Posted by James (admin) on 15th July 2014
The winners of the Spiel des Jahres and the Kennerspiel des Jahres were announced yesterday. The winners were Camel Up and Istanbul. It’s always interesting to try and work out the winners because I know what I like the most (and would vote for) is definitely not the same as what I think will be voted for by the jury, because the SdJ awards are for a more general German game-playing audience (and not a more serious gamer audience).
If it was my choice, it would have been Splendor for the main prize as it’s the one I enjoy the most; however, I guessed Camel Up would be picked as the winner as it’s a more accessible game for a wider audience and the card pyramid offers an appealing, physical element. So, Camel Up winning wasn’t a surprise to me.
The Kennerspiel was a hard one to call – I had it down to Istanbul and Rokoko. I really like Istanbul but I wondered if it was slightly too light for the Kennerspiel, even in the context of the SdJs. However, Rokoko was maybe too far the other way as it’s a tense game with a lot of elements to balance and time correctly. So, I was happy with either of those being the winner.
I thought this year’s SdJ was a good one as I found all the games to be good quality – whereas, some years I scratch my head wondering how some of the games were picked. In fact, it’s the first year I’ve found myself playing all the nominees, and playing some of them quite a lot. I still think Lewis & Clark should have been at least a recommendation though (if not a nominee) for the Kennerspiel.
Links to my reviews of all the SdJ nominees, winners and some recommendations are on my SdJ 2014 page.
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Posted by James (admin) on 21st May 2014
The Spiel des Jahres nominations were announced this week. I have added a page for the SdJ with the details of the games as well as links to reviews of the games: SdJ 2014 page.
The winners will be announced on July 14th.
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Posted by James (admin) on 20th May 2014
Camel Up is a simple game so it is surprising how much interaction there is and how lively it can be. During the game, camels move around a simple circuit; however, players do not own a specific camel as you may expect. Instead, players take actions which can move the camels as well as try to predict which camel will win the current round, as well as the overall race. The winner is the player with the most money (Egyptian Pounds, or EPs) at the end of the game.
Players take turns by performing one of 4 actions which are:
1. Move a camel
The player drops 1 dice out of the pyramid and moves the matching coloured camel that number of spaces forwards along the track. (There are 5 dice – one for each camel each with values 1 to 3 – more about the pyramid later.) If camels are moved to space occupied by camels they are stacked on top of those already there. When camels move, they carry any other camels already on top of them along with them too. This action earns the player 1 EP. (The dice only get placed back in the pyramid after all 5 have come out which and this ends the round.)
2. Place/Move their desert tile on the race track
This tile earns 1 EP for its owner each time a camel lands on it, plus it moves that camel forwards 1 space if the tile is oasis side-up, or backwards 1 space if the tile is mirage side-up. Read the rest of this entry »
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