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Spiel des Jahres

The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), the most prestigious award for board and card games, is awarded annually by a jury of German game critics. Since 1989 the Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children's game of the Year) has also been annually awarded. Since 2011 the Kennerspiel des Jahres for more complex games is also annually awarded.

Previous winners

Year
Game of the Year
Designer
Also Recommended
2016
Codenames
Vlaada Chvatil
Spiel des Jahres
2015
Colt Express
Christophe Raimbault
Spiel des Jahres
2014
Camel Up
Steffen Bogen
Spiel des Jahres
2013
Hanabi
Antoine Bauza
Spiel des Jahres
2012
Kingdom Builder
Donald X. Vaccarino
Spiel des Jahres
2011
Qwirkle
Susan McKinley Ross
Spiel des Jahres
2010
Dixit
Jean-Louis Roubira
Spiel des Jahres
2009
Dominion
Donald X. Vaccarino
Spiel des Jahres
2008
Keltis
Reiner Knizia
Spiel des Jahres
2007
Zooloretto
Michael Schacht
Spiel des Jahres
2006
Thurn and Taxis
Andreas Seyfarth and Karen Seyfarth
Spiel des Jahres
2005
Niagara
Thomas Liesching
Spiel des Jahres
2004
Ticket to Ride
Alan R. Moon
Spiel des Jahres
2003
Alhambra
Dirk Henn
Spiel des Jahres
2002
Villa Paletti
Bill Payne
Spiel des Jahres
2001
Carcassonne
Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Spiel des Jahres
2000
Torres
Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling
Spiel des Jahres
1999
Tikal
Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling
Spiel des Jahres
1998
Elfenland
Alan R. Moon
Spiel des Jahres
1997
Mississippi Queen
Werner Hodel
Spiel des Jahres
1996
El Grande
Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich
Spiel des Jahres
1995
Catan
Klaus Teuber
Spiel des Jahres
1994
Manhattan
Andreas Seyfarth
Spiel des Jahres
1993
Liar's Dice
Richard Borg
Spiel des Jahres
1992
Um Reifenbreite
Rob Bontenbal
Spiel des Jahres
1991
Wacky Wacky West
Klaus Teuber
Spiel des Jahres
1990
Hoity Toity
Klaus Teuber
Spiel des Jahres
1989
Café International
Rudi Hoffmann
Spiel des Jahres
1988
Barbarossa
Klaus Teuber
Spiel des Jahres
1987
Auf Achse
Wolfgang Kramer
Spiel des Jahres
1986
Heimlich & Co.
Wolfgang Kramer
Spiel des Jahres
1985
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
Gary Grady, Suzanne Goldberg and Raymond Edwards
Spiel des Jahres
1984
Dampfross
David G. Watts
Spiel des Jahres
1983
Scotland Yard
Manfred Burggraf, Werner Schlegel, Dorothy Garrels, Fritz Ifland, Werner Scheerer and Wolf Hoermann
Spiel des Jahres
1982
Enchanted Forest
Alex Randolph and Michel Matschoss
Spiel des Jahres
1981
Focus
Sid Sackson
Spiel des Jahres
1980
Rummikub
Ephraim Hertzano
Spiel des Jahres
1979
Hare & Tortoise
David Parlett
Spiel des Jahres

Also Recommended

Special awards for children's games are listed here up until 2001, when the Kinderspiel des Jahres award was created.
Games are listed with the standardized BGG name, which in some cases is different from the name listed at the Spiel des Jahres website.

Source: Spiel des Jahres

2009

Nominated: Fauna by Friedemann Friese
Nominated: Finca by Ralf zur Linde and Wolfgang Sentker
Nominated: FITS by Reiner Knizia
Nominated: Pandemic by Matt Leacock
Special Award for "New Worlds Game": Space Alert by Vlaada Chvátil
Special Award for "Party Game": GiftTRAP by Nick Kellet
Cities
Diamonds Club
Einauge sei wachsam!
Maori
Mow
Pack & Stack
Valdora

1995

Special Award for "Beautiful Game": Tri-Ba-Lance by Michael Sohre
Special Award for "Children's Game": Karambolage by Heinz Meister
Special Award for "Puzzle": 3D Krimi-Puzzle published by Milton Bradley
Runes by Bill Eberle and Jack Kittredge and Peter Olotka
Condottiere by Dominique Ehrhard and Duccio Vitale
The Mole in the Hole by Virginia Charves and Bertram Kaes
Galopp Royal by Klaus Teuber
Kaleidos by Spartaco Albertarelli
La Trel by Richard Morgan
Streetcar by Stefan Dorra
Medici by Reiner Knizia

1991

Special Award for "Beautiful Game": Master Labyrinth by Max J. Kobbert
Special Award for "Children's Game": Piraten-Abenteuer by Wolfgang Kramer
20 Questions by Scott A. Mednick
Bauernschlau by Tom Schoeps
Conspiracy by Eric Solomon
Anticipation by S. Ray and Michael K. Lorrigan
Im Reich des weißen Bären by Charles Lerue
Invers by Kris Burm
Irgendwie by Silvia Heinz and Dieter Matthes

1980

Special Award for "Beautiful Game": Spiel by Reinhold Wittig
Special Award for "Best Solitaire": Rubik's Cube by Erno Rubik
Dampfross by David G. Watts
Epaminondas by Robert Abbott
Focus by Sid Sackson
Galaxis by David Wells
Stop Thief by Robert Doyle
Niki Lauda's Formel 1 by Wolfgang Kramer

1979

Special Award for "Beautiful Game": Seti by Hartmut Witt and Andreas Steiner
Acquire by Sid Sackson
Alaska by Eric Solomon
Sly by Sid Sackson (cited for the included game Blockade)
Chess Challenger Voice (electronic device)
Merlin by Bob and Holly Doyle
Simon (Senso) by Ralph Baer
Shogun by Teruo Matsumoto
Touché by Wayne Bobette
Twixt by Alex Randolph

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