Spiel des Jahres 2017

Spiel des Jahres 2017

Is it really that time of the year again already? I could swear we just had an Essen fair, and suddenly the jury is announcing Spiel des Jahres nominees. Time does fly when you’re having more new boardgame releases than anyone could ever play. But here it is, and so we’re going to do what I guess most of you want: tell you about the nominees!

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Hanabi

Hanabi

A very unique card game in more than one way. You’re not only holding your cards the wrong way around, you’ll also be thinking about how you communicate in completely new ways. That’s not bad for a game that only takes 25 cards in the right order to win.

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Mississippi Queen

Mississippi Queen

Mississippi Queen is a game about boats – paddle wheel steamers, to be precise – and their movement. As a matter of fact, that’s pretty much it if all you are looking for is the basic playing principle. For the curious among you, however, we urge you to read on…

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Kingdom Builder

Kingdom Builder

In this year’s Spiel des Jahres, the King asks you to construct villages for his Kingdom. But his subjects are not always guided by sanity when they write their wishlist where the villages should go. Some of them have truly special needs, and then they keep contradicting each other. It’s enough to drive a city planer insane.

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Eselsbruecke

Eselsbrücke

Eselsbrücke is one of this year’s nominees for the Spiel des Jahres award. It’s a memory game with a fun mechanic, and really quite taxing for your memory. But is that enough to win the prestigous award?

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