Three games were nominated for the 2019 Kinderspiel des Jahres – Valley of the Vikings, Fabulantica, and Go Gecko Go! – but Valley of the Vikings took home the prize.
Valley of the Vikings was designed by Marie Fort and Wilfried Fort. The artwork for the game was provided by Maximilian Meinzold. The game is aimed at kids aged 6 and up. It plays 2-4 people and takes about 20 minutes to play. The game is billed as a “tactical game of skill” as the players have to use balls to knock down barrels in the annual bowling barrel contest.
If you would like further information on the game itself, check out the Dice Tower website here. For more information on the Kinderspiel winner and the other nominees, check here.
Back in May we announced the nominees for the renowned Spiel (Game of Year), Kennerspiel (Connoisseur-Enthusiast Game of the Year), and Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) awards. The winners have been announced. This year Azul, designed by Michael Kiesling and published by Plan B/Next Move games won the Spiel des Jahres.
Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, from designer Wolfgang Warsch and published by Schmidt Spiele, won the Kennerspiel des Jahres Schmidt Spiele.
And, finally, Funkelschatz won the Kinderspiel des Jahres. Also known as Dragon’s Breath and published in the USA by HABA, Funkelschatz is designed by Lena and Günter Burkhardt.
The Spiel des Jahres awards are the premier awards for board gaming each year, with awards for Family Game of the Year, Strategy Game of the Year, and Kid’s Game of the Year. Each year the Kid’s Games of the Year is announced in June while the rest are announced later in July, and today we have found out who the winner of the Kid’s Game of the Year is. That game is Dragon’s Breath by HABA Games.
Dragon’s Breath is a cute little game for ages 5 and up, and in it you will have four young dragons and one dragon dad, trying to get the most gems out of a ice column filled with them. That ice column in the game is represented by a stack of rings filled with plastic gems. Each round the young dragons will pick a gem color that they think will come out of the ice when the dad melts it. Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring, allowing some gems to fall off the tower to be collected by the young ones. There is also some holes in the board that if a gem falls in there, it goes to the dad and he may win. After all the gems that fell have been collected, the young dragons pick again what color they will collect and the next ring comes off. This will continue until all the rings are gone and then whoever has the most gems is the winner.
As you can tell the game is simple, but with the fun theme and unpredictability of the gems in the ice, means everything isn’t always going to go as you think. This is definitely a game for kids as it’s mostly luck with what gems will fall, but still has a element of strategy as they have to evaluate what gems they think will fall. Dragon’s Breath is available now so if you are looking for a good kids game, go check it out.
The Spiel des Jahres award nominees have been announced for 2018 across their three categories; Spiel desh Jahres (Game of the Year), Kinnerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur-Enthusiast Game of the Year), and Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year). The nominees are:
The winners of the Spiel des Jahres and the Kinnerspiel des Jahres have yet to be picked, but they have chosen the Kinderspiel des Jahres winner. And the winner is Ice Cool.
Ice Cool is definitely worthy of this title as it is a very fun dexterity game that works for adults and kids alike. In the game you have one person being the hall monitor, trying to keep everyone in class, and everyone else are students trying to sneak away for a snack. You will be flicking your weeble-wooble like penguin around the board trying to go through the doors with your color fish on them. The more fish you collect the more points you get, and for the hall monitor, the more students you catch and take their ID from, the more points you get. After everyone either gets their fish or the hall monitor catches everyone, the player being the hall monitor switches and you play another round. Once everyone has been the hall monitor once you count up points, and the most points is the winner.
The 2017 Spiel des Jahres award nominees have been announced. The “Game of the Year 2017” will be selected on July 17, 2017 in Berlin. There were several other games that made it to the jury’s “recommendation” list and they can be viewed on the official announcement here.
As of June 20th the winner of the Kinderspiel des Jahres, Kids Game of the Year, has been announced and it is Stone Age Junior, aka My First Stone Age. So congratulations to the designer Marco Teubner and you can buy this award winning game at your local game store today!
You can see the announcement from the German Spiel des Jahres site here and look forward to the announcement of the winners for the Kennerspiel and Spiel awards on July 18th.
The nominees for the main award are fairly diverse. Codenames the hit of Gen Con 2015 is a surprise to almost no one who has been paying attention. Having already infiltrated the mass market stores it is hard to deny that this clever little deserves to be on this list. Imhotep just came out in Germany in March of this year and has not had an English release yet. Looking to provide a family weight game involving strategy and a little bit of take that has it fitting in nicely. Karuba the final nominees is game maker HABA’s first foray into games intended for older audiences.
They have additionally give five honorable mentions
Nominations for the Kennerspiel or connoisseurs category is filled three massive hits from this year. With Both Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and T.I.M.E Stories being in the top 30 games of all time on Board Game Geek it is not surprising that either of those was nominated. The first nominee Isle of Skye is only ranked 250 on BGG but has a solid pedigree behind it. Having been released by Lookout/Mayfair Games this highly strategic tile laying game provides a lot of opportunity for very intricate strategies to come into play. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 shot up to the number one spot on BGG within 2 months of its release. Widely regarded as one of the best implementations of the legacy concept by designers Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock and being widely regarded as one of the best selling games within the last year this was an obvious nomination. Finally we have another legacy style game with T.I.M.E Stories which has already had three expansions released and more announced this promises to be a great cooperative legacy game which can be played in decent sized chunks.
The three honorable mentions were quite well regarded as well
The Kinderspiel which often is the category that surprises the most has fewer surprises than normal this year. With at least one title that is a reimplementation of a well known game for the older crowd in this group. Leo Muss zum Friseur which as already won the Austrian children’s game of the year for 2015 is a great little press your luck game. Stone Age Junior is a clever reimplementation of the older game Stone Age designed by Marco Teubner. Finally is Mmm! which is a great little cooperative game well suited for introducing a child to the cooperative genre.