Gaming Library’s 2012 Board Game of the Year!

And the winner is:

Gaming Library contest winner

12 hours prior to the voting deadline, the field looked like this:

Gaming Library contest 2

While I cast my vote for Flash Point, I picked Android Netrunner or Summoner Wars to win. I never expected Mage Wars to have a landslide victory, but should I be surprised? I mean, look at the description of the game:

Mage Wars pits powerful Mages against each other in deadly arena combat. Each Mage uses his own fully-customizable book of spells to achieve total victory over his opponent. Summon mighty creatures to do battle in your name; cast powerful spells to attack your foe and thwart his every plan and strategy; use hidden enchantments to turn the tables and rule the day; adorn yourself with mighty weapons, armor, and arcane artifacts – all of this and more awaits you in the arena of Mage Wars!

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Haven’t you heard of a game where players take on the role of mages, each with their own set of spells (deck of cards) where they either summon creatures, cast spells, use enchantments and/or artifacts? Yes, this sounds like the concept of Magic: The Gathering, the collectible card game that has dominated the tabletop gaming industry for almost twenty years now.

Mind you, I’m not writing off Mage Wars as some Magic-knock off, the games are actually quite different from each other. All I’m saying is that I’m not surprised that this game won, given the number of M:TG players around. Just from first impressions, it looks like Mage Wars is the next level of Magic, where there’s an actual board to move your creatures around as opposed to just cards placed on a table.

The results of this poll definitely got me interested in Mage Wars; I’m sure I’ll take a stab at it this year. Also worth mentioning is King of Tokyo, a game that managed to get 3rd place, designed by none other than Richard Garfield (the guy who created Magic: The Gathering).

Congratulations to the person who won the contest! Looking forward to new contests and new board games this 2013!

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