The panel hands out the Firsties Awards to the best games on our show in 2022.
Best Ice-breaker or Party game – This award goes to the game that is quick and easy to play in a casual setting.
Nominations: Connected Clues, Regicide, Stella – Dixit Universe, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea, Town 66
WINNER: The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
Best Art and Presentation – This award goes to the game that shows the most engaging or compelling use of art and who’s components and presentation immediately brings you into the game.
Nominations: Ahoy, Apex Theropod Deck Building Game, Holi, Radlands, Return to Dark Tower, Sea Salt & Paper
WINNER: Sea Salt & Paper
Best Educational Game (Science or History) – This award goes to the board game which promotes education and learning through gaming.
Nominations: Ark Nova, Dominant Species Marine, Hardback, Rise, Rocketmen, Viticulture
WINNER: Ark Nova
Best Strategy Game: This Award goes to the game that keeps you up late at night, wondering what strategy you’ll try next time!
Nominations: Ark Nova, Battle Line: Medieval, Dominant Species Marine, It’s a Wonderful World, Return to Dark Tower, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
WINNER: Dominant Species Marine
Best Themed Game: This award goes to the game whose theme was best executed throughout its narrative, flavor, components and mechanics.
Nominations: Ark Nova, Doodle Dungeon, Paint the Roses, Return to Dark Tower, Viticulture
WINNER: Paint the Roses
Best Archeological Find: This award goes to the best game released more than 25 years ago. The version we played must be over 25 years old to be considered for this category.
Nominations: Catan, Hugo: Das Schlossgespenst, Phlounder, Snoopy and the Red Baron
WINNER: Snoopy and the Red Baron
Best Online Game – This award goes to the game that translated best online and was even improved from its physical counterpart.
Nominations: Equinox, Hardback, It’s a Wonderful World, Space Base, VektoRace 2nd Edition
WINNER: VektoRace (2nd Edition)
Firstie Worstie: This award goes to the game where the best move is to bury it deep in the ground!
Nominations: Balloon Pop, Fantastic Voyage Game, Space 1999, The S.W.A.T. Game
WINNER: The S.W.A.T. Game
Game of The Year: This award goes to the best game published within the last 24 months, excluding reprints or new editions of older games.
Nominations: Ark Nova, Return to Dark Tower, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
WINNER: Return to Dark Tower