One can distinguish two great types of rewards allotted to the plays.
Prices allotted to the published playsOther rewards are reserved for the plays published. These rewards takes the form of decreed prices, often at the time of a festival, by a made up jury specialists or the public which tested the plays. They are allotted to the play, i.e. as much with the author that with the illustrator, the editor and in a general way to all those which took part in the publication of the play.
The rewards are generally allotted to the plays left during the year, or all at least for a base period. According to the type of price, one takes into account the date of first international or national publication.
Certain rewards are very appraisals, like the Spiel of Jahres (play of the year) in Germany. In France, there existed two rewards, the Jeu of the year and the As of Gold. The two organizations decided to amalgamate, which gives more weight to the nominations and the decreed price.
Sometimes, only one price is decreed, with a list of nominated. This with the advantage of putting full fires on a play and of not dispersing the communication. The disadvantage is that often amounts privileging a type of play by excluding from the supreme title the plays for children or the plays with two, for example.
Sometimes, the responsible organization does not decree a price but a list of recommendations. It is for example the case of the Sceau of excellence Option consumers allotted to French Canada.
Sometimes, of the prices are allotted by criteria: plays for children, families, two players, abstracted,…
It is also necessary to mention certain prices decreed by the professional employers' federations, like the Grand Prix of the Toy or the Concours Lépine. These prices are allotted by jurys which generally do not have time to test the plays and their value is very disputed.
For an author or an editor, the best reward remains however the massive purchase of their play by the public!
Types of rewardsThere exist various types of rewards.
- Better play of the year or Meilleur' jeu' x' of the year
- According to a type of public: children, beginners, players confirmed, family public,…
- According to a type of play: history, abstracted, for two players, roleplay,…
- According to a format: card deck,…
- According to a commercial criterion: play not published, play sold except large distribution,…
- According to a criterion: better rule, plus good game,…
CriteriaThe criteria for the attribution of the rewards can be multiple:
- esthetic jouability
- clearness of the rules
- :Category: Reward for play
- Présentation of many rewards on Ludivers
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