The Best "The Golden Elephant Award🇺🇸" winners and nominees 2021

Looking for a good game that won or was nominated for "The Golden Elephant Award"? Then we have just the thing for you: A list with the best "The Golden Elephant Award" winners and games that were on the nomination list.

What is "The Golden Elephant Award" game award?

"The Golden Elephant Award" is an award for dice, card & board games. The award originates from 🇺🇸USA, was created in 2013 and is chosen by a jury.

The Golden Elephant is the annual award for the most outstanding board game of the year from the perspective of Heavy Cardboard players. The criteria by which each game is judged are as follows.

  • Depth of analysis and planning (What considerations must be taken into account in order to make the right decisions?)
  • Depth of play (A game does not have to be complex, but it should require solid analysis during play to play well).
  • Length of game (A game does not need to be long, but it does need to include a variety of meaningful decision points).
  • Low luck factor (Victory and defeat should ultimately be decided by whoever made the better decisions during the game).
  • Transparency of decisions & interaction (To what extent do the critical decisions within the game affect other players?)
  • Innovation and uniqueness of mechanisms and theme (What sets the game apart from its contemporaries?)
  • Fun factor (Do we ultimately enjoy the experience the game provides both for ourselves and for other players?)

Reprints are not allowed. The first year the game is physically available is the year it is considered for the award.

Around the beginning of April each year, the finalists are announced. Then, at HeavyCon, this year's Golden Elephant Award winner will be announced.

The Golden Elephant Award Categories

The Golden Elephant Award is presented each year in the following categories:

  • Best Heavy Boardgame
  • People's Choice

More info can be found on the official Golden Elephant Award homepage.

Other game awards from all over the world

There are many more game award from around the world, you can find a list at the bottom of this page.

List of best Golden Elephant Award winners & nominees 2021:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 43 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. Root

    All details for the board game Root and similar games

    Nominated for 23 awards and won 13.

    More details for Root
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!55€ atAmazon.de
  3. Rococo

    All details for the board game Rococo and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Rococo
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  4. Gaia Project

    All details for the board game Gaia Project and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gaia Project
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  5. Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power 1936-1945

    All details for the board game Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power 1936-1945 and similar games
    • Players2 - 3 Players
    • Playtime240 - 360 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  6. Teotihuacan: City of Gods

    All details for the board game Teotihuacan: City of Gods and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 2.

    More details for Teotihuacan: City of Gods
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!59€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Teotihuacan: City of Gods

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Teotihuacan: City of Gods" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Teotihuacan: City of Gods" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Teotihuacan: City of Gods" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Teotihuacan: City of Gods" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. SpaceCorp: 2025-2300AD

    All details for the board game SpaceCorp: 2025-2300AD and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 240 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  8. Barrage

    All details for the board game Barrage and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 6.

    More details for Barrage
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!58€ atAmazon.de
  9. Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD

    All details for the board game Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  10. Food Chain Magnate

    All details for the board game Food Chain Magnate and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Food Chain Magnate
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Food Chain Magnate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Food Chain Magnate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Food Chain Magnate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  11. La Granja

    All details for the board game La Granja and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for La Granja
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  12. Mombasa

    All details for the board game Mombasa and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 4.

    More details for Mombasa
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  13. Millennium Blades

    All details for the board game Millennium Blades and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Millennium Blades
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime80 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  14. Cuba Libre

    All details for the board game Cuba Libre and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cuba Libre
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  15. Lisboa

    All details for the board game Lisboa and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 6.

    More details for Lisboa
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme
  16. Pipeline

    All details for the board game Pipeline and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Pipeline
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Pipeline

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pipeline" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pipeline" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  17. Fire in the Lake

    All details for the board game Fire in the Lake and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Fire in the Lake
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  18. The U.S. Civil War

    All details for the board game The U.S. Civil War and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime150 - 360 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  19. Yunnan

    All details for the board game Yunnan and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. Keyper

    All details for the board game Keyper and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 43% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Keyper
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!16€ atAmazon.de
  21. The Colonists

    All details for the board game The Colonists and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Colonists
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 360 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!69€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Colonists

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Colonists" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Colonists" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  22. Pax Pamir

    All details for the board game Pax Pamir and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pax Pamir
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  23. Three Kingdoms Redux

    All details for the board game Three Kingdoms Redux and similar games
    • Players3 Players
    • Playtime135 - 165 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Three Kingdoms Redux

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Three Kingdoms Redux" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Three Kingdoms Redux" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Three Kingdoms Redux" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Three Kingdoms Redux" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Pax Renaissance

    All details for the board game Pax Renaissance and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pax Renaissance
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Pax Renaissance

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pax Renaissance" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pax Renaissance" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Madeira

    All details for the board game Madeira and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Madeira
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  26. Tramways

    All details for the board game Tramways and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tramways
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  27. Wildcatters

    All details for the board game Wildcatters and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  28. Bios: Origins (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Bios: Origins (Second Edition) and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  29. Cataclysm: A Second World War

    All details for the board game Cataclysm: A Second World War and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 600 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  30. Arkwright

    All details for the board game Arkwright and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Arkwright
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme

    Video reviews for Arkwright

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkwright" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkwright" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache

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