Spiel Des Jahres – Explained

logoEvery year a group of German speaking board game critics select the best of the previous year and release a list of three or more, family friendly games. Because this is a German award, the games nominated are not always available in the USA. Games with complex rules or mechanics are not considered in this award (but do fall within the scope of the Kennerspiel Des Jahres). In short, these are the nominees for the Game of the Year award:

  • Codenames by Vladimír Chvátil from Czech Games Edition
  • Imhotep by Phil Walker-Harding from Kosmos
  • Karuba by Rudiger Dorn from Haba

The Kennerspiel Des Jahres is the connoisseur/Enthusiast Game of the Year Award is the category the will hold the more complex games – the games I’m more likely to be interested in. Of course since I love to play games with my kids too, don’t think I’m overlooking the first category.

  • Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister from Lookout Games
  • Pandemic Legacy – Season 1 by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau from Z-Man Games
  • T.I.M.E. Stories by Manuel Rozoy from Space Cowboys

The final list released by the panel is the Kinderspiel Des Jahres or Children’s Game of the Year Nominations:

  • Leo mus zum Friseur (Leo Goes to the Barber) from Leo Colovini from Abacausspiele
  • Mmm! by Reiner Knizia from Pegasus Spiele
  • Stone Age Junior by Marco Teubner from Hans im Glück

In four to six weeks the panel of critics will announce the winner, but there will be plenty of news about these games between now and then.

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