It’s official! Another one of our cafe-library favourites has just been announced as the winner of the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award for 2018. Azul entertained us for hours on end upon it’s release last year, and with it’s clever drafting and placement mechanics and GORGEOUS art style, it was no surprise to find it in the top spot in the announcement today.
About the game
Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.
In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Azul: Stain Glass of Sintra due in October!
In some fortuitous timing, Azul’s award announcement comes only weeks after the announcement of a NEW game in the collection. “Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra” takes the tile placement game from the walls to the windows, as you arrange a collection of translucent tiles to create stunning chapel windows. Expect the game to have a similar degree of abstract strategy and depth, and to look gorgeous in the process.