The games considered for the award are family-style games. Other games like war games; role-playing games; collectable card games; and other complicated, highly-competitive, or hobbyist games are outside the scope of the award. The committee awards a separate award for best children's game.
The criteria on which a game will be evaluated are, generally speaking: Game idea & originality; Rule structure & clarity; Presentation (art and parts); and Game mechanics.
All of the nominees this year are translated to English by a game maker called Rio Grande Games - so congratulations to them. All are currently available unless otherwise indicated.
The nominees for this year's Spiel De Jares are:
- Arkadia, $44.95, 2-4 players, Ages 10+, 45-60 minutes
- Jenseits von Theben, $44.95, 2-4 players, Ages 10+, 45-60 minutes, Available in July
- Thief of Bagdad, $34.95, 2-4 Players, Ages 8+, 60 minutes
- Yspahan, $49.95, 3-4 players, Ages 12 +, 90 minutes
- Zooloretto, $39.95, 2-5 players, Ages 8+, 45 minutes
Here's the Rio Grande Games page, if you'd like more information on these and other great Rio Grande games.