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Podcast #52: Spiel des Jahres 2020, Euro vs. Ameritrash...fight! (guest: Roy Cannaday)

Dice Tower's Roy Cannaday joins the crew to discuss...The Crew and other Kennerspiel and Spiel des Jahres nominees and winners. And what's a "Euro" or "Ameritrash" game these days, anyways?

So maybe we didn't notice when the Spiel des Jahres nominees and winners were announced this year but our excuse: We wanted to do our due diligence and get them all played before telling you about them! Dice Tower Production Chief Roy Cannaday joins Christina, Shoe, and Mike to discuss the Spiel des Jahres (game of the year) and Kennerspiel des Jahres (fancy connoisseur game of the year) nominees and winners from 2020.

Roy also has his first board game design coming from Grey Fox Games: Last Light, a simultaneous-turn 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) that you can play four times in the time it takes to play another 4X. (It's true!) But don't call it a Eurogame...or do? How useful are the terms "Euro" and "Ameritrash" anyways to describe these genres?

Our topics for the show:

  1. Christina (host): Spiel des Jahres nominees/winners...what do we think about them? (5:58)
  2. Shoe (producer): Kennerspiel des Jahres nominees/winners...what do we think about them? (15:21)
  3. Roy (guest): "Euro "and "Ameritrash" -- do these terms even matter anymore? (28:25)
  4. Mike (editor): How has COVID impacted game content creation? (38:21)

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Here are the games covered on the show:


  • Last Light
  • Eclipse
  • Twilight Imperium
  • Concordia

Christina's topic: Spiel des Jahres 2020 nominees/winners

  • My City
  • Nova Luna
  • Pictures
  • Just One
  • Machi Koro Legacy

Shoe's topic: Kennerspiel des Jahres nominees/winners

  • Hearts
  • Spades
  • The Crew
  • Cartographers
  • The King’s Dilemma

Roy's topic: "Euro" vs. "Ameritrash"

  • Settlers of Catan
  • Carcassonne 
  • Arkham Horror
  • Risk
  • Century
  • Concordia
  • Black Angel
  • The Magnificent
  • Pret-A-Porter
  • Abomination

Final Thoughts

  • Luna
  • Belfort
  • Loot of Lima
  • The Search for Planet X
  • Marvel Champions