Andreas Pelikan

Lookout Games have announced the publication of the second expansion to the 2016 Kennerspiel des Jahres Winner, Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King. Isle of Skye: Druids is designed by the game’s original designers, Andreas Pelikan, and Alexander Pfister, with art by Klemens Franz. In Isle of Skye, players are chieftains of famous clans who are trying to build the greatest kingdom, in the form of laying tiles, scoring as many points as possible.

“One cannot win the struggle for dominance over the island without powerful allies. As every wise king knows, power is not measured in strength and gold alone. Having the support of the spiritual leaders of the country can be the decisive factor. Win the druids over to your cause, and harness the power of their mystical sacred sites for your benefit!” [source]

Unlike Isle of Skye: Journeyman, Isle of Skye: Druids doesn’t add any new mechanisms but instead splits the buying phase into two buying sessions. In the first phase, players can buy tiles from other players (as per normal), but in the second phase they’ll be able to buy from the dolmen board. These are normal, landscape tiles but they may have a tablet or scroll on them. Tablets grant special effects until the end of the game while scrolls follow the usual rules of the game. New scoring tiles have also been added.

The expansion retains the same player count, 2-5, as the base game and plays in roughly 60-75 mins. According to the Lookout Games website, Isle of Skye: Druids is expected to release either August or September 2018.

The winners of the prestigious Spiel Des Jahres and Kennerspiel Des Jahres have been announced.

Codenames by designer Vlaada Chvatil published by Czech Games Editions won the Spiel Des Jahres (German for Game of the Year).  This team party game has seen great success thus far having one a number of Dice Tower Awards as well.  Having already picked up placement in Target stores this award can only aid in its uptake with the non-hobby gaming public.  This win was not overly surprising as a result of the overwhelming popularity seen by the aforementioned items.

Isle of Skye: From Chieftan to King by designers Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister Published by Mayfair Games/Lookout Games won the Kennerspiel Des Jahres (German for Connoisseur Game of the Year).   This game has received critical acclaim from many within the gaming community.  This win was more surprising as a result of the competition it received from both Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and T.I.M.E. Stories.

For more information you can visit the Spiel Des Jahres awards pages for Codenames here and Isle of Skye here.

Congratulations to Colt Express for winning the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award! Colt Express is designed by Christophe Raimbault and published by Ludonaute/Asmodee.

The Spiel des Jahres is German for Game of the Year and is awarded by a panel of German speaking board game critics for the best family style game.

In addition to the Spiel des Jahres two other awards are given out. They are the Kennerspiel des Jahres (connoisseur game of the year) for best heavier game and the Kinderspiel des Jahres for best children’s game. This year’s winners are Broom Service designed by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister and published by alea for the Kennerspiel des Jahres and Spinderella designed by Roberto Fraga and published by Zoch for the Kinderspiel des Jahres.

Winning one of these awards is a great achievement for a board game and is quite often accompanied by a large increase of sales. Congratulations are in order for all of the winners as well as the nominees that didn’t win. For the full list of nominees and recommended games you can visit the official site for each award:

Spiel des Jahres

Kennerspiel des Jahres

Kinderspiel des Jahres