GENERAL STRATEGY - MULTI-PLAYER CATEGORY
Designer: Stefan Feld
In the multi-player category, the award goes to Trajan, the creation of Stefan Feld and published by Ammonit Spiele. Trajan is set in the glory days of Rome, when Rome reached its territorial zenith under Emperor Trajan. Players must increase their influence in various areas of Roman life by military conquests, extensive building campaigns and political intrigue. Designer Feld has developed quite the reputation for creating innovative mechanisms, and Trajan is no exception. The Mancala-like mechanism for choosing actions is simply brilliant.
GENERAL STRATEGY - 2-PLAYER CATEGORY
AGRICOLA: ALL CREATURES BIG AND SMALL
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publishers: Lookout Games / Z-Man Games
The award in the 2-player category goes to Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small by prolific designer Uwe Rosenberg and publishers Lookout Games and Z-Man Games. Based on his award-winning design Agricola, this new 2-player version casts players in the roles of animal breeders. Players must breed and raise different types of farm animals, hoping to make optimum use of their pastures and develop a thriving, prosperous farm. It is a fun, challenging game for two players.