Since 1980, GAMES Magazine has published a game buying guide in the December issue of the magazine. At some point, they settled on rating and reviewing 100 games so it became known as the GAMES 100. By the early 90s, GAMES Magazine began honoring the best game in several categories and then choosing an overall Game of the Year. For those of us that were not into the internet or the hobby game world, this may have been our earliest contact with many of these games and more importantly the reviews that came with the list. I know I used the magazine to make wish lists in the early 80s for my Christmas list. The GAMES 100 issue included lots of electronic games up until 1995 when they started making 2 lists, one for the electronic/computer games and the original for the board/card games. This has always been a good mass market guide to non-mass market games. Here are this years winners.
The 2010 GAMES Magazine award winners.(announced in October 2009)
Game of the Year - Small World*
Best Family Game - Roll Through the Ages*
runner up - Wasabi!
Best Abstract Strategy Game - Blox
runner up - Magnet
Best Family Card Game - Amerigo
runner up - Byzanz
Best Family Strategy Game - Dominion* and Dominion:Intrigue
runner up - Royal Palace
Best Advanced Strategy Game - Le Harve
runner up - Agricola
Best Party Game - Dixit
runner up - Triviathon
Best Historical Simulation - Fields of Fire
runner up - Halls of Montezuma
Best Puzzle - La Ora Stelo
runner up - Fits
*These games will be part of the CharCon Premier Boardgame Tournament for 2009.