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Spiel des Jahres Winners by Year

Last Updated on November 15, 2022

The Spiel des Jahres is probably the most important prize for board games in the world. Every year, game designers, artists, and publishers eagerly await the results of the committee.

What is the Spiel des Jahres?

The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) title has been awarded since 1979 and is such an important award that it is sometimes referred to as the “Oscar for board games”.

What are the Awards?

The Spiel des Jahres awards are threefold. They include the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) winner, the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur’s Game of the Year) award, and the Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) award.

Kennerspiel des Jahres

Some of the Kennerspiel des Jahres winners include: 7 Wonders: Duel, The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Living Forest, Terraforming Mars, Paleo, Wingspan, Fantasy Realms, Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, Captain Sonar, 7 Wonders, Targi, Lost Ruins of Arnak, The King’s Dilemma, Concordia, Raiders of the North Sea, Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, Aeon’s End, Res Arcana, Blood Rage, Architects of the West Kingdom, The Grizzled, Ark Nova, Istanbul, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, Orléans, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, and Dune: Imperium.

Kinderspiel des Jahres

Some of the Kinderspiel des Jahres winners include: Zombie Kidz Evolution, Rhino Hero: Super Battle, Outfoxed!, Ice Cool, Animal Upon Animal, Dragomino, The Magic Labyrinth, Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, Concept Kids: Animals, Sleeping Queens, and My First Stone Age

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Spiel des Jahres Winners by Year

2022 Winner: Cascadia

ABOUT CASCADIA: 1-4 Players | 30-45 minutes | 10+

Cascadia was nominated for 5 awards and won 3. Read our full CASCADIA REVIEW here!

Cascadia
$39.90

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01/27/2023 11:30 am GMT

2021 Winner: MicroMacro: Crime City

ABOUT MICROMACRO: 1-4 Players | 15-45 minutes | 12+

MicroMacro: Crime City was nominated for 13 awards and won 7.

MicroMacro: Crime City
$34.99 $25.60

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01/27/2023 12:30 pm GMT

2020 Winner: Pictures

ABOUT PICTURES: 3-5 Players | 20-30 Minutes | 8+

Pictures was nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

Pictures
$39.95 $34.01

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01/28/2023 02:30 pm GMT

2019 Winner: Just One

ABOUT JUST ONE: 3-7 Players | 20 minutes | 8+

Just One was nominated for 14 awards and won 3.

Just One
$24.99 $20.49

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01/23/2023 07:45 am GMT

2018 Winner: Azul

ABOUT AZUL: 2-4 Players | 30-45 minutes | 8+

Azul was nominated for 29 awards and won 19. Read our full AZUL REVIEW here!

Azul
$39.99 $31.99

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01/28/2023 03:30 pm GMT

2017 Winner: Kingdomino

ABOUT KINGDOMINO: 2-4 Players | 15-25 minutes | 8+

Kingdomino was nominated for 17 awards and won 7. Read our full KINGDOMINO REVIEW here.

Kingdomino
$19.99

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01/25/2023 06:45 am GMT

2016 Winner: Codenames

ABOUT CODENAMES: 2-8 Players | 15 minutes | 14+

Codenames was nominated for 27 awards and won 15. Read our full CODENAMES REVIEW here.

Codenames
$19.95 $14.99

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01/28/2023 11:30 pm GMT

2015 Winner: Colt Express

ABOUT COLT EXPRESS: 2-6 Players | 40 Minutes | 10+

Colt Express was nominated for 18 awards and won 8.

Colt Express
$39.99 $32.22

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01/27/2023 12:00 pm GMT

2014 Winner: Camel Up

ABOUT CAMEL UP: 2-8 Players | 20-30 Minutes | 8+

Camel Up was nominated for 13 awards and won 2. Read our full CAMEL UP REVIEW here.

Camel Up

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2013 Winner: Hanabi

ABOUT HANABI: 2-5 Players | 25 Minutes | 8+

Hanabi was nominated for 7 awards and won 3. Read our full HANABI REVIEW here.

Hanabi
$10.99 $8.99

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01/26/2023 02:00 am GMT

2012 Winner: Kingdom Builder

ABOUT KINGDOM BUILDER: 2-4 Players | 45 Minutes | 8+

Kingdom Builder was nominated for 12 awards and won 2.

Kingdom Builder (Second Edition)
$59.99 $43.12

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01/27/2023 12:00 pm GMT

2011 Winner: Qwirkle

ABOUT QWIRKLE: 2-4 Players | 45 Minutes | 6+

Qwirkle was nominated for 12 awards and won 2. Read our full QWIRKLE REVIEW here.

Qwirkle
$34.99 $23.56

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01/27/2023 11:30 am GMT

2010 Winner: Dixit

ABOUT DIXIT: 3-6 Players | 30 minutes | 8+

Dixit was nominated for 21 awards and won 10. Read our full DIXIT REVIEW here.

Dixit

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2009 Winner: Dominion

ABOUT DOMINION: 2-4 Players | 30 minutes | 13+

Dominion was nominated for 32 awards and won 17. Read our full DOMINION REVIEW here and check out all of the BEST DOMINION EXPANSIONS here.

Dominion (Second Edition)
$49.99 $41.76

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01/27/2023 11:00 am GMT

2008 Winner: Keltis

ABOUT KELTIS: 2-4 Players | 30 Minutes | 10+

Keltis was nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

Keltis
$67.89

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01/27/2023 10:00 am GMT

We hope you enjoyed our list of the Spiel des Jahres winners by year back to 2008! Have you tried any of the games on this list? Which are your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.

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Cascadia
$39.90

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01/27/2023 11:30 am GMT