The best "Origins Awards" winners & nominees 2021

The Origins Awards are one of the most important US game awards. They have been awarded since 1975 in sometimes changing categories. The prize is awarded annually for the best newly published board games, card games, game magazines, but also computer games, for example. As with the "Game of the Year," not only are the winners honored, but the nominees are also published.

Originally, the Origins Awards emerged from the Charles S. Roberts Awards - this has been awarded separately again since 1987.

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List of the best Origins Awards games 2021

In this list you will find the best board games that won or were nominated for one of the Origins Awards. Additionally we made sure that they can be bought 2021:

This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 310 board games for this list and selected the top 35. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Telestrations

    All details for the board game Telestrations and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Telestrations
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Telestrations

    • YouTube Review for the game "Telestrations" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Codenames: Duet

    All details for the board game Codenames: Duet and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review for the game "Codenames: Duet" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Azul

    All details for the board game Azul and similar games

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 19.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Azul
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!29€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Point Salad

    All details for the board game Point Salad and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Point Salad
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Point Salad

    • YouTube Review for the game "Point Salad" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Point Salad" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  7. Sushi Go!

    All details for the board game Sushi Go! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sushi Go!
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Santorini

    All details for the board game Santorini and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Santorini
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Draftosaurus

    All details for the board game Draftosaurus and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Draftosaurus
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Draftosaurus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Draftosaurus" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Star Realms

    All details for the board game Star Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Star Realms
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Splendor

    All details for the board game Splendor and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Splendor
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review for the game "Splendor" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. The Mind

    All details for the board game The Mind and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 9.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Mind
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!5€ atAmazon.de
  13. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for PARKS
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. 5-Minute Dungeon

    All details for the board game 5-Minute Dungeon and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 5-Minute Dungeon
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  15. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  16. When I Dream

    All details for the board game When I Dream and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review for the game "When I Dream" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. Ticket to Ride

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Chronicles of Crime

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicles of Crime" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  19. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watergate" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Downforce

    All details for the board game Downforce and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Downforce
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  22. Space Base

    All details for the board game Space Base and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Space Base
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Space Base

    • YouTube Review for the game "Space Base" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review for the game "Everdell" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Air, Land & Sea

    All details for the board game Air, Land & Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Air, Land & Sea
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Lords of Waterdeep

    All details for the board game Lords of Waterdeep and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Lords of Waterdeep
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Escape: The Curse of the Temple
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  28. Linko!

    All details for the board game Linko! and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Linko!
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Gizmos

    All details for the board game Gizmos and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gizmos
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 50 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Raiders of the North Sea

    All details for the board game Raiders of the North Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Raiders of the North Sea
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  31. Dice Forge

    All details for the board game Dice Forge and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dice Forge
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Dice Forge

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dice Forge" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  32. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  33. Cryptid

    All details for the board game Cryptid and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Cryptid
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 50 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  34. Tiny Towns

    All details for the board game Tiny Towns and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Tiny Towns
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  35. 1775: Rebellion

    All details for the board game 1775: Rebellion and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for 1775: Rebellion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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