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The best board games of 2017, as chosen by the Board Game Geek community

The largest global community of tabletop fans weighs in

Jakub Rozalski
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The members of Board Game Geek, the largest online community of board game fans, have selected the winners of the 2017 Golden Geek Awards. This year the big winner is Gloomhaven, the diceless dungeon crawler.

Other award-winning titles include The 7th Continent, Codenames Duet and Scythe: The Wind Gambit.

In addition to its massive community, Board Game Geek is an exceptional gaming resource. It aggregates virtually all of the information available about every board game, new and old, including errata and links out to videos and articles around the internet. This is the 12th year that the community has come together to vote on the Golden Geek Awards, celebrating the best games of the year in many categories, broadly including board games, role-playing games and video games.

Here’s all the winners, by category. For more details and links on all of the games, check out Board Game Geek’s original post.

Board game of the year

Winner – Gloomhaven

Runner Up - Azul

Runner Up - The 7th Continent

2-player game

Winner – Codenames Duet

Runner Up – Caverna: Cave vs. Cave

Runner Up – The Fox in the Forest

Green, yellow, brown and blue trees made of cardboard spring up around a brightly-colored forest clearing.
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Artwork & Presentation

Winner – Photosynthesis

Runner Up – Azul

Runner Up – Sagrada

Card Game

Winner – Century: Spice Road

Runner Up – Clank! In! Space!

Runner Up – Ethnos

Cooperative Game

Winner – Gloomhaven

Runner Up – The 7th Continent

Runner Up – Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

The box for the Gloomhaven tabletop game. It’s one of the heaviest games ever sold art retail, coming in at close to 20 pounds shipping weight. The cover art is warm and colorful, depicting a party of four heroes striding down a crowded street in a small
Image: Cephalofair Games


Winner – Scythe: The Wind Gambit

Runner Up – Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium

Runner Up – Terraforming Mars: Venus Next

Family Game

Winner – Azul

Runner Up – Sagrada

Runner Up – Century: Spice Road


Winner – Gloomhaven

Runner Up – The 7th Continent

Runner Up – Magic Maze

Party Game

Winner – Werewords

Runner Up – Spyfall 2

Runner Up – Tortuga 1667

Print & Play

Winner — My Little Scythe

Runner Up – A4 Quest

Runner Up – Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game (Second Edition)

Solo Game

Winner — Gloomhaven

Runner Up – The 7th Continent

Runner Up – Nemo’s War (Second Edition)

Strategy Game

Winner – Gloomhaven

Runner Up – Clans of Caledonia

Runner Up – Azul

Thematic Game

Winner – Gloomhaven

Runner Up – The 7th Continent

Runner Up – This War of Mine: The Board Game


Winner – 878 Vikings – The Invasion of England

Runner Up – Time of Crisis

Runner Up – Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

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