The 2020 winner of the coveted German Game of the Year or Spiel des Jahres award has been announced as Pictures. This is a family game where players have to model the picture on their card using the available components, e.g. shoelaces, coloured cubes, etc.; players get points for correctly guessing other players images and for other players guessing their image.
– Image adapted by boardGOATS from the
live stream video on spiel-des-jahres.de
The Kennerspiel des Jahres was awarded at the same time. This honours more challenging games and this year was awarded to The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine. This is a co-operative trick-taking game, where the players are astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. The Kinderspiel des Jahres award was announced last month and went to Speedy Roll (aka Hedgehog Roll) a game where players which players roll a Velcro ball to pick up goodies that help the move their hedgehogs through the forest, cooperatively or in competition. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
The nominations have been announced as usual though. There are three categories, the Kinderspiel (children’s game) , the Kennerspiel (“expert’s” game) and the most desirable of all, the family award, the Spiel des Jahres. The nominees for this year’s awards have been announced as:
Spiel des Jahres My City by Reiner Knizia Nova Luna by Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel Pictures by Daniela and Christian Stöhr
In previous years the group has picked out the eventual winner well in advance even of the nominations, however, last year the games generally seemed to be light, almost party games. These are not our usual faire, and in recent years, the Kennerpiel des Jahres has been a better fit. The Kennerspiel nominees are not especially complex games, but are typically a step up from the light family games that are now being nominated for the “Red Poppel”.