Codenames from Esdevium Games was crowned Game of the Year at the special Christmas event in London’s West End.
The winner was decided from Board Game Club guest feedback cards, which are issued at every event for attendees to list their favourite game of the night.
Esdevium’s Ben Hogg was on hand to collect the trophy. He commented: “We’re honoured and delighted to pick up this award for Codenames. The game has had a phenomenal year, in which it has won the coveted Spiel des Jahres board gaming award and achieved widespread recognition for its simple yet challenging gameplay. To be voted the best game from players’ experiences of Codenames at Board Game Club is really special. Our goal has always been to bring fantastic games to the UK market and this award acts as further proof that Codenames is an absolute star.”
Board Game Club’s co-founder Lesley Singleton added: “Codenames is refreshingly different. At its heart, it’s a word game, but the layer of spy theming adds a narrative and purpose that some other games lack. The rules can be bent and respun to fit the players – something again lacking in other more prescriptive games – and it’s very easy to learn. The reaction in the room when we announced Codenames had won the trophy was one of real warmth: people have truly fallen in love with this game and it’s an absolutely justified winner. It’s one of only two or three games that our guests have physically queued up to play this year and the new picture-based version is proving just as popular. We send the biggest congratulations to both Esdevium and Czech Games.”
The Christmas Event attracted just over 80 people from both inside and outside the toys and games industry. Goodie bags were filled by a variety of brands, including Accentuate, Bananagrams, Big Potato, Cartamundi, Coiledspring Games, Drumond Park, Esdevium, Gibsons Games, John Adams, Morning and Thames & Kosmos UK.