Board games have been keeping us busy for years, so it makes sense that the best would win some prizes along the way. The American Tabletop Awards (ATTA) just announced the line-up of winners for 2021
While the American Tabletop Awards is a newer institution, founded just three years ago, it hopes to act as the American equivalent of Germany’s prestigious board game award – the Spiel des Jahres. The judges form the institution’s various committees and are addressed by the transparent code of conduct. This year it announced the winners of its annual awards in four categories: Early Gamers, Casual Games, Strategy Games and Complex Games.
Either way, I digress. These are the winning titles:
Early Gamers: Leave all artichokes
Leave all artichokes won the Early Gamers category and is a great game for anyone with green fingers. The simple yet exciting card game is for 2-4 players ages 10 and up, and to win you just need to be the first person to draw a full hand of cards… without artichokes. During each turn, players will weed the garden and add artichoke cards to the discard pile. The concept is simple, but it’s a great way for kids to work on their strategy and planning skills.
Casual Games: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
In The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, work together as a team of 3-5 players to complete over 50 dangerous missions. However, the trick-take card game gets more difficult every turn and you will also face setbacks such as interrupted communication. The game wins the ATTA award for best casual game and also won the Connoisseur’s Game of the Year award at last year’s Spiel des Jahres competition.
Strategy Games: Calico
Although CalicoThe cover looks cute and sweet, it took home the gold in ATTA’s Strategy Games category, so be prepared! The game is for 1-4 players and takes 30-45 minutes. In it, players compete to create the coziest quilt by combining aesthetically pleasing and attracting cuddly cats. The popular game – currently in its second edition – is sold out; however, the third print run will arrive in 4-6 months, so make sure to sign up to receive availability alerts.
Complex games: Dominations: Road to Civilization
Looking for something more challenging? What did you think about Dominations: Road to Civilization, winner of ATTA’s Complex Games category. The concept of the Eurogame at an expert level is simple: world domination. But it adds an exciting twist – with no armies and no wars – that requires you to bring your best strategies to the table if you plan on winning. You use the triangular Domino tiles to expand your civilization and gain knowledge to shape your society and win all points. The game is for 2-4 players ages 13 and up and takes approximately two hours to play.