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. Voting runs from July 4-14.

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing, by Annah Madrinan
  • Wicked Lies and Alibis, by Stacy Muth
  • Posthuman Pathways, by Jakub Nowosad
  • Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics, by Kayra Keri Küpçü
  • East Texas University, by Kurt Wiegel

Best Adventure

  • Cake Walk
  • East Texas University: Degrees of Horror
  • Horror on the Orient Express
  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen
  • A Red & Pleasant Land

Best Aid/Accessory

  • DungeonMorph Dice: Explorer Set
  • D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen
  • Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack
  • Black-green Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition RPG Dice Set
  • Pathfinder Cards: Deluxe Harrow Deck

Best Art, Cover

  • Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon
  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG
  • Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War
  • Rise of Tiamat

Best Art, Interior

  • D&D Monster Manual
  • Interface Zero 2.0: Full Metal Cyberpunk
  • Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris
  • The Strange
  • Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover

Best Blog

  • ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
  • DMDavid Blog
  • Gnome Stew
  • House Rule Gaming
  • NERD TREK

Best Cartography

  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • The Guide to Glorantha
  • Distant Outposts Deluxe Poster Map Set
  • Horror on the Orient Express
  • Ninth World Guidebook

Best Electronic Book

  • Dragon Age Core RuleBook
  • Basic Rules for D&D
  • Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2
  • Cake Walk
  • Valiant Universe RPG Digital Initiative

Best Family Game

  • Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game
  • D&D Starter Set
  • Infestation, An RPG of Bugs and Heroes
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Limited Edition Anniversary Rulebook
  • Adventure Maximus RPG Starter Set

Best Free Product

  • Valiant RPG Digital Initiative
  • Basic Rules for D&D
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Arrowdown
  • 13th Age: The Archmage’s Orrery
  • East Texas University: Redneckromancer

Best Game

  • D&D Player’s Handbook
  • The Strange
  • Firefly Roleplaying Game
  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game

Best Miniature Product

  • Gen Con Adventurer’s Tavern – Painted
  • D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters
  • Fantasy Pirate Goblin Lieutnant 28mm Miniature
  • Pathfinder Pawns: Inner Sea Pawn Box
  • Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit

Best Monster/Adversary

  • D&D Monster Manual
  • 13th Age Bestiary
  • The Strange Bestiary
  • Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon
  • Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War

Best Podcast

  • Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
  • Miskatonic University Podcast
  • Translating the Strange
  • NPC Cast
  • Grim Dark Podcast

Best Production Values

  • Horror on the Orient Express
  • D&D Starter Set
  • The Guide to Glorantha
  • Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit
  • Shadowrun: Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware

Best RPG Related Product

  • Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry
  • Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It
  • Shadowrun: Crossfire
  • Temple of Elemental Evil
  • Doctor Who: The Card Game 2nd Edition

Best Rules

  • D&D Player’s Handbook
  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space)
  • At the Hands of an Angry God
  • Monster of the Week

Best Setting

  • The Strange
  • The Guide to Glorantha
  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • A Red & Pleasant Land
  • Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris

Best Software

  • Roll20
  • D&D Complete Core Monster Pack for Fantasy Grounds
  • Hero Lab
  • Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack
  • Eclipse Phase: Singularity Character Generator

Best Supplement

  • D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide
  • Pathfinder RPG: Pathfinder Unchained
  • Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion
  • Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook
  • Shadowrun: Run Faster

Best Website

  • Tabletop Audio
  • Adventureaweek
  • Age of Ravens
  • The Escapist
  • The Illuminerdy

Best Writing

  • Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2
  • D&D Player’s Handbook
  • The Strange
  • A Red & Pleasant Land
  • Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry

Product of the Year

  • MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game
  • The Strange
  • Horror on the Orient Express
  • A Red & Pleasant Land
  • The Guide to Glorantha
  • D&D Player’s Handbook
  • Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover
  • Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry
  • Firefly Roleplaying Game
  • Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space)

Edited to remove <Mass Effect, which was dropped from Electronic Book, Free Product, and Product of the Year categories, and replace it with new nominees.
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Chaosium: Return of the Old Boss

Chaosium has announced that Greg Stafford, founder of the company and creator of Glorantha, has been named President and CEO of the company and that Sandy Petersen, who developed the original Call of Cthulhu will also be rejoining the company.

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Obituary: Monty Oum

Animator Monty Oum (b.1981) died on February 1 from an allergic reaction. Oum created the series RWBY and also worked in the gaming industry for Midway Games and Namco Bandai Games, often as a combat designer. He began working for Rooster Teeth in 2010. Prior to working in the gaming industry, Oum created on-line videos using character models he was able to extract from various games. He won a Steamy Award and an International Academy of Web Television Award for RWBY.

Obituary: Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer (b.1922) died on December 6. Baer is best known for creating the Magnavox Odyssey, widely regarded as the first home video game console, in the 1960s. The unit went on sale in 1972. He also created the first light gun, which was the first peripheral for a home video game. In late late 70s, he helped develop the game Simon. Baer was born in German and was expelled from school at 11 due to his Jewish ancestry. His family fled Germany in 1938.

Wu Creates Legal Fund

Game Designer Brianna Wu, who was forced from her home earlier this month after threats related to GamerGate, has announced that she is forming a legal fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Wu is currently looking for legal advice to ensure that the fund meets all legal and tax requirements.

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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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