The 2012 Spiel des Jahres—German Game of the Year—was awarded Monday to Kingdom Builder from Queen Games. This is the second SdJ for American designer Donald X. Vaccarino, whose previous win was for Dominion.

For the main Spiel des Jahres award, the jury of German journalists selects a game that it considers outstanding for “gaming amongst family and friends,” in other words, a game that works well for people who are not dedicated hobby gamers. The Kennerspiel des Jahres, or Expert Game of the Year, award was given to Village from eggertspiele. The jury had also earlier awarded the Kinderspiel des Jahres, Children’s Game of the Year, to Schnappt Hubi from Ravensburger.

In a statement accompanying the announcement, the chairman of the jury, Tom Felber, expressed his concern that many of the games reviewed this year were “not fully developed in all areas.”