The Mensa Association in Germany awards game prizes in two categories once a year. All nominated board games have now been determined for the 2018 MinD Games Prize. The German branch of the international network for gifted students will award the prizes at the beginning of 2018.

Selection criteria for the MinD game price

The Mensa eV Germany awards its game award in 2018 in two categories: games with short playing times and complex board games. Last year the board games won codenames and Orleans. The criteria for the MinD game price are comparatively moderate.

For example, it does not matter that the board games were published in the current year. Essential criteria for the award of games with a short duration is a playing time of less than one hour as well as the possibility of quickly familiarizing yourself with the set of rules including the structure of the game. For the complex parlor games, the jury members use a rating system in which points are awarded on the scales of demand and replayability. The title with the highest average score wins the award. Depending on the industry, general criteria for both categories include equipment, quality of the game material or innovations. It is also important that the nominated board games have the lowest possible "luck factor". The MinD Games Award therefore focuses on players being able to demonstrate their skills and abilities in a parlor game. Interested players can find details about the criteria >>> here <<<.

The nominees for the Mensa Spielepreis 2018

The following candidates have a chance of receiving the award.

In the Short Duration category:

  • Cortex Challenge (Asmodee)
  • Merkurya (HCM Kinzel)
  • Between Two Cities (Stonemaier Games)
  • Fendo (Gerhards)
  • Word Slam (COSMOS)
  • Swish (ThinkFun)
  • Hexx & Hopp (three rabbits in the evening sun)

In the "Complex Games" category, there are mainly titles that are currently used frequently by frequent and expert players and some of them are current bestsellers* counting:

  • Haspelknecht (Quined Games)
  • Odyssey - Wrath of Poseidon (Ares)
  • First Class (Hans im Glück)
  • Great Western Trail (Pegasus / eggert)
  • Terraforming Mars (Gravity Publishers)
  • Railroad Revolution (Pegasus)

Interested players can get to know the candidates at the presentation events, their dates >>> here <<< can be found.

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