This year, I'm doing a few categories as well as an overall "game of the year".
Best Light Game/Filler Um Krone und Kragen
I really enjoy this one and it is a shame the English edition has run into printing problems and the like. Once I get my own copy, I expect plays to go up.
This is fun, but unfortunately it is more representative of a bit of a weak year for 2-player games, for me. Honorable mention for two older 2-player games that I enjoyed a lot this year: Deflexion and Darter.
Nacht der Magier
Very cute and plays well (albeit very differently) in the dark and in the light.
Blue Moon City An outstanding offering from Knizia. Honorable mentions (both very strong): Thurn & Taxis and Augsburg 1520.
Amerigame and Game of the Year
I am not usually a big fan of long games, but when I like them, they tend to be the deeply thematic games. This game really manages to hit that the dungeon crawl sweet spot and remains engaging and interesting for it's full (4 hour) duration as either Hero or Overlord and over multiple scenarios.