Best Board Games of 2023 – BGA Awards

2023 was a banger year for board games, with more options for our game of the year than we’ve had in more than half a decade. Without further ado here are the nominees and award winners for this year’s awards:

The nominees are:

Best Digital Implementation:
Dune Imperium, Unmatched

Best Family Game:
Dorfromantik: The Board Game, Star Wars: The Deck Building Game, Race to the Raft, Imperial Miners, In the Footsteps of Darwin, Sea Salt and Paper

Best Strategy Game:
Atiwa, Marrakesh, Darwin’s Journey, Age of Innovation, Nucleum, Hegemony, Barcelona, Distilled, Horseless Carriage, Moon

Best Overlooked Gem:
Rebuilding Seattle, Mindbug: First Contact, Votes for Women, Waffle Time, Revive, Mind Space

Best Kickstarter:
Teotihuacan: City of Gods Deluxe Master Set, Moon, Through the Desert, Obsession Characters Expansion

Best 2.0 Release:
Age of Innovation, Point City, Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game, Everdell Farshore, Heat: Pedal to the Metal, Ra

Best Solo Game:
Oranienburger Kanal, Mr. President, For Northwood, Cyberion, Ancient Realm

Best Expansion:
Ark Nova: Marine Worlds, Cascadia Landmarks, Beyond the Sun: Leaders of the New Dawn, Darwin’s Journey: Fireland Expansion, Iki Akebono

Game of the Year (Presented as a Top 10 List):

Listen to the full Awards Ceremony on Episode 458 of the podcast here or view the winners below:


Best Digital Implementation: Dune Imperium (Direwolf Digital)


Best Family Game: Imperial Miners (Portal Games)


Best Strategy Game: Nucleum (Board & Dice)


Best Overlooked Gem: Rebuilding Seattle (WizKids Games)


Best Kickstarter: Obsession: Characters Expansion (Kayenta Games)

Best 2.0 Release: Age of Innovation (Capstone Games, Feuerland Spiele)

Best Solo Game: Cyberion (inPatience)


Best Expansion: Darwin’s Journey: Fireland Expansion (Thundergryph Games)


Game of the Year: Presented as a Top Ten List

10. Oranienburger Kanal
09. Sea Salt and Paper
08. Age of Innovation
07. Horseless Carriage
06. Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game
05. Barcelona
04. Voidfall
03. Rebuilding Seattle
02. Nucleum
01. Hegemony

  • Anthony lives and plays games in Philadelphia, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two-player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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