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Spiel des Jahres

The German Spiel des Jahres is perhaps the world's most prestigious game award. Founded in 1978 by a group of German game critics to promote awareness and to increase the cultural value of games, the award recognizes outstanding games based on originality, playability, and educational value of the game idea; organization, clarity and understandability of rules; packing and layout of the gameboard and the game rules; and functionality and overall quality of the game materials included.

Each year the journalists who compose the Jury cast ballots to select the honorees and to award the main prize, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year). In past years, a list of Nominees was selected, then a few weeks later, the Spiel des Jahres was chosen from that list. Beginning in 2004, an initial list of Recommended games was published as well as five Nominees announced as finalists; and finally, the Game of the Year is announced a few weeks after that, in early summer.

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El Grande: Decennial Edition The players are the Grandes in old Spain. Each wants to increase his influence at the court and in the regions. Each turn, the players choose from 5 actions, different on each turn. Choose wisely to become the most powerful Grande and win the game! Out of Stock


Game of the Year

El Grande English language edition It is time of awakening. The position of the king is secure, but the high aristocrats, the Grandes, look to expand their influence. Thus, intrigue fills the country! Their primary weapons are the attendants to the king: the Caballeros. Each Grande... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

El Grande original German edition It is time of awakening. The position of the king is secure, but the high aristocrats, the Grandes, look to expand their influence. Thus, intrigue fills the country! Their primary weapons are the attendants to the king: the Caballeros. Each Grande... Out of Stock


Nominee

Ab Die Post! Out of Stock


Nominee

Campanile A new "heavily revised" edition of the 1996 release from Blatz, a game in which players try to build tall towers -- but more importantly bet on which towers will be tallest when the game ends. Each turn, you lay a card showing 1-3 towers on one of the... Out of Stock


Nominee

Campanile Players take turns adding stories to five different towers in this elegant card game, but are rewarded by early and accurate bets on which towers will grow to be the tallest by the end of the game. Constraints on which cards can be played and what... Out of Stock


Nominee

Get the Goods English language edition Get the Goods is a strategic card game of fun and fortune. Earn points by collecting piles of luxurious goods... are, real estate, yachts, oil wells, casinos, gold. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins! Out of Stock


Nominee

Reibach & Co. Out of Stock


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Mü & Mehr German edition M & Mehr consists of a special 5-suited card deck and a collection of 6 different games. This collection is best known for the game M itself, a trick taking game with variable partnership play and a very special bidding phase. The game is highly... Out of Stock


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Mü & Mehr German edition Out of Stock


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