Joe's History of Spiel des Jahres predictions
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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I've written this up before in my private blog, but I realized that a geeklist is really an ideal way to present my history of predictions - and to make future predictions. I always make a prediction before the nominee list is given (since that feature was added); I then re-choose, if necessary or desired, after the nominee list comes out.

For those who like summaries - I've been rather good at predicting the Spiel des Jahres, awful at predicting the Kennerspiel des Jahres, and reasonably bad at predicting nominees.

My overall record:

SdJ - 12 for 20 before nominations, 16 for 21 after nominations
KedJ - 1 for 9 before nominations, 7 for 9 after nominations
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1. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:924]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1998

SdJ prediction: Elfenland

SdJ winner: Elfenland
 
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2. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:639] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1999

SdJ Prediction: Rasende Roboter

SdJ Winner: Tikal
 
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3. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:464]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2000

SdJ prediction: Torres

SdJ winner: Torres
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:161] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2001

SdJ prediction: Carcassonne

SdJ winner: Carcassonne
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:22]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2002

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: Puerto Rico

SdJ winner: Villa Paletti
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I got out of the habit for a while, before starting to make predictions regularly.

2004

SdJ prediction: Ticket to Ride

SdJ winner: Ticket to Ride
 
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7. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1261]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2005

SdJ prediction: Niagara

SdJ winner: Niagara
 
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8. Board Game: Nacht der Magier [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2217]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2006

SdJ prediction: Nacht der Magier (not nominated)

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: Thurn & Taxis

SdJ winner: Thurn & Taxis
 
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9. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:256]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2007

SdJ prediction: Die Säulen der Erde (not nominated)

SdJ nominee predictions: Die Säulen der Erde, Die Baumeister von Arkadia (nominated), Jenseits von Theben (nominated) - this was the year the jury went from 3 nominations to 5, which is why I had only predicted three

SdJ prediction _after_ the nominations: Zooloretto

SdJ winner: Zooloretto
 
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10. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1538]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2008

SdJ prediction: Keltis

SdJ nominee predictions: Keltis (nominated), Stone Age (nominated), Perry Rhodan: Die Kosmische Hanse, Die hängenden Gärten, Big Points

SdJ winner: Keltis
 
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:80] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2009

SdJ prediction: Dominion

SdJ winner: Dominion
 
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12. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:236] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2010

SdJ prediction: Dixit

SdJ nominee prediction: Tobago, Atlantis, Dixit (nominated), Fresko (nominated), Long Shot

SdJ winner: Dixit
 
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13. Board Game: Asara [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:947]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2011

SdJ prediction: Asara

KedJ prediction: Pantheon (not nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Asara (nominated), Forbidden Island (nominated), Mord im Arosa, Jäger der Nacht, Abtei der Rätsel - this year, the jury moved from 5 SdJ nominees to 3 SdJ and 3 KedJ

KedJ nominee prediction: Pantheon, 7 Wonders (nominated), Die Burgen von Burgund, Lancaster (nominated), Secret of Monte Cristo

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: 7 Wonders

SdJ winner: Qwirkle (which I knew I should have switched to, but since my prediction was nominated I couldn't convince myself to do it)

KedJ winner: 7 Wonders
 
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14. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1151]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2012

SdJ prediction: Indigo (not nominated)

KedJ prediction: Hawaii (not nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Indigo, Kingdom Builder (nominated), Kalimambo

KedJ nominee prediction: Ruhn für Rom, Hawaii, Funkenschlag: Die Ersten Funken

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: Kingdom Builder

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: Village

SdJ winner: Kingdom Builder

KedJ winner: Village
 
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15. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1209]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2013

SdJ prediction: La Boca (not nominated)

KedJ prediction: Brügge

SdJ nominee prediction: La Boca, Hanabi (nominated), Riff Raff

KedJ nominee prediction: Terra Mystica, Brügge (nominated), Die Legenden von Andor (nominated)

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: Augustus

SdJ winner: Hanabi

KedJ winner: Die Legenden von Andor
 
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16. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:431]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2014

SdJ prediction: Camel Up

KedJ prediction: Russian Railroads (not nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Camel Up (nominated), Gardens, Love Letter

KedJ nominee prediction: Concordia (nominated), Kashgar, Russian Railroads

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: Concordia

SdJ winner: Camel Up

KedJ winner: Istanbul
 
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17. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:340] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2015

SdJ prediction: Camel Up Colt Express

KedJ prediction: Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo (not nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Colt Express (nominated), Machi Koro (nominated - predicted for a nomination June 24, 2014), Patchwork

KedJ nominee prediction: Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo, Murano, Orleans (nominated)

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: Broom Service

SdJ winner: Colt Express

KedJ winner: Broom Service
 
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18. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:65] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2016

SdJ prediction: Codenames

KedJ prediction: Isle of Skye

SdJ nominee prediction: Codenames (nominated), Karuba (nominated), Animals on Board (recommended)

KedJ nominee prediction: Isle of Skye (nominated), Mombasa (recommended), Pandemic Legacy (nominated)

SdJ winner: Codenames

KedJ winner: Isle of Skye
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19. Board Game: Tempel des Schreckens [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1603]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2017

SdJ prediction: Tempel des Schreckens (not nominated)

KedJ prediction: Century: Die Gewürzstraße (not nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Dream Home, Fablesaft (recommended), Tempel des Scheckens (recommended)

KedJ nominee prediction: Captain Sonar (recommended), Century: Die Gewürzstraße, Mea Culpa

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: Kingdomino

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: EXIT

SdJ winner: Kingdomino

KedJ winner: EXIT
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20. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:41] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
msg tools
2018

SdJ prediction: Azul

KedJ prediction: Photosynthesis Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (special prize)

SdJ nominee prediction: Azul (nominated), Fast Forward: Fear Memoarrr!, The Mind (nominated)

KedJ nominee prediction: Clank (recommended), Heaven & Ale (nominated), Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Photosynthesis, Santa Maria

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg

SdJ winner: Azul

KedJ winner: Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg
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21. Board Game: Wingspan [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2019

SdJ prediction: Flügelschlag (nominated for Kennerspiel)

KedJ prediction: Carpe Diem (nominated)

SdJ nominee prediction: Flügelschlag (nominated for Kennerspiel), Just One (nominated), L.A.M.A. (nominated)

KedJ nominee prediction: Carpe Diem (nominated), Gaia Project, Lift Off

SdJ prediction _after_ nominations: L.A.M.A.

KedJ prediction _after_ nominations: Flügelschlag

SdJ winner: Just One

KedJ winner: Flügelschlag
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