For those of you familiar with modern board-gaming, much of this will be fairly obvious, and can probably be skipped entirely. However, for people without much experience of the world of modern boardgames, the landscape may have changed enough that a quick overview is helpful.
There will be some games that crop up more than once round here – I’ve created a few handy little summaries, so that people know what I’m talking about
Spiel des Jahres
Spiel des Jahres, literaly “Game of the Year” in German is a prestigious award given to board-games. The award has been in existence since the late 1970s, but recent decades provide a name-check for almost all of the “big names” in Board Games- Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, Alhambra, Ticket to Ride, Dominion, and Dixit, just to name a few that I can find on my own shelves. There has also been an element of diversification over the years with the introduction of special awards, such as “Best Literary Game” given to Lord of the Rings in 2001 and “Best Fantasy Game” given to Shadows over Camelot in 2006, as well as the creation of a “Connoisseurs’ game of the year” category which has run regularly since 20011 and been awarded to games such as 7 Wonders, Legends of Andor and Broom Service.
As with any award, the winners vary in style and quality, and whilst an award is reckoned to guarantee sales, it doesn’t guarantee quality. That said, knowing a game is a Spiel des Jahres winner might well mean it’s worth a look