Besides books and reading, it's safe to say the board games are a known German cultural element. Games are so important to Germans that there is a Verein (club) that reviews games every year known as the Spiel des Jahres (game of the year). There are different categories, three of which are:
- Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)
- Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children's Game of the Year)
- Kennerspiel des Jahres (Game of the Year for Experienced Players)
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Since German games are awesome and some of them are now cult games of epic proportions--Catan (A) even had a mention on The Big Bang Theory--here are a few games you could get to know any day of the year, and if you're looking for some German Christmas presents, they'll serve you well!
I may have given extra space & extra description to my favorite game...I'm totally biased. And for good reason!
Some of the links below are affiliate links. They are marked with an (A), which means that if you click through that picture/link and make a purchase, I'll receive a small amount of that purchase as a thank-you. And the prices are as of today's publication (Dec. 5, 2016). Enough disclosure--Lasst die Spiele beginnen!
1. Spiel des Jahres 2016
This year's winner is a Czech game based on secret agents with code names (thus the title). The object is to make contact with your own spies!
Ages 14 & up
for 2-8 players