2017-08-21 15:26:04 UTC
1. Caylus â 18 (1)
2. Shadows over Camelot â 12 (3)
3. Glory to Rome â 11 (n/a)
3. Indonesia â 11 (10)
3. Twilight Struggle â 11 (4)
6. Ticket to Ride: Europe â 9 (6)
6. Wits & Wagers â 9 (n/a)
8. Diamant â 8 (11)
8. Vegas Showdown â 8 (11)
10. Hacienda â 7 (8)
As with the original election, Caylus finished first by a wide margin. Originally, Twilight Struggle just missed the top 3, mostly, I suspect, due to there being so few copies out there at the time (Iâd always felt it would have easily captured an award had the voting taken place only a few months later), and I thought that this time, it would make up that ground and maybe even challenge Caylus for the top spot. It did finish in the top 3, but just barely. Other notable shifts up include Indonesia (originally 10th) and Glory to Rome (not even nominated) tying TS for third. Some other n/a games also did very well this time: Wits & Wagers (6th), 1846 (11th), and Pickomino (15th).
There were also some major falls from grace, including four games that had been in the top 10, but didnât do nearly as well this time. Louis XIV, originally an MCA winner in the second spot, could do no better than 11th in the current vote, tying Railways of the World (which originally finished 5th). Antike (originally 6th) and Elasund (originally 9th) also did much worse this time around.
I suspect the reasons for these different shifts vary by game. As a number of people have mentioned, Twilight Struggle is a game that remains very highly regarded, but which a lot of folks just donât have the time to play. Consequently, it got left off of a lot of ballots. Glory to Rome was an indie game in 2005 and it took some time for it to get noticed by the majority of gamers. Indonesia, like many Splotters, had a small footprint originally, but it is now regarded as one of their best. Louisâ drop is a little more puzzling; itâs still liked, but clearly is not considered one of the leading games of the year, as it was back in 2005. This is also reflected by its standing on the Geek, where not only is its rating nothing special, but the number of voters is fairly small (only about 5000) when compared to its contemporaries. Interesting.
Three of the 33 nominated games got no votes: Il Principe, Poison, and Roma. You can check out how each game did, together with who voted for them, on the app.
So did you think the standings this time around were surprising? Let us know!