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Camel Up Wins the 2014 Spiel des Jahres; Istanbul Takes the Kennerspiel Award

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Camel Up
Board Game: Istanbul
Steffen Bogen's Camel Up from eggertspiele and Pegasus Spiele has won the 2014 Spiel des Jahres! Bogen accepted the award wearing a bespoke T-shirt emblazoned with a stack of camels, and I now expect to see that shirt on game demonstrators across the Messe in Essen at Spiel 2014. By complete coincidence I posted an overview video of Camel Up on BGG yesterday, so if you're curious about the gameplay and whether you might be a candidate for moving camels up, feel free to check it out.

From gallery of W Eric Martin

SdJ Chairman Tom Felber speaks while Bogen absorbs the moment and
eggertspiele's Peter Eggert starts contemplating production numbers

Rüdiger Dorn's Istanbul won the Kennerspiel des Jahres, an award to honor games aimed at connoisseurs and gaming experts that was introduced in 2011 to replace the SdJ jury's habit of intermittent special awards for games too complex for the SdJ, yet still deserving of recognition. Dorn, who competes with Stefan Feld for the title of Germany's tallest game designer, was incredibly excited at the award ceremony and exploded with "thank you"s for everyone when asked for comment. The game's publisher, Pegasus Spiele, picked up its second award for the day.

For an overview of Istanbul, I'll offer my write-up of the game on BGG News, which includes a video preview recorded at Spielwarenmesse in February 2014.

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Game developer Ralph Bruhn (center) stands next to Rüdiger Dorn (second from right)

Congratulations to the winners!
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