ENnie Winners

The ENnie Awards were presented at GenCon on August 15. Founded in 2001, the awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing.

  • Best Adventure: Trail of Cthulhu: Eternal Lies
  • Best Aid/Accessory: Numenera Creature Deck
  • Best Art, Cover: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures
  • Best Art, Interior: Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods
  • Best Blog: Gnome Stew
  • Best Cartography: Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Wrath of the RIghteous Poster Map FOlio
  • Best Electronic Book: Player’s Guide to Emerald City
  • Best Family Game: Fate Accelerated Edition
  • Best Free Product: Fate Accelerated Edition
  • Best Game: Fate Core System
  • Best Miniature Product: Pathfinder Battles: Wrath of the Righteous
  • Best Monster/Adversary: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4
  • Best Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
  • Best Production Values: Numenera Corebook
  • Best RPG Related Product: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set
  • Best Rules: Fate Core System
  • Best Setting: Numenera Corebook
  • Best Software: Roll20
  • Best Supplement: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign
  • Best Website: RPG Geek
  • Best Writing: Numenera Corebook
  • Product of the Year: Numenera Corebook
  • Judges’ Spotlight Winners: Hooper, Hobomancer Companion; Kayra Keri Kupcu, Deep Magic; Stacy Muth, Rocket Age RGP; Jakub Nowosad, The Demolished Ones; Kurt Wiegel, Weird Wars Rome

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MineORama Canceled

MineORama, an unofficial Minecraft convention scheduled to be held in Manhattan on July 12-13, has been cancelled because of lack of financing. Event organizers claim that the event will be rescheduled for a later date and tickets purchased for the original dates will be considered valid. They have not provided information about refunds

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ET Found in Landfill

A group of video gamers, led by Larry Hryb and Howard Scott Warshaw, have discovered trashed copies of Atari’s infamous E.T. videogame in a landfill in New Mexico. After the game failed, Atari dumped as many as 750,000 copies of the cartridges in the landfill in Alamagordo, NM. Hryb, who helped design the Xbox, and Warshaw, who designed the E.T. game, set out to prove the urban legend concerning the disposal of the games to be true.
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Obituary: Aaron Allston

Author Aaron Allston (b.1960) died on February 27. Allston collapsed earlier in the day while attending VisionCon. Allston began his career at Space Gamer magazine and served as editor before becoming a freelance game designer in 1983. He went on to write the Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia and published his first novel, Web of Danger in 1988. Writing several more original novels, some in collaboration with Holly Lisle, Allston eventually turned to writing Star Wars tie-in novels, beginning with X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.

Diehard GameFAN’s 2013 Tabletop Gaming Awards

The Diehard GameFan website has announced their awards for 2013 tabletop gaming.

  • Best Board/Card Game: Magic: The Gathering–Theros
  • Best Gaming Magazine: Gygax Magazine
  • Best Tabletop Based Fiction: Shadowrun Returns Anthology
  • Best Art: Shadows of Esteren: Book 2–Travels
  • Best Old School Renaissance Title: Codex Celtarum for Castles & Crusades
  • Best Re-Make/Re-Release: Werewolf: The Apocalypse: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Best New Game: Numenera
  • Best Free Release: Better Than Any Man for Lamentations of the Flame Princess
  • Best Miniatures Line: Reaper Miniatures: Bones
  • Best Supplement: Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides: Didjer’s Crab House
  • Best Sourcebook: The God Machine Chronicle
  • Best Adventure (Solo): Castles & Crusades: To Kill a King
  • Best Adventure (Collection Or Campaign): The Island of Ignorance: The Third Call of Cthulhu Companion
  • Best Campaign Setting: Dungeons & Dragons: Murder in Baldur’s Gate
  • Best Core Rulebook: Mummy: The Curse
  • System Of The Year: The Storytelling System (New World of Darkness)

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Obituary: Anthony J. Bryant

Editor Anthony J. Bryant (b.1961) died on December 25. Bryant served as the fifth editor of Dragon Magazine from issue 222-229 in 1995 and 1996. Bryant also was a specialist on Japanese military history, publishing four volumes on the Samurai period.

ENnie Awards

The ENnie Awards were presented at GenCon on August 17. Founded in 2001, the awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing.

  • Best Adventure: Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • Best Aid/Accessory: Night’s Watch
  • Best Art, Cover: Iron Kingdoms
  • Best Art, Interior: Shadows of Esteren Book 1
  • Best Blog: Gnome Stew
  • Best Cartography: The Lands of Ice and Fire
  • Best Electronic Book: Deadlands Reloaded: The Last Sons
  • Best Family Game: Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space—11th Doctor Edition
  • Best Free Game: Mazes and Perils RPG
  • Best Free Product: Wayfinder #8
  • Best Game: Iron Kingdoms
  • Best Miniature: Pathfinder Bestiary Box
  • Best Monster/Adversary: NPC Codex
  • Best Podcast: TableTop: Dragon Age
  • Best Production Values: Shadows of Esteren Book 1
  • Best RPG Related Product: Kobold Guide to Wordbuilding
  • Best Rules: Dungeon World
  • Best Setting: Magnimar: City of Monuments
  • Best Software: Roll20
  • Best Supplement: Shadowrun 2050
  • Best Website: Gnome Stew
  • Best Writing: Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding
  • Product of the Year: NPC Codex
  • Judges’ Spotlight Winners: Hooper, Leviathans; Matthew Muth, School Daze; Jakud Nowosad, Deniable Asset; Megan Robertson, Killshot: Director’s Cut; Kurt Wiegel, Eldritch Skies

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ENnie Nominations

Founded in 2001, the ENnie Awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing. This year’s awards will be presented at Gen Con on Friday, August 16, in the Union Station Grand Hall at 8 pm.

