The best games from Michael Kiesling 🇩🇪👨 2024

Looking for a really good game from game designer Michael Kiesling 👨? Then we have just the thing: the list with the best Michael Kiesling games 2024.

Who is Michael Kiesling anyway?

Michael Kiesling has been designing dice, card & board games since 1995. The game designer hails from Bremen, Germany🇩🇪, was born in 1957 and currently lives in Bremen, Germany🇩🇪.

Kiesling's first game "Familie Mogelei" he developed in 1995 at the age of 38 - so he has been designing games for over 29 years. Famous Kiesling games are for example Azul, Tikal & Torres.

Actually a software developer

Kiesling worked at Deutsche Telekom for eleven years. In 1986, he began studying electrical and automation engineering in Bremen on the second educational path. In 1989, he graduated with a degree in engineering. Mainly he works as a software developer.

Own game publishing house is closed again after a few weeks in 1995

He founded the game publishing house "1 × 1 Games" in 1995, but had to close it after only a few weeks.

Mainly known through cooperation with Wolfgang Kramer

In the board game world, Kiesling is known and recognized mainly through his cooperation with his friend Wolfgang Kramer. He has developed most of the games together with Kramer since 1995. However, this cooperation happens almost exclusively by telephone and e-mail. Small anecdote: The two game designers saw each other only once at the Game Fair in Essen 1997 and had never played a game together at the same table until then.

How good are "Michael Kiesling" games?

There are 14 games by Michael Kiesling in our Top1000 games list, making Kiesling the #8 best game author out of a total of 708 authors in our database.

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List of best games by Michael Kiesling 2024

In this list we have listed the best board games that Michael Kiesling either designed himself - or was involved in designing.

Unfortunately, not all of Michael Kiesling's games are currently available. In the following list you can find all dice, board & card games by Michael Kiesling that you can buy 2024:

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 71 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Azul

    All details for the board game Azul and similar games

    Azul invites you to step into the captivating world of Portuguese artistry and craftsmanship. This board game draws inspiration from the introduction of azulejos, originally white and blue ceramic tiles, by the Moors. The tiles found a new home in Portugal when King Manuel I, during a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was enchanted by the exquisite Moorish decorative tiles adorning its interior. Filled with awe and inspiration, the king promptly ordered the embellishment of his own palace in Portugal with similar decorative tiles. As a skilled tile-laying artist, you are tasked with the prestigious mission of adorning the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.

    Nominated for 30 awards and won 19.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Azul
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Azul: Summer Pavilion

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    Azul: Summer Pavilion takes players back to Portugal to embark on an artistic challenge of crafting a summer pavilion, a task assigned by King Manuel I. As master artisans, players must use their skills to construct the pavilion using the finest materials while efficiently managing their resources.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Azul: Summer Pavilion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Azul: Summer Pavilion

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul: Summer Pavilion" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul: Summer Pavilion" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Azul: Master Chocolatier

    All details for the board game Azul: Master Chocolatier and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Linko

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    Linko! is a dynamic card game, also known as Abluxxen, that combines strategy and luck. The objective is to play your cards wisely to score points while using your turns to disrupt your opponents' plans.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Linko
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

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    Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra is a visually striking and strategic board game designed by Michael Kiesling. It offers a unique twist on tile drafting, focusing on creating beautiful stained glass windows.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Wandering Towers

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Wandering Towers
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de*
  7. Savannah Park

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Savannah Park
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Miyabi

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Miyabi
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Miyabi

    • YouTube Review for the game "Miyabi" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. That's Life!

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    That's Life! (also known as Verflixxt!) revitalizes the traditional roll-and-move game genre with elements that give players more strategic control. In this game, players navigate a path laid out with tiles, aiming to collect as many positive tiles as possible while avoiding negative ones. The addition of guards and clovers introduces strategic depth, turning what could be a game of chance into one of tactical decision-making.

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for That's Life!
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Haste Worte?

