The 2015 Deutscher Spielepreis (DSP) awards for best game of the year were announced earlier today and the winner is The Voyages of Marco Polo, by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini, published by Hans im Glück. Marco Polo might have been the leading contender for the award, given its reception and high ratings, as well as the DSP’s reputation for rewarding heavier games. It’s Luciani and Tascini’s first major award, although their joint effort Tzolk’in did finish second in the DSP’s in 2013 to Terra Mystica. For HiG, it’s their second consecutive DSP (Russian Railroads won last year) and their ninth overall; no other publisher has won it more than three times.
Second place went to Orléans, a very nice showing for Reiner Stockhausen’s most notable game. This came on the heels of it being one of the nominees for the Kennerspiel. Colt Express finished third, not surprising since the SdJ winner usually does well in DSP voting. Murano, by Inka and Markus Brand, finished fourth, and fifth place went to Uwe Rosenberg’s Fields of Arle (Rosenberg had another of his designs, Patchwork, finish in the top 10).
Spinderella, by Roberto Fraga, won the prize for best Children’s Game (matching its earlier Kinderspiel win by the SdJ jury). And the Golden Feather, a special prize given for the best rules set, went to CGE’s Alchemists.
Marco Polo becomes the third game to walk away with a major award this year, after Colt Express and Kennerspiel winner Broom Service. The winner of the International Gamers Awards (IGAs), the last of the three majors, will be announced in about a month.
Congratulations to the winners! Here are the top ten finishers, together with their designers and publishers.
- The Voyages of Marco Polo, Daniele Tascini and Simone Luciani (Hans im Glück)
- Orléans, Reiner Stockhausen (dlp games)
- Colt Express, Christophe Raimbault (Ludonaute)
- Murano, Inka and Markus Brand (Lookout)
- Fields of Arle, Uwe Rosenberg (Feuerland)
- Five Tribes, Bruno Cathala (Days of Wonder)
- Cacao, Phil Walker-Harding (Abacus)
- Machi Koro, Masao Suganuma (Kosmos)
- AquaSphere, Stefan Feld (H@ll Games)
- Patchwork, Uwe Rosenberg (Lookout)