Best Adventure

  • Achtung! Cthulhu – Three Kings
  • Deadlands Reloaded: The Last Sons
  • Enemy Within
  • Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • The Zalozhniy Quartet

Best Aid/Accessory

  • All We Have Forgotten—Music for Ashen Stars
  • Night’s Watch
  • The One Ring Loremaster’s Screen & Lake-town Sourcebook
  • Protodimension Magazine Issue 13
  • The Unspeakable Oath

Best Art, Cover

  • Champions Complete
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • The Magnificent Joop van Ooms
  • NPC Codex
  • The Whole Hole Volume 01: Keister Island

Best Art, Interior

  • Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotten Realms
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • Night’s Watch
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1
  • The Whole Hole Volume 01: Keister Island

Best Blog

  • Gnome Stew
  • The Illuminerdy
  • Nerd Trek
  • Triumph and Despair
  • The Rogue Warden

Best Cartography

  • Ancient Temple Interior
  • Deep Blues: Nautilus
  • Drake Starship Map
  • The Lands of Ice and Fire
  • Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life

Best Electronic Book

  • Curse the Darkness
  • Deadlands Reloaded: The Last Sons
  • The Deadly Seven
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Hobomancer

Best Family Game

  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space—11th Doctor Edition
  • Hero Kids—Fantasy RPG
  • Mermaid Adventures
  • Project Ninja Panda Taco
  • Wandering Monsters High School

Best Free Game

  • Mazes and Perils RPG
  • Phantasm
  • Nights of the Crusades
  • Silent Memories
  • Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System

Best Free Product

  • Battletech: A Time of War Quick-Start Rules/Shadowrun Quick-Start Rules
  • EPOCH: Road Trip
  • Fools Rush In
  • Night in the Seyvoth Manor
  • Wayfinder #8

Best Game

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Broken Rooms
  • Champions Complete
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Night’s Black Agents

Best Miniature

  • Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
  • Freeblades: Black Rose Bandits
  • Pathfinder Battles: Shattered Star Gargantuan Blue Dragon
  • Pathfinder Bestiary Box
  • Spot of Bother Set One: Royal Highland Guards

Best Monster/Adversary

  • Champions Villains Vol. 3: Solo Villains
  • DC Adventures Heroes & Villains Vol. 2
  • Inner Sea Bestiary
  • Mutants and Masterminds Threat Report
  • NPC Codex

Best Podcast

  • Atomic Array
  • Indie Talks
  • Haste: The Official Obsidian Portal Podcast
  • TableTop: Dragon Age
  • Transmissions from the Ninth World

Best Production Values

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space—11th Doctor Edition
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Rimward
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1

Best RPG Related Product

  • Edition Wars
  • Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives
  • The Express Diaries
  • Kobold Guide to Wordbuilding
  • The Lands of Ice and Fire

Best Rules

  • Champions Complete
  • Dungeon World
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Night’s Black Agents

Best Setting

  • Broken Rooms
  • Magnimar: City of Monuments
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Midgard Campaign Setting
  • Mythic Iceland

Best Software

  • The Crawler’s Companion
  • Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia
  • Dice & Dragons – 3D Dice Roller
  • PCGen
  • Roll20

Best Supplement

  • Dark Roads & Golden Hells
  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Night’s Watch
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Shadowrun 2050

Best Website

  • Adventure-A-Week
  • The Escapist
  • Gnome Stew
  • Modus Operandi
  • See Page XX

Best Writing

  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding
  • Never Unprepared: Guide to Session Prep
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • Wolsung Steam Pulp Fantasy

Product of the Year

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Broken Rooms
  • Champions Complete
  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • NPC Codex
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Leviathans, by Hooper
  • School Daze, by Matthew Muth
  • Deniable Asset, by Jakud Nowosad
  • Killshot: Director’s Cut, by Megan Robertson
  • Eldritch Skies, by Kurt Wiegel

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Obituary: Quentin Hoover

Artist Quentin Hoover (b.1964) died on April 20. Hoover created numerous cards for Magic: The Gathering as well as other collectible games. In addition to his work in the gaming industry, he also was one of the co-creators of the comic Morgana X.

Obituary: Allan B. Calhamer

Game designer Allan B. Calhamer (b.1931) died on February 25. Calhamer is best known for designing the game Diplomacy in 1959. The game went on to influence policy makers, wargamers, and science fiction authors. Calhamer, however, made his living as a mail carrier in his native La Grange Park, Il, where he died.