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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

On Monday, June 29th, the Vienna Games Academy released the winners of their 2015 game awards and they are as follows:

Spiel der Spiele/ Game of Games:
Mmm!, Designer: Reiner Knizia, Artist: Andreas Resch, Publisher: Pegasus Spiele

Spiele Hit für Kinder / Game Hit for Children:
Crazy Coconuts, Designer: Walter Schneider, Artist: Vincent Kim, Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Fliegenschmaus, Designer: Dietmar Keusch, Artist: Kai Pannen, Publisher: Haba
Push a Monster, Designer: Wolfgang Dirscherl & Manfred Reindl, Artist: Claus Stephan & Michael Hüter, Publisher: Queen Games
Schatz Rabatz, Designer: Karin Hetling, Artist: Johann Rüttinger, Publisher: Noris Spiele

Spiele Hit für Familien / Game Hit for Families:
Cacao, Designer: Phil Walker-Harding, Artist: Claus Stephan, Publisher: Abacusspiele
Drachenhort, Designer: Reiner Knizia, Artist: Franz Vohwinkel & Nora Nowatzyk & Walter Pepperle, Publisher: Ravensburger
Hamsterbacke, Designer: Francesco Berardi, Artist: Oliver Freudenreich, Publisher: Amigo Spiele
Loony Quest, Designer: Laurent Escoffier & David Franck, Artist: Paul Mafayon, Publisher: Asmodee

Spiele Hit mit Freunden / Game Hit with friends:
Bermuda, Designer: Carlo E. Lanzavecchia, Artist: Oliver & Sandra Freudenreich, Publisher: Huch! & friends
Broom Service, Designer: Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Artist: Vincent Dutrait, Publisher: alea
Ludix, Designer: Niek Neuwahl, Artist: Klemens Franz, Publisher: Piatnik
Ugo!, Designer: Ronald Hoekstra & Thomas Jansen & Patrick Zuidhof, Artist: Franz Vohwinkel, Publisher: Kosmos
Vienna, Designer: Johann Schmidauer-König, Artist: Michael Menzel, Publisher: Schmidt Spiele

Spiele Hit für Experten / Game Hit for Experts:
Orléans, Designer: Reiner Stockhausen, Artist: Klemens Franz, Publisher: dlp games
Progress: Evolution of Technology, Designer: Andrei Novac & Agnieszka Kopera, Artist: David J. Coffey & Kristi Harmon & David Szilagyi, Publisher: NSKN Games

Sonderpreis 2 Personen / Special Award for 2 player games
Patchwork, Designer: Uwe Rosenberg, Artist: Klemens Franz, Publisher: Lookout Spiele / Mayfair

Griffin Scroll:
XCOM: The Board Game, Designer: Eric M. Lang, Artist: Grafiken aus dem Computerspiel, Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games + Heidelberger

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The 2015 Spiel des Jahres, Kennerspiel des Jahres, and Kinderspiel des Jahres award nominees have been announced. To view the official announcement, as well as view a list of all those that were recommended in each category, you can visit the official Spiel des Jahres site here.

Spiel des Jahres

Colt Express, Machi Koro, and The Game

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Kinderspiel des Jahres

Push-a-Monster, Schatz-Rabatz, and Spinderella

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Kennerspiel des Jahres

Elysium, Orléans, Broom Service

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