Spiel des Jahres

Another spring and another relaxing Board Game Geek convention filled with late nights, Spiel des Jahres judges, and a hearty helping of coffee along the way.  In this episode the I, Geek squad discusses their recent visit to BGG.Con Spring (a month or two late) as well as the Spiel des Jahres predictions going forward.

As it stands the Kinderspiel winner has been announced and was a bit of a shocker as the most basic of games was chosen.  That game is Funkelschatz, or Sparkling Treasure by kid games juggernaut Haba.  To say this is a disappointment would be a lie.  Mostly because we couldn’t really care less.  That being said we all agreed Emojito was a superior game and probably deserved the win.  But again, who cares.

As for our other predictions, you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear what we thought of the other games.  This year, more than any other, has turned into a bit of an anomaly as far as the picks are concerned.  Out of nowhere comes a guy named Wolfgang Warsch who has created six games in his designer career, three of which now sit as nominees for this year’s Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres titles.

As it stands the nominations sit thus:

Game of the Year:

  • Azul by Michael Kiesling
  • Luxor by Rudiger Dorn
  • The Mind by Wolgang Warsch

Connoisseur Game of the Year:

  • Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg by Wolgang Warsch
  • Ganz shon clever by Wolgang Warsch
  • Heaven & Ale by Michael Kiesling and Andreas Schmidt

Six games nominated from three designers.  We played most of Warsch’s games and have some rather strong opinions on his entries and this year’s crop of nominees.  Take a listen and tell us what you think.

We hope you enjoy our show and thanks for listening!


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Ep 069 – Spiel des Jahres 2018 & BGG.Con Spring Talk

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