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Last Call for Readers’ Choice Award Nominations

Command Air Naval Ops GH Award LogoHey everyone – now that 2015 is almost wrapped up, we need to remind you to get your nominations in for our Readers’ Choice Awards.

Note that many of our forumites will offer suggestions for categories, but we will re-sort them as needed based on the nominations, when the time comes.

The only rule is that the game (or expansion, as appropriate) must have been released in the 2015 calendar year.

Look for voting to open up in early January, and run until the end of the month.

2014 Readers Choice Awards WINNERS

Who took home the coveted Readers Choice titles for games released in 2014?  Charge on and see!

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FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Unconditional Surrender (Tabletop Strategy / Historical Game)
Dead of Winter (Tabletop Sci-Fi / Fantasy Game of the Year)
EH – Mountains of Madness (Tabletop Expansion of the Year)
Thunder Alley (Tabletop Euro / Casual Game of the Year)
Imperial Settlers (Tabletop 4X Game of the Year)
The Hunters (2d printing) (Tabletop Reprint / Reissue of the Year)
Unconditional Surrender (Tabletop Game of the Year)
East Prussia ’14 (Digital Strategy / Historical Game of the Year)
Distant Worlds: Universe (Digital Sci-Fi / Fantasy Game of the Year)
EUIV – Art of War (Digital Expansion / DLC of the Year)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Digital RPG / Action Game of the Year)
East Prussia ’14 (Digital Game of the Year)

Our Readers’ Choice Awards process isn’t hard to figure out – it’s all up to you!  All year long we take your nominations in the forum threads we keep open for the whole year, and any game that’s nominated (and that was released within that calendar year) gets included.  Our editorial team helps group some of the categories together, but if you nominated it, it’s here somewhere – we only edit out the games that don’t qualify based on their release dates.

This year, we saw some excellent games nominated, and some excellent games not nominated (looking at you, Divinity!), but overall, the readership seems to have conferred the coveted “Readers Choice” titles on some outstanding games

Our bread-and-butter, the Tabletop Strategy / Historical Game, didn’t see a ton of nominations.  But to be fair it was a down year overall for tabletop wargame releases.  GMT’s Unconditional Surrender handily won with 40% of the vote. For the second year in a row, a COIN system game finished second, as Fire in the Lake had a strong showing.  Third and fourth place were both DVG games, with Fleet Commander Nimitz claiming the final spot in this category.

The Tabletop Sci-Fi / Fantasy Game of the Year voting would have been a runaway in any other year, with Dead of Winter taking over half the vote.  Xia: Legends of a Drift System finished second, and Run, Fight or Die tied with Mars Attacks for third.

Last Day For Readers Choice Awards Voting

It’s your last chance to go vote in our Readers Choice Awards!

2015 GrogHeads Readers’ Choice Awards – Voting

ed note: After the shutdown of Twiigs.com, our polls disappeared, so you’ll see a lot of headers, but no polls, on older Readers Choice posts.  We’re using someone new now, so perhaps the older polls will still be visible.

All year long we asked for your input and your nominations for the best in gaming throughout 2014.  These polls are your polls, and let our readers vote on their own nominations.  Think we missed something?  Well, we’re already looking for nominations for 2015’s best in strategy gaming.

Polls are open now, and close on 28 January, so you’ve got 2-1/2 weeks to make your voice heard.  If you nominated ’em, we’ve got ’em in a poll somewhere.  All we did was weed out the non-2014 releases and then sort them into categories.

Tabletop Games

Historical / Strategy Game

Sci-Fi / Fantasy Game

GrogHeads Readers’ Choice Awards – WINNERS!

Wrapping up the last of our 2013 year-end coverage, we have the results of our annual Readers’ Choice Awards voting.

Our Readers’ Choice Awards are a pretty simple concept – it’s all up to you!  We take nominations all year long in our forum threads, and any game that’s nominated that was released within that calendar year gets included.  Our editorial team helps group some of the categories together, but if you nominated it, it’s here somewhere.

