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Ogre's Choice 2006

Ogre's Choice Awards 2006

Welcome to the first of our long-threatened annual Ogre's Choice Awards, honoring what we of OgreCave deem to be the best products in the tabletop gaming industry. These are the games we've enjoyed most over the past year, and simply had to seek out, bash over the head, and drag back to our respective lairs.

The Cave Dwellers of OgreCave have had a taste of many great products over the past year. Now that Gen Con Indy looms once more, the year of game product releases draws to a close as the new product year is set to begin. So it behooves us to take a fond look back, remember the games that rocked, the dominant trends, and the goodies we snapped up in a frenzy of gaming lust.

The award categories and nominees were selected by OgreCave staff (and affiliated cognoscente), then voted on by same. The nominees and winners are listed below.

For more detailed discussion of this year's Ogre's Choice Awards, you can listen to the 2006 awards episode of the OgreCave Audio Report, our popular game industry podcast show.

And now...

2006 Ogre's Choice Awards
Winners and Runners Up

Best Miniatures Game

  • Infinity: the Game (Releases throughout the year of 2005) (Corvus Belli)
  • Hordes (Privateer Press)
  • Confrontation, 3rd edition (Rackham)
*** WINNER: Infinity (Corvus Belli) ***

Best Roleplaying Game

  • Artesia (Arcaia Studios Press)
  • True 20 (Green Ronin Publishing)
  • A Game of Thrones (Guardians of Order)
*** WINNER: True 20 (Green Ronin Publishing) ***

Best RPG Supplement

  • Shackled City Campaign (Paizo Publishing, LLC)
  • Perplex City (Mind Candy Design)
  • Player's Handbook 2 (Wizards of the Coast)
*** WINNER: Player's Handbook 2 (Wizards of the Coast) ***

Best Boardgame

  • Fury of Dracula (Fantasy Flight Games)
  • Caylus (Rio Grande Games)
  • Vegas Showdown (Avalon Hill)
*** WINNER: Caylus (Rio Grande Games) ***

Best Card Game

  • The Shab-Al_Hiri Roach (Jason Morningstar, Buley Pulpit Games)
  • Perplex City (Mind Candy Design)
  • Paranoia Mandatory Bonus Fun Card Game (Mongoose Publishing)
  • Battleground: Fantasy Warfare (Your Move Games, Inc.)
*** WINNER: Perplex City (Mind Candy Design) ***

Best Collectible Game

  • Pirates of the Spanish Main, continued releases for (WizKids Games, LLC)
  • D&D Miniatures (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Star Wars Miniatures (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Magic the Gathering: Ravnica (Wizards of the Coast)
*** WINNER: Pirates (WizKids Games, LLC) ***

Best Accessory

  • Gale Force 9 products (The Whine and Cheese Counters, Island Terrain sets, Pirates mat, etc)
  • The Cheap and Cheesy Adventure Generator aka the "Clinton Oracle" (Vincent Baker and Clinton R. Nixon)
  • Game Mastery: Map packs (Paizo Publishing)
*** WINNER: Island Terrain Set #1 (Gale Force 9) ***

Most Influential

  • Indie Press Revolution
  • WizKids
*** WINNER: Indie Press Revolution ***

State of the Industry Award
Awarded to a trend in the industry, as proven by specific examples.

  • Really poor product-demand predictions: Caylus (Rio Grande Games);
    Battlestar Galactica CCG (WizKids)
  • Sluggish CCG market: Hecatomb (Wizards of the Coast)
*** WINNER: Really poor product-demand predictions
Proof: Caylus (Rio Grande Games) being underprinted; Battlestar Galactica CCG (WizKids) selling poorly, despite license ***

OgreCave.com congratulates all of our winners and nominees for 2006 (unless they were proving our point in State of the Industry, in which case, our sympathies). See y'all back here in '07!


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