The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) has released the list of games nominated for the 2016 Origins Awards. The awards will be presented during the annual Origins Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday, June 18.

This year the AAGAD updated the categories (see “AAGAD Updates Origins Awards Categories”) and brought back the popular Game of the Year. All members of the Academy will vote for the winner in each category. 

Best Board Game

  • Champions of Midgard – Grey Fox Games, Designed by Ole Steiness      
  • La Granja - Stronghold Games, Designed by Michael Keller (II) and Andreas Odendahl                                   
  • New York 1901 – Blue Orange Games, Designed by Chenier LaSalle, Vincent Dutrait                             
  • Orleans - Tasty Minstrel Games, Designed by Reiner Stockhausen                                       
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault - Fantasy Flight Games, Designed by Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying

Best Card Games (includes dice and deck-building games)

  • 7 Wonders Duel – Repos Productions (Asmodee NA), Designed by Antoine Bauza , Bruno Cathala
  • The Grizzled  - Cool Mini or Not, Designed by Fabien Riffaud , Juan Rodriguez
  • Medieval Academy – IELLO, Designed by Nicolas Poncin
  • Welcome to the Dungeon  - IELLO, Designed by Masato Uesugi
  • Ashes Rise of the Phoenixborn -Plaid Hat Games. Designed by Issac Vega

Best Collectible Game (all games with a collectible component)

  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light – WizKids, Designed by Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang
  • Force of Will - Force of Will, LLC, Designed by Eiji Shishido                                  
  • Yugi’s Legendary Decks - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., Designed by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Best Role-playing Game

  • Cthulhu Britannica London Boxed Set - Cubicle 7, Designed by Dominic McDowell-Thomas, Jon Hodgson, Stuart Boon, Paula Dempsey, Steve Dempsey, Scott Dorwood, Bert Kramer, David Wade, James Wallis, Andrew Kenrick, Peter Wright, Paul Fricker, Mark A. Latham, James King, Alistair Montgomery, Marc Torley, David Walker
  • Dracula Dossier Director’s Handbook - Pelgrane Press, Designed by Kenneth Hite, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
  • Fall of Magic - Heart of the Deernicorn, Designed by Ross Cowman
  • Lone Wolf Adventure Game - Cubicle 7, Designed by Joe Dever, August Hahn, Vincent Lazzari, Richard Harrison, Gary Astleford, Andrew Kenrick
  • Star Wars: Force and Destiny - Fantasy Flight Games, Designed by Jay Little

Best Family Game

  • Codenames - Czech Games Edition, Designed by Vlaada Chvatil
  • Co-Mix - Ares Games, Designed by Lorenzo Silva
  • Dohdles! - Thames & Kosmos, Designed by Klaus Teuber
  • Fuse - Renegade Game Studios, Designed by Kane Klenko
  • Me Want Cookies – IELLO, Designed by Roberto Fraga

Best Miniatures Game

  • Frostgrave - Osprey Publishing, Designed by Joseph McCullough
  • Guild Ball – Steamforge, Designed by Mat Hart, Richard Loxam
  • Star Wars Armada - Fantasy Flight Games, Designed by James Kniffen Christian T. Petersen                
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Games Workshop, Designed by Games Workshop Design Studio
  • Wrath of Kings  - Cool Mini or Not, Designed by Michael Shinall

Best Game Accessory

  • Blowing Up the Movies - Atlas Games, Designed by Robin D. Laws
  • Castle Panic: The Dark Titan -Fireside Games, Designed by Justin De Witt
  • Feng Shui 2 GM Screen: A Fistful of Fight Scenes - Atlas Games, Designed by Robin D. Laws, Morgan Ellis,T.S. Luikart, Hal Mangold, Rick Neal, Jack Norris
  • Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep – WizKids, Designed by Paizo Inc. and WizKids
  • Terrain Tiles - Lost Battalion Games, Designed by Becky Siebe