Talk:Spiel des Jahres

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What is the game Focus? The article that was there was a Dutch band, which I moved to Focus (band). But the focus of a mirror isn't a game either. -phma

See the new page Focus (board game) Percy Snoodle 15:13, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)


I removed the following sentence from the first paragraph:

However, some game fanatics feel that in the last couple of years, the award has been awarded for diplomatic reasons, cycling between the three or four largest game producers in Germany.

Perhaps someone could find a source for this sentiment or rewrite the sentence entirely. Rossumcapek 14:43, 14 March 2006 (UTC)


Saying the Spiel des Jahres is an award for "German-style board games" seems like an unsupported assertion. The committee itself doesn't seem to impose any a priori "style" requirement on the candidates in its stated policies, other than that they be (A) board or card games (B) suitable for family play and (C) released in Germany (which, as per the usual confusion, is not what is meant by "German-style"). --Stellmach 15:22, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

I sort of agree; German-style board games is a terrible name (and it looks like it'll be moved to the IMO worse "Eurogames" soon, as a result of a hijacked RM) but the criteria there do match pretty well that is meant by condition B. I think it's worth linking to that page in some way, so I've linked "family style" to it. Percy Snoodle 15:33, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
My mistake, they've just closed the RM with "no consensus". Percy Snoodle 15:34, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
This seems like a good approach. The prize obviously carries a lot of weight in the designer games community and is hardly separable from that movement. But while being a designer game ("Eurogame," eek) probably helps to win a Spiel des Jahres, the prize is "for" (i.e. open to) family board games and card games in general. So, yeah, clearly a link is needed, but not the one we had. --Stellmach 17:03, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
What about instead describing these as European style non-knockout family board games. Non-knockout can be clarified with examples such as Monopoly or Risk, in which players are eliminated from the game before its ultimate conclusion. --Greg.Padilla 15:42, 08 June 2009 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Sort order[edit]

Why is the list of children's game of the year in ascending order (by year), while the other lists are in descending order? -- 16:53, 22 October 2006 (UTC)


Should we modify the table to include the names of the games that were nominated each year? --Pixelface 17:48, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

List of Mensa Select recipients[edit]

List of Mensa Select recipients, the game award by American Mensa, just got a RFD. Could you peek in, and give your opinion? I just created the category Mind Games (Mensa), mentioned it on the Mensa discussion page, and the RFD popped up. samwaltz 18:06, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Klondike - wrong game is linked[edit]

The "Klondike" game that is linked in the article under Children's Game of the year (Klondike (board game)) has the same name but is not the same Klondike game that won the award. I'd like to repair this, but the award-winning one doesn't have its own article yet. I'm not sure how to resolve this - remove the link (leaving just the name of the game as an unlinked text), or change the link to a "red" one (link to an unwritten article). And if so, how to call the new link/article? "Klondike (board game 2)"? Or something else? (talk) 14:19, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

i did change it to Klondike (board game 2001) (not perfect, but better than wrong) Elvis (talk) 10:30, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

Translation of the special awards[edit]

As far as I can see, the official title for the special awards read special award "beautiful game" (and not "most beautiful game") on the official website. Similar with the other special awards, there's no most or best use of indicated in the name of the special awards. Was it introduced on purpose or is it just a translation flaw? Thommey (talk) 20:19, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

I just found this and it supports what I said. I changed the special award names in the article. thommey (talk) 13:07, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Wrong link[edit]

|2004 |Recommended |Attika |Marcel-André Casasola Merkle |Rio Grande

Wrong link, linkes to an Island not a boardgame.