Japan Boardgame Prize 2013

We announce the 12th Japan Boardgame Prize! It is divided into two categories, namely, U-more Award and Voters' Selection.

We award a good game for beginners and families, named "U-more Award". The jury consists of seven administlators of our family gaming society. After 3 months of discussion and selection, we decided "Ciao Ciao (Japanese edition)" as game of the year and two nominees.

U-more Award - Game of the Year:

Ciao Ciao (Japanese edition) (Alex Randolph / Mobius Games)

Ciao Ciao


Joint Blockers! (Japanese edition) (Kory Heath / Arclight Games)


Banana Matcho ( Thilo Hutzler / Zoch Verlag dist.by Mobius Games)

Banana Matcho

And Voters' Selection: 217 boardgamers from 34 prefectures took part in the award, in cooperation with many boardgame circles and shops. They selected upto five favorites from a list of 215 titles, which were sold in Japanese market within the last one year. We added up for each voter 5 points to the first favorit, 4 points to the second ... 1 point to the fifth.

As a result "Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar" won the Japan Board Game Prize 2013.

Voters' Selection - 1st Prize:

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (Simone Luciani, Daniele Tascini / Czech Games Edition dist.by Gamestore Banesto, Hobby Japan)




The Resistance: AVALON (Japanese edition) (Don Eskridge / Hobby Japan)




Terra Mystica (Japanese edition) (Jens Drögemüller, Helge Ostertag / Ten days games)

Terra Mystica



Die Legenden von Andor (Japanese edition) (Michael Menzel / Arclight Games)



Keyflower (Sebastian Bleasdale, Richard Breese / R&D Games dist.by New Games Order LLC, Hobby Japan)


6th: Village (Japanese edition) (Inka Brand, Markus Brand / Hobby Japan)
7th: Seasons (Japanese edition) (Régis Bonnessée / Hobby Japan)
8th: Telestrations (Japanese edition) (Ten days games)
9th: Sute Sute MARKETING (Geimukoubou / Chickin Dice Games)
10th: Sid Meier's Civilization (Japanese edition) (Kevin Wilson / Hobby Japan)
10th: VEGAS (Japanese edition) (Rüdiger Dorn / Mobius Games)

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Japan Boardgame Prize