The participants in our Opinionated Gamers SdJ Prediction Challenge anxiously await the news about which games will come home with an award, so that our friendly deathmatch can be resolved. In the meantime, I asked the entire group for updated predictions, now that we know what the nominees are. Just for a sweetener, each correct pick will add 2 points to their overall total.
20 people responded, enough to draw some conclusions. According to the Opinionated Gamers:
- The SdJ is up for grabs, and any of the three nominated games could wind up as the winner.
- The Kennerspiel is all over but the shouting: it’ll be 7 Wonders in a walk.
The vote couldn’t be more decisive with regard to the second point. All 20 of the responders picked 7 Wonders as the winner of the first Kennerspiel des Jahres. Believe me, I haven’t seen that many of us agree on something since Dale offered to pick up the check at our Gathering luncheon!
It’s a much tighter vote for the SdJ. By the narrowest of margins, we declare Forbidden Island to be our favorite, with 8 of the 20 votes. Asara is right behind, with 7 votes. And even in third place, Qwirkle got some solid support, with 5 votes.
Here is the list of who voted for which SdJ nominated game, for those scoring at home.
Forbidden Island: Jeff Allers, Erik Arneson, Jonathan Degann, Jonathan Franklin, Doug Garrett, Luke Hedgren, Mark Jackson, Tom Rosen
Asara: Joe Huber, Brian Leet, Larry Levy, Liga, James Miller, Greg Schloesser, Rick Thornquist
Qwirkle: Ted Alspach, Matt Carlson, John Palagyi, Mary Prasad, Dale Yu
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