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Abluxxen is the Card Game of the Year!

Germany’s Fairplay Magazine has announced the results of 2014’s À la carte award, presented annually to the best card game released during the previous 12 months.  The winner is Abluxxen, the clever game from Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling.  This only adds … Continue reading

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Russian Railroads and Limes Win 2014 IGA’s

The results of the 2014 International Gamers Awards (IGA) have been announced.  The winner of the Multiplayer category is Russian Railroads, co-designed by Helmut Ohley and Leonhard Orgler.  This represents the second major win by the Hans im Glück design, which also … Continue reading

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Russian Railroads Wins 2014 DSP Award!

The winner of the 2014 Deutscher Spielepreis (DSP), the heavier of the two major German Game of the Year awards, is Russian Railroads.  The game was designed by Helmut Ohley and Lonny Orgler and was published by Hans im Gluck. … Continue reading

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Soup’s On! Point Salad Games: A Roundtable Discussion

One of the hot terms being bandied about a lot these days in this wonderful hobby of ours is Point Salad games.  Unfortunately, it’s not obvious that there’s anything close to consensus about exactly what that label means.  To try … Continue reading

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Abluxxen Wins Austria’s Spiel der Spiele Award

Unhappy with the results of the SdJ award?  Maybe you’ll feel better about an announcement made a little south of Germany. The Spiel der Spiele, which is Austria’s national game of the year prize, was awarded a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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2013 Meeples Choice Awards: Final Results

The Spielfrieks user group has completed its voting for the Meeples Choice Awards and the winners are: RUSSIAN RAILROADS BORA BORA CONCORDIA Russian Railroads dominated the voting.  The race for the last two spots, however, was very tight and Nations … Continue reading

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Nominees for 2013 Meeples Choice Awards

Well, we’ve completed the first stage of voting for the Meeples Choice Awards on the Spielfrieks User Group ( and have come up with 27 excellent nominees for the award.  Now, everyone picks their three favorites of the group and the … Continue reading

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2013 Meeples Choice Awards Have Begun!

Just a reminder that the voting for the first round of the Meeples Choice Awards have begun on the Spielfrieks User Group (  Right now, we’ve got a list of 200 games.  Everyone gets to vote for their 10 favorites, … Continue reading

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Meeples Choice Awards Getting Started

Just a note that at the Spielfrieks user group, we’re beginning the Meeples Choice Award process. Every year, we select the three games that we think are the best from the previous calendar year and we’ll be doing it again for … Continue reading

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Larry Levy: My Gathering Impressions (Prototypes, Part 2)

This is my third, and final, article discussing some of the new games I played at the Gathering.  This time, I talk about the prototypes that I felt only so-so about…or worse. Alchemists (2 plays) – This CGE prototype was my most … Continue reading

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