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 April 3, 2021. We compared 319 board games for this list and selected the top 35. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  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
    • Players2 - 99 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  3. Telestrations

    All details for the board game Telestrations and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 6.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Telestrations
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Telestrations

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  4. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  5. Point Salad

    All details for the board game Point Salad and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Point Salad
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Point Salad

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Point Salad" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  6. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  7. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!132€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  8. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for PARKS
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  9. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!24€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  10. Santorini

    All details for the board game Santorini and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Santorini
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!32€ atAmazon.de
  11. 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
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!22€ atAmazon.de
  12. 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
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  13. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  14. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Splendor" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  15. Hero Realms

    All details for the board game Hero Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Hero Realms
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  17. 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!
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  18. Ticket to Ride

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

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 10.

    Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  19. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  20. Draftosaurus

    All details for the board game Draftosaurus and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Draftosaurus
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    😕 Questionable price22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Draftosaurus

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Draftosaurus" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  21. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 35% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Aeon's End
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!50€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  23. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!17€ atAmazon.de
  24. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  25. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Space Base

    All details for the board game Space Base and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Space Base
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Space Base

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Space Base" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. Downforce

    All details for the board game Downforce and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Downforce
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. 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
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!29€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  30. The Fox in the Forest

    All details for the board game The Fox in the Forest and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Fox in the Forest
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  31. 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
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  32. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!51€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  33. Sheriff of Nottingham

    All details for the board game Sheriff of Nottingham and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    More details for Sheriff of Nottingham
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Sheriff of Nottingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sheriff of Nottingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sheriff of Nottingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  34. Gizmos

    All details for the board game Gizmos and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gizmos
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 50 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price31€ atAmazon.de
  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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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