The Spiel des Jahres jury announced their nominees and recommendations this morning. Congratulations to the nominees!
We’ve listed the nominees below, but we’ve only put in the names of the German publishers (or what we assume is the German publisher).
We did pretty well with our predictions this year, listing all of the SdJ nominees and 2/3 of the KdJ nominees. The one we missed was Cryptid, which came out a few years ago in English.
Spiel des Jahres:
Cascadia, Designed by Randy Flynn, Published by Flatout Games
Scout, Designed by Kei Kajino, Published by Oinnk
Top Ten, Designed by Aurélien Picolet, Published by Cocktail Games
For the curious, Top Ten does not appear to have an English language release yet, and is decently language dependent.
Recommended games included 7 Wonders: Architects, echoes: The Dancer, Magic Rabbit, My Gold Mine, So Clover!, and Trek 12: Himalaya.
Kennerspiel des Jahres:
Cryptid, Designed by Hal Duncan und Ruth Veevers, Published by Osprey Games
Dune Imperium, Designed by Paul Dennen, Published by Dire Wolf
Living Forest, Designed by Aske Christiansen, Published by Pegasus Spiele
Recommended games included Ark Nova, Khôra: Rise of an Empire, and Witchstone.
Kinderspiel des Jahres:
Auch schon Clever, Designed by Wolfgang Warsch, Published by Schmidt Spiele
Magic Mountain, Designed by Jens-Peter Schliemann und Bernhard Weber, Published by Amigo
Quacks & Co., Designed by Wolfgang Warsch, Published by Schmidt Spiele
Recommended games included Fröschis, Golden Ei, Honey, and Die Villa der Vampire.
I do not believe Auch schon Clever has an English version available.
More information is available on the jury’s website. The winners will for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres be announced on July 16. The winner for the Kinderspiel des Jahres will be announced on June 20.