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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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Spiel des Jahres Recommended

Through the Desert Each player attempts to score the most points by snaking caravan routes through the desert, trying to reach oases and blocking off sections of the desert. Many people feel that it is reminiscent of Go. Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Elfenland multilingual 10-year anniversary edition in a tin Most races involve horses or cards, but in Elfenland players control young elves, who must traverse their fantasy land with all sorts of strange transportation such as giant pigs and unicorns. Each player must visit every city on the map and ... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Elfenland Scandinavian edition Most races involve horses or cards, but in Elfenland players control young elves, who must traverse their fantasy land with all sorts of strange transportation such as giant pigs and unicorns. Each player must visit every city on the map and ... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Elfenland original German edition This is the long-awaited new edition of Alan Moon's Elfenroads (White Wind, 1993). The game has been completely redesigned, including the board. If you weren't among the lucky 1200 who bought the original, you now have another chance! Travel with... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Elfenland English language edition Most races involve horses or cards, but in Elfenland players control young elves, who must traverse their fantasy land with all sorts of strange transportation such as giant pigs and unicorns. Each player must visit every city on the map and ... Out of Stock


Nominee

Basari original German edition Not to be confused with Sid Sackson's Bazaar, Basari is played with dice on a traditional (Monopoly-type) board. As play moves around the board, players earn points in three different ways: You can accept the printed Victory Point, take the Jewels... Out of Stock


Nominee

Basari English language edition Enter the street bazaar... the enticing sights, sounds and flavor of the marketplace are everywhere. In Basari you barter and haggle with the other street merchants over precious gemstones that keep changing hands with every round. The trader with... Out of Stock


Nominee

Caesar & Cleopatra English language edition Caesar and Cleopatra are locked in a struggle to determine the amount of independence Egypt will have. The decision lies in the hands of the powerful patricians. The players, as Caesar and Cleopatra, use their influence and special actions to win... Out of Stock


Nominee

Caesar & Cleopatra original German edition


Nominee

Canyon international edition The happy hunting grounds are closed for repair, the buried hatchet is nowhere to be found, the buffalo herds have gone on holiday, and the palefaces have decided to drink their firewater themselves rather than sell it to the Indians. All this... Out of Stock


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