July 19, 2006

"Thurn & Taxis" wins Spiel des Jahres Award

ThurnAndTaxis.7.10.06.jpgLast week we reported that "Thurn & Taxis" shipped from Rio Grande Games. Not to toot our own egos for being on top of stuff, and junk, but we wanted to let you know that "Thurn & Taxis" just won the Spiel des Jahres - the German Game of the Year.

Why do we care what the Germans think? Well for one they throw an absolutely swinging World Cup, but more appropriately they're one of the driving factors for the reemergence of board games as a popular past time. One of the activities German families love to do on family-night is toss down the latest board and play some constructive social gaming goodness.

Yes, we know that sounds corny. If our parents dropped "Sorry!" on the kitchen table instead of taking us out for pizza and Bomb Jack, then there would have been hell to pay. But consider the incredible series of Eurogames to come out of Germany in the last 10 years, like: Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Tigris & Euphrates, and Attika. If 'Pa through down those titles then he certainly would have received our full attention.

We digress. "Thurn & Taxis" is by Andreas Seyfarth (Puerto Rico, Manhattan ) and his wife Karen. They received the the official Spiel des Jahres award in German, as should be the case. Unfortunately only one of us speaks German, and it's only a little German at that, so we left it up for AltaVista's Babel Fish to translate the official announcement. The result is a bit broken, but that's what gives it character.

"The outstanding board play "Thurn and taxi" reminds those already of the inventors of the modern postal service, end 15. Century organized a functioning delivery of letters. Task of the players is it to develop a Postkutschenbetrieb in Bavaria and Umgebung. In addition the correct distance maps must be collected and out-played in sequence. Who does this in time, can post office stations into one of the 22 cities on the plan set. But there are points - whenever in all cities of a region own stations are located. The race with the competition around the suitable maps, the longest distances and the largest kutschen is high-exciting. That folds with each player number and is for few players as for professionals a genuine challenge. "Thurn and taxi" have that things to the long-lasting phenomenon. From: The Babel Fish Translation of the Spiel des Jahres website

JA! "Thurn u. Taxis" ist ein gutes Brettspiel. Kaufen Ihre kopie heute! (translate)

Also see:

  • What Makes a Eurogame Game?
  • Now Shipping: "Thurn & Taxis"
  • The 2005 Meeples' Choice Awards are in

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