The Game - Guest Blog Review - What's The German For Boredom?

The Spiel Des Jahres is one of the most prestigious awards a board game can receive. German for Game of the Year, it’s an award for board and card games, created by Steven Spielberg in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design, and promoting top-quality games in the German market. It is thought that the existence and popularity of the award is one of the major drivers of the quality of games coming out of Germany.
Now in the past it’s been a hit or miss affair in my opinion as to the nominations and winners. In the last three years we’ve had Colt ExpressCamel Up and Hanabi win the award. All three of these games deserve the award even though I don’t particularly like the first two. They fit the family game genre perfectly and are liked by many people. Other classics likeDixit and Dominion have also received the award, but there have also been some downright insane choices as well. Kingdom Builder, really? One of my most despised games of all time and you think that’s more suitable for families than King of TokyoFlashpoint Fire Rescue and Takenoko from the same year? Quirkle and Keltis? Like I said, it’s very much a hit or miss award.
Normally you can predict what titles are going to appear. But this is an example of one which nobody saw coming or had even heard of in the UK/US market. Simply called The Game. This appeared and raised a ton of questions, not least because of the odd choice of name. So did it deserve a spot as a Runner-Up? I mean, to appear as a nomination it has to be pretty good right? . . . . . . . right?
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