  • Spiel Portugal conducts the Jogo do Ano every year and the winner for 2021 is Imperial Struggle, designed by Jason Matthews and Ananda Gupta.
  • The Japan Boardgame Prize went to Lost Ruins of Arnak.
  • Tric Trac magazine announced that the winner of its 2021 award was Dune: Imperium.

With those outcomes in the books, we can put the 2021 gaming award season to bed. Here are the overall results, organized by the winning games:

  • Lost Ruins of Arnak (Michaela Stachova, Michal Stach)
    • DSP
    • IGA (best multiplayer)
    • Golden Geeks (best middleweight game)
    • Meeples Choice Awards
    • Japan Boardgame Prize
  • MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich)
    • SdJ
    • Golden Geeks (best lightweight game)
    • As d’Or (2020 General Award)
  • Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen)
    • Meeples Choice Awards
    • As d’Or (Expert)
    • Tric Trac
  • The Crew: The Quest for Planet 9 (Thomas Sing)
    • Dice Tower
    • American Tabletop Awards (ATA) (Casual Games)
    • (plus five other 2020 awards)
  • Paleo (Peter Rustemeyer)
    • SdJ Kennerspiel
  • Dragomino (Bruno Cathala, Marie Fort, Wilfried Fort)
    • SdJ Kinderspiel
  • My City (Reiner Knizia)
    • IGA (best 2-player)
  • Under Falling Skies (Tomas Uhlir)
    • IGA (best solo)
  • Fantasy Realms (Bruce Glassco)
    • a la carte (best card game)
  • Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (Isaac Childres)
    • Golden Geeks (best heavyweight game)
  • Beyond the Sun (Dennis Chan)
    • Meeples Choice Awards
  • Abandon All Artichokes (Emma Larkins)
    • ATA (Early Gamers)
  • Calico (Kevin Russ)
    • ATA (Strategy Games)
  • Dominations (Eric Dubos, Olivier Melison)
    • ATA (Complex Games)
  • 7 Wonders: Architects (Antoine Bauza)
    • As d’Or (General)
  • Living Forest (Aske Christiansen)
    • As d’Or (Initiate)
  • Imperial Struggle (Jason Matthews, Ananda Gupta)
    • Jogo do Ano
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