The following is a press release from Austria. This group maintains the largest boardgame collection in the world. I will put more information in a reply to this thread. - Charlie
AUSTRIAN GAMES AWARD 2012
The Award winners chosen by the Games Committee of the Viennese Games
Academy were announced at a press conference on Monday, June 25th, at
10 a.m., in the Banquet Hall of the Viennese Chambers of Commerce. All
in all 14 awards were conferred.
SPIEL DER SPIELE - GAME OF GAMES
A placement and collecting game with cards for 2-4 players, ages 8+,
by Marcel-André Casasola Merkle at Hans im Glück 2012, ca. 45 min
The Island of Santa Cruz is settled in two stages. You build houses,
churches and lighthouses or collect raw materials. You start by
placing a building on a free coastal tile, according to building
rules. Then you play one card in your turn, either a building card or
a scoring card and place a building accordingly or score; in a scoring
all players with the scored raw materials participate. After the first
stage you take back your building and choose in ascending order of
points (the player with the lowest score starts) the deck you want to
use in the second stage. After the second stage your bird chips are
scored and you win with most points.
SPIELE HIT FÜR FAMILIEN - GAME HIT FOR FAMILIES
A dexterity game with cards for 2-4 players, ages 6+, by Josep Maria
Allué at Piatnik 2012, ca. 20 min
A placement and acquisition game for 2-4 players, ages 8+, by Reiner
Knizia at Ravensburger 2011, ca. 30 min
A placement game with a chance element for 3-7 players, ages 8+, by
Antonio Scrittore at Zoch / Noris 2011, ca. 30 min
A placement, acquisition and development game for 2-4 players, ages
8+, by Antoine Bauza at Bombyx/Matagot 2011, ca. 45 min
A dice game based on Bohnanza, for 2-5 players, ages 10+, by Uwe
Rosenberg at Amigo Spiele 2012, ca. 30 min
SPIELE HIT FÜR KINDER - GAME HIT FOR CHILDREN
A memo game of colors and position for 2-6 players, ages 3+, by
Angelika and Jürgen Lange at Beleduc 2012, ca. 10 min
A reaction and dexterity game for 2-4 players, ages 5+, by Stefanie
Rohner and Christian Wolf at Haba 2012, ca. 15 min
A placement game based on Ubongo, for 2-4 players, ages 5+, by
Grzegorz Rejchtman at Kosmos 2012, ca. 20 min
SPIELE HIT MIT FREUNDEN - GAME HIT WITH FRIENDS
A movement and collecting game for 2-4 players, ages 8+, by Michael
Schacht at Abacusspiele 2012, ca. 75 min
A set collecting game in the sewers for 2-5 players, ages 10+, by
Andreas Pelikan at Heidelberger Spieleverlag 2011, ca. 30 min
Ein Zeichenspiel für 3-6 Spieler ab 9 Jahren von Vlaada Chvátil bei
Pegasus / Czech Games Edition 2011, ca. 45 Minuten
SPIELE HIT FÜR EXPERTEN - GAME HIT FOR EXPERTS
Das letzte Bankett
A cooperation and observation game for 6-25 players, ages 10+, by
Oliver and Britta Wolf and Michael Nietzer at Heidelberger / Gameheads
2012, ca. 60 Minuten
Mage Knight Das Brettspiel
A development and adventure game for 1-4 players, ages 14+, by Vlaada
Chvátil at Pegasus Spiele / WizKids 2012, ca. 120 min
WIENER SPIELE AKADEMIE
On June 25th, 2012, 2011 the Viennese Games Academy has announced the
award winners for the 12th time. The Austrian Games Award is
presented annually. Spiel der Spiele is awarded to the game which is
considered by the Games Committee to be especially up-to-date and
entertaining, every interested player should have played it. With
each Spiele Hit that our experts choose they demonstrate the multitude
and diversity of games available.
The Games Committee, chaired by Dipl.Ing. Dagmar de Cassan, comprises:
Dr. Gerhard Bergauer, Prof. Samy Molcho, Dr. Christoph Proksch, Gert
Stöckl and Kurt Schellenbauer.
OUR 4 TARGET GROUPS
We sort our award winners into 4 target groups:
For Children: Games for children and educational games. Adults may
play, but need not play.
For Families: Parents and children play on equal footing; all have the
same chances to win.
With Friends: Young adults and adults play on equal footing; all
players are older than 12 years.
For Experts: Games with complex rules, a high access threshold and
lots of interesting games play, especially suitable for experienced
Please be aware that boundaries between groups are blurred. Children
who play often and gladly can be ahead of their age group when
playing. „For Families“ is not equal to the classic „Family Game“!
Your preferences and fun while playing decide which game is your game.
All award-winning games are available from your specialty store, where
you will be excellently advised!
Please reserve the date for the Press Conference “Austrian Games Award
2013”: Monday, 17th of June 2013
The Spiel Museum (Game Museum) in Austria is dedicated to games. It is a museum of games! How cool is that? It has the largest collection of board games in the world. They have a fabulous web site. http://www.spielemuseum.at/ However, it is in German so it is not very useful to me and probably most of you. Those of you that can read German should check it out and tell the rest of us what we have missed.
The Game Awards above come from a committee designated by the Museum.