Announcing the 2019 Game of the Year Finalists

8 min readNov 21, 2019

The end of 2019 is nigh, so it’s time to look back on our top picks in the tabletop world! We’ve narrowed down titles from our GeekDad Approved selections for 2019 and soon we’ll choose the one that will receive our Game of the Year award. In the meantime, please have a look at our list of nominees and learn more about our process for selection.

Our 10 Favorite Games of 2019

Our finalists for Game of the Year are Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, Endeavor: Age of Sail, Mapmaker, Planet, Point Salad, The Primary, The Quacks of Quedlinburg, Tiny Epic Mechs, Tiny Towns, and Wingspan. Each description below includes a link to our original review.

Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale

This twist on the roll-and-write genre has players filling out a map with polyomino shapes, attempting to score points based on shifting conditions. Many roll-and-writes can feel a little like solitaire, but Cartographers includes ambush cards that let you draw on your neighbor’s map, which adds some clever player interaction. Read our full review here.

Endeavor: Age of Sail

Certainly one of the heavier games on the list, Endeavor: Age of Sails manages to show that both well-thought-out rules and beautiful design can exist in a truly wonderful game. We just ran our review of the game, so in case you missed it you can read all about it here.


The first of two politically-themed games on the list, Mapmaker takes a fairly simple concept and elevates to the next level. Players take on the roles of real American political parties, but beyond that there’s nothing of the messiness of modern politics. Instead, players compete on an…




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