The 2017 ENGN Solo (and co-op) Awards Nominations List

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first annual Every Night is Game Night Solo awards! Anthony and I would like to look back and reward the best in solo gaming over the past year. Also, because so many of the games on this list are cooperative, we figured we’d throw a little love that way, as well.

We are going to finalize our nominees and make a final determination for awards sometimes in January. Some very key games will come out at the end of the year (i.e., Charterstone, Gaia Project, Fallout, and more), so we want to hold off until we play as many of them as possible.

In the meantime, it’s Christmas season! What’s more useful to a gamer than a giant list of games to buy for themselves and their loved ones? With that in mind, I’d like to present the entire pool of potential nominees for each award category. From these games, we will pick official nominees and, eventually, winners.

If you have any opinions as to which games you would like to see nominated and/ or get the nod, let us know! Or if you think we’re missing a game, you can let us know that, as well. Any and all comments are welcome.

Without further ado, here are the games of 2017!

Best Short Card Game/ Filler Game

The Lost Expedition
Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
Dresden Files Coop Card Game
Mint Works
Dungeon Time
The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game
5 Minute Dungeon
Indian Summer
Superhot: The Card Game
Quests of Valeria


Best Family/ Casual Strategy Game

Tiny Epic Quest
Escape from 100 Million BC
Fate of the Elder Gods
Castles of Caladale
The Exit Series
Arkham Noir
Mole Rats in Space


Best Complex Strategy Game

Terra Mystica: Gaia Project
Spirit Island
Card City XL
Clans of Caledonia


Best Adventure Game

7th Continent
First Martians
Folklore: The Affliction
Gloom of Kilforth
Legacy of Dragonholt
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia
Massive Darkness
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
Perdition’s Mouth: Abyssal Rift
Sword and Sorcery
This War of Mine
Too Many Bones
Dark Souls: The Board Game
Aventuria Adventure Card Game


Best Expansion

Runebound: Unbreakable Bonds
Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave
Arhkam Horror LCG: Dunwich Legacy
Eldritch Horror: Cities of Ruin
Scythe: The WInd Gambit
Aeon’s End: War Eternal
Sherlock Holmes: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures
Oh My Goods! Expansion
Star Trek Ascendancy: Borg Assimilation
Nations: The Dice Game: Unrest
Between Two Cities: Capitals
Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star


Best Board Game App

Through the Ages
Race for the Galaxy
Terra Mystica
7 Wonders


***Special thanks to Michael Rankin for designing our awards logo. You can check out his artwork and comic strip stylings over at

  • I'm a psychotherapist by trade, practicing in CT. I play games to restore my life balance. I like thematic games with lots of narrative and story, usually cooperative but I love good thematic strategy games as well. As a game evangelist, I also like card games and anything else I can easily tote with me.

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