Kingdom Builder (designed by Donald X. Vaccarino, published by Queen Games) has won the 2012 Spiel des Jahres, Germany's Family Game of the Year award and the most prestigious award a board game can win. In this game, players compete to expand their kingdoms according to a set of rules which change with each game. The board itself is also variable, allowing for a great deal of replay value. Kingdom Builder is for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, and takes about 45 minutes per game.
The award is the second in four years for Vaccarino, who won the 2009 SdJ for the deck-building card game Dominion.