Tom Felber, Jury Chairman of the Spiel des Jahres Award


THE SPIEL DES JAHRES IS AWARDED BY A JURY OF GERMAN-SPEAKING BOARD GAME CRITICS FOR GAMES THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED IN GERMANY, YET IT CARRIES A LOT OF WEIGHT AND PRESTIGE TO BOARD GAME HOBBYISTS AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT ARE THE KEY FACTORS AND EVENTS THAT HAVE LED TO ITS WIDESPREAD APPEAL?

Strangely enough, one factor is maybe, that it is not meant for hobbyists. The target audience is everybody. Most people like to play games, they like to have fun together. But a lot of them have made bad experiences with bad games.