May 23, 2022 – One of the most prestigious awards is getting underway. Today the Spiel des Jahres 2022 nominations were announced. This award out of Germany is considered to be the trend-setting board game of the year award. It takes place during the Essen Spiel convention in Germany at the beginning of October which is one of the biggest in Europe. Here are the nominations:
- Scout! designed by Kei Kajino and published by One More Game! & Oink Games.
- Cascadia designed by Randy Flynn and published by Flatout Games.
- Top Ten designed by Aurélien Picolet and published by Cocktail Game.
In addition to the nominations, the committee also put forward the following recommendations: Biss 20, Chakra, Point Salad, Switch & Signal and The Key: Sabotage.
SEE ALSO: Kinderspiel des Jahres 2022 Nominations | Kennerspiel des Jahres 2022 Nominations Announced
Last year the cooperative whereswaldo-esc game MicroMacro: Crime City won this award. Everyone agreed this was a very good thing but there was a lot of conversation of around is this actually a game or is it just an activity. Regardless, worth the time and well received. It beat out The Adventures of Robin Hood and Zombie Teenz.
This award has since spun off the Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert game of the year) starting in 2011 and the Kinderspiel des Jahres (kids game of the year) starting in 1989. The original Spiel des Jahres award started in 1979 and has been going strong ever since. Some past winners include Pictures (2020), Just One (2019), Azul (2018), Kingdomino (2017) and Codenames (2016). All the classics are there too from Catan to Carcassonne to Ticket To Ride.
You can watch the full live stream presentation, including the Spiel des Jahres 2022 nominations, below:
ABOUT THE SPIEL DES JAHRES 2022 NOMINEES
You have suddenly been appointed as the leader of a circus. Using the members of your circus you must put together a show that will beat out your rivals. Everyone on your team has a specific role. To fill in the gaps on your team, try to scout members away from other circus groups! With the addition of just one extra person you may set off an incredible chain reaction that helps you create a show that no other circus will be able to surpass. Will you battle with your current members? Or will you wait it out and try to recruit different ones? You will feel amazing when you make the right choices in this speedy card game!
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Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest! In Cascadia, players take turns building their terrain and populating it with wildlife. Players must create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem – each animal species has a different spatial preference and each habitat must be placed to reduce fragmentation and create wildlife corridors.
Cascadia is a tile and token drafting game for 1-4 players. It involves a dual-layer puzzle that progresses over time as more habitats and wildlife are added to each player’s individual ecosystem. Players score points by creating the most harmonious spatial arrangements of wildlife, and also by creating the largest contiguous habitat corridors.
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A fun co-op game! For each theme (funny or surprising), each player has to invent a response. But the intensity of the answer has to correspond to his secret number. Then, if the Cap’ten puts the answers in the correct order, the team wins!
There are always 10 good reasons to say stupid things! For each theme, each player has to invent a response and say it. But the intensity of the answer has to correspond to his secret number, from 1 (in green) to 10 (in red). Then, if the Cap’ten puts the answers in the correct order, the team wins!
FOR MORE: Buy Top Ten on Amazon