I see the latest Spiel des Jahres award nominations have been published: Spiel des Jahres
For those who are not aware of these, the Spiel des Jahres is the top award for boardgames produced in any given year. If boardgames make you think of some dull English games you played as a child with your family when there was nothing else to do, think again. Boardgames have come on massively since then, and are highly valued everywhere else it seems, except here in the UK, although that is gradually changing. They are not just for children but for all ages, with something to suit and challenge everyone . Not sure where to start? You can’t go wrong with games nominated for these coveted awards. Although I haven’t played any of these, a game that gets nominated for them is guaranteed to be a good, solid game. Just make sure you select from the right category: the Spiel des Jahres award is for the all-round winner, usually adult orientated, the Kinderspiel des Jahres is the children’s category, and the Kennerspiel des Jahres is for the more hardcore gamers who are looking for something more demanding and complex.
Have you played any of the nominated games? I’d love to hear what they’re like.