Re: Spiel des Jahres 2007 Nominations -- What are your thoughts?
- My opinion:
1) I think it's between Zooloretto and Yspahan with Zooloretto getting
2) I think they are all fine games, but don't have a personal
favorite. I've only played two and only once each, so I haven't really
been able to enjoy any one so much that I want it to win the award.
3) I've played Jenseits von Theben and Yspahan.
4) I agree with you regarding Jenseits von Theben. It's a fun game and
very thematic, but I'd be a bit disappointed if it won SdJ. To me it
is just far too random.
All in all, decent nominees this year, and I think it's harder this
year to pick the winner than in some prior years.
- 1. I suspect Zooleretto would win, since I think it is most likely to
appeal to families. If not Zooleretto, then Yspahan.
2. I am not sure I care which one wins.
3. I have played Yspahan and Arkadia - I think Yspahan is a good,
light game that is easy to teach and entertaining. Arkadia is a fine
game, but it just doesn't wow me.
4. I'm indifferent on who wins or doesn't. I want to try them all at some point.
On 6/11/07, Phil Alberg <palberg@...> wrote:
> Five games are on the final nomination list, while another 12 are on
> the recommended list. The five final candidates are:
> The Thief of Bagdad http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/22278
> Zooloretto http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/27588
> Jenseits von Theben http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/13883
> Arkadia http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/25643
> Yspahan http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/22345
> Here is a geeklist where these five candidates are discussed:
> In the hopes of sparking some local conversation, here are some questions:
> 1) Putting yourself in the jury's shoes, which game do you think will
> win the SdJ?
> 2) Which game would you personally like to see win the SdJ?
> 3) Which SdJ candidates have you played?
> 4) Are there any candidates that you hope NOT win the SdJ?
> My thoughts:
> 1) Thief of Bagdad, as it is (supposedly) easy to teach, has a low age
> requirement, and is produced by Queen, who can handle the extra
> production ramp-up required for SdJ winners.
> 2) Zooloretto, as it has been favorably received, and would be the
> first win for Abacus.
> 3) I've only played Jenseits von Theben, which is a fine game to
> experience, but not a SdJ winner in my estimation.
> 4) Nope, they are all good candidates. I hope I get to play them someday.
> - Phil
> Eastern MA Gaming
> "But how do you plan for a bank full of nuns?"
> "When playing a game the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is
> important, not the winning."
> - Reiner Knizia
"It was a dark and stormy nightmare." -Neil Gaiman
>From: "Phil Alberg" <palberg@...>I think they will pick Zooloretto, although see #3.
>In the hopes of sparking some local conversation, here are some questions:
>1) Putting yourself in the jury's shoes, which game do you think will
>win the SdJ?
>2) Which game would you personally like to see win the SdJ?My order of personal preference would likely be: Arkadia, Zooloretto,
>3) Which SdJ candidates have you played?I've played all but The Thief of Bagdad.
JvT I played once a while ago. I remember the game being dominated by luck.
I don't remember if it was good luck or bad luck.
The other 3 are all solid games.
>4) Are there any candidates that you hope NOT win the SdJ?It's not that I don't want JvT to win, it's that I don't want to see Queen's
37 variants for the game flooding the market over the next 3 years.
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