Dear All,

We are pleased to inform you that the following games from the top of out selection list are selected as nominees for our 2023 European championship (alphabetical order):

  • Iki – Sorry We Are French
  • Lacrimosa – Devir Games
  • Monster Inn – Pegasus Spiele
  • Next Station: London – HCM Kinzel / Blue Orange
  • Starship Captains – CGE Czech Games Edition
  • Terra Nova – KOSMOS
  • Tiletum – Board & Dice

The selection process for the tournament games is finished. We have selected the following tournament games, which are confirmed:

  • Lacrimosa – Devir Games
  • Next Station: London – HCM Kinzel / Blue Orange
  • Starship Captains – CGE Czech Games Edition
  • Tiletum – Board & Dice

Disclaimer: Please note that the selection of the tournament games is not based on single titles. We have to take into account total overall playing time, different gaming mechanisms, etc, etc. So we opt for a best possible mix.

Our nomination list of 2023 is:


IKI takes place in Edo during the period of the same name (1603-1868). Edo was the name of Tokyo at that time.

In Nihonbashi district, the most animated market of the city can be found.

Near the main street, there is a fish market, where boats bring their goods and where the cries of the sellers and buyers echo.

In houses around the main street called Nagaya, live craftsmen and shopkeepers, with various skills required for the daily life of Edo’s citizens.

According to estimates, between 700 and 800 different occupations exist in Edo: fan or lantern makers, tatami weavers, printers, hawkers, tempura or sushi sellers, geishas, kabuki actors and many others are represented in IKI as cards.

Live a whole year in Edo and try to become the best Edokko, « the child of Edo » by looking after the welfare and prosperity of the city and its citizens. Recruit characters from different professions, make them work in the main street of Nihonbashi and let them accumulate experience until they retire.

The winner is the Edokko who has earned the most IKI, a philosophical concept from the Edo period that is considered an ideal of life.

A game of IKI lasts 13 rounds: the first 12 represent the 12 months of the year and are played in the same way. The 13th round, the New Year, is played in a slightly different way. Each of the first 12 months is played in 3 phases:

The 1st « Lifestyle » phase, where players choose their position on the Ikizama track. The 2nd « Actions » phase, where players A) Recruit a Character or Collect their Income, then B) move their Oyakata and conduct transactions in the Main Street.

The 3rd « Event and End of Round » phase is different for each month:

The « End of Round » stage takes place every month.
The Account Balance is done at the end of months 3, 6, 9 and 12 (i.e. at the end of each season).
A Fire happens at the end of months 5, 8 and 11.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is dead. His last conscious action on his deathbed was composing the Lacrimosa movement of his Opus Requiem. You, as one of his sponsors, will meet with the widow in order to participate one last time in the funding of the works of the Austrian genius. Also you will reminisce and retell all your memories alongside Mozart, in order to make sure that she portrays you under the best light when writing her memoirs, and enter history as Mozart’s most important patron.

In Lacrimosa players will take the roles of patrons of the late musician, contributing with their fundings to the composer’s works one last time. During the game you will play in two different timelines: the present and the past. In the present you commission the missing parts of the Requiem from other composers in order to complete it. When developing past events, the game will play in five epochs in which you will contribute by buying new compositions from the composer to sell or exhibit, accompany him on the different journeys through the main courts and theatres in Europe, and gather the resources you need in order to support the musician during his career.

During the game you will be playing cards from a limited hand that you will improve as the game progresses. These cards can be played either as actions or as resource generators and players will need to optimise their resources and finances in order to support our best version of the story and our relationship with Mozart.


Good staff is hard to find, especially at a Monster Inn. As dungeon masters, you’ll need to look around the local tavern for battle-hardened monsters for your dark dungeon. But the other dungeon masters in your neighbourhood had the same idea, kicking off a fierce bidding competition for the best monsters! If you’re not careful, not only will you get the weakest monsters, but you’ll also get one of the nasty humans lurking around the tavern.

In Monster Inn, creature cards of varying value with monsters and humans are revealed in each round. Players want to hire the most powerful monsters and send the nasty little humans to their competitors. Each round players will bid on the cards with gold coins or gems. But the humans are always auctioned off first, and those who can’t or don’t want to bid any longer take the current pool of treasures and the card that is currently being bid on. Who will be the cleverest and fill their own dungeon with powerful monsters that will defeat the humanoid intruders?


