Spiel des Jahres At Well Played

The Spiel des Jahres (“Game of the Year” in German) is pretty much the board game equivalent to the Academy Awards. Created in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design and promotion of the top-quality games in the German market, the Spiel des Jahres has evolved to become tabletop gaming’s highest honor across the globe. To celebrate this year’s winning games, join us on Sunday, August 18th as our Gamemasters help guide you in your quest to play all the Spiel Des Jahres titles…at least those we could get our hands-on. 



Wingspan is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games where you are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth (points, essentially). The player with the most points after 4 rounds wins. If you enjoy Terraforming Mars and Gizmos, we think this game will take flight at your table.


Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be canceled! A complete game is played over 13 cards. The goal is to get a score as close to 13 as possible. In case of a right answer, the players score 1 point. In case of the wrong answer, they lose the current card as well as the top card of the deck. Thus losing 2 points. In case of lack of answer, the players only lose the current card, and therefore only 1 point.  You have the choice – make the difference!


Werewords - Spiel des Jahres

In Werewords, players guess a secret word by asking “yes” or “no” questions. Figure out the magic word before time is up, and you win! However, one of the players is secretly a werewolf who is not only working against you but also knows the word. If you don’t guess the word in time, you can still win by identifying the werewolf! To help you out, one player is the Seer, who knows the word but must not to be too obvious when helping you figure it out; if the word is guessed, the werewolf can pull out a win by identifying the Seer!