Episode 214: Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Running Time:   183 min.

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Expert. Connoiseur. Strategy. Take your pick.

The Kennerspiel des Jahres has something of a split personality. The central idea is an award for the best "gamer's game" of the year.

The games nominated for the 2015 Kennerspiel des Jahres span these various definitions and reflect the wide spectrum of complexity and strategy in modern board games today.

Broom Service is a light role selection game about delivering potions based on a previously nominated game.

Elysium is a card drafting game about building legends with Greek gods and goddesses. It draws its core set collecting mechanics from Rummy. 

Orleans is a worker placement game that uses a blind draw from a drawstring bag to determine which workers will help you establish the most influence across the Loire valley in medieval France.

We give each nominated game a full review and place each game under the scrutiny of the jury's criteria. Armed with this knowledge, we try to predict the winner.

Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominees: Orleans, Elysium, Broom Service

Recommended Games List: The Voyages of Marco Polo, Deus, Fields of Arle

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Spiel des Jahres Recommended Games

The Voyages of Marco Polo   Hans im Gluck  |  BGG

Deus   Pearl Games  |  BGG

Fields of Arle   Feuerland  |  BGG

Orphan Black    BBC  | Ep 7, S3 "Community of Dreadful Fear & Hate"

Nominee #1

Orleans   DLP  |   BGG

Nominee #2

Elysium    Space Cowboys  |  BGG

Nominee #3

Broom Service   Alea  |  BGG


Music credits include:

Pink Champagne   by The Tyrones   |   the song

Jim Dandy   by LaVern Baker   |   the song

C Jam Blues   by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   |   the song

Hula Kula   by Roxy Music   |   the song

Lily the Pink   by The Scaffold   |   the song

Lazy Sunday   by Small Faces   |   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 Kennerspiel des Jahres is... Broom Service.

Congratulations to designers Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister and publisher Alea/Ravensburger.