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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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Children's Game of the Year

Geistertreppe AKA Spooky Stairs At the top of a ruin lives the old ghost. Very quietly, a few daring children scurry up the crooked steps -- each one wants to be the first to scare the ghost by shouting, "Boo!". But the ghost knows this ancient game and has secretly cast a spell on... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Ticket to Ride first edition One of the most popular games ever designed, Ticket to Ride is a simple yet strategic game of connecting cities in the United States with trains. On their turn, players simply draw train cards, claim routes on the board, or draw more destination ... Out of Stock


Game of the Year

Ticket to Ride revised edition One of the most popular games ever designed, Ticket to Ride is a simple yet strategic game of connecting cities in the United States with trains. On their turn, players simply draw train cards, claim routes on the board, or draw more destination ... Out of Stock


Nominee

Ingenious English language edition of Einfach Genial Ingenious is the new abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponents’ tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from... Out of Stock


Nominee

Einfach Genial Original German edition of Ingenious The simply ingenious placement game! With this unbelievably exciting placement game from the renown game designer Reiner Knizia, each playing piece opens up entirely new possibilities. The more identical color-symbols that are next to each other on... Out of Stock


Nominee

Maharaja The maharaja has called and you, a distinguished Indian prince, are obeying his call! Build magnificent houses and palaces in his name! Maharaja is a clever strategic boardgame for two to five players. During the game the players take different... Out of Stock


Nominee

Saint Petersburg English language edition of Sankt Petersburg Baroque palaces, wide boulevards, and elegant bridges: St Petersburg. On May 16, 1703, Czar Peter the Great lays the foundation for the first building. Quickly impressive buildings are erected that are ever more grand and beautiful. Such buildings... Out of Stock


Nominee

Dicke Luft in der Gruft The game board has 60 sleeping places for vampires. Each of these quiescent places is shut with a vault lid, which is color-marked on the underside. The players try to protect their nocturnal associates from the approaching daylight by revealing... Out of Stock


Nominee

Dawn Under Help! The sun is rising! In the false dawn before sunrise, the vampires search for a dark resting place for the day. But, just when you think you have found the perfect grave, you find it is already occupied. Or worse, it contains dreaded garlic! Out of Stock


Recommended

Attika English language edition Each player oversees the building of his city-state. Temple, theater and oracle, a harbor with ships, vineyard with vintner, and many more must find space on the islands. Players must move fast to get the best land for themselves while blocking... Out of Stock


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