Thames & Kosmos’ The Adventures of Robin Hood makes Spiel des Jahres shortlist as 2021 finalists are unveiled

The Adventures of Robin Hood, the popular tabletop title published by Kosmos Games and distributed in the UK by Thames and Kosmos UK, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres title this year.
The awards are recognised as the most coveted in tabletop gaming and are split into Game of the Year (Spiel des Jahres), the children’s game of the year (Kinderspiel des Jahres), and the connoisseur or expert game of the year (Kennerspiel).
Thames and Kosmos’ title is a take on the classic folk tale in which players can move across an open board with no set track. The title was created by board game designer Michael Menzel.
It is joined by two other shortlisted finalist for the Spiel des Jahres award: MicroMacro Crime City by Johannes Sich, which sees players attempt to uncover the truth about crimes by searching the game’s images for the story, and Zombie Teenz Evolution by Annick Lobet, a follow up title to the wildly popular Zombie Kidz: Evolution.
“We are honoured to be shortlisted with one of our board game titles for Spiel des Jahres for a second year in a row, this time for the beautifully illustrated board game creation that is Robin Hood,” said Jo Drage, sales director, Thames & Kosmos UK.
“Michael Menzel, the game designer who created the award-winning Legends of Andor series, has brought this enchanting medieval story to life and we can not wait for it to arrive in our warehouse at the beginning of August.”
Previous winners of the Spiel des Jahres award  – such as My City and The Crew – have gone on to sell-out success at retail, driven by the hype around the awards. Thames & Kosmos is anticipating high demand for its Robin Hood titles, thanks to the media attention that the international event traditionally garners.
Meanwhile, the Spiel des Jahres shortlist for the 2021 Kennerspiel category features Min, Elwen and Czech Games’ Lost Ruins of Arnak alongside Paleo created by Peter Rustmeyer with Hans Im Gluck.
Finally, the shortlist for this year’s Kinderspiel des Jahres features Dragomino by Bruno Cathala, Marie Fort, Wilfried Fort and Blue Orange Games, Mia London and the Case of the 625 Scoundrels by Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, and Scorpion Masque, and Storytailors by Marie Fort, Wilfried Fort, and Lifestyle Boardgames.
The winners are due to be announced in a ceremony in Berlin on Monday, 19th July.

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