Heat: Pedal to the Metal, Cat in the Box lead BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Award winners

Heat: Pedal to the Metal the deluxe version of Cat in the Box both came away with a pair of winners trophies at BoardGameGeek‘s 17th annual Golden Geek Awards, which are voted on by users of the site.

Trick-taking game Cat in the Box beat off stiff competition from games including Heat and Splendor Duel to win Light Game of the Year, and was also crowned Best Innovative Game – winning both the categories it was nominated in.

Heat, a hand-management-focused motor racing games set in the 1960s, triumphed in two of its four nominated categories, coming out on top as Medium Game of the Year and Best Thematic Game, and also finishing as a runner-up to Cat in the Box as Best Innovative Game.

Lavish hidden roles game Blood on the Clocktower was nominated in five separate categories, but only managed to pick up a runner-up prize for Best Party Game

The second edition of John Company claimed two runner-up spots out of its four nominations, while fellow quadruple nominee Return to Dark Tower won Best Cooperative Game.

Dune Imperium: Rise of Ix beat the game’s other expansion, Immortality, to win Best Expansion, and Wonderland’s War managed to grab a trio of runner-up prizes.

Carnegie won Best Heavy Game, beating off strong competition from John Company, Great Western Trail: Argentina and Revive.

Heat released to great acclaim last year, quickly selling out in its initial print run in the US. The game rose into the BGG Top 100 last week, and currently sits at the number 99 spot with an 8.2 rating.

The full list of winners and runners up for this year’s awards are:

2-Player Game

Winner – Splendor Duel
Runner Up – Wingspan Asia
Runner Up – Undaunted: Stalingrad

Artwork Presentation

Winner – Flamecraft
Runner Up – Everdell: The Complete Collection
Runner Up – Wonderland’s War

Cooperative Game

Winner – Return to Dark Tower
Runner Up – Oathsworn: Into the Deepwood
Runner Up – ISS Vanguard


Winner – Dune: Imperium – Rise of Ix
Runner Up – Wingspan Asia
Runner Up – Dune: Imperium – Immortality


Winner – Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
Runner Up – Turing Machine
Runner Up – Heat: Pedal to the Metal

Light GOTY

Winner – Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
Runner Up – Splendor Duel
Runner Up – Long Shot: The Dice Game

Medium GOTY

Winner – Heat: Pedal to the Metal
Runner Up – Wonderland’s War
Runner Up – Flamecraft

Heavy GOTY

Winner – Carnegie
Runner Up – Endless Winter: Paleoamericans
Runner Up – John Company: Second Edition

Party Game

Winner – Ready Set Bet
Runner Up – Long Shot: The Dice Game
Runner Up – Blood on the Clocktower

Print Play

Winner – Aquamarine
Runner Up – Woodcraft: Roll and Write
Runner Up – A Wayfarer’s Tale

Solo Game

Winner – Turing Machine
Runner Up – Resist!
Runner Up – Nemo’s War: The Ultimate Edition

Thematic Game

Winner – Heat: Pedal to the Metal
Runner Up – Wonderland’s War
Runner Up – John Company: Second Edition


Winner – Undaunted: Stalingrad
Runner Up – Resist!
Runner Up – Votes for Women

Best Podcast

Winner – This Game Is Broken
Runner Up – Beyond Solitaire
Runner Up – One Stop Co-Op Shop

Best Board Game App

Winner – Everdell
Runner Up – Hero Realms
Runner Up – Roll Player


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