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The 2013 Golden Game Award (formerly the Golden Thingummy): The Shortlist

August 15, 2013

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (or have rummaged around in the archives), you may be aware that for the last couple of years Miss B and I have given a notional award for some game that we think is good. So, in what is definitely now an annual tradition, I give you the opening salvo in the 2013 Golden Game Award.

If you would like to maintain a sense of suspense, please don't look at this picture until you have read the rest of the post.

If you would like to maintain a sense of suspense, please don’t look at this picture until you have read the rest of the post.

This is, of course, a change of name. As Miss B gets older and develops more sophisticated critical faculties, she seems to be developing a knack for spotting when I am talking absolute rubbish. As part of this she has decided that the Golden Thingummy is not a title suitable for such an auspicious endeavour as this (possibly not her exact words), so from now on we have a new, more sensible name.

The rules are this… We have a shortlist of four candidate games from those that we have played over the last year, two picked by Miss B and two picked by myself in a vain attempt to choose something that she might prefer to her own picks. The games, incidentally, must be ones for us to play with just the two of them, so Apples to Apples is off the cards. We then have two game-offs, playing one of her choices and one of mine back-to-back before discussing how the games went and getting Miss B to choose the one she preferred on the day. Then the two winning games go through to a grand final game-off to decide which will be awarded the prize of… Well, nothing, not even including prestige.

In 2011 the winner was Enchanted Forest, played with simplified rules.

In 2012 Miss B couldn’t decide an outright winner, so Dominion and Robo Rally (also with some rule concessions to make it viable for a 5-year-old) shared the honours.

This year the shortlist has been drawn up and, if you have seen the picture at the top of this post, you will already know what the selections were. I seriously suck at this suspense thing. But just for the sake of form…

Miss B’s choices were Empire Express and Enuk. Two more different games can hardly be imagined given the candidates, but they are both games that Miss B loves and Empire Express in particular doesn’t get played as often as we would like due to it taking a comparatively long time to play (the box says 60-90 minutes, which is probably about right for the two of us).

My choices were Augustus and Catan Junior, both of which are quick, fun and work some of those Euro-gaming muscles a little. Catan Junior is a great game to have in the collection and one which we have, in the past, pulled out when a friend of Miss B’s came for a play date.

So, over the next week or two I plan to post the gory details of our game-offs. Can you handle the suspense…?

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  1. Dan
    August 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I played augustus for the first time a week or so ago and really liked it.

    • August 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I love it as a lightweight game with a reasonable amount to think about. I looked at the FAQ recently and saw that there was a ruling on the order you take for placing legionaries, so you can see what other people do before placing your own. Personally I think this would ruin the essence of the game and that legionary placement should be simultaneous, though you should be allowed to look at each other’s status afterwards. This needs to be a quick, snappy game.

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