The following categories feature some of the most highly praised, most innovative, and enjoyable games that can be found in the board gaming hobby.
The Meeple's Choice Award is presented every year from Spielfrieks, an internet discussion group devoted to boardgames with over a thousand members. The votes are taken each June, awarding three games that were released over the course of the previous year. The winners of the Meeple's Choice Award are selected from those that received the most votes from the Spielfriek discussion group.
The Golden Geek Awards are presented every year at the BGG Con event in Dallas, Texas. Nominees are from a selection of games released over the course of the previous year. The winners of the Golden Geek are nominated and selected through voting by the user communities of the BoardGameGeek.com
The Spiel des Jahres (German: Game of the Year) is an award for board and card games, created in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design, and promoting top-quality games in the German market. It is thought that the existence and popularity of the award is one of the major drivers of the quality of games coming out of Germany.