And the SdJ goes to (2008)
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As you probably know very well, today at 10.30 a.m. MEST the press conference awarding this year's Spiel des Jahres took place in Berlin.
The following games won the awards.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Best complex game

As most of you surely know already, Agricola has been given the special award for "best complex game" already when the other nominees had been announced in May.
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2. Board Game: Whoowasit? [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2182]
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Best Childrens' Game

Wer war's? from Ravensburger by Reiner Knizia.

So Knizia finally got an SdJ-award, after his special award for Lord of the Rings, although it is still not the main award.

Wer war'? is the third in the "electronics in boardgames"-series from Ravensburger (after King Arthur and Die Insel). In my opinion it is a real fun game, which is not only playable by kids but also fun for joining adults.
Memory elements, a little bit of deduction an the nice bits make a justified winner.

Side note: Wieloand Herold, a jury member, stated, that it was the strongest year for children's games since this price is awarded.

And the other nominees were:
Capt'n Sharky: Abenteuer auf der Schatzinsel by Kai Haferkamp (Spiegelburg), Didi Dotter by Ariel Laden (Zoch), Fluss der Drachen by Inka und Markus Brand (KOSMOS) and Geisterjäger by Andreas Frei, Ueli Frei und Lukas Frei (HABA).
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3. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1341]
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Spiel des Jahres

Just unbelievable. After that many years of being ignored by the Jury, Reiner Knizia hits a double punch.

After being awarded the children's game award, he also gets the regular Spiel des Jahres for Keltis.

Unfortunately however, Mr. Knizia missed the complete award ceremony and could not accept the congratulations in person. He seems to have been stuck on the way between the airport and the press conference.


And the other nominees:
Stone Age by Michael Tummelhofer (alias Bernd Brunnhofer)(HiG), Suleika (aka Marrakech) by Dominique Ehrhard (Zoch), Witch's Brew by Andreas Pelikan (alea) and Blox by Wolfgang Kramer, Jürgen P.K. Grunau, Hans Raggan (Ravensburger).
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4. Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia
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His first "Game of the year" award.
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5. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Best wishes to Mr.Bohnanza
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