In the multi-player category, Stefan Feld's Trajan (published by Ammonit) took the honors. The IGA committee describes Trajan this way: "Trajan is set in the glory days of Rome, when Rome reached its territorial zenith under Emperor Trajan. Players must increase their influence in various areas of Roman life by military conquests, extensive building campaigns and political intrigue. Designer Feld has developed quite the reputation for creating innovative mechanisms, and Trajan is no exception. The Mancala-like mechanism for choosing actions is simply brilliant."
In the two-player category, the winner is Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games / Z-Man Games). The IGA committee describes it like this: "Based on his award-winning design Agricola, this new 2-player version casts players in the roles of animal breeders. Players must breed and raise different types of farm animals, hoping to make optimum use of their pastures and develop a thriving, prosperous farm. It is a fun, challenging game for two players."
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