The Nominees for the 2019 Spiel des Jahres Awards were announced on May 20th, 2019. The ultimate winners of this year’s awards will be announced on July 22nd, 2019 in Berlin.
The nominees for each respective category (along with their designer(s)) are:
Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year):
Just One (Ludovic Roudy and Bruno Sautter)
LAMA (Reiner Knizia)
Werewords (Ted Alspach)
Kinderspiel des Jahres
(Children’s Game of the Year):
Fabulantica (Marco Teubner)
Go Gecko Go! (Jurgen Adams)
Valley of the Vikings (Marie and Wilfried Fort)
Kennerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur – Enthusiast Game of the Year):
Carpe Diem (Stefan Feld)
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game (Ignacy Trzewiczek, Przemysław Rymer, Jakub Łapot)
Wingspan (Elizabeth Hargrave)
In addition to the nominees, the selection jury also published a list of recommended games/honorable mentions for each award category.
The official announcement regarding the 2019 nominees can be viewed here.
Stonemaier Games, publishers of the immensely popular Scythe, have released all the details on their new game, Wingspan. Players are bird enthusiasts who seek to discover and attract the best birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Its described as a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game for 1-5 players, aged 10+. Wingspan is designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, with art by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel. It plays in 40 – 70 mins.
The game is played over 4 rounds with the player with the most points being declared the winner. Habitats (which are actions in the game) are used by birds to perform combinations. Habitats focus on different aspects of growth:
- A bird feeder dice tower dispenses food tokens via custom dice
- Egg miniatures, in a variety of colors, are used to lay eggs
- A deck of cards allows hundreds of unique birds to be drawn and played
Featured game components include:
- 170 unique bird cards (57x87mm)
- 26 bonus cards (57x87mm)
- 16 Automa cards (57x87mm)
- 103 food tokens
- 75 egg miniatures
- 5 custom wooden dice
- 5 player mats
- 1 birdfeeder dice tower
- 2-piece Game Trayz custom tray
- 1 goal mat
- 8 goal tiles
- 1 first-player token
- 40 action cubes (8 per player)
- 4 clear plastic resource containers
- 1 scorepad (50 sheets; 1 sheet used for all players each game)
- 3 rulebooks
Wingspan also supports solo play by making use of an Automa. For more information on the game you can check out the Stonemaier Games website, or watch Tom’s video review on the Dice Tower channel. Wingspan will be released on March 8th, 2019.
The official announcement and pre-orders for Wingspan, a new game from Stonemaier Games (publishers of Scythe), will be available on January 2nd, 2019. Wingspan is designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, with art by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel.
If you don’t mind being trickle fed information you can join the Wingspan Facebook group, where the box cover was recently teased.
The only details regarding game play are that it will be for players who enjoy Terraforming Mars and Gizmos. There have been pictures of dice for the game, along with beautifully crafted and painted eggs, tokens, and cards. Until the new year, keep an eye on the Facebook group for more information.