Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014 Spiel des Jahres Game Nominations

The game nominations for the 2014 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) and the Kennerspiel des Jahres awards have been announced.  The Spiel des Jahres award is considered the most prestigious award in the board game world. The Kennerspiel des Jahres award is for the more meatier strategy games.

The three games nominated for this year's Spiel des Jahres award are:

1. Camel Up

No U.S. publisher has been announced yet.  That will probably change with this nomination.

Camel Up is a camel race with several betting options.  The camels can stack up and move together.

2. Concept

We have Concept in stock and have a game copy in our Demo Games Library.  This is a great party game that using pawns and cubes placed on icons to get someone to say the right word or phrase.

Concept is lots of laughs.

3. Splendor

We also have Splendor in stock and have a game copy in our Demo Game Library.  Players use set of gems to claim development cards.  Sets of development cards are used to claim nobles.

Splendor is 30 minutes of tactical brilliance.

The three games nominated for this year's Kennerspiel des Jahres award are:

1. Concordia
Rio Grande Games

Concordia uses a great card selection mechanic at the start of each turn as players work to develop the best economic engine across a beautiful map of Europe in Roman times.

We have Concordia in stock.

2. Istanbul

AEG is definitely on a roll.  They brought us Love Letter, Smash Up, and Trains.

Istanbul should be here soon.  The game has players moving their merchants across a modular board, dropping off assistants in key location, buying and selling goods on the way to victory.

3. Rococo
Eagle/Gryphon Games

Rococo should be available soon.  It has a little deck-building, card drafting, area control, and set collection rolled onto a beautiful board.

The player who creates the most impressive collection of dresses in the 5 ballrooms wins.

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Other games that were recommended by the Spiel Committee include:

For Spiel:
Love Letter
S.O.S. Titantic

For Kennerspiel:
Queen Games

Russian Railroads
Z-Man Games
Blood Bound
Fantasy Flight

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