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Spiel der Herzen - Game of the Heart
"Spiel der Herzen" (Game of the Heart) that is an award from the south tyrolian board and playing card association Dinx which awards the prize annually.
There are two categories: «Spiel der Herzen» award for adults and «Spiel der kleinen Herzen» for children board games.
2009 this prize has been accredited for the first time.
The nearly 200 members of the association (2009) choose between new releases of both categories of the last three years. From the ten most voted board games a jury selects the winning game - considering the percentage of votes, the requirements and the local reference.
In the year 2014, the prize is given to the game Castles of Burgundy by Alea. In it's final attempt it managed to prove its longevity as clever strategygame with the fascinating twist by rolling dice.
In the year 2013, the prize is given to the game Love Letter by AEG/Pegasus. This clever little game is fast and addicting and offers tons of replayability with only 16 cards. The Jury was convinced by this gem because it is also wonderfull to be played with casual-gamers.
In the year 2012, the prize is given to the game Egizia by Acchittocca. This game was three times in a row up there with other games competing for the prize, the Jury decided to give this game the prize because of its longevity and the fact that it is a very fullfilling game experience in a short amount of time.
In the year 2011, the prize is given to the game K2 by Adam Kałuża. The players liked the fact, that this innovative theme was done in a familyfriendly, yet convincing and satisfying way for seasoned gamers.
In the year 2010, the prize was accredited to the game Stone Age by Bernd Brunnhofer alias Michael Tummelhofer. 2nd and 3rd place went to the new games Egizia and Dixit.
In the year 2009, the already many times awarded game Dominion of Donald X. Vaccarino, won the first Spiel der Herzen award and was followed with distance from Agricola and Stone Age. New grounds were broken with the award to Giro Galoppo (Selecta), which in 2006 was indeed on the list for the Board game of the year. The members of dinx though thought that the tactical game deserves more and chose it as their winner of the Spiel der kleinen Herzen award 2009. Didi Dotter and Wer war’s? were ranked 2nd and 3rd.
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