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Pearple's Choice 2018--The End is Nigh...NOMINATION THREAD!


Best boardgame released in 2018:

  • Everdell
  • Root

Best pre-2018 game you played for the first time in 2018:

  • Twilight Imperium 4e
  • Istanbul

Best designer:

  • Cole Wehrle (Root)

Best art/artist:

  • Andrew Bosley (Everdell)

Best Person:

  • Paul Dean

  • best Kickstarter delivered in 2018


  • best pre-2018 game you played for the first time in 2018

Arkham Horror LCG

  • best publisher as of 2018

Plan B

  • best designer as of 2018

Richard Garfield

  • best artwork - Can’t decipher the specific artist, but Arboretum

  • best whatever else you can think of (if there are enough mentions for a category, we can do it!)

best person who left SU&SD - Paul Dean

best non-SU&SD channel - No Pun Included

best accessory - Paladin sleeves, Top Shelf Gamer Arkham Horror tokens


Best Game of 2018

  • Space Base
  • Exit: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Unlock: Wizard of Oz
  • Ganz Schon Clever

Weirdest Theme of the Year 2018:

  • Ants (Micropolis)

Pre-2018 release played in 2018

  • Sansoucci
  • Pandemic Legacy Season 1

Best App

  • Ganz Schon Clever

Surprise Release of 2018:

  • Dominion Renaissance expansion

Best Expansion of 2018

  • Great Western Trails : Rails to the North

Top Non-SUSD sites

  • Slickerdrips
  • Rahdo
  • No Pun Included
  • The Broken Meeple (it’s only a game :wink: )

Kickstarter that should have delivered in 2018

  • Seize the Bean ( they did send out the print and play though…)


Does no one understand the meaning of a boycott?!?


Apparently, the boycott is being boycotted.


Go on, let’s talk about sanction next.


The good name of @tengblad has been sullied beyond disrepute. The people (i.e. everyone whos boycotted) will not stand for this disgrace! We are legion!


For someone who loves reading lists I find them so incredibly difficult to answer but let’s have a go!

  • best boardgame or expansion released in 2018
    High Society (Osprey Edition)… it’s one of my favorite auction games and this new version is a real looker.
    Arraial - I adore tile based shape games and the art and theme of this one is JUST SO GOOD. You’re creating your own summer party with music, crafts, food and a dancefloor full of people making out. It’s a tetris style game and the attention to detail and authentic touches in the artwork make this one a bit magical.

  • best Kickstarter delivered in 2018
    Chronicles of Crime - I have a conscious bias against app with board games, based on hot air really as I’d never played any before and it’s safe to say this game has very much changed my mind.
    7th Continent - After Gloomhaven what did I need but another massive box of STUFF?

  • best pre-2018 game you played for the first time in 2018
    Concordia - How did it take so long!?
    Scythe - It took me being in another country to give this a try despite owning it… for years!
    Sidereal Confluence - I played this late in the day at SHUX and it almost melted my brain right out my ears. In the best possible way.

  • best game you own but still haven’t played as of 2018
    A Feast for Odin - forgive me hungry boiz.
    Pandemic S1 - Gloomhaven still looms large removing the chance for this to feature yet.

  • best game production of 2018
    Rising Sun - I mean you had to pay top dollar but you get plenty of value in the box if big miniatures slowly lumbering around a map pretending to fight epically but not really is your cup of tea this has quality to boot.
    Root - oh root glorious root. Those meeples deserve an award just on their own.
    Decrypto - is a small box game that has lovely touches and feels like a quality product
    The Grimm Forest - Overproduced? Maybe a little but it’s a gorgeous production with lovely miniatures and bits and pieces inside the box.

Finally… A huge thanks to @clg6000 for allowing my Best Art Nominations to feature in this special Pearple Choice. My site has seen 100 different games nominated in the first 24 hours alone and this community is where I come for well informed and reasoned opinions so I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you to join in.


Look, I’ll compromise. I promise I won’t attend the award ceremony.


So @KIR–the thing about the Tengblad award is that in year’s past, the issue has come up where people understood the award to cover any older game they only played for the first time this year.

That problem has been somewhat self regulating, since any voters could decide they did or didn’t agree with including said games by voting or not voting for nominees.

