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Is the Spiel des Jahres jury trying to win gamers back?

Laszlo Molnar
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Quite interestingly, this year the Spiel des Jahres jury chose the two gamer favorites from the two lists of nominated games. Kingdom Builder and Village, I guess most gamers will be satisfied with the choices.

I also think the jury (as usual) did an exceptional and brave job in choosing the nominees so especially in case of the Spiel des Jahres (Vegas, Eselsbrücke, Kingdom Builder) any of the three nominees could have had won and they would have been right. But now they chose the one that pleases gamers most. Also the one with a long-lasting appeal and replayability. (I'm just sad this surely means the slightly overpriced Kingdom Builder won't get cheaper in the next two year or three.)

Also in case of the Kennerspiel des Jahres, unlike last year when Lancaster didn't win or previous years when (I'm happy) nor Stone Age nor Fresco could win, they have chosen a "typical" (and at the same time, atypical and very innovative in its details) worker placement Euro. Well, Village is one of my favorite games of the past year, anyway. (Well, Targi winning as a 2-player game would have almost caused a scandal, even though its mechanism is fun and innovative; and I really like K2 but it's great only with its expansion.)

I sure like both games very much. I'm just a bit surprised this time both categories were won by those that the BGG crowd would choose. (Actually I was a bit prepared for some fun outrage from those who think only complex Eurogames count as board games. It's a letdown, I can't even poke fun at these people now.)

Was it intentional, or was it a result of the jury having quite many members? Whatever, I'm happy for their choices and hope general (non-gamer) players can embrace and enjoy Kingdom Builder as much as many gamers do.
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