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The German Kennerspiel des Jahres, first awarded in 2011, expands the prestigious Spiel des Jahres to recognize the "connoisseur/expert game of the year". ("Kenner" can be translated as both "connoisseur" and "expert", among other terms.) These are games which are meant for a more experienced audience, and where the Spiel des Jahres typically recognizes the best games for the entire family, the Kennerspiel des Jahres is more for gamers looking for games which present more of a challenge. According to the committee's description, "The award is intended to give guidance to those people who have already been playing games for a longer time and are experienced in learning new rules."

Previous winners

Year
Game of the Year
Designer
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Kennerspiel des Jahres
2019
Wingspan
Elizabeth Hargrave
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2018
The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Wolfgang Warsch
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2017
Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab, Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin, and Exit: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb
Inka Brand and Markus Brand
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2016
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2015
Broom Service
Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2014
Istanbul
Rüdiger Dorn
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2013
Legends of Andor
Michael Menzel
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2012
Village
Inka Brand and Markus Brand
Kennerspiel des Jahres
2011
7 Wonders
Antoine Bauza
Kennerspiel des Jahres

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Games are listed with the standardized BGG name, which in some cases is different from the name listed at the Spiel des Jahres website.

Source: Kennerspiel des Jahres

2012

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