Spiel des Jahres

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The Spiel des Jahres (German for Game of the Year) is arguably the most prestigious board game award for German-style board games.

The award was created in the late 1970s to reward excellence in game design, and to promote top-quality games in the German market. It is thought that the existence and popularity of the award is one of the major drivers of the quality of games coming out of Germany. However, some game fanatics feel that in the last couple of years, the award is awarded for diplomatic reasons, cycling between the three or four largest game producers in Germany.

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Award critera

The award is given by a jury, which reviews games released in Germany in the preceding twelve months. The award generally goes to a 'family style' game. Games such as wargames are not considered.

The award critera are:

  1. Game idea & originality
  2. Rule structure & clarity
  3. Presentation (art and parts)
  4. Game mechanics

2005 nominations

The nominations for the 2005 award were released on 8 May 2005 and the winner will be announced 27 June 2005. The five games nominated are:

Previous winners

Here is the list of games that have won this award:

See Also

External link

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