The nominees for this year’s Spiel des Jahres are in and they’re a great looking batch of games. Each year 3 awards are given out:
Spiel des Jahres – Best Family Game
Kennerspiel des Jahres – Best Connoisseur Game
Kinderspiel des Jahres – Best Children’s Game
The nominees for 2020 are as follows:
Spiel des Jahres
My City is a competitive legacy game in which you develop a city on your own playing board through the ages.
Designed by Reiner Knizia
The new moon is a symbol for a new beginning, the perfect time to start something new and to plan your future — and that is what Nova Luna (lat. for new moon) is all about. In each round of this abstract tile-laying game, you have to plan your future anew, developing a new strategy to cope with what the moon wheel has to offer you.
Designed by Corné van Moorsel and Uwe Rosenberg
In Pictures, each player simultaneously tries to copy a picture with one of five different materials: building blocks, sticks and stones, icon cards, color cubes, or a rope. Following this, each player decides which of the 16 displayed pictures has been copied. The game ends after five rounds, when each player has used each material once.
Designed by Christian Stöhr and Daniela Stöhr
Kennerspiel des Jahres
In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen’s edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins.
Designed by Jordy Adan
You have to keep the kingdom going, while also seeking an advantage for your own house; this power struggle may lead the kingdom into war, famine, or riot, or it could generate wealth and well-being. This will depend on your choices! The thing is, each decision has consequences, and what is good for the kingdom as a whole may be bad for your family…
Designed by Hjalmar Hach and Lorenzo Silva
In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumors about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.
Designed by Thomas Sing
Kinderspiel des Jahres
We Are the Robots
How far does Robbi roll in about four seconds? Well, that depends on how quickly he moves!
As a team in Wir sind die Roboter (We Are the Robots), you try to work together to develop a sense of time and speed. If you can do this, soon you’ll know exactly where Robbi will stop.
Designed by Reinhard Staupe
Who does not like to take pictures? Grab your camera and dive with your friends into fascinating underwater world to catch images! Captured images will lead to success and grow up fish of photographers that will become an award. Who will be able to earn the extraordinary-size prey?
Designed by Michael Kallauch
In Hedgehog Roll, you want to roll the fuzzy hedgehog across the forest floor to collect apples, leaves, and mushrooms that allow you to move further along the path. Play either with the competitive mode to race against each other or with the co-operative mode to race against the sly fox!
Designed by Urtis Šulinskas
I have to admit this is the first time I’m hearing of many of these games, but they all look pretty great. Guess I’ve got some work to do!
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.
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