Kennerspiel & Spiel des Jahres 2013: All the Nominees and Recommended Games
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The nominees and recommended games for the 2013 Spiel des Jahres have been announced!
Source: http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com

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!

Board Game: Bruges
Board Game: Legends of Andor
Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara
Board Game: Rise of Augustus
Board Game: Hanabi
Board Game: Qwixx


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1. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:237]
Board Game: Bruges
KENNERSPIEL DES JAHRES 2013

Nominees

Br├╝gge, Legends of Andor, The Palaces of Carrara


Comment: Brugge is a Stefan Feld title, but will Feld's game beat out the competition, and is it suited to this award?
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2. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Board Game: Legends of Andor
Comment: Michael Menzel has proven himself as a game artist, but now as a game designer? It's too complex for the regular award, but is it a good fit for the Kennerspiel?
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3. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:639]
Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara
Comment: Big name designers Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer team up with big name artist Franz Vohwinkel. But is the game good enough to win?
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4. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:14]
Board Game: Terra Mystica
Recommended

Terra Mystica, Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

Comment: Now here's a surprise, some genuinely heavier games making the list!
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5. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Comment: Surely these were only recommended instead of nominated because they were too complex, even for the Kennerspiel?
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6. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:917]
Board Game: Rise of Augustus
SPIEL DES JAHRES 2013

Nominees

Augustus, Hanabi, Qwixx

Comment: Described as Bingo crossed with 7 Wonders, it does seem to have the right elements to be a big hit. Surely this has to be a frontrunner in the race to win the award?
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7. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:349]
Board Game: Hanabi
Comment: It is extremely popular, but is arguably very light, so does it really stand a chance?
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8. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:738]
Board Game: Qwixx
Comment: This quick playing dice game will probably come as a surprise to most people, because not much noise has been made about it until now. Anyone know some details or impressions they can share?
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9. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1240]
Board Game: La Boca
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La Boca, Escape, Rondo, Riff Raff, Yay!, Mixtour, Hand aufs Herz, Divinare, Libertalia

Comment: Didn't everyone expect to see La Boca mentioned somewhere?
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10. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:503]
Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Comment: Seems to have so many typical Spiel des Jahres qualities - simple rules, quick, fun, and very lively. Are you surprised this wasn't a nominee?
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11. Board Game: Rondo [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3482]
Board Game: Rondo
Comment: A Knizia game, and there is a precedent for abstract games like this to be recognized by the jury, such as Ingenious and Qwirkle.
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12. Board Game: Riff Raff [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1430]
Board Game: Riff Raff
Commented: The Opinionated Gamers predicted this one; it's been out for a while already and there's even some video reviews about it. Good enough to be listed?
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13. Board Game: Yay! [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:10104]
Board Game: Yay!
Comment: A simple dice game, with virtually no information so far on BGG, but the ratings aren't too great so far.
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14. Board Game: Mixtour [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:6533]
Board Game: Mixtour
Comment: An abstract stacking game. The German Mensa society gave it an award, but a Spiel des Jahres recommendation - really?
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15. Board Game: Hand aufs Herz [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:13496]
Board Game: Hand aufs Herz
Comment: A party game about which very little has been said until now - did anyone see this coming? It seems to be a reimplementation of a French game (Trigger!) that came out in 2010.
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16. Board Game: Divinare [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1811]
Board Game: Divinare
Comment: Some folks are going to be happy to see this light and interactive bluffing/hand management game get a mention. It's been around for a bit already - if you've tried it, tell us what you think!
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17. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:368]
Board Game: Libertalia
Comment: The second Paolo Mori game on the list - good for him! This pirate themed role selection game has been doing the rounds already - if you've played it, do you think it's good enough to make the grade here?
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18. Board Game: Gold am Orinoko [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5581]
Board Game: Gold am Orinoko
KINDERSPIELE DES JAHRES 2013

Nominees

Gold am Orinoko, Mucca Pazza, Der verzauberte Turm
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19. Board Game: Mucca Pazza [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:15696]
Board Game: Mucca Pazza
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20. Board Game: The Enchanted Tower [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2370]
Board Game: The Enchanted Tower
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21. Board Game: Baobab [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:6134]
Board Game: Baobab
Recommended

Baobab, Bim Bamm!, Bugs in the Kitchen, Connect the Thoughts, Linus, der kleine Magier, Catan Junior Madagascar, Mix Fix, Move & Twist, Pingi Pongo, Star Wars: Battle of Hoth
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