The nominees for the biggest prize in board games, the German “Spiel des Jahres” trophy, were announced this week and there are no entries from designers Wolfgang Warsch and Michael Kiesling. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, those two definitely dominated last year’s awards).
This year, the jury of German critics went for the family-friendly “Spiel des Jahres” award with light, easy-to-learn games. Just one and Werworter †rebuttals in English) are word-based parlor games, while LAMA is a card game by design legend Reiner Knizia. All three play in less than 20 minutes (!).
The slightly heavier “enthusiasts” category, the “Kennerspiel des Jahres”, received a more diverse set of entries: the new Stefan Feld title seize the daycomplete with typical Alea “so-bad-it’s-almost-good” old-school artwork, the (long) quest game Detective from Ignacy Trzewiczek and the prolific Poles on Portal Games, and the new Stonemaier title wingspan by Elizabeth Hargrave. (Read our recent review of wingspan†
If you have small children, you might like the shortlisted entries “Kinderspiel des Jahres”: Fabulartica† Go Gekko Go!and Tal of the Wikinger†
If that’s not enough for you, the jury has also announced a longer list of featured titles in each category. While they don’t qualify for the award, they’re all worth checking out. For the Spiel des Jahres these additional titles are: Belratti, Dizzle, Imhotep – Das Duell, Krasse Kacke, Reefand Sherlock† (The only one of these additional titles I’ve personally played so far is Reef-and I highly recommend it.) For the Kennerspiel, the jury’s additional recommendations are: Architects of the Western Kingdom† lowlandsthe scientific theme Newtonand Paper Stories† There are also seven (!!!) Kinderspiel recommendations, which you can find here.
Congratulations to the nominees! The winners will be announced later this summer.