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.
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).