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 2022

Chairwoman of the jury

Sofie Liv Støvelbæk

Sofie started her Fastaval “career” in 2016 where she found herself using most of her time at the activity Build a Board Game. In 2017 and 2018 she designed (spørg Sofie hvad det hed/kig i gammel beskrivelse) and afterwards she had us dancing in the game Move it. Now she has taken up the judge mantell and is now a judge for the fourth time. 

Sofie especially likes games that use simple mechanics to create complex experiences. Also, she values tightly communicated rules where theme, illustrations and iconography goes well together.  For the time being her favorite games are Terraforming Mars, Spirit Island and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle. 

The Board Game Otto-jury

Rikke Munchkin

Rikke Munchkin has faithfully and happily attended every Fastaval since 1995 and got her nerdy nickname during FV96. She entered as a pure, young roleplayer, but gradually turned to the dark cardboard side as the Fastaval crowd introduced her to the incredibly varied wonders of boardgaming. 

She debuted as designer with the sardonicly humouristic Old Gertrude’s Room, and generally has a soft spot for the quirkier themes and ideas. But she also thoroughly enjoys the more classic games and currently plays a lot of Wingspan, Gloomhaven, Pandemic and Doppelt So Clever.

It is more important to her that the process of playing is a pleasure than who actually wins in the end. 

Kathrine Abel

In Kathrine’s family home Friday evening was best spent playing board games. So it was with both passion and nostalgia she later picked up the tradition again. She has been an active Fastaval organizer for years, ex in the main organizer group (the bunker) and this year she will debut both as a board game and Honorary Otto judge. 

Kathrine loves when narrative, player interaction and mechanics come together – even the simplest board game can ignite great passion, if only the design is thoughtful. 

Kathrine’s liking in board games vary, but she owns more Eurogames than anything else. When she does not force her friends to play ‘7 Wonders’, she plays Gloomheaven, Wingspan and Terraforming Mars. 

Mads Fløe

At Aarhus Board Game Café where Mads works he (among other things) buys new games for the café. This suits his eternal hunger for new and exciting board games experiences. This also spills into his spare time where he plays as many board games as possible – and he also designs his own games. Mads has been the main organizer of Game Rush on Fastaval for years. 

Mads’ favorite game is without exception the new and exciting game that does something else. Besides, he has a great love for simple and elegant game designs. In this regard games such as Codenames, Concordia and Jenga are worthy of mention.  If Mads are to choose freely he would say that Grand Austria Hotel or Cascadia is his favorite at this time. 

Danny Wilson

Danny has loved board games ever since he was young and bought his very own Hero Quest set. With this he ventured on countless adventures with his friends. Interesting techniques has always fascinated Danny, especially the ones creating exciting interaction between the players and even more so when built by elegant and simple rules.  This is Danny’s second year as a board game judge and previously he has also judged scenarios at Fastaval. 

Danny really like the board games Go, netrunner and Terraforming Mars. At the moment he’s playing a lot of Wingspan and Arkham Horror the Card Game with his friends.