Game Award Chart

The chart below summarizes the major game awards from 1990 to the present.

Updated 12/29/2021
Year Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel des Jahres* Deutscher Spiele Preis International Gamers Award Golden Geek Games Magazine Meeple’s Choice
Year Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel des Jahres* Deutscher Spiele Preis International Gamers Award Golden Geek Games Magazine Meeple’s Choice
2021 MicroMacro: Crime City Paleo Lost Ruins of Arnak  Lost Ruins of Arnak TBD N/A TBD
2020 Pictures Die Crew (The Crew) Die Crew (The Crew) Barrage MicroMacro: Crime City / Lost Ruins of Arnak / Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion N/A Beyond the Sun, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Dune: Imperium
2019 Just One Wingspan Wingspan Root Wingspan N/A Die Crew (The Crew), Res Arcana, Maracaibo
2018 Azul Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg (The Quacks of Quedlinburg) Azul Rajas of the Ganges Root N/A The Quacks of Quedlinburg, Teotihuacan, Brass: Birmingham
2017 Kingdomino EXIT: The Game Terraforming Mars Great Western Trail Gloomhaven Kingdomino Azul, Heaven & Ale, Gaia Project
2016 Codenames Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King Mombasa Mombasa Scythe New York 1901 Terraforming Mars, Great Western Trail, Yokohama
2015 Colt Express Broom Service The Voyages of Marco Polo The Voyages of Marco Polo Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Castles of Mad King Ludwig Codenames,
Food Chain Magnate,
The Voyages of Marco Polo
2014 Camel Up Istanbul Russian Railroads Russian Railroads Splendor Garden Dice/The Card Expansion Roll for the Galaxy,
Castles of Mad King Ludwig,
2013 Hanabi Legends of Andor Terra Mystica Terra Mystica Terra Mystica Trajan Russian Railroads,
Bora Bora,
2012 Kingdom Builder Village Village Trajan Eclipse Tikal II: The Lost Temple Terra Mystica,
Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar,
2011 Qwirkle 7 Wonders 7 Wonders 7 Wonders Dominant Species Jump Gate Castles of Burgundy,
Ora et Labora,
A Few Acres of Snow
2010 Dixit World Without End Fresco Age of Industry HansaTeutonica Small World 7 Wonders,
2009 Dominion Dominion Le Havre Dominion Tzaar Endeavor,
Hansa Teutonica,
Small World
2008 Keltis Agricola Agricola Agricola Agricola The Pillars of the Earth Dominion,
Le Havre
2007 Zooloretto The Pillars of the Earth Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization Shogun Vegas Showdown Race for the Galaxy,
2006 Thurn and Taxis Caylus Caylus Caylus Caylus Australia Blue Moon City,
Thurn and Taxis,
2005 Niagara Louis XIV Ticket to Ride: Europe BuyWord Caylus,
Louis XIV,
Shadows over Camelot
2004 Ticket to Ride Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg New England Ticket to Ride,
Power Grid,
2003 Alhambra Amun-Re Age of Steam DVONN Santiago,
2002 Villa Paletti Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Evo Puerto Rico,
Age of Steam,
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
2001 Carcassone Carcassone San Marco Aladdin’s Dragons San Marco,
Wyatt Earp,
Royal Turf
2000 Torres Taj Mahal The Princes of Florence Torres Carcassonne,
The Princes of Florence
1999 Tikal Tikal Tikal Fossil Lost Cities,
Union Pacific
1998 Elfenland Tigris & Euphrates Quoridor Through the Desert,
Reiner Knizia’s Samurai
1997 Mississippi Queen Lowenherz 25 Words or Less Bohnanza,
Tigris & Euphrates,
1996 El Grande El Grande Carabande,
1995 Settlers of Catan Settlers ofCatan Sharp Shooters The Settlers of Catan,
El Grande,
1994 Manhattan 6 nimmt! Myst
1993 Liar’s Dice Modern Art Inklings
1992 Um Reifenbreite Der Fliegende Holländer Pipeline
1991 Drunter und Druber Master Labryinth Trumpet
1990 Adel Verpflichtet Adel Verpflichtet

* Spiel des Jahres “Complex” prior to 2011

Thanks to Tom Rosen for the original chart that inspired this one!

2 Responses to Game Award Chart

  1. Thanks for doing this! Interesting to look back and see where we’ve come. I am puzzled by something: in 2008, did Games Magazine really rank Pillars of the Earth over Agricola?