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Spiel des Jahres Nominations for 2023: Dorfromantik: The Board Game, Fun Facts, and Next Station: London

by W. Eric Martin

The nominees for the 2023 Spiel des Jahres — Germany’s “game of the year” award — have been announced, along with nominees for the Kinderspiel des Jahres (KidJ) for children’s game of the year and the Kennerspiel des Jahres (KedJ) for enthusiast’s game of the year.

Spiel des Jahres jury chairman Harald Schrapers and Kinderspiel des Jahres chairman Christoph Schlewinski announced the nominees, along with other recommended titles, on YouTube, with these three titles being nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023:

Dorfromantik: The Board Game, from Michael Palm, Lukas Zach, and Pegasus Spiele

Fun Facts, from Kasper Lapp and Repos Production

Next Station: London, from Matthew Dunstan and Blue Orange Games (and in Germany from HCM Kinzel)

Aside from these nominations, the SdJ jury recommended the following seven titles: Akropolis, HITSTER, KuZOOka, MANTIS, QE, Sea Salt & Paper, and That’s Not a Hat.

Note that the Spiel des Jahres award is primarily aimed at family gamers, i.e., those who play games but aren’t heavily into the gaming scene.

Nominations for the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023 went to:

Challengers, from Johannes Krenner, Markus Slawitscheck, and 1 More Time Games and Z-Man Games

Iki, from Koota Yamada and Sorry We Are French (and in Germany from Giant Roc)

Planet Unknown, from Ryan Lambert, Adam Rehberg, and Adam’s Apple Games (and in Germany from Strohmann Games)

The SdJ jury recommended two other titles at the Kennerspiel level: Council of Shadows and Mindbug. The Kennerspiel des Jahres award is intended for those already comfortable with learning and playing new games.

The winners of the Spiel and Kennerspiel des Jahres will be announced in Berlin, Germany in July 2023.

The titles nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023 are:

Carla Caramel, from Sara Zarian and LOKI

Gigamon, from Karim Aouidad, Johann Roussel, and Elemon Games (and in Germany from Mirakulus)

Mysterium Kids: Captain Echo’s Treasure, from Antonin Boccara, Yves Hirschfeld, Libellud, and Space Cow

The Kinderspiel des Jahres jury, which differs from the SdJ/KedJ jury, also recommended three-ish other titles: Douzanimo, Rutsch & flutsch!, and the My First Adventure game series, which currently consists of seven titles, with the first being My First Adventure: Finding the Dragon from Roméo Hennion and Game Flow. German publisher Board Game Box has released all seven of these titles in German.

The winner will be announced in June 2023, roughly one month prior to the winners of the other awards.

Congratulations to all the nominated designers and publishers!

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