Nominated for Game of the Year 2023

NEXT STATION LONDON: On the road in London’s underground

The game NEXT STATION LONDON, published by HCM Kinzel, has been nominated for Game of the Year 2023. On May 22, 2023, the jury announced the winning games and the games nominated for Game of the Year. Every year, this prestigious award is given for the current year of games. On July 16, the best game will be chosen in Berlin. The prize is awarded in three categories: Game of the Year, Connoisseur’s Game of the Year and Children’s Game of the Year.

The jury’s statement: “The entertaining planning of the subway network offers strategic finesse in a small format, with a pleasingly slim set of rules. On the gradually more colorful blocks, constructs are created that fill with pride of work.” At HCM Kinzel, the joy is great. “Our collaboration with author Matthew Dunstan and Blue Orange was a good fit right from the start.” The family-owned company, based in Zaberfeld, South Germany, developed the Flip & Write game for German-speaking countries.

NEXT STATION LONDON is a thoroughly challenging representative of the Flip & Write games in which the London Underground, the oldest subway in the world, is getting redesigned. The route underneath the Thames presents a variety of challenges to up to four people aged eight and up. The goal is to connect as many landmarks in the 13 boroughs as possible. However, the lines must not get in each other’s way. Sometimes you get puzzled when the revealed maps with the route symbols do not fit.

In this way, the route network, which consists of four lines in four colors, is gradually created on the city map. Each round, a station card indicates the section of the route to be drawn. Then the pencil is changed. Thus, at the end of the game, everyone has their own four-color route network. Points are collected with the created subway lines, the tourist attractions at which they stop, the tunnels that pass under the Thames and the interchanges.




Welcome aboard and congrats on the promotion! Your “new” starship is ready to embark on its first big voyage. Just scrape off some of the rust and she’ll do fine. And that crew? Might look a little green around the edges, but they’re your crew now. Make us proud.

The stars are calling, and adventure awaits!

Settle into the captain’s chair of your very first star cruiser and get ready to embark on an exciting voyage through the depths of space in this euro-style action selection and engine building game for 1-4 players.

The vibrant galaxy holds many peculiar mysteries to explore and uncover! Skillfully manage your team of cadets, ensigns, androids, and officers to make the most of their unique abilities—all while balancing essential ship roles, completing unique missions, and upgrading your ship with powerful engine-building alien technology.

Do you have what it takes to deftly command your crew and become the best captain in the cosmos? We’ll see.

  • Manage a diverse crew of cadets, ensigns, androids, and officers—each with different special roles and capabilities.
  • Earn medals to promote and train your crew for even greater effectiveness.
  • Explore an ever-shifting galaxy full of dangerous pirates and interplanetary missions.
  • Upgrade your ship with powerful engine building technology for maximum synergy.
  • Boost your reputation with three distinct galactic factions for bountiful rewards.


Terra Nova is a simplified version of the strategy game Terra Mystica.

Something completely new is emerging here! There are 10 different races to choose from in this strategy game. Round after round, each nation tries to achieve certain goals in peaceful competition: buildings are erected and new regions explored. Who can harness their people’s unique abilities? Who has the largest territory at the end? Special mechanisms such as the cycle of power and the transformation of landscapes make the Kennerspiel a unique adventure.

  • Exciting and clever connoisseur game.
  • Based on the globally successful expert game bestseller “Terra Mystica”.
  • High-quality equipment and variable game components.
  • 10 different peoples with different abilities ensure a lot of variety and a high level of replay appeal.


In Tiletum, you and your fellow players take on the roles of rich merchants traveling throughout Europe, from the city of Tiletum (modern-day Tielt, Belgium) to Venice, during the days of early Renaissance.

You will travel to various cities to acquire trade contracts for wool and iron and establish trade houses. You must collect the required resources to fulfill contracts, invest in the construction of monumental cathedrals, gain the favor of noble families, and participate in important fairs, where your main business occurs. You will also use the services of notable people who will be welcomed into your houses. You will thus gain prestige that will make you the most famous merchant of the early Renaissance.

Tiletum is a dice management game in which dice have a dual function: gaining resources and performing actions. A certain number of dice will be rolled each round. On your turn, choose a die to gain the number of corresponding resources equal to the value of the die, then perform the associated action. The power of the action is inversely proportional to the value of the die, so the fewer resources you gain, the more powerful the actions you take and vice versa.

Our prize sponsors for 2023:

Board & Dice

CGE Czech Games Edition

Devir Games

HCM Kinzel / Blue Orange


Pegasus Spiele

Sorry We Are French