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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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Game of the Year

Dixit (Backordered)
List: $34.99 $27.99 (20% savings!) The illustrations are revealed. Their common point: an enigmatic sentence. But beware: one of the images is the key. Use finesse and intuition to find it without falling into the traps set by other players.


Nominee

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (Temporarily Out of Stock)
List: $39.99 $31.99 (20% savings!)

Build a thriving civilization -- in under an hour! Collect goods, assign workers to build cities and erect monuments, advance your civilization through cultural and scientific developments, but don't forget to harvest enough food to feed your population.


Nominee

Fresko (Restocking) multilingal edition, AKA: Fresco
List: $59.95 $47.99 (20% savings!)

The ceiling in the cathedral is getting on a bit and is in urgent need of restoration. The bishop is awaiting important visitors and wants to show off his church from its best side. The players slip into the role of the fresco painters in this colorful...


Nominee

Portrayal (Restocking)
List: $29.99 $23.99 (20% savings!)

See it! Say it! Sketch it! Score it! In each hilarious round of Portrayal, one player (the Portrayer) describes a unique and utterly bizarre image while the other players (the Artists) attempt to draw the image solely on the Portrayer's description.


Nominee

à la carte (Temporarily Out of Stock)
List: $49.95 $39.99 (20% savings!)