For 13 years, the Leipzig trade fair has been awarding modell-hobby-spiel (30. September to 2. October 2022) the game graphics award GRAF LUDO and thus honors outstanding game graphics. This year, “Krake beim Schneider” (Most beautiful children’s play graphics) and “Glow” (Most beautiful family game graphics) will receive the prize. At the model hobby game, all nominated and award-winning games can be admired and tested in the GRAF LUDO forum. We talked to Arno Miller, spokesman for the jury, about the winners, what characterizes good graphics and how the gaming market is currently developing.


Dear Arno, why do you even need a GRAF LUDO game graphics award?


The development of a game is a complex process that requires a lot of creativity – and on two levels. On the one hand, of course, a good game idea is needed. On the second level, the design of a game must stand out. Only an attractive package motivates you to reach for the sales shelf. In addition, successful graphics draw the player into a thematic, exciting world. And: Last but not least, the graphics serve to better understand the game mode. Only if icons, game figures and schedules are clear and at the same time appealing can the game work. Game idea and game design are therefore equally important for success. However, while there are numerous competitions for the former, the GRAF LUDO is the only prize that pays attention to the game graphics.


What do you pay attention to when selecting nominees and award winners?


In the course of our jury work, we have developed a detailed checklist. In the first step, we look at the box and the cover: Does it hit the game idea? Does it motivate you to play? The second glance then goes to the back of the box as well as the game instructions: Do both explain clearly what it is about and motivates the design to play?


And then it goes to the centerpiece: the game material?


Exactly. Each of us checks the game material down to the smallest detail: Is it original, do the elements fit together, is it well crafted and does the graphics support the game idea? Of course, we also play all games to put the graphics through their paces, so to speak. At our jury meetings, our assessments are often followed by an intensive discussion. But that’s exactly what makes the jury work so exciting.


“Krake beim Schneider” and “Glow” are this year’s winners. How did this decision come about?


“Krake beim Schneider” is a normal memo game for the time being. The game principle is well known, but thanks to the graphics, it becomes a really funny game. Thus, players do not have to find exactly two identical images, but put together a story that is completed thanks to a rhyme peppered with fine humor. With some couples, you have to think quite around the corner, which increases the joy of this actually very simple game idea enormously. In addition, the packaging is really original. Here, the story of the octopus that goes to the tailor continued. All cards disappear in a sewing box, from which you may chat about one or the other story. Really wonderful.


And “Glow”? It seems almost dreary at first glance.


But only at first glance, because the black and white appearance is already the perfect implementation of the game idea. Glow is about spending a fantasy world in which there is no light and color to shine again. Small speckles of color indicate the game task, colorful dice help to recover light and color. Everything is thought through down to the last detail. Last but not least, the design of “Glow” stands out from the colorful world and will certainly stand out on the play shelf.


What development has the game graphics taken in recent years?


Game graphics are more important today. Publishers attach more importance to using renowned graphic designers – and that from all over the world. As a result, new cultural and different technical influences come into the games – from the cover to the details of the game material. This can be seen clearly and is enormously enriching for the market. Especially in the field of family games, there are always innovative, courageous designs. Children’s games, on the other hand, are often still implemented very classically. An outbreak from the conventions would certainly increase interest here.


For a game expert, probably not an easy question: What do you like to play right now?


For the moment, I can say this very well: Scout. It is a small card game with a very original game idea that you can immediately understand and are a lot of fun – by the way, also thanks to a very good game graphics.


About the GRAF LUDO


The Leipzig trade fair modell-hobby-spiel has been awarding GRAF LUDO since 2009. The quality-oriented preoccupation with the cultural asset of play is an important concern of the event. The game graphics prize GRAF LUDO is awarded among game novelties of the two current years. The two prize winners in the categories family game graphics and children’s play graphics are selected by an expert jury. In addition, the “player network” of the online trade Spiele-Offensive.de has its own voice in the election. There, the members of the network of over 7,000 board game fans and lovers can choose their favorite.


About the Leipzig Trade Fair


Leipziger Messe is one of the ten leading German trade fair companies and the top 50 worldwide. She conducts events in Leipzig and at various locations at home and abroad. With the five subsidiaries, the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) and the KONGRESSHALLE at Leipzig Zoo, Leipziger Messe, as a comprehensive service provider, represents the entire chain of the event business. Thanks to this offer, customers and visitors named Leipziger Messe – for the eighth time in a row – the service champion of the trade fair industry in Germany’s largest service ranking in 2021. Messeplatz Leipzig covers an exhibition area of 111,900 m2 and an outdoor area of 70,000 m2. An average of 270 events – fairs, exhibitions and congresses – take place annually. Leipzig was the first German trade fair company to be certified according to Green Globe standards. A leitmotif of Leipziger Messe’s entrepreneurial actions is sustainability.



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