The shortlist for board game’s biggest international award, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), has just been announced by the German critics’ association that awards the prize.
The main Spiel des Jahres award is currently reserved for lighter, family-style games, while the more complex Kennerspiel des Jahres honors deeper or more strategic games.
The final decision will be made this summer, but for now, if you’re looking for something new to play with friends or family, this list provides a nice starting point.
Ars Cardboard’s own recommendations from the list are, in order of complexity, Kingdomino (light), Exit—The Game (light-medium, very puzzle-y), and Terraforming Mars (medium-heavy, thinky).
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