Azul takes Game of the Year win at Berlin’s 2018 Spiel des Jahres

Popular tile-laying board game Azul has been named the Game of the Year at the 2018 Spiel des Jahres, board gaming’s biggest annual awards ceremony.

Winners were announced yesterday at an event held in Berlin, where board game designers were applauded to crowds of press and board game fans.

Designer Michael Kiesling was on hand to collect the Spiel des Jahres main awards. Meanwhile, in the Kennerspiel des Jahres (a second award for more completx board game titles) was handed to Wolfgang Warsch for his Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg.

The Spiel des Jahres jury heaped praise on Azul for its “wonderful aesthetics” and the way “author Michael Kiesling managed to give a simple selection mechanism so much depth that it is almost endlessly replayable.”

The game is distributed exclusively in the UK by Asmodee.

“We are absolutely delighted that Azul has won Spiel des Jahres," Ben Hogg, marketing manager at Asmodee UK, told ToyNews. 

"The game has been a massive hit for us since we first received stock and is also a personal favourite of mine, as well as a number of the team around the office. It is a pleasure to play Azul and the award of SDJ is a real mark of its quality – there is no higher accolade a board game can receive.”

Azul now joins a long list of popular to have taken the Game of the Year award over the years, including the likes of Codenames, Colt Express and Dixit. 

Both titles now join the recipient of the Kinderspiel des Jahres – announced a few weeks ago – HABA’s Dragon’s Breath in this among this year’s winners.

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