We divide our categories into tabletop and digital games, with miniatures normally included with the tabletop games.  This year, however, we had no nominations for any miniatures games or products.  Within each of the digital / tabletop branches, we break out some separate categories, but we always include an “overall” category for each, pitting every nomination against each other.

 

Without further ado, here are your winners of the GrogHeads 2013 Readers Choice Awards:

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Our winners in each category are awarded the GrogHeads Readers’ Choice Award Gold Medal

 

The tabletop world saw nominations into several categories, include Wargames, Strategy Games, Magazine games and scenarios, Expansions, Reprints, and the ever-coveted Overall category.

Consim Press’ The Hunters hammered the competition for the Tabletop Wargame of the Year, with only A Distant Plain, even garnering double digits as A Distant Second.  The Ogre Designer Edition brought up the third place tail.

Competition in the Tabletop Strategy Game of the Year was a little more heated, with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game narrowly edging out the much-anticipated Firefly Board Game to take the title.  Eldritch Horror nailed down third place.

GARPA 37 – GrogHeads Advanced Research on Projects Advisory

This week’s GARPA?  A few nifty KickStarter projects, and the pre-order of a reprint that’s kicking butt.

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Ares Magazine (One Small Step)
$18,200 of $25,000, Ends 3 February 2014

Remember Ares Magazine?  The guys over at One Small Step sure do, and they’re bringing it back.  They’ve got a KickStarter project to, well, kickstart the printing and distributing of the new magazine.  They promise to include a game in each issue, and the first issue is a War of the Worlds-inspired alien invasion of London.  You can also pick up the fiction-only version of the magazine, if you’re interested in saving a few bucks and skipping the game.  But hurry – time’s running out on the campaign, and they need some help to get over the final hump!  Head over to KickStarter and get your pledge in now >>

 

Board Games

G37-HunterThe Hunters – 2d Printing (Consim Press and GMT)
278 Orders on p500 – Not there yet

This well-honored game from Consim Press – it ran away with two categories in our Readers Choice Awards – sold out the first printing rather quickly, and demand for a second printing has been building.  Take command of a U-boat and patrol your way to glory through the dangerous waters of WWII.  It’s a solitaire game, so you always have an opponent, and take its inspiration from the venerable B17 Queen of the Skies game for the feel of the game the designers were after.  It’s on p500, and with a successful print run already under its belt, it’s unlikely to need 500 orders to make the cut, but it cold still use some nudging from y’all to move it along, so hit the p500 page and make your pledge today >>

2014 GrogHeads Readers’ Choice Awards – Voting

Don’t forget we’ve still got the Readers Choice Award voting going on for all your favorites from 2013.

We’ve got tabletop games for strategy games, wargames, magazine content, and expansions, as well as the overall Tabletop Game of the Year.

Over in the digital gaming polls, we’ve got categories for wargames, RTS games, RPGs, expansions, and mobile games, as well as the overall Digital Game of the Year.

Go vote! >>

2014 GrogHeads Readers’ Choice Awards – Voting

ed note: After the shutdown of Twiigs.com, our polls disappeared, so you’ll see a lot of headers, but no polls, on older Readers Choice posts.  We’re using someone new now, so perhaps the older polls will still be visible.

We solicited your input all year long.  We asked – nay, begged – for your nominations for the best in gaming throughout 2013.  The polls that follow are your polls, that let our readers vote on their own nominations.  Don’t like the choices?  Hey, we’re already looking for nominations for 2014’s best in strategy gaming.

Now – getcher votes in!  Tell your friends!  Come back at the end of the month to see who wins!

 

Tabletop Games

 
note that we got absolutely no (zero, zip, zilch, nada) nominations for any miniatures games

Tabletop Wargame of the Year

Tabletop Strategy Game of the Year