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5. What is the Spiel des Jahres? What is the Deutscher Spielepreis?

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This article is from the German Board Games FAQ, by Keith Ammann geenius@cifnet.com

5. What is the Spiel des Jahres? What is the Deutscher Spielepreis?

Board games are a big enough industry in Germany that awards are given
out. The Spiel des Jahres ("Game of the Year") is a juried industry
award, sorta like Cannes. The Deutscher Spielepreis ("German Game Award")
is primarily a critics' award, sorta like the Golden Globes. However,
unlike their analogues in the movie world, the SdJ tends to reward simple
games with mass-market or family appeal, while the DSP favors "gamers'
games" with more challenging rules and unusual mechanisms.

Most of the games listed above are either winners or nominees of one or
both awards. You can look up past award winners and current nominees at
www.spiel-des-jahres.org (English, German) and
www.kmwsspielplatz.de/spielarchiv/indxtemp.html?/spielarchiv/dsp.htm
(German only).


 

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