The winner of Germany’s Game of the Year will be announced later this month. I wrote about the nominees earlier this month, but the jury also releases a list of recommended games each year, so let’s talk about those.
I don’t have a lot to say about these games, because for the most part, I haven’t played them.
- Jaipur, designed by Sébastien Pauchon. I own this game and have played it a few times. It’s a neat two-player and I should probably get it out and play it again sometime this month.
- Endeavor, designed by Carl de Visser and Jarratt Gray. I’ve only played this once, but I liked it. Maybe I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seems to like it, but I thought it was good.
The next two games on the recommended list are special because while I have never played them or even seen them, I own them. I ordered them as part of a group order months ago and just haven’t gotten a chance to go down to Los Angeles to pick them up. I’m sure they’re awesome.
The rest of the games are total unknowns for me, even Tobago, which was considered by many to be a sure thing for the SdJ short list.
- Don Quixote, designed by Reinhard Staup
- Kamisado, designed by Peter Burley
- Hansa Teutonica, designed by Andreas Steding
- Jäger und Sammler, designed by Reiner Knizia
- Samarkand, designed by David V.H. Peters and Harry Wu
- Tobago, designed by Bruce Allen
I doubt I will get to play any of these before the month is over, but you never know.