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Meeples Choice Award Winners

An annual award presented to the best board and card games


7 Wonders

7 Wonders

Image courtesy of Asmodée Editions

The Meeples Choice Award is presented each year by the members of Spielfrieks, an email discussion group for game enthusiasts.

Voting generally takes place in May or June, with the award being given to three games released during the previous calendar year. Here are the winners of the Meeples Choice Award.


  • The Castles of Burgundy (designed by Stefan Feld, published by Alea / Ravensburger)
  • A Few Acres of Snow (designed by Martin Wallace, published by Treefrog)
  • Ora et Labora (designed by Uwe Rosenberg, published by Lookout Games / Z-Man Games)



  • Endeavor (designed by Carl de Visser and Jarratt Gray, published by Lookout Games / Z-Man Games)
  • Hansa Teutonica (designed by Andreas Steding, published by Argentum Verlag / Z-Man Games)
  • Small World (designed by Phillippe Keyaerts, published by Days of Wonder)



  • Agricola (designed by Uwe Rosenberg)
  • Brass (designed by Martin Wallace)
  • Race for the Galaxy (designed by Thomas Lehmann)


  • Blue Moon City (designed by Reiner Knizia)
  • Thurn and Taxis (designed by Andreas and Karen Seyfarth)
  • Yspahan (designed by Sébastien Pauchon)


  • Caylus (designed by William Attia)
  • Louis XIV (designed by Rüdiger Dorn)
  • Shadows Over Camelot (designed by Serge Laget and Bruno Cathala)



  • Santiago (designed by Roman Pelek and Claudia Hely)
  • Attika (designed by Marcel-André Casasola Merkle)
  • Amun-Re (designed by Reiner Knizia)


  • Puerto Rico (designed by Andreas Seyfarth)
  • Age of Steam (designed by Martin Wallace)
  • Lord of the Rings: the Confrontation (designed by Reiner Knizia)


  • San Marco (designed by Alan R. Moon and Aaron Weissblum)
  • Wyatt Earp (designed by Richard Borg and Mike Fitzgerald)
  • Royal Turf (designed by Reiner Knizia)


  • Carcassonne (designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede)
  • Citadels (designed by Bruno Faidutti)
  • Princes of Florence (designed by Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich)




  • Bohnanza (designed by Uwe Rosenberg)
  • Tigris and Euphrates (designed by Reiner Knizia)
  • Showmanager (designed by Dirk Henn)


  • Carabande (designed by Jean du Poel)
  • Entdecker (designed by Klaus Teuber)
  • Expedition (designed by Wolfgang Kramer)


In January of 2000, the Spielfrieks email discussion group was founded and now has more than 1,600 members. Spielfrieks is devoted to "open discussion of sophisticated board and card games, with an emphasis on German or European titles."

In 2001, a series of retrospective polls were conducted to determine the Meeples Choice Award winners going back to 1995. The Meeples Choice Award is given to the three most popular games released in each year. Voting is open to every member of Spielfrieks. The votes are generally taken each May, and only games released during the prior calendar year are eligible.

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