12th Annual Golden Geek Awards Winners

12th Annual Golden Geek Awards

Golden Geek Awards
Golden Geek Awards

The winners of the 12th Annual Golden Geek Awards for 2017 have been announced over at BoardGameGeek.com. The winners are selected by the nomination and voting of the user community of BoardGameGeek.com website.


Big Winner of the Year


Gloomhaven, the massive Legacy-style dungeon-crawler by Cephalofair Games, swept the awards with an amazing 6 wins across the categories. Honors include Board Game of the Year, Best Strategy Game, Best Cooperative Game, and Best Solo Game, and nods for Theming and Innovation.

This is not a huge surprise, considering the 2017 Kickstarter campaign had a massive 40,642 backers that pledged $3,999,795 to help bring this project to life. Kickstarter is a serious driving force in the content being supplied in the board gaming industry, with Gloomhaven as its 5th most-backed tabletop game in Kickstarter history.

Previous winners of Board Game of the Year include Scythe, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, Splendor, and Terra Mystica. Scythe was the big winner of 2016 with top honors in 5 categories. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 was the big winner of 2015 with top honors in 4 categories.

Best Podcast honors went to Rahdo Talks Through, who was runner-up in this category in 2015 and 2016.

2017 BoardGameGeek Winners & Runners-Up

Golden Geek Awards Nominee
Golden Geek Awards Nominee

Here is the complete list of winners and runners-up in all board game categories. A full list of nominees across all categories (including RPG and video games) can be viewed here.


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

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


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 – Invasions of England

Runner-Up – Time of Crisis

Runner-Up – Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain


Best Podcast

Winner – Rahdo Talks Through

Runner-Up – Ludology

Runner-Up – Heavy Cardboard

Best Board Game App

Winner – Through the Ages

Runner-Up – Onirim

Runner-Up – Race for the Galaxy

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