Spiel des Jahres – Winners announced

Well colour me surprised! And pleased that the SdJ jury chose the winner of this year’s award to be Hanabi, deigned by Antoine Bauza and released by Abacus Spiele. Turning to the Kennerspiel des Jahres, this went to Legends of Andor, designed by Michael Menzel and published by Kosmos. Two co-operative games take the awards which is an interesting development. Admittedly, co-op games are becoming a lot more common than was the case ten years ago and they fit quite well with the aim of the award in promoting families getting together to play games. However, they are not to everyone’s tastes although I am a fan of co-ops when they are done well. Hanabi is definitely one that is done well. I’ve not tried Legends of Andor so maybe it’s time I tried it. Congratulations to the winners.