The 2013 Snakeys: Game of the Year

Published December 31st, 2013 / 2 Comments

2013 has been a banner year for board games. We've seen the hobby grow to new heights and as the demand grows, so do the number amazing games that are designed. With the 2nd Annual Snakey Awards we take a look at some of the best games that graced our shelves over the past year.

We looked at ten different categories and considered thousands of titles. The nominees were largely released in 2013, however we didn't limit ourselves to that year. We surveyed the Snakes & Lattes Gurus, Servers, Baristas, Hosts and Kitchen Staff for their opinions on the games that most impacted the cafe in the past year. Over the next few days we'll be rolling out the winners. Ladies and Gents, we proudly present the 2013 Snakeys!




Best Game That We Just Won’t Stop Talking About


The Nominees are...

1775: Rebellion Love Letter Mice and Mystics Spyrium Terra Mystica


...and the winner is...

Love Letter!

Whenever you buy a legacy game like Monopoly or Pit, publishers often like to remind you on the box that the game has been continuously in print for fifty, seventy-five, even one hundred years. These are games that have entered into the public consciousness in such a fashion that it becomes legend; everyone has an idea of how to play, everyone has faintly heard of the game, maybe your parents used to play it with you as children. Love Letter has been one of S&L’s favourite games of the year, a quick game with only a sixteen card deck, but enough depth of play to stand the test of time. The card games you see in Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica? In reality, they are playing Love Letter. Not only does Love Letter win the 2013 Snakey for Best of the Year, we’re pretty darn sure that as our cities morph into Judge Dredd-style megalopolises, and humans become cybernetically-enhanced beings perma-connected to the hyperweb, and as we sail into the depths of space with generation ships, Love Letter will still be played.



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  • Pierre

    I bought it, not really knowing if there was any depth to it. Are there any strategic articles to enlighten me on what it is I just bought?

    December 31st, 2013 · 4:45 pm
  • Tony

    Love Letter is great! As much as I love those bigger, more investing games, Love Letter's simplicity allows me to play it with anyone I can convince to sit down and play a tabletop game with me. My little sister's favorite game in my collection.

    January 10th, 2014 · 8:13 pm

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