Are you... surprised?
That's right, I'm launching the GOTY thread a little earlier than usual. Not because it might be impacted by delays in shipping (do be aware that those are happening, folks), but simply on a whim. Because good cheer is sometimes in short supply in this day and age. So I'm officially kicking off this 2021 Community Game of the Year thread. On this day of (US) Thanksgiving, I'd like to thank ClockworkHouse, my predecessor who, to this very day, continues to be a patient sounding board and amazing source of support, as well as Staygold for his enthusiasm and new ideas. And of course, you. The community. The goodjers from all over who keep bringing your joy and love of gaming to this thread. I cannot thank you enough.
You know the drill, the rules haven't changed. In a nutshell, you, the GWJ community members vote for your favorite games of the year. Limit yourself to games you played for the first time in 2021, new releases or no. It must be new to you. Additionally, if you change your list during the course of the month, PLEASE, for the love of Stan, do not edit your post, but make a new one and tell me you've changed your mind. Finally, I'm carrying this over from 2020, but I ask that you skip or spoiler your "disappointments." Let's try to keep this centered on the good stuff, because of (gestures wildly) ...everything.
Polls will be closing on January 1st, 2022, 9am GMT+1 (that's 3am EST, or midnight PST). I'm already giving you a few extra days, so don't expect any leeway this time around.
Complete guidelines in Q&A form in the post below, and final results will be posted on the Front Page!