Each year at Fastaval a committee is assembled to decide which of the Designer Board Games premiering are nominated to and win the Otto awards. For many participants it can be difficult to see through the process of reading, evaluating and shortlisting the scenarios, and how much work and effort the jury put into being fair and balanced to both the scenarios and the writers. In the following text will meet the jury and read about the judging- and the evaluation process at Fastaval.

The board game jury for Fastaval 2020

Chairwoman of the jury

Sofie Liv Støvelbæk

Sofie grew up in a family of board gamers until they all got tired of losing to her. Luckily she later found friends who were a little bit harder to beat. Sofie found Fastaval in 2016 where she spent most of her time participating in and winning Game Rush. In 2017 and 2018 she designed the game Dwarfs and Diamonds and made everyone dance with Move it. Now she has moved to the jury’s side. This is her second year in the Jury and first as chairwoman. 

Favorite games at the moment: Terraforming Mars, Terra Mystia and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle.

The Board Game Otto-jury

Stefan Skriver Lægteskov

Stefan found board games in a very young age. As a kid he designed gigant games made out of cardboard boxes that took up every inch of space in the hallway in his family home. Yes, Stefan and board games have always been buddies. 

I general Stefan is fond of the grand, complicated and strange game seeking to push the limits of the medium. Mageknight is one of his most favored games but Down’n’out in Marienburg also has something really special. Including warpstone, dice, community hitpoints and scratch cards of Caos, it has everything that Stefan loves the most when it comes to board games – even though it might not officially be one.

At the moment evenings are spend in the pleasent company of  Gloomhaven.

Kamilla Kate Brichs

Kamilla is an experienced board gamer who i proud to have been ranked second during the Danish championship in “Settlers of Catan”. Kamilla was one of the driving forces in the early development of Denmarks first board game café, Bastard Café and for several years she has been pushing bord games in the shop Faraos Cigarer

If you ask Kamilla to describe her taste in board games she will tell you that broad, spanning from small and tight designs like Hanabi to Suburbia and Eclipse. She truely loves when games manages to include a relevant and touching narrative.  

Danny Wilson

Danny has always been fond of board games ever since he in a tender age bought his own Hero Quest. A game which took him and his friends on countless adventures. Danny has always been excited about game interesting mechanichs creating interactions between players – especially when they are constructed from simple and elegant rules. This i Dannys first rodeo as a board game jury-member but he has previously been part of both the scenario jury and the scenario writing competition. 

Danny is thrilled with games like Go, Netrunner and Terraforming Mars. And, at the moment he is also submerged in a lot of  Wingspan and Arkham horror, the card game with his friends.  

Michael Stolbjerg Drud

Michael has enjoyed board games his entire life. After 10 years in Fastaval’s Board Game Café he has now moved to the board game Otto-jury. His preferences has shifted through the years, from the big time consuming epics to smaller games. He has a sweet spot for worker placement, resource management and Eurogames all round.  

Favorite games at the moment: Dominion, Puerto Rico and Village