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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

Kingdom Builder

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In Kingdom Builder, the players create their own kingdoms by skilfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

Highly Recommended

Rapa Nui (Backordered)

Plunge into a mysterious culture at the other end of the world - Rapa Nui, Easter Island!

Highly Recommended

Miss Lupun…und das Geheimnis der Zahlen (Restocking)

Players in Miss Lupun...und das Geheimnis der Zahlen start each round with ten number tiles (0-9) and four task cards, of which they must keep three...

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In Pictomania, players each secretly receive details about what they should draw. Everyone draws simultaneously, while also keeping an eye on what the other players are drawing.