Posted Wednesday, 24-May-2017
Every year a jury of German board game reviewers and critics get together to announce gaming’s most prestigious award; the Spiel des Jahres.
Since 1979, the jury has chosen the best family friendly game; since 2001, two additional categories were added for best children’s game (the Kinderspiel) and best connoisseur’s game (the Kennerspiel)
Here are 2017’s nominees, all of which are definitely worth checking out. Do it FAST, because SdJ nominees tend to sell out very quickly!
Choose the right Dominos to build your kingdom and score the most points with limited space. Clean, stylish aesthetic domino game with a civ-building twist.
Help your party of adventurers brave the mysterious and magical realm of the shopping mall. Real time co-operative maze game where each player controls a single direction rather than a character.
Currently only available in German, El Dorado is a card game where players race across the board to find the fabled city of El Dorado. Add the right cards to your deck and go on adventures!
Can you sail to Treasure Island before your friends do? This real time simultaneous game has players blindly feeling inside a bag for the right shaped items (cutlasses, maps, cannons) to place on the board to claim gold and bonuses!
Penguins in high school (high school, ice cool, it’s a pun) sliding around the halls before the hall monitor catches them! Flick your penguins and collect the fish before your friends do!
Based on the Wormworld Sage, guide young Jonas through the forest using the power of your memory. Scout the path before him, including the monsters he’ll have to fight, then load your backpack with all the necessary maps, weapons, and equipment.
Based on the popular escape rooms where players must escape literally from a locked room, the EXIT series puts the puzzles on your table and challenges you to solve them in time. Will you escape the Secret Lab or the Pharaoh’s Tomb?
Hire crew, gather provisions, and go on viking raids! Raiders of the North Sea is a worker placement game set in the time of longships and valkyries.
In the near future, humans are transforming the red planet to make a new home. Create oceans, raise oxygen levels, mine the moons, and even crash asteroids into the planet – all in this economic strategy game of resources and card games.
Check out all the SdJ nominees and runners up as well as Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Spiel des Jahres!
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!