Press Service - Informationen on the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

The "Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018" (Connoisseur's Game of the year) has been elected by the jury "Spiel des Jahres" on monday, 23. july 2018 in Berlin.

"Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg" by Wolfgang Warsch (Publisher: Schmidt Spiele) is Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

Mandrake root, ghost breath and toadstool. As quack doctors, players brew up new potions out of all sorts of unusual ingredients. These potions aren’t prepared according to some strict recipe but rather through pure chance: each player gradually draws ingredients out of their own mixed up bag of supplies. Most of the ingredients have positive effects. But caution is advised when adding the cherry bombs, as too many of these can cause a cauldron explosion. With the profit made from brewed elixirs you can purchase new ingredients and therefore produce higher quality potions. The player who can best weigh up the risk of an explosion and make good use of the game’s tactical possibilities has a good chance of winning this competition of the quacks.

Jury statement:
Cooking up a potion with randomly chosen ingredients for “Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg” causes taste explosions and emotional fireworks. Players oscillate between jubilation, lamentation and schadenfreude one after the other. A game of pure chance? Definitely not, as designer Wolfgang Warsch’s exquisite basic recipe leaves the players free to spice things up with some tactical possibilities. This mixed bag of ingredients becomes a delicious meal for games gourmets.

Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg is for 2 to 4 players of ages 10 and up
By Wolfgang Warsch
Illustration: Dennis Lohausen
Publisher: Schmidt Spiele (Berlin)

Press contact: Yasmina Sakri, biss PR
+49 (0) 30 - 809 33 31 03;

Also nominated (in alphabetical order):

Ganz schön clever

for 1 to 4 players of ages 10 and up

By Wolfgang Warsch
Illustration: Leon Schiffer
Publisher: Schmidt Spiele (Berlin)

Press contact: Yasmina Sakri, biss PR
+49 (0) 30 - 809 33 31 03;


Heaven & Ale

for 2 to 4 players of ages 12 and up

By Michael Kiesling and Andreas Schmidt
Illustration: Christian Fiore
Publisher: eggertspiele (Hamburg)
German distributor: Pegasus Spiele (Friedberg)

Press contact: Pegasus, Peter Berneiser
0049 (0) 6031 - 72 17 91;

A commentary of Tom Felber on the games of 2018

Visit the galleryof the award ceremony  2018 at Berlin's Swissôtel.

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Covershots 3D

Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg
Front shot Quacksalber 300 dpi (jpg, 1,8 MB)
Ganz schön clever
Front shot Ganz schön clever 300 dpi (jpg, 820 KB)

Heaven & Ale
Front shot Heaven & Ale 300 dpi (jpg, 2,8 MB)

Recommendation list

The jury has also given out a recommendation list with two games.

Press contact at Spiel des Jahres association: 
Bernhard Löhlein
Phone: +49 160 - 90 19 41 57