Diana Jones Award - since 2001 - United States
From the website:
The Diana Jones Award is an annual award created to publicly acknowledge excellence in gaming. The award was first made for the year 2000, and the first award ceremony was on August 4, 2001. The Diana Jones Award is decided on merit, not popularity or commercial success. You may never have heard of some of the nominees, but you can be certain that they are all outstanding in their fields. What is more, because the winner is chosen by a closed, anonymous committee, it is impossible for a manufacturer or publisher to stuff the ballot or interfere with the voting.
2006 Irish Game Convention Charity Auctions
2005 Ticket to Ride
2004 My Life with Master
2001 Peter Adkison
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