Lowder Named Editor

James Lowder has been named fiction editor for Chaosium. Chaosium intends to relaunch its fiction line, focusing on the Cthulhu Mythos, in 2018. Lowder was retained by Chaosium in 2015 to examine their current copyright situation and figure out where the company stood regarding publishing contracts, rights, and obligations.

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Obituary: Rich Tucholka

Gamer Rich Tucholka (b.1954) died on April 27. Tucholka was a game designer who created Fringeworthy and Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic. He also worked on The Morrow Project and Escape from Westerville State. In addition to being a game designer, Tucholka sold in dealers rooms at cons and often served as the night watchman for the rooms. He was a member of the Dorsai Irregulars.

Valentinelli Withdraws from Odyssey Con

Monica Valentinelli has announced that she is withdrawing as a Gaming/Literary Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 17, scheduled to be held the weekend of April 28. Valentinelli explains that she came to her decision after the concom did not respond in an appropriate matter to a concern she had with a specific individual who is attending and working on the committee.
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Golden Geek Awards

The 11th Golden Geek Awards, presented by Board Game Geek, have been announced.

  • Board Game of the Year: Scythe
  • Two Player Game: Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Artwork & Presentation: Scythe
  • Card Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game
  • Cooperative Game: Mechs vs. Minions
  • Expansion: 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon
  • Family Game: Codenames: Pictures
  • Innovative: Captain Sonar
  • Party Game: Codenames: Pirates
  • Print & Play: Star Trek: The Dice Game
  • Solo Game: Scythe
  • Strategy Game: Scythe
  • Thematic Game: Scythe
  • Wargame: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar
  • Best Podcast: Shut Up & Sit Down: The Podcast!
  • Best Board Game App: Twilight Struggle

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Obituary: Loren Wiseman

Game designer Loren Wiseman died on February 15. Wiseman helped co-found Game Designer’ Workshop in 1973 and published his first wargame, Eagles, the following year. He worked on the design of Traveller with Frank Chadwick, John Harshman, and Marc Miller and was the editor of the Journal of the Traveller’s Aid Society for 24 issues. Wiseman was the line editor for Twilight: 2000 and when GDW closed in 1995, he moved over to Steve Jackson Games, where he produced GURPS Traveller. Wiseman was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2003.

Stygian Press to Release Call of Cthulhu Books

Stephanie McAlea of Stygian Books has announced plans to update and publish four books by Tom Lynch which were previously published by Miskatonic River Press. The books, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, More Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Tales of the Sleepless City will be updated for seventh edition Call of Cthulhu and printed in pdf, softcover, and hardcover beginning in 2017.
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Dungeons and Dragons has been announced as one of three toys or games inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in the 2016 class. The other two inductees include the swing and Fisher Price’s Little People. The Toy Hall of Fame is located at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Dungeons and Dragons was introduced in 1974 and is currently owned by Wizards of the Coast.
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Obituary: Peter Bromley

Gamer Peter Bromley (b.1956) died on September 2. Bromley helped found Mayfair Games in 1981, working as a game designer and product developer. He also assisted in art direction, marketing, sales, and shipping. Bromley remained active in Mayfair Games until his death. His extensive collection of early adventure games, including early war games, role playing games, and collectible card games is now in the collection of the National Museum of Play.

ENnie Award Winners

The ENnie Awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing. The awards were presented at Gen Con on August 5. The judges for the 2016 were Jakub Nowosad, Kayra KeriKupcu, Kiel Cheiner, Kurt Wiegel, and Stacy Muth.

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Worlds in Peril, by Stacy Muth
  • Eclipse Phase: Firewall, by Jakub Nowosad
  • Out of the Abyss, by Kayra Keri Küpçü
  • Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide, by Kurt Wiegel

