On Monday the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres awards have been announced. As always there are some discussions going on why some games have missed out and why certain games are nominees for the Kennerspiel instead of the more lighter Spiel des Jahre award.
Tom Felber, chair of the Spiel des Jahres jury, has written an article giving more insight into the process of choosing the games for the nomination list:
We’ve done it again, namely we’ve played hundreds of games over the course of a year and finally put together a list of especially interesting, entertaining, fun, original and innovative titles, in which everyone who plays games will be able to find a game that will bring joy to them, their family or their social circle – guaranteed. It was a strong year: 23 titles have finally made it onto our list, it could easily have been a few more. We are aware that other great new games are missing but we had to limit ourselves.