Saturday’s Game of the Year will be chosen – the award is considered the Oscar for board games. In addition to the nominees, we present games that can receive the “Kennerspiel des Jahres” award.
Nominated for “Game of the Year”
Scouts – Card Players
The goal of Scout is simple: to play the coolest combinations of cards possible – like rows of numbers or cards showing the same numbers. If you want to lie, you have to outpace a combination that has already been played. How embarrassing that you can only play cards from your hand next to each other – rearranging is not allowed. But there is an extra chip and the chance to take cards from your fellow players. Conclusion: it becomes more and more attractive over time and the more players, the smarter it gets.
“Scouting” was written by Kei Kajino and published by Oink Games. 3 to 5 players, 9 years and older, about 20 minutes, about 19 euros.
Cascadia – for nature lovers
Creating habitats for wild animals – this is the goal of “Cascadia”. To do this, players place tiles next to each other in such a way that the largest possible areas are created, such as forests, mountains or prairies. If you’re smart, you settle for animals that get along well with each other. The preferences of each dictate the cards. The animals and tiles that players may take are selected by chance. Who will get the most points with their living space? Conclusion: A beautifully designed game for the whole family.
“Cascadia – In the Heart of Nature” by Randy Flynn, published by AEG/Kosmos. 1 to 4 players, 10 years and older, about 45 minutes, about 35 euros.
The Top Ten – For People Who Weigh Things
What a fun challenge: In the “Top Ten” players have to mark their positions on a scale from 1 to 10 – with a word, sentences, or their own plays. Once the number cards are dealt, it is important, for example, to name the unpleasant and pleasant places. The master of the game must sort out what is being said. What happens at the lowest unpleasant level: the prison, the mouse pit, or the sewage system? And which player has the number 10 assigned to him: a luxury hotel or a castle? Conclusion: very entertaining!
“Top Ten” by Aurélien Picolet, published by Cocktail Games/Asmodee. 4 to 9 players, ages 12 and up, about 30 minutes, about 22 euros.
Nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres
Dune: Empire – for strategists
Wow, how sexy! Games rarely come close to winning like Dune: Imperium. To be one step ahead, you have to play cards tactically and place the pieces smartly. Bold plans are allowed, but they don’t always work out. It’s good to have your troops ready for action, because there’s combat in every round. The strongest gets the rewards. Conclusion: a complex but attractive strategy game for planners and optimists; Very attractive!
“Sand Dunes: Imperialism” by Paul Denin and published by Wolff/Asmode. 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 90 to 120 minutes, about 50 euros.
Living Forest – For Resilience
In the “living jungle”, tactical considerations and flexible work are inevitable. All players aim to be the first to show twelve flowers, trees or flames. Cards help to be earned, which everyone initially owns and which can be revealed according to certain rules. Depending on risk tolerance, luck, and planning, there are different options. It is important to monitor what other players are doing. Maybe their victory can be stopped? Conclusion: successful and attractive in all respects; The reboot is massive.
“The Living Forest” by Ask Christiansen, published by Pegasus Spiel. 2 to 4 players, 10 years and older, about 45 minutes, about 40 euros.
Kryptide – for complexes
Where is the creature? On the game board “Cryptid”, which can be repeatedly assembled, 108 fields can be visualized. In the beginning, each player gets a secret hint – for example, that the animal is in a desert field. Players can initially exclude fields or shortlist areas. They can also question other players. Conclusion: difficult, because the target domain can usually only be determined by a combination of clues.
“Kryptide” by Hal Duncan and Ruth Vevers, published by Osprey Games/Skellig Games. 3 to 5 players, 14 years and older, about 40 minutes, about 40 euros.
How does the jury decide?
What are the most awesome and recommended games? This is the question asked by the ten members of the Spiel de Jahr jury. They test about 300 to 400 new products annually and are interested in a good game idea, strong game materials, understandable rules, and beautiful design.
The jury is made up of journalists who are independent from the publishers and work on a voluntary basis.
The Awards ceremony It is broadcast live on Saturdays from 6 pm on spiel-des- Jahres.de