Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Spiel des Jahres Game Nominations

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The game nominations for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres (Family Game of the Year) and the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game of the Year) awards have recently been announced. These awards are considered the most prestigious awards in the board game world.

The vast field of games is pared down to three games for each category that will contend for their respective category award.  And the nominees are:

Spiel des Jahres (Family Game)

Czech Games Edition
Codenames is a team word game.  Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames and are competing to be the first to identify all of their teams spy cards.

Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. All must beware of the Assassin.

Thames & Kosmos
Coming soon.  Imhotep is a game of building monuments by the famous Egyptian architect, Imhotep.

Players quarry and transport their stone blocks on ships to various construction sites to end up in the most valuable positions.  But you alone do not control which sites the ships go to. Depending on where the blocks end up, players earn different point values.

Karuba is a tile-laying race game for treasure hunters aged 8 and above.

Each player plays on their own island card while racing to beat the other players in the hunt for the most valuable temple treasures. Use the tiles to build paths along which you move to get to the temple of the same color collecting crystals and gold nuggets along the way.  But be careful!  Many paths have dead ends so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle.

Runner Up Recommended Games:

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Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game)

Pandemic Legacy
Z-Man Games
The world is on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease-fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month will bring new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next. Will you let cities fall to the diseases? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? Craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy.

T.I.M.E. Stories
Space Cowboys
T.I.M.E. Stories is a co-operative narrative decksploring board game.

Players are agents in a futuristic Time Survey Agency that detects time discrepancies and sends them on a mission, usually to prevent temporal rifts. Each mission is different, being set in a different atmosphere and having a core mechanism that differs from the next.

Isle Of Skye
Mayfair Games
Isle Of Skye, a quick tile placement and auction game.

Start as a famous Scot chieftain and compete to rise as King as you build your kingdom scoring as many points as you can. Wisely set the price for tiles you draw and manage your money carefully. 

There are 16 scoring cards of which you will use 4 in a given game thus providing variability each time you play.

Runner Up Recommended Games:

Stay tuned in to find out which games win.

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