Best Board Games of 2016

It was an incredible year for board games. We had some really tough choices in deciding on the nominees for this year's awards. We spent a lot of time deliberating on the nominees and it was hard to see some games not make our list. And because we could always get it wrong, we let you vote!

Hundreds of games were eligible, so long as they met a few simple criteria: They must have been available for the first time in stores in America in 2016. This means a Kickstarter that only went out to backers or an Essen release that isn't hitting stores until early 2017 are not eligible.

Listen now to learn the winners of the Readers' Choice and official Thimblies board game of the year winners.

One caveat: We play dozens and dozens and dozens of games every year, but we can't play them all. It's possible that a worthy game simply never made our table. That's why we provide our own Editors' Choice Awards and Readers' Choice Awards. That means you (yes, you in the back with the funny hair) have a voice in the winners. You can vote below.

Below are our nominees for all 10 categories.

Best 2-Player Only Game ...and Then, We Held Hands The Blood of an Englishman Odin's Ravens Onitama Star Wars: Destiny

Best 2-Player Only Game

...and Then, We Held Hands
The Blood of an Englishman
Odin's Ravens
Onitama
Star Wars: Destiny

Best Strategy Game Inis New Bedford Scythe Terraforming Mars Tyrants of the Underdark

Best Strategy Game

Inis
New Bedford
Scythe
Terraforming Mars
Tyrants of the Underdark

Best Party Game Codenames Pictures Deception: Murder in Hong Kong Insider Raise Your Goblets Rock Paper Wizard

Best Party Game

Codenames Pictures
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Insider
Raise Your Goblets
Rock Paper Wizard

Best Card Game Bloodborne: The Card Game A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Grifters Mystic Vale Star Wars: Destiny

Best Card Game

Bloodborne: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King
Grifters
Mystic Vale
Star Wars: Destiny

Best Co-op Game Arkham Horror: The Card Game Beyond Baker Street Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle London Dread Mansions of Madness Second Edition

Best Co-op Game

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Beyond Baker Street
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
London Dread
Mansions of Madness Second Edition

Best Game for New Gamers Celestia Dream Home Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Kingdomino Rick and Morty: Total Rickall

Best Game for New Gamers

Celestia
Dream Home
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Kingdomino
Rick and Morty: Total Rickall

Best Family Game Animals On Board Dr. Eureka Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Potion Explosion World's Fair 1893

Best Family Game

Animals On Board
Dr. Eureka
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Potion Explosion
World's Fair 1893

Best Use of Theme Captain Sonar Mansions of Madness Second Edition The Networks New Bedford Scythe

Best Use of Theme

Captain Sonar
Mansions of Madness Second Edition
The Networks
New Bedford
Scythe

Best Art Inis Kanagawa Mystic Vale Scythe Vast

Best Art

Inis
Kanagawa
Mystic Vale
Scythe
Vast

Best Board Game of 2016 Arkham Horror: The Card Game Grifters Inis Mansions of Madness Second Edition Mystic Vale Potion Explosion Scythe Star Wars: Destiny Terraforming Mars Tyrants of the Underdark

Best Board Game of 2016

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Grifters
Inis
Mansions of Madness Second Edition
Mystic Vale
Potion Explosion
Scythe
Star Wars: Destiny
Terraforming Mars
Tyrants of the Underdark