The second of the major Game of the Year awards has been announced. The winner of Germany’s Deutscher Spiele Preis (DSP) is Lost Ruins of Arnak. Arnak, which lost out to Paleo for the Kennerspiel award, this time bested both it and SdJ winner MicroMacro to take the DSP. Arnak was designed by the husband and wife team of Min and Elwen (aka Michaela Stachova and Michal Stach). It was published by Czech Games Edition and, remarkably, is the first DSP winner for that acclaimed publisher.
The DSP has been trending toward lighter titles lately. Once, it was considered the heavier of Germany’s two major gaming awards (with winners like Terra Mystica, Russian Railroads, and Voyages of Marco Polo). But these days, it’s been going to games comparable in weight to the Kennerspiel (the three previous winners were Azul, Wingspan, and The Crew), so Arnak fits in very nicely with those other middleweights.
The award for Best Children’s Game went to Dodo, by Marco Teubner and Frank Bebenroth and published by Kosmos.
Here are the top ten vote getters for the DSP, together with their designers. Congratulations to the creative team behind Arnak, along with all the other nominated games!
- Lost Ruins of Arnak (Michaela Stachova, Michal Stach)
- MicroMacro: Crime City (Johannes Sich)
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Menzel)
- Paleo (Peter Rustemeyer)
- Aeon’s End (Kevin Riley)
- Everdell (James Wilson)
- Fantastic Realms (Bruce Glassco)
- Anno 1800 (Martin Wallace)
- Praga Caput Regni (Vladimir Suchy)
- Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (Isaac Childres)