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Kennerspiel & Spiel des Jahres 2012: All the Nominees and Recommended Games
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The nominees and recommended games for the 2012 Spiel des Jahres have been announced!
Source: http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=...

There are three categories:
- the Kennerspiel des Jahres (strategy oriented games)
- the Spiele des Jahres (family oriented games)
- the Kinderspiel des Jahres (children games)

This list contains all the nominees, along with the games recommended by the jury. Please feel free to comment on the nominees and recommended games. What do you think about the nominees, and which ones do you think have the best chance of winning? What are your thoughts on the recommended games? Did the jury get their choices right or wrong, and are there any games they missed?

Please share some of your thoughts, especially on the lesser known titles. Here's your chance to complain and whine about your pet hates, or perhaps unabashedly gush with enthusiasm about what you consider to be one of the best games of the past year. Or maybe just enlighten the rest of us about games we'd never heard of before until they popped up on this list!

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1. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:316]
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KENNERSPIEL DES JAHRES 2012

Nominees

K2, Targi, Village


Comment: The mountain-climbing K2 has been around for a while, but does it have enough to win this coveted award?
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2. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:152]
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Comment: This is going to be a relative unknown to most people, with not even a single review posted yet here on BGG, but early comments and ratings seem very favourable. A contender that's part of the Kosmos two player series, and a surprising dark horse?
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3. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:73]
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Comment: Worker placement goodness, but do dying meeples and graveyards add or take away from its shine?
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4. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:241]
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Friday, Hawai, Ora et Labora

Comment: Now here's a surprise, a solo game makes the list! Well done Mr Friese!
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5. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:342]
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Comment: Just because Tom Vasel doesn't like it doesn't mean that the judges can't enjoy it. Overall the initial buzz on this has been very positive, and Hawaii has been quite well received.
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6. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:45]
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Comment: Well, Uwe Rosenberg has produced some great stuff over the years, but he can't win every award!
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7. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:470]
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SPIEL DES JAHRES 2012

Nominees

Vegas, Kingdom Builder, Eselsbrücke

Comment: Vegas is certainly going to be a surprise to many people. Still, it's a Rüdiger Dorn game from Alea, and that has to count for something.
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8. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:331]
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Comment: This one is going to create some mixed reactions, but it certainly has its share of fans. Vaccarino has established a solid reputation courtesy of Dominion, so some folks will buy this simply because his name is on the box.
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9. Board Game: Eselsbrücke [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2313]
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Comment: Esel what? Wait, this is from Stefan Dorra, the guy who made For Sale, and Ralf zur Linde, designer of Finca!
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10. Board Game: Drecksau [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3791]
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Drecksau, Indigo, Kalimambo, Miss Lupun und das Geheimnis der Zahlen, Kulami, Santa Cruz, Pictomania, Rapa Nui

Comment: A game from Kosmos about making your pigs dirty - yes really!
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11. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:926]
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Comment: A simple tile-laying game from Knizia; yes, I can see the judges liking that.
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12. Board Game: Kalimambo [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:3617]
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Comment: Players are exploring Africa, and surely any game that features dung heaps as part of the game mechanics deserves bonus points!
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13. Board Game: Miss Lupun…und das Geheimnis der Zahlen [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:7675]
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Comment: Numbers and math - not for everyone, but some will love it.
 
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14. Board Game: Kulami [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2908]
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Comment: An abstract strategy game for two players.
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15. Board Game: Santa Cruz [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1357]
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Comment: An established publisher plus Michael Menzel artwork, I can see this one going places in the family crowd.
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16. Board Game: Pictomania [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:652]
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Comment: Vlaada Chvátil does party games - a unique take on a Pictionary style of game.
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17. Board Game: Rapa Nui [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1342]
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Comment: From the designer of Carcassonne comes another game in the Kosmos series.
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18. Board Game: Schnappt Hubi! [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:3458]
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KINDERSPIELE DES JAHRES 2012

Nominees

Schnappt Hubi, Die kleinen Drachenritter, Spinnengift und Krötenschleim
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19. Board Game: Die kleinen Drachenritter [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:8262]
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20. Board Game: Spinnengift und Krötenschleim [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:7476]
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21. Board Game: Mogel Motte [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1625]
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Captain Kidd, Broomsticks and Backflips, Klack!, Flossen hoch!, Rhino Hero, Zirkus Stapelix, Monster-Alarm, Coraxis & Co, Mogel Motte

(NB: not all have BGG entries)
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