Klaus-Jürgen Wrede (* 1963) His debut work Carcassonne was awarded the coveted titles Spiel des Jahres and Deutscher Spielepreis in 2001. Since then, ten major and over 30 mini-expansions to Carcassonne have been published, as well as over a dozen other stand-alone Carcassonne games. By 2005, Carcassonne had been translated into 15 languages and over five million copies had already been sold. By 2015, Carcassonne had been published in over 25 languages and more than ten million copies had been sold worldwide.
Wrede said of Carcassonne in 2016:
"People want either very simple games or very complex ones right now. Everything in between is difficult. I think today maybe no publisher would take a game like Carcassonne either, because it's in between."
- Klaus-Jürgen Wrede: Interview with Hannah Schmitt in the General-Anzeiger Bonn
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