The Mind and Detective triumph at France’s 2019 As d’Or game of the year awards

25 February 2019
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Social card game and app-powered mystery take home biggest ‘Golden Ace’ prizes

Social card game The Mind and app-enhanced mystery Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game have been named the big winners at this year’s As d’Or awards.

The ‘Golden Ace’ game of the year prizes – France’s equivalent to the German Spiel des Jahres – are similarly divided into three categories for expert, ‘all public’ and children’s games.

The ‘all public’ As d’Or is the awards’ headline trophy for a widely-accessible release. 2019’s award was claimed by The Mind, the Spiel des Jahres-nominated number-counting card game-cum-social experiment, seeing off competition from Codenames-y, Dixit-y deduction game Shadows: Amsterdam, the gorgeous board-scrolling Solenia and Treasure Island, the bluffing game based on the classic pirate novel that involves drawing on the map for real.

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The expert As d’Or, meanwhile, was won by Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, which uses a companion app to power along its interlinked tales of murder, mystery and conspiracy solved by players against the ‘clock’.

The win meant Detective triumphed over arguable frontrunner KeyForge: Call of the Archons, the hugely popular card game created by Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield that uses algorithms to generate billions of unique decks. Also in the running in the particularly heated category was subversive co-op board game Spirit Island.

Over in the children’s category, memory-based animal challenge Where’s Mr. Wolf? came out on top, beating the self-proclaimed ‘first legacy game for children’ Zombie Kidz Evolution, emotional dice game The Color Monster and poo-themed card game Who Did It?


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