Episode 213: Spiel des Jahres 2015 - Part 2

Release Date: June 29, 2015

Running Time:   123 min.

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There can be only one... Game of the Year, that is. 

The Spiel des Jahres is considered the highest honor in the world of board and card games. Founded in 1979 and awarded in Germany each year, the trophy goes to the best game for families - a game that's easy to learn, fun to play and one kids and parents will want to return to again and again. 

Part 2 of our coverage features a full review of the third and final nominee, The Game, a cooperative card game where table talk (of a sort) is allowed. After our review, we see how it stacks up against the jury's criteria.

We hear from three listeners with their predictions and then we put our necks on the line and try to predict this year's winner.

Spiel des Jahres Nominees: The Game, Machi Koro, Colt Express

News & Notes: Origins Awards winners, GW Sales, Booty, Star Trek: Five Year Mission, Istanbul Expansion, Ascension Expansion, Terra from Bezier, FTC vs Kickstarter

Crowdfunding: Gallerist, Argonauts

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Origins Awards Winners   Link

Games Workshop Sales Down 5%   ICv2

Booty   Mayfair  |  BGG

Star Trek: Five Year Mission     BGG

Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh     Pegasus Spiele  |  BGG

Ascension: Dreamscape    ICv2  

Ascension: Year 2 Collector's Edition  ICv2 

Terra     Bezier Games   |  BGG

FTC to Kickstarters: We're Watching...    Link


Gallerist    Kickstarter

Argonauts    Kickstarter

Nominee #3

The Game   NSV  |  IDW  |  BGG

Nominee #2

Machi Koro   KOSMOS  |  IDW  |  BGG

Nominee #1

Colt Express    Ludonaute  |  Asmodee |  BGG



Music credits include:

Turtles Have Short Legs   by Can   |  the song

Rock Around the Clock  by Tritons   |  the song

The Swag   by Link Wray & His Ray Men   |  the song

Gimme Dat Ding   by The Pipkins   |  the song

Everybody's Everything   by James Last   |  the song


I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere

Let us know if (when?) you find one:

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The 2015 Spiel des Jahres is... Colt Express!

Congrats to designer Christophe Raimbault & publisher Ludonaute.