Deeply strategic games especially appealing to experienced players. Often employ a myriad of game mechanisms and lean towards longer play times.
Winner – Lost Ruins of Arnak
Explore an uninhabited island, gather Artifacts, and do research while avoiding Guardians in this strategic worker placement / deckbuilding hybrid.
Help spirits reach transcendence and become the next great forest spirit in this hand-management and engine-building game.
Origins: First Builders
As Archons, guide your freemen to create history under the Builders’ watchful eye with worker placement, tile-laying, and a variety of other strategies.
Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
Winner – Dominations: Road to Civilization
Manage your Knowledge and your Mastery to build camps, cities, and monuments across three Ages in this tile-laying civilization game.
Use your Agents as means to your political ends in this spicy combination of deckbuilding and worker placement.
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
Take on monsters and look into some mysterious vanishings in this prequel to the popular Gloomhaven.
2020 Winner – The Taverns of Tiefenthal
Place your dice and build up your tavern before guests arrive in this deckbuilding and dice-rolling modular pub creation and management game.
Come into your own hydroelectric power by managing your Construction wheel and water flow in this good dam game.
Create your own coalitions and vie for Dominance in this tableau-building game of leaders and empires.
Cthulhu: Death May Die
2019 Winner – Root
Wielding multi-use cards, players battle it out for the future of the forest in this asymmetrical game of war, adventure, and general anti-cat sentiment.
Teotihuacan: City of Gods
Head to the past and help construct the Pyramid of the Sun in this complex worker placement game.
Work to develop your influence in China’s past in a worker placement game of gifts, favor, decrees, and intrigue.