“As d'Or-Jeu de l'Année” : the preeminent cultural label for board games. It rewards the best board games of the French market published in the last 15 months.
“As d'Or-Jeu de l'Année” label has the mission to bring the public’s attention to the diversity of the game industry and to reward games that are engrossing, enjoyable and awaken in both occasional and regular players the desire to play it again. The material’s quality, the proper functioning of mechanisms, the readability of the rules, the game design, the authors creativity (which supports clearly the identification of the rules on the game boxes) and the universal theme need to stimulate the imagination of the player
A game by Jules Messaud, illustrated by Pauline Détraz, published and distributed by Gigamic.
A game by Nao Shimamura & Nobutake Dogen, illustrated by Vincent Roché, published by Spiral Editions and distributed by Blackrock Games.
THAT'S NOT A HAT
A game by Kasper Lapp, illustrated by Easy Draws It, published and distributed by Ravensburger.
FLASHBACK : ZOMBIE KIDZ
A game by Baptiste Derrez & Marc-Antoine Doyon, illustrated by Jannifer Mati & Laure De Châteaubourg, published by Le Scorpion Masqué and distributed by Blackrock Games.
LA COLLINE AUX FEUX FOLLETS
A game byJens-Peter Schliemann & Bernhard Weber, illustrated by Annette Nra Kara & Clemnewter, published by Amigo & Gigamic and distributed by Gigamic.
LA PLANCHE DES PIRATES
A game by Benoit Turpin & Florian Sirieix, illustrated by Camille Chaussy, published by The Flying Games and distributed by Blackrock Games.
A game by Johannes Krenner & Markus Slawitscheck, illustrated by Jeff Harvey, published by Z Man Games and distributed by Asmodee.
ALICE IS MISSING
A game by Spenser Starke, illustrated by Julianne Griepp & Caleb Cleveland, published by Origames and distributed by Néoludis.
A game by Fabien Gridel & Yoann Levet, illustrated by Sébastien Bizos, published by Le Scorpion Masqué and distributed by Blackrock Games.
A game by Mathias Wigge, illustrated by Loïc Billau & Dennis Lohausen, published by Super Meeple and distributed by Néoludis.
A game by Xavier Georges, illustrated by Ian O'Toole published by Quined Games & Pixie Games and distributed by Pixie Games.
A game by Dimitri Perrier & Matthieu Verdier, illustrated by Miguel Coimbra, published by Explor8 and distributed by Novalis.
In 1988, the city of Cannes launched a competition to annually reward the best games showcased at the Festival: the “As d'Or” (Golden Ace).
In 2003, the French Association for Promoting and Evaluating Board Games created the “Jeu de l'Année” (Game of the Year) award with very similar criteria and selection methods.
In 2005, the initiators of the “As d’Or” and “Jeu de l’Année” - both respectful of their mutual work and commitment to promoting board games in France - realized that their aims were similar and decided to combine their efforts and introduce a single qualitative award, recognized by the industry and able to appeal to gamers: the “As d’Or-Jeu de l’Année” award.
The success of the games awarded since 1988 is undeniable. Some of them have become a real social phenomenon: between 2008 and 2016 more than 25 billion Magic: The Gathering cards were printed, Abalone has sold more than 10 million copies, while Time's Up!, Les Aventuriers du Rail and Dixit have exceeded 5 million boxes and Quarto has sold over 1 million copies, to name but a few of the notable success stories. The “As d’Or” has also been awarded to memorable titles such as Super Gang, Blokus, Kahuna, La Route des Epices, Condottiere , Gang of Four, Alhambra, Takenoko, Andor, Marrakech, Skull, Concept, Colt Express, Mysterium, Unlock !, Azul, The Mind, which will arguably make it into the ideal collection of many gamers.
All new board games published on the French market in a French version qualify to be selected by the International Games Festival as a possible recipient of one of our awards in the following four categories:
The CASUAL category
Rewards games that are accessible to the greatest number of people – from 8 year olds to adults - with rules that are easy to grasp.
Examples: Micro Macro, Unlock, Azul, Kingdomino
The CHILDREN category
Highlights games dedicated to children from age 3 to 7. The rules, duration and material must be adapted to children’s capacities and needs: for example, short games and accessible rules..
The INTERMEDIATE category
Refers to games played by a regular audience seeking more challenging mechanisms. The rules take more attention, the setup is precise and a game usually lasts more than an hour.
Examples: The Crew, Paléo, It’s a Wonderful World
The EXPERT category
Rewards complex games with sophisticated mechanisms that require a significant commitment from the gamers both to master the rules and to be able to play long games/campaigns. The theme is usually tailored to adult gamers.
Examples: Terraforming Mars, Scythe, Dilemme du roi
2024 : the jury will announce its selection of nominees in January 2024 and will reveal the names of the winners on Thursday the 22nd of February at 8.30pm on the stage of the Grand Auditorium in Cannes iconic Palais des Festivals.
The nominated and winning games will be showcased throughout the Festival in a dedicated area as well as at the booths of the award-winning publishers.
Are you a publisher and wish to participate in the 2023 competition?
To compete, your game must be new or be published for the first time in French. The contest is open to games published between November the 1st of 2022 and January the 12th of 2024. They have to be available on the French market before the deliberation which will take place on the third weekend of January.
Your game will be pre-selected and, hopefully, be part of the nominees announced each year at the end of January.
To facilitate the jury's work, please send your game before the 12th of January 2024 so there is time to test it. Beyond this date we can’t guarantee that the jury will have enough time to test it before the end of deliberation.
The game must be presented in its final version, that is, as the public will discover it, and the name of its author must appear on the box. The jury does not perform its tests on unfinished versions and must be in possession of the final version of the game. The rules of the game must be available in French.
Send one copy :
- 1 copy to the organization of the Festival that will forward it to the jury:
Festival International des Jeux
Madame Marina EGO
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
La Croisette CS 30051
06414 Cannes Cedex – France
Submit your game to the members of the jury:
You must send an email to the jury: firstname.lastname@example.org in order to offer them the sending of your game. It is possible that the members of the jury have already played it. They will then inform you of their wish to receive it if this is not the case.
The jury consists of passionate players who are all renowned actors in the gaming sphere and base their selection on the following qualities that a game must have: captivating and addictive power, the originality and aesthetic of the product itself (visual and tactical appeal) and the quality of the rules.
The jury members are selected by the International Games Festival organization. They test the latest games of the market when they gather in Paris, Bruxelles, Cannes etc. or during their numerous trips to public and business fairs, in game clubs, game libraries, or in their regular gaming circles.
2024 jury is composed of: