Monday, August 8

The Dau Barcelona 2021 Festival kicks off • Console and Board

November 20 and 21. This weekend was marked on the calendar of table game players, authors and publishers. Starts on Festival Dau Barcelona 2021, free entry event, held at Fabra i Coats (Barcelona).


This tenth edition is off to a strong start, after changing the format last year as a result of the pandemic. The idea is that all those who want to play (either a novelty or a classic) can do so, with a demonstrator at each table.

Editorials like 2Tomatoes, Afrogames, Devir, Doit Games, GDM Games, Invedars, Looping Games, Lúdilo, Mercurio, Perro Loko Games, SD Games, TCG Factory, Tranjis Games, Zacatrus! and Zombi Paella will show their proposals to the attendees.

One more year, it will have the El Dauet space, for the smallest of the house, and with Dau històric, with historical simulation games. In traditional Dau, we will enjoy traditional games from Catalonia and Portugal, without losing sight of aim or skill. Role-playing games will not be lacking, through Role Daus.

The Dice of the authors it will work as a tribute to those who create games. Authors such as José Antonio Abascal, Enric Aguilar, Josep M. Allué, Luis Álvaro, Víktor Bautista, David Bernal, Núria Casellas, Eugeni Castaño, Shei S., Isra C., David Díaz, Santiago Eximeno, Pak confirm their attendance Gallego, César Gómez Bernardino, Dani Gómez, Paco Gómez, Anna Lucini, Pau Moré, Alberto Millán, María Pérez, Eloi Pujadas and Manu Sánchez.

To the activities, an exhibition of posters of the ten editions of the Festival or the exhibition Catan 25 years. There will be a space for games in Catalan and two of prototypes, by Ludo and Verkami.

This afternoon the winners of the VIII Verkami Dau Barcelona Protogame Contest will be announced. The Dau Pro will continue to be an area for professionals with limited access to authors, illustrators and editors, among others.

The award ceremony

Following tradition, yesterday the Dau Barcelona awards ceremony was held. In her, Roger Caillois He was appointed a new member of the Saló del Prestigi de Dau Barcelona. Bruce Whitehill he won the special award A life dedicated to the joc.

Johannes Sich won the Millor Autor award 2021 and Elwen and Min the Best New Authors 2021, fear The Lost Ruins of Arnak. The HISPA Awards 2021 were awarded to Anna Lucini and Pau Moré, by Franky. The latter recognizes the authors of Spanish edition games.

As a curiosity, the Festival has not only grown in activities, throughout these ten years, but also in number of attendees. The 3,400 of 2012 gave way to the 31,500 of 2019. These figures show how it is still an essential appointment, not only for fans of board games, but for families who want to get into them.

Its director, Oriol Comas, remembers how Dau Barcelona is full of learning, emotion and tradition. With the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Festival is complemented by The Dau in the neighborhoods or The schools in the Dau, initiatives that reflect the importance of play as a learning tool.

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