For the first time, Mensa Switzerland awarded the game prize «Mensa Preference» for the best board game released in the last year. Inspired by their members' enthusiasm for board games, Mensa Switzerland decided to use the already existing concept from Germany (Mind-Spielepreis) and the United States («Mensa Select»).
In September the passionate game players in our High IQ Society started to test the games they liked best and which they deemed to deserve recognition for their complexity and the fun they provide. On January 1st a primary selection was presented, consisting of 18 games from all sorts of genres. At the end of March, they decided on the six finalists.
During the Fête du Jeu, which took place from April 20th to April 22nd in Saxon, the members met on Saturday, to elect the winner of the first edition of «Mensa Preference». The choice fell on «Village» by Inka und Markus Brand published by Gigamic/Pegasus, which was without a doubt the best game of the year: the game combines an innovative mechanism for a quick passage of time with a intriguingly developed theme. Moreover, the variety of options guarantees that each game provides a different dynamic. «Village» contains all elements to make it a crowd favorite.
On account of the success of the first edition of «Mensa Preference», the second edition begins in the fall of 2012. The winner will again be determined at the Fête du Jeu in Saxon, which takes place from April 26th to 28th 2013. Prior to the finals at the Fête du Jeu, game events will also be held at other places in Switzerland, to offer the participants a chance to play the games and give their votes.