Carcassonne – A Game of Luck and Strategy

Mathew Robinson

2001 was a very important year for German board game designer, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede. It was the year in which Carcassonne, his first board game, saw widespread commercial success after receiving two prestigious board game awards. So, what are these awards? And why was it important that Carcassonne won them?

The first award that Carcassonne received was the Deutscher Spiel Preis. This is another German board game award that is typically given to games with especially innovative or good gameplay.

The second, and perhaps most notable award that Wrede’s game received was the Spiel des Jahres (or Game of the Year). The Spiel des Jahres is a German award presented every year to a board or card game that promotes excellence in game design, usually given to a family-oriented game. Although it offers no prizes, a game that is awarded the Spiel des Jahres can usually expect an increase in sales…

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