Game of the Year Board Games

This is a list of the winners of the Spiel des Jahres. This prestigious German award is given to the game that is considered best game of that year.

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Alhambra

2003 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Carcassonne w/ River Expansion

The southern French city of Carcassonne was founded on an important trade route between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Because of its strategic location, the city was often conquered and has known many rulers. As a result of this varied history, the city is famous for its unique mixture of Roman and Medieval fortifications.

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Catan (New Version)

1995 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Dominion

2009 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)

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Hanabi

An intriguing and innovative card game. Race against the clock to build a dazzling fireworks finale!

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Kingdom Builder

By skillful building of settlements players create their own kingdoms, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

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Qwirkle

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color.

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Thurn & Taxis

2006 Winner of the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year)