Golden Axe Award

So movies have the Oscars and the BAFTAs if you’re in the UK.
Music has the Grammys, Mercury Music Award and other awards.
Tabletop games have plenty of awards, not least of which is the Spiel des Jahres.

Over at East Neuk Tabletop Games we’re not to be outdone by industry awards with fancy (ok German) names.  As I said in my last post we’ve decided to have our own.

The Golden Axe Award will be given to the game that’s voted on by the most number of people.  Seems simple enough right?

The challenge is in having a clear winner.

We’ve played 52 different games over 13 sessions since April which averages out as 4 new games introduced per session.  That’s probably very normal for a new community as they look to sample and be exposed to as many games as possible.  I’ll be very surprised if we hit that same level of new games per session next year.

So what did I vote for?

I decided to pick games that I’ve bought since ENT started. That way it was fully representative of my time at ENT.

Dragon Slayer – One of my many Gen Con purchases and probably one the most re-playable games out there. I’ve played quite a few dice games and most of them are fun, most are fun for a few plays but Dragon Slayer doesn’t get old.  Sure it’s limited in it’s scope but every time I play this (and I’ve played it a LOT!) it is fresh and lots of fun.  It’s also a great “introductory” game to the hobby as a whole as the dice are easily understood and the mechanic is so simple it can be explained in less than 1 minute.

Forbidden Desert – I picked this up at J G Innes in St Andrews.  I’ve never played Forbidden Island (the other Forbidden cooperative game by Matt Leacock) but I really enjoy cooperative games and I spotted this in the window of J G Innes so bought it on a whim.  Having now played it many times it’s probably my favourite cooperative game.  Yes, dare I say probably even more so than Sentinels Of The Multiverse.  I said probably +Greg Barr !!!

Cash ‘n Guns – Another one of my Gen Con purchases but a game I’ve been looking to pick up for several years.  With the second edition being released I had the opportunity.  Why did I pick this game though?  I mean it’s hardly the most tactical but what it does have is plenty of fun. It’s not about pointing foam guns at each other, nor is it about bluffing with respect to whether you have a bullet or a blank loaded.  This game is about having a laugh and quoting cheesy lines from films.  As with Dragon Slayer above it has a lot of re-play value and whilst it might not have the “introductory” feel of Dragon Slayer it does work on a lot of levels and of course can support a lot of players too!

So those are my votes.  There are many other games on the list that I could have chosen but these are the ones that stood out for me.

If I was to choose any others I’d probably go for Braggart (although I’ve never actually played it at ENT so doesn’t count), Sentinel: Tactics or Shinobi Wat-Aah!
Again they all share that re-play ability that a game needs to encourage you to take it off the shelf time after time.