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Announcing the Mensa Select 2019 Board Game Winners!

Posted Tuesday, 14-May-2019

Five board games were chosen as the best of 2019 by Mensa; here’s your winners!


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Architects of the West Kingdom


Architects of the West Kingdom is the next game from North Sea Trilogy designer Shem Phillips, a board game of collecting raw materials, hiring apprentices, and keeping a watchful eye on treacherous rival architects.


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In the twilight of the Carolingian empire (circa 850 AD), the royal architects seek to impress their king and maintain their status in the nobility by constructing landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain. Will you remain virtuous, or be found in the company of thieves and black marketeers? Construct buildings, advance work on the Archbishop’s cathedral, and mind your morality lest you be punished for your underhanded deeds.

Buy Architects of the West Kingdom for a game about construction and choice.






The smartest minds of our generation are gathering together at the Great Science Fair. Everyone’s been working hard on their creations, but only one will be crowned champion.



Gizmos is a family game for those who want to build engines — getting things done faster, better, with the power of science!. Using the four types of energy marbles, plucked from the 3D marble dispenser, purchase and construct new additions to your works. As you build, new attachments can trigger chain reactions, letting you do even more on your turn. Whoever builds the greatest machine and collects the most victory points wins!

Buy Gizmos for a tactile game of science and invention.




In war-torn feudal Japan, the soldiers are restless. The endless battles, betrayals, and broken promises have the soldiers questioning where their loyalties lie.

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Meanwhile, the daimyo are strategizing, marshaling their troops, and erecting strongholds to bolster the strength of their armies, all in pursuit of honor and ultimate victory. In Gunkimono, players take on the roles of these daimyo, plotting their military advances across the countryside. Each new squad of troops yields victory points, but you may decide to forgo these points and save up for your stronghold instead. All the while, you need to keep an eye on your opponents so that their forces do not grow too large and expand at your expense.

Buy Gunkimono for a game of territory control, card management, and tile-laying set in feudal Japan.



The spark of life is about to jump from your hands to spread out in the world. Deploy your mountain ranges and your deserts, spread out your oceans and your glaciers. Handle wisely your continents to form environments suitable for the apparition of animal life and maybe you’ll manage to create the most densely populated planet!



Planet is a board game of building a three dimensional planet – from an empty planet core without anything on it, players must each turn choose a tile with mountain/ice/forest/desert on it and place it on their planet via magnets. The player who fulfills the most conditions for the appearance of certain animals gains its card, while trying to fulfill their secret goals and gather the most animals.

Buy Planet for a family weight game with amazing toy factor, phenomenally illustrated by artist Sabrina Miramon.


Victorian Masterminds


Sherlock Holmes is dead! And with London’s greatest detective out of the way, those with villainous minds decide to wreak as much terror as possible on the populace!




You and your fellow no-goodniks are Victorian Masterminds and must send your henchmen to different cities to use their varied abilities, collect material for your steampunk-inspired contraptions, destroy buildings, and complete missions. This board game of evil plots and asymmetrical scheming challenges you to evade the Secret Service, deploy unique contraptions, and execute your dastardly strategy.

Buy Victorian Masterminds for a board game of beautiful miniatures, worker placement, and steampunk genius.

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