2017-08-28 20:50:36 UTC
1. Puerto Rico â 40 (1)
2. Age of Steam â 28 (2)
3. TransAmerica â 16 (4)
4. Wallenstein â 10 (5)
5. Keythedral â 9 (n/a)
6. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers â 8 (6)
7. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation â 6 (3)
8. Star Wars: Epic Duels â 5 (16)
9. Hammer of the Scots â 4 (n/a)
9. Odinâs Ravens â 4 (7)
9. Pueblo â 4 (14)
9. StreetSoccer â 4 (20)
As you can see, there are big gaps in the vote totals for the games at the top. Clearly, we still love Puerto Rico, as it was selected by more than 75% of the voters. Age of Steamâs support is also impressive and greater than it was during the original election. I figured TransAmerica would continue to do well, but for it to finish ahead of Wallenstein, and particularly, by so much, was a little surprising. Keythedral did very well; I have no idea why it wasnât nominated 15 years ago. The big loser was LotR: The Confrontation, which fell from an MCA award to seventh place, well behind the leaders.
The top two games sucked up so many votes that there was little support for the ones that finished further down in the standings. I suspect most of that is because PR and AoS are viewed as insanely great games, but it also might partly be that many of us are indifferent to the rest of 2002âs output.
Four of the 27 nominated games got no votes: Clans, Clippers, Fist of Dragonstones, and Piratenbucht. The last of these, which was republished by Days of Wonder in their pre-Ticket to Ride days (it was one of their first big box releases), might be indicative of a shift in tastes from 15 years ago. This high-luck, adventure style game finished 11th back in 2002, but got shut out this year. You can check out how each game did, together with who voted for them, on the app.
So did you find the lack of surprises surprising? Tell us what you think!