Jury Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres

Born in 1968 and a gamer ever since. In his youth, this passion was kindled by his two older cousins, who also taught him how to be a good loser. He finally succumbed to games during his studies when, despite his best intentions, his path led back...

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Treasurer

Born in Zürich in 1963. His first games criticism appeared in 1985 in the Aargauer Kurier newspaper. From 1987 to 2008, he was editor at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper (NZZ). In May 2008 he spent two years travelling around the world. Since his...

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Chairman

Karsten Grosser (born in 1971) is married with two children and lives in Melle near Osnabrück. After finishing his mathematics studies in Oldenburg, he started writing about local sports for the Nienburger Tageszeitung newspaper, first as a trainee...

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Born in 1950 and married with four children, Herold was head of a secondary school in Oldenburg until 2013. In 1984 he introduced his hobby to the school through setting up a games library, organising gaming afternoons and exhibitions as well as...

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Born in Troisdorf, Klein now lives in Würselen near Aachen. He is a public management graduate working at the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority in Bonn. Born in 1986 and therefore currently the baby of the jury … a 1.96m tall and – after...

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Born in 1980 in Eberbach, a small town in the Odenwald, Tim Koch got involved with board games at an early age. Whether playing the classics with his parents or the latest releases with his friends, he was fascinated with the variety of games...

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Born in 1968 in Lower Austria. After school and teaching studies, she travelled around the world doing occasional jobs. In 1994 she settled in Germany’s hospitable Pfalz region, where she worked teaching word processing and office economics. In her...

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Born in 1965, married with three children and lives in Ingolstadt. He is an editor in the media and public relations section of the Eichstätt diocese. One of his responsibilities is for radio programming, for which he produces reports on church life...

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Vereinssprecher

Born in 1951 and married with two daughters, he lives in Aschheim near Munich and manages major construction sites at home and abroad. Between 1985 and 2010 he was project manager for the research organisation The Fraunhofer Society in Munich, where...

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Born in 1964 in Duisburg, where he currently lives. In 1991 he began to write games criticism under the heading ‘games we play’, starting with “Master Labyrinth” and his favourite board game of the time “Kremlin”. His games reviews (which since run...

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Jury Kinderspiel des Jahres

Stefan Gohlisch, born in 1968, has been playing games for longer than he can remember and more frequently than is good for a balanced lifestyle, the patience of his opponents and the capacity of his apartment and cellar, especially given his taste...

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Sabine Koppelberg, born in 1970, married with a son, started playing games from her early childhood. She studied German studies, political sciences and pedagogy in Cologne and regularly played board and card games on campus. Today she is a member of...

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Koordinatorin

Tina Kraft, born in 1951, is married with a son and two grandchildren. In 1976 she moved from Siegerland to the town of Marl in the Ruhr. A graduate in social pedagogy, she works with children and young people in various institutions. Organising the...

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A weekend without meeting friends or family for a game is rather rare for Stefanie Marckwardt, born in 1974 and married. She plays an eclectic mix of games, from strategy games that last an entire evening through raucous party games to children’s...

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For Christoph Schlewinski, born in 1973, a life without games is hard to imagine. In the games library at Marl, he spent eleven years showing children and young people how much more entertaining and friendlier it is to play with others. Once this...

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Vice Chairman

Beirat Kinderspiel des Jahres

Cordula Dernbach (born in 1965) lives in Aschaffenburg and is a trained media and special needs teacher. Since 1992 her main occupation has been with the child guidance office of Caritas in Aschaffenburg. She has no children but plays regularly with...

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Gaby Kaufmann was born in Bern in 1968, where she grew up. She is married with three children. Her children were interested in board games from a very young age and playing games has become an important part of family life. Gaby Kaufmann worked for...

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Hauke Petersen was born in Bremen in 1974, is married with two children and lives in the town of Georgsmarienhütte in Lower Saxony. Since 2008 he has worked as a local editor for the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. A traineeship at the same...

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The Jury of Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017:
From left to right: Bernhard Löhlein, Karsten Grosser, Wieland Herold, Tom Felber, Martin Klein, Udo Bartsch. Seated from left to right: Sandra Lemberger, Chris Mewes.

The Jury of Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017:
From left to right: Christoph Schlewinski, Gaby Kaufmann, Stefanie Marckwardt, Tina Kraft, Hauke Petersen, Sabine Koppelberg, Stefan Gohlisch (Missing: Cordula Dernbach).