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Caldera Park

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!29€ atAmazon.de*
  12. Adventure Land

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Adventure Land
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Adventure Land

    • YouTube Review for the game "Adventure Land" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  13. Kniffel Master

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Vikings

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    Vikings is a fast-paced economic board game that, despite its title, focuses more on resource management and strategy than on traditional Viking themes like exploration or combat. The game's standout feature is its unique pricing wheel, which introduces an innovative approach to acquiring resources.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Vikings
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Vikings

    • YouTube Review for the game "Vikings" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Tikal

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    Tikal is a compelling strategy game set in the dense jungles of Central America, where players embark on an expedition to uncover lost temples and hidden treasures. As explorers, players reveal new parts of the jungle board, discovering temples that need to be excavated and treasures that can be collected. The objective is to score points by controlling these temples and treasures. Notably, Tikal is the first game in the renowned Mask Trilogy.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1999

    More details for Tikal
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Sanssouci

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Coal Baron

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    "Coal Baron," also known as "Glück Auf" in German, is a strategic and immersive board game that plunges players into the world of coal mining. In this game, players become managers of their own coal mines, sending workers underground to dig tunnels and extract coal of varying quality to fulfill contracts.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Coal Baron
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Coal Baron

    • YouTube Review for the game "Coal Baron" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Renature

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Renature
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Verflixxt! kompakt

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Mexica

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    Mexica is a strategic board game that invites players to immerse themselves in the development of Tenochtitlan, the ancient city on an island in Lake Texcoco. The game focuses on urban planning elements, such as partitioning the city into districts, erecting buildings, and constructing canals. It's the third game in the renowned Mask Trilogy.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Mexica
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Mexica

    • YouTube Review for the game "Mexica" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  21. Jubako

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Pueblo

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for Pueblo
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. The Palaces of Carrara

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    The Palaces of Carrara takes players to the renowned marble-producing region of Italy, where they compete to acquire marble at the best prices and use it to construct buildings. The game's strategic depth lies in balancing the cost of marble with its potential value in building construction. Players must be savvy in their purchases, as any decrease in marble prices can also benefit their opponents. The decision of when to buy marble becomes crucial, especially when considering the fluctuating values of buildings in the town. The Palaces of Carrara includes two levels of play – beginner and advanced – making it accessible to new players while offering depth for experienced gamers. Wolfgang Kramer, the co-designer, emphasizes the importance of starting with the beginner version to fully grasp the game's mechanics and how they interact.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2013

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for The Palaces of Carrara
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!60€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Asara

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    In Asara, players immerse themselves in a competitive world of architectural magnificence, aiming to become the most renowned builder by erecting the tallest and most beautifully adorned towers. This strategic game unfolds over four rounds, symbolizing four years, during which builders must cleverly gather and assemble tower pieces to construct their masterpieces. The game mechanics revolve around a strategic use of a hand of colored cards, which players use to claim action spaces on the board. These spaces provide essential resources, such as tower pieces and funds, or opportunities to build and enhance your towers.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for Asara
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de*
  25. Azul: Queen's Garden

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    Azul: Queen's Garden invites players back to Sintra's palace, tasking them with crafting an exquisite garden for Queen Maria of Aragon.

    More details for Azul: Queen's Garden
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!41€ atAmazon.de*
  26. Heaven & Ale

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    Heaven & Ale is a strategic board game set in the intriguing world of monastic brewing. Players take on the roles of monks in charge of ancient monasteries, tasked with brewing high-quality beer. The game combines resource management, timing, and competitive elements, challenging players to skillfully balance the upgrading of their monastery's garden with the efficient harvesting of resources necessary for brewing.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Heaven & Ale
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  27. Ghosts of the Moor

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ghosts of the Moor

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ghosts of the Moor" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Der dreizehnte Holzwurm

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Cuzco

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Cuzco

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cuzco" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Riverboat

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Riverboat
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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