The Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 winner will be announced in just a few days, July 19th! Vote now on who you from the three nominees you think will take home the award.
This is a spinoff of the Spiel des Jahres, the best board game of the year, but is more about strategy games and was created in 2011 when there were just too many awards to lock into one category.
Past winners include -(2011) #7 Wonders, (2012) #Village, (2013) #Legends of Andor, (2014) #Istanbul, (2015) #Broom Service, (2016) #Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, (2017) #Exit: The Game - The Abandoned Cabin, (2018) #The Quacks of Quedlinburg, (2019) #Wingspan, (2020) #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
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On an uninhabited island in uncharted seas, explorers have found traces of a great civilization. Now you will lead an expedition to explore the island, find lost artifacts, and face fearsome guardians, all in a quest to learn the island’s secrets. In addition to traditional deck-builder effects, cards can also be used to place workers, and new worker actions become available as players explore the island. Some of these actions require resources instead of workers, so building a solid resource base will be essential. You are limited to only one action per turn, so make your choice carefully.
As ruler, it’s up to you to build the mightiest realm in the world! Will you choose to follow military tactics and sweep away all in your path with a massive army? Will you turn towards sorcery and control an inaccessible island surrounded by impenetrable flames? The choice is yours, and no two realms will ever be the same in this combo heavy card game. Make the best hand you can by making the best combos. The game ends when ten cards are in the discard area. Aim for the highest score to win.
This is a co-operative adventure game set in the stone age, a game in which players try to keep the human beings in their care alive while completing missions. Each player starts the game with a couple of humans, who each have a skill and life points. On a turn, each player chooses to go to one location and while you have some idea of what you might find there, you won’t know for sure until you arrive, at which point you might acquire food or resources, or find what you need to craft a useful object, or discover that you can aide someone else in their project, or suffer a snakebite that brings you close to death.
The announcement of the nominees was originally made on May 17, 2021. See the full post with all those original details here.
Head on over to the Spiel des Jahres site for all there official word and news.