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Thoughts after the Spiel des Jahres nominees were announced

Laszlo Molnar
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Yesterday I made my predictions in this same blog and it seems I have quite good intuitions.

Main prize: I was pretty sure Asara and The Forbidden Island would be nominated and it seems I was right. Qwirkle might be the surprise nominee as it’s an older game – but I guess it was published in Germany only this year. If it means these three are the nominees this year, I’d say what I wrote before: Asara might win (although Die verbotene Insel also has a chance).

Kennerspiel des Jahres: So I told you 7 Wonders is going to be here, didn’t I? Strasbourg and Lancaster are also nominated (haven’t played either so I didn’t predict them) but it seems quite probable that 7 Wonders is going to win.

Recommendations: it seems recommendations for both categories are listed under the same recommendations list. I just didn’t know there are going to be only 3 nominees this year – I mentioned 4 titles as possible nominees for the main prize that I can find here: Mondo, Safranito, Skull & Roses and Uluru. I also mentioned Die Burgen von Burgund as a possible nominee for the award for experts – it’s listed as a recommended game as well (I was afraid Luna won’t be mentioned but I’m happy to see it here). I’m a bit surprised to see Sun, Sea & Sand in the list (I didn’t find this one to be that fun) and don’t know the other nominees.

Some surprise misses: I’m a bit surprised Airlines is not even a recommended game (maybe the lack of originality? It wasn’t a problem before). I’m happy Pantheon, Vinhos & Civilization is not even mentioned, sad to see Navigator missing and a little bit happy to see Troyes missing (although I still say it’s not a bad game – but it does have its flaws).

All in all, I feel I’m getting better at this Spiel des Jahres prediction thing I guess.

Now all I want to see if my prediction about 7 Wonders
I predict hardcore gamers getting upset because of this nomination/win.

turns out to be true or not.
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