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Spiel des Jahres 2018: A Year of Memorable Games 🏆

Spiel des Jahres 2018: A Year of Memorable Games 🏆

Exploring the Engaging Gameplay and Creativity of the 2018 Nominees

Join us as we reminisce about the fantastic games that competed for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres title in 2018. From the winner, Azul, to the captivating The Mind and the adventurous Luxor, each game left a lasting impact on the world of board gaming. 🌟

The Magic of 2018: A Turning Point for Our Family 🔮

The year 2018 will always hold a special place in our hearts, as it marked a turning point in our lives and our love for board games. Azul and The Mind became household names and cemented their place in the modern board gaming mainstream. Among our family, Luxor emerged as the most-played game, despite the widespread popularity of Azul and The Mind, which speaks volumes about its appeal.

The Mind: Synchronized Perception and Co-operation 🧠

The Mind, a co-operative card game by Wolfgang Warsch, challenges players to play number cards in ascending order without communicating about their own cards. The team progresses through various levels, and success depends on a synchronized perception of time. The Mind is an astonishingly fresh game concept that delivers emotional moments and a unique gaming experience.

Luxor: Unearthing Ancient Treasures 🌅

Luxor, a race and collection game by Rüdiger Dorn, sends players on an adventure through an ancient Egyptian temple to collect valuable treasures. The game requires strategic planning and effective use of movement cards, offering an ever-exciting and competitive experience reminiscent of Indiana Jones' adventures.

Azul: A Masterpiece of Tile-Laying and Aesthetics 🎨

Azul, the 2018 Spiel des Jahres winner by Michael Kiesling, tasks players with decorating the walls of a Portuguese palace using beautiful mosaic tiles called 'Azulejos'. The game combines elegant aesthetics, tactile game components, and a deep, engaging selection mechanic that leaves players wanting to play again and again.

And the Winner Is... Azul! 👑

Azul emerged victorious as the 2018 Spiel des Jahres winner, captivating the judges with its perfect blend of aesthetics, gameplay, and depth. The jury praised Azul as a "masterpiece" that offers players a rich experience that they'll want to return to repeatedly.

Judges' Quote: "The designer Michael Kiesling has succeeded in this masterpiece: giving so much depth to a supposedly simple selection mechanic, that you’ll want to play this again and again and again."

What are your thoughts on the 2018 Spiel des Jahres winner and nominees? Have you played Azul, The Mind, or Luxor? Share your experiences and opinions in the comments below! 🎲👇

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