However, I think the voice of authority here should be the pe(ar)ople, so if there’s strong sentiment, we can tighten up the category to just 2017 games. (would love to hear @tengblad’s thoughts on this, since it is his award, after all).

Either way, I will be adding in published dates for all Tengblad nominees, so voters can make fully informed decisions.


Best expansion: Rise of Fenris
Best pre-2018: Castles of Burgundy


A late suggestion for an additional category…

Best SUSD video review of 2018:

  • Cockroach Poker Royal
  • Hive Pocket
  • Sidereal Confluence
  • Fugitive
  • Fog of Love
  • Ex Libris
  • Magic Maze
  • 878 Vikings
  • Bargain Quest
  • War of the Ring
  • Arkwright
  • Century: Spice Road & Century: Eastern Wonders
  • Container
  • Fallout: The Board Game
  • Lowlands
  • Champions of Mitgard
  • Welcome To
  • Root
  • Brass: Birmingham
  • The champion of the Wild
  • Railroad Ink
  • Keyforge


Best boardgame released in 2018

  • The Mind
  • Brass: Birmingham
  • Root
  • SPQF
  • Let’s Make a Bus Route
  • Castell
  • Gunkimono
  • Space Base
  • Decrypto

Best pre-2018 boardgame you played for the first time in 2018

  • Playing Sidereal Confluence 4x at SHUX solidified it as the obvious choice for me.

Best New Edition of an Old Game

  • Container: 10th Anniversary Jumbo Edition
  • Brass: Lancashire
  • High Society (Osprey)

Best Kickstarter Delivered in 2018

  • SPQF
  • Mottainai: Wutai Mountain
    (I didn’t back that many this year.)

  • best boardgame: Chronicles of Crime, Rising Sun, Railroad Ink, Cryptid

  • best Kickstarter: Nemesis, Dinosaur Island: Totally Liquid

  • best pre-2018 game: Fog of Love, Dinosaur Island, Azul

  • best publisher: Pandasaurus Games

  • best designer: Eric Lang, Wolfgang Warsch, Catherine Stippell

  • best innovative game: Nyctophobia <3

  • honorable mentions: Tokyo Highway, Trapwords, The Mind

  • best new edition: CO2 - Second Chance, Brass: Lancashire

  • best boardgame : High Society
  • Best pre-2018 game: 7 Wonders
  • best Dean: Paul

  • best boardgame or expansion released in 2018
    The Mind!
    Between two castles of king ludwig
    Gen 7
    Sidereal Confluence

  • best Kickstarter delivered in 2018
    Impulse (fancy edition)

  • best pre-2018 game you played for the first time in 2018
    Through the Desert
    Spirit Island
    Twiglet Emporium version 4

  • best RPG released in 2018

  • best publisher as of 2018
    GMT Games
    Plaid Hat games

  • best designer as of 2018
    Chad Jensen
    Isaac Vega
    Cole Wehrle

  • best whatever else you can think of (if there are enough mentions for a category, we can do it!)
    Best Rulebook:
    Between two castles of king ludwig

Thing I got in 2018 I’m most excited to play but still haven’t got to yet:
Neon Gods
Dominant Species
Game of Thrones: Mother of Dragons expansion
Brass: Birmingham
Cataclysm: A second world war
John Company


Ooh. and
Best Art in a 2018 Game
Neon Gods


Best boardgame 2018

  • The Mind
  • Just One
  • Rising Sun

Best Kickstarter delivered in 2018:

  • Human Punishment

Best pre-2018 game you played for the first time in 2018 -

  • Samurai Spirit
  • One Night Ultimate Alien
  • Not Alone
  • Millions of Dollars

Best publisher as of 2018

  • Renegade

Best Art Direction 2018

  • Everdell
  • Root
  • Treasure Island
  • Chronicles of Crime


Awesome, thanks for setting this up again! My nominees:
Best 2018 game: Decrypto
Best expansion: Arkham Horror The Card Game - The Forgotten Age cycle
Best kickstarter: ROOT
Best 2017 game I got this year: Sidereal Confluence
Best publisher Matagot
Best designer Isaac Childres


Best pre-2018 game I played for the first time this year: El Grande
Best guitar playing bear aficionado to take a break from SU&SD this year: Praul Dean