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Kennerspiel

Pretty Clever Box

Pretty Clever

I’ve never really been into roll-and-write games.  I played plenty of Yahtzee as a kid, which was fine, but the whole system felt outdated to me.  However, roll-and-write games seem to have made something...
Heaven & Ale

Heaven & Ale

The Spiel nominees were announced recently and one of the surprise nominations was a game called Heaven & Ale.  It’s been nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres – the “Strategy Game of the Year”...
7 Wonders

Classics: 7 Wonders

If you came up with a rating for boardgames that combined how good they were with how versatile they are (ie. how many different situations you can play them in), I think 7 Wonders...
Mombasa

Designer Spotlight: Alexander Pfister

Alexander Pfister will always have a place in my heart as Great Western Trail was the first game we ever reviewed on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Despite only designing his first game in 2010...

Designer Spotlight: Eric M. Lang

Eric M. Lang has risen to fame in recent years and has become a very hot property.  His game releases always generate a lot of buzz in the industry.  So much so, in fact,...
Agricola

Designer Spotlight: Uwe Rosenberg

Uwe Rosenberg is one of a very select few designers whose games I will buy sight unseen.  He has a very consistent style that I really like, on the whole. There have been games...

The Kennerspiel Des Jahres 2017

The Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominees were all strong candidates this year, but what about the Kennerspiel (Strategy Game) nominees?  It’s an unusual selection of games, that’s for sure.  Let’s take...
Carcassonne

What is the Spiel Des Jahres Award?

The Spiel Des Jahres (pronounced ‘Shpeel Dess YAHrus’) is the German ‘Game of the Year’ and is the most prestigious award in the boardgaming world.  Each year, a committee of Germans nominate three games...