The Spiel des Jahres jury announced their nominees and recommendations this morning. Congratulations to the nominees!
We’ve listed them below, but we’ve only put in the names of the German publishers (or what we assume is the German publisher). Links are to our past reviews.
One important bit of news from this morning (assuming a correct translation): some games released in March 2020 will be eligible next year, as they couldn’t be played enough due to the pandemic. Also out this morning, Essen Spiel ’20 is cancelled.
Spiel des Jahres:
My City, Designed by Reiner Knizia, Published by Kosmos
Nova Luna, Designed by Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel, Published by Edition Spielwiese and Pegasus Spiele
Pictures, Designed by Christian Stöhr and Daniela Stöhr, Published by PD Verlag
Recommendations went to Color Brain, Draftosaurus, The Fox in the Forest, Kitchen Rush, Little Town, and Spicy.
Kennerspiel des Jahres:
Cartographers, Designed by Jordy Adan, Published by Pegasus
The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Designed by Thomas Sing, Published by Kosmos
The King’s Dilemma, Designed by Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva, Published by Horrible Guild and HeidelBÄR Games
Recommendations went to Paladins of the West Kingdom, Res Arcana, and Underwater Cities.
Kinderspiel des Jahres:
Foto Fish, Designed by Michael Kallauch, Published by LOGIS
Speedy Roll, Designed by Urtis Šulinskas, Published by Piatnik
Wir sind die Roboter, Designed by Reinhard Staupe, Published by NSV
Recommendations can be found here.
More information is available on the jury’s website. The winners will be announced on July 20 for the Spiel and Kennerspiel. The Kinderspiel winner will be announced June 15.