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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

Qwirkle
List: $25.50 $22.99 (10% savings!)

This tactile wooden block game combines the logic and strategy of Set with the creative multi-maneuver game play of Scrabble. Easy-to-learn rules mean you'll be creating columns and rows of matching colors and shapes in no time! Look for opportunities...


Nominee

Asara Famed designing duo Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling will have a new title out from German publisher Ravensburger in time for Spiel 2010: Asara, which is subtitled "Land of 1,000 Towers."... Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.


Nominee

Forbidden Island
List: $17.99 $14.40 (20% savings!)

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together...


Recommended

Luna: In the Domain of the Moon Priestess The Regency of the Moon Priestess is nigh. Her successor will be chosen among the memebers of the mightiest Order of the Moon Cult - that is why they are competing to gain the most influence. Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.


Recommended

Safranito
$43.99

Saffron, curry and cardamom – in the bazaar everyone will be haggling over these precious spices. This family game features a strong atmosphere and requires exceptional tactical skills...


Recommended

Blockers A minute of rules, then a lifetime of fun for the whole family! See the numbers, letters and symbols? You have one tile for each type of space on the board. Play your tiles strategically to form the fewest clusters of your color on the board... Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.


Recommended

Sun, Sea & Sand (Restocking)
$46.99

In *SUN, SEA & SAND* each player starts a resort on a touristic island. At the start you only have a piece of land. You can build chalets to lodge tourists, attractions to persuade them to stay long, and signs to make that tourists find your resort.


Recommended

Skull & Roses (Backordered) red box
List: $19.99 $15.99 (20% savings!) Think you can reveal the most Rose cards without ever discovering a Skull card? Think you have nerves of steel? From a hand of 4 cards, players get to either play or, after a first round, start issuing challenges. That's when you'll need to bluff...


Recommended

Freeze (Preorder) With Freeze, co-designed with Hans-Peter Stoll, Meyer is asking players not only to sing, but also to dance, to act up – in general, to do whatever it takes to communicate with the audience.


Recommended

Die Burgen von Burgund Stefan Brück, alea's editor and developer, has posted a bit of information about (Die Burgen von) Burgund – the fifth large box collaboration in a row between designer Stefan Feld and alea... Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.