The nominations for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres were announced earlier in May. The status of these games at ComicReaders is as of the writing of this article. You can contact us by phone, email, or Facebook to inquire about these games.
The Spiel des Jahres category is the category for family-friendly games.
Adventures of Robin Hood. This is not yet available at ComicReaders but we do have it on pre-order for its upcoming North American release. The current listed release date is the end of June 2021, but release dates are often in flux (especially during the pandemic). We are taking names for pre-orders. This is a cooperative campaign-style game that changes as you work through the story.
MicroMacro Crime City. This is not yet available at ComicReaders but we also have this one on pre-order for its North American release. This game comes with 16 cases for you to solve. You use a large map of the city to find clues. I do believe the cases come in sealed envelopes.
Zombie Teenz. This thematic sequel to Zombie Kidz has been in stock at ComicReaders when available from its distributor. Both Regina stores received a limited number again just last week.
The Kinderspiel category is for kid-friendly games.
Dragonimo. This is a very kid-friendly version of the award-winning Kingdomino board game. ComicReaders currently has both Dragonimo and Kingdomino in stock.
Storytailors (Fabelwelten). This is a storytelling game. This game doesn’t yet appear to have a North American distributor but we’ll keep our eyes open for it.
Mia London (Mia London and the Case of the 625 Scoundrels). This is a kid-friendly memory / investigation game. This one flew under the radar when released in 2020 but I know there is one copy at ComicReaders Downtown in Regina.
The Kennerspiel category recognizes excellence in expert / connoisseur board games. These are games with more complexity– what we might call “gamers’ games”.
Lost Ruins of Arnak. In 2020, I attended a virtual tradeshow hosted by one of our Canadian distributors and Lost Ruins of Arnak was one of the games demoed. I liked what I saw and recommended that we pre-order a few copies. ComicReaders keeps this in stock when available and I do believe it is at both Regina locations as of the writing of this article. This game can also be played solo.
Fantasy Realms. ComicReaders has been carrying this game since its 2017 release. Dana at the South store is a big fan of this game and it’s thanks to him that the stores carry it. Fantasy Realms’ first expansion was released earlier this year.
Paleo. I decided to stock this game in 2020 because it had a solo option and solo gaming was growing in popularity during the pandemic. The full game experience is a cooperative game with a campaign-style of play. I know there is one copy of Paleo at ComicReaders Downtown in Regina.
The Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres winners will be announced in Berlin, Germany on July 19, 2021. The winner of the Kinderspiel des Jahres will be announced on June 14, 2021.