Complex Games

Deeply strategic games especially appealing to experienced players. Often employ a myriad of game mechanisms and lean towards longer play times.

2022

Winner – Lost Ruins of Arnak

Explore an uninhabited island, gather Artifacts, and do research while avoiding Guardians in this strategic worker placement / deckbuilding hybrid.

Recommended

Bitoku

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.

Nominated

Sleeping Gods

Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile

2021

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.

Recommended

Dune: Imperium

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.

Nominated

On Mars

Bonfire

2020

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.

2020 Recommended

Barrage

Come into your own hydroelectric power by managing your Construction wheel and water flow in this good dam game.

Pax Pamir

Create your own coalitions and vie for Dominance in this tableau-building game of leaders and empires.

2020 Nominated

Pipeline

Cthulhu: Death May Die

2019

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.

2019 Recommended

Teotihuacan: City of Gods

Head to the past and help construct the Pyramid of the Sun in this complex worker placement game.

Gùgōng

Work to develop your influence in China’s past in a worker placement game of gifts, favor, decrees, and intrigue.

2019 Nominated

Betrayal Legacy

Brass: Birmingham

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