On Saturday night, after an intense day of games at Grand Dau and Traditional Dau, the Fifth Dau Barcelona Award Ceremony took place at the SAT! Teatre in the Sant Andreu neighbourhood. Three prizes were awarded, for best new author, best author of the year, and recognition of a life devoted to games.
Best New Author of the Year
This year, a jury formed by games bloggers and YouTubers, chose Eugeni Castaño, from Sant Cugat, as the best new author. Castaño erupted onto the board game scene by presenting three new creations: Cargolino Valentino, published by Viravi; Ticket to Mars, launched by GDM GAMES; and, more recently, Nubes, produced in cooperation with Kibo Factory.
Author of the Year
Inka and Markus Brand were proclaimed as the winners of this award. Inka and Markus are a duo of German authors who have published more than thirty games together. Early this year, they surprised us with Exit, their personal version of a live escape game.
Award for a life devoted to games
Finally, the most important prize, awarded for a life dedicated to games, went to the Swedish author Dan Glimne, creator or co-creator of more than 100 games, the best-known of which include Batavia, Sky Runner and DungeonQuest.
Dan Glimne has devoted his life to games, as player, author, consultant and scholar. He has published more than 20 books that firmly position him as an expert in the field, particularly as regards card games.
HISPA Prize for the Best Spanish Author of the Year
The prize for the best Spanish author of the year, awarded by HISPA, the association of Spanish publishers, for the first time, went to Perepau Llistosella.
The jury was composed by:
Christward Conrad, critic of games at the German magazine “Spielbox”
Natacha Deshayes, director of the French game book publisher Ilins Éditions (attending the gala)
Tanju Goban, director of the game festival Brussels
Greg Scholesser, critic of games and director of the North American magazine “Counter”
Nadine Seul, director of the game festival Cannes