Spiel des Jahres, the Oscars of boardgames.

Sin título-1Today we want to talk about the “Spiel des Jahres” , translated from German as “The game of the year”.

This is the greatest award for board and card games. It is sort of the Oscar for movies or the Grammy for songs. If a game wins the Spiel des Jahres (SdJ), it is almost guaranteed that the game will be fun to play, with plenty of strategy to interest adults and rules simple enough for children 10 and older.

The nominees of 2013 have been announced today, and are: Hanabi, Augustus and Qwixx. We’ll bring Hanabi tomorrow to our session at The White Horse Inn at 6:30, so don’t miss out the chance to play it! 

 The SdJ was created 1978 and  is awarded every year since then. The aim of this award is to promote the cultural value of games, to encourage family and friends to play together and to help selecting the best games from a wide range of products on offer. However it doesn’t mean that it is the “best” game produced that year. The target group of this award is a very varied group where hobby gamers and games specialists are only a very small part. So what could be an excellent game for the expert players, could easily overwhelm the average consumer, keeping him from playing and somehow do damage to the idea of playing games.

Since 1989 there is also a “Kinderspiel des Jahres” (Children’s game of the Year) and since 2011, the “Kennerspiel des Jahres” for more complex games. Besides, similar awards are given in many other countries like Spain, France..  or the  UK Games Expo Awards  in United Kingdom! We’ll be there this weekend, so we’ll tell you all about it when we come back!

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