2015 was another great year for board games. Several instant classics hit store shelves, making all of our wallets a little thinner. And, well, that just makes our choices for the very best board games of the year even tougher. In fact, it’s so hard, we couldn’t possibly make this decision without your help. That’s why we asked asking you to vote for the Dog and Thimble Readers’ Choice Board Game Awards. Below you will find the winners both for the Readers' Choice and for the Editors' Choice Awards for the best board games of the year. Thanks to all who voted!

 

BEST 2-PLAYER ONLY BOARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner: 7 Wonders: Duel
Dog and Thimble Winner: Star Wars: Armada
Other Nominees: Bottom of the 9th, Neuroshima Convoy, Tides of Time

 

BEST STRATEGY BOARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner: Blood Rage
Dog and Thimble Winner: Elysium
Other Nominees: Chaosmos, Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents, Tiny Epic Galaxies

BEST PARTY GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Codenames
Dog and Thimble Winner: Codenames
Other Nominees: Mafia de Cuba, One Night Revolution, Spyfall

 

BEST CARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Dog and Thimble Winner: Arboretum
Other Nominees: Epic, The Game, Tides of Time

BEST CO-OP BOARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Pandemic Legacy
Dog and Thimble Winner: Mysterium/Fuse (Tie)

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BEST THEMATIC BOARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Pandemic Legacy
Dog and Thimble Winner: Elysium
Other Nominees: Above and Below, Blood Rage, Flick ‘em Up

BEST BOARD GAME FOR NEW GAMERS
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Codenames
Dog and Thimble Winner: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Other Nominees: 7 Wonders: Duel, Fuse, The Game

 

BEST FAMILY BOARD GAME
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Dog and Thimble Winner: Codenames
Other Nominees: Flick ‘em Up, Survive: Space Attack!

BEST BOARD GAME ART DESIGN
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Dog and Thimble Winner: Elysium
Other Nominees: Above and Below, Mysterium, Specter Ops

BEST BOARD GAME OF THE YEAR
Readers’ Choice Winner:
Pandemic Legacy
Dog and Thimble Winner: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Other Nominees: Blood Rage, Codenames, Elysium, Flick’em Up, Fury of Dracula, Fuse, Homeland: The Game, Star Wars: Armada