Spiel-des-Jahres nominations

The nominations for the Spiel-des-Jahres have just been announced. The five nominees are:

  • Blox, by Wolfgang Kramer, Jürgen P.K. Grunau, Hans Raggan(Ravensburger)
  • Keltis, by Reiner Knizia (Kosmos)
  • Suleika, by Dominique Erhard (Zoch)
  • Stone Age, by Michael Tummelhofer (Hans im Glück)
  • Wie verhext!, by Andreas Pelikan (alea)

The two I’ve played (Stone Age and Keltis) are both good choices and I expected them to appear on the list. The other three I don’t know too much about although the Kramer game looks too abstract to be a likely winner.

Agricola didn’t appear as a nominee but that is not a surprise as it looks a bit too complex for your typical family game. It did, however, pick up a special award.

The winner of the SdJ is announced on 30th June 2008.