The 2013 Snakeys: Part 1

Published December 28th, 2013 / 1 Comment

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 Appetizer Game to Try Because You Have No Idea What Anything Else Is

The Nominees are...

Banana Matcho Dungeon Roll Fandooble WordARound Zombie Dice

...and the winner is...


For fans of Ghost Blitz, Spot It, and Anomia, we bring you WordARound, the latest quick-playing, head-scratching card game from ThinkFun. Each card features three rings of letters, differentiated by colour; during a round, it is up to each player to determine what word is spelled out in the appropriate ring (determined by the colour on the back of the previously played card). WordARound has been a welcome addition to our breadstick game collection, and quickly found staunch support from the serving staff here at S&L. Whether this is your first or fifteenth visit, chances are we are going to suggest WordARound for your table.

Best First Date Game When You Don’t Want to Play Guess Who or Jenga Anymore

The Nominees are...

Le Fantome de l’Opera Kulami Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation Qin The Three Little Pigs

...and the winner is...


Abstract games are difficult games to design; with no theme to lean on, the gameplay has to be accessible, engaging and, above all, fun. Foxmind’s latest foray into abstract design won this year’s coveted Mensa Select award, and handily won the Snakey for Best First Date Game. Kulami has been a staff favourite since its release, and continues to be a go-to game for our gurus and servers alike when we see a two-player table looking for something new.

Best Game to Play When You Hate Everyone Else at the Table

The Nominees are...

The Downfall of Pompeii Guildhall Kill the Overlord The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet Revolution!

...and the winner is...


If you are looking for the board game equivalent of a fist-fight, play Revolution!, the blind-bidding, area-control game from Steve Jackson Games. Known for their Munchkin card games, SJG changes gears with a well-oiled, evil machine of hate. As you spend round after round trying to influence select town officials, you’ve got to learn who to influence and when; bid too little, and your opponents will grab your official, bid too much and you squander precious resources. In Revolution!, the player that learns the who, the when, and the how much will gather the most support and be ready for the uprising!

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  • Pierre

    Awright, Steve Jackson Games. They've always been a little "special."

    December 29th, 2013 · 12:13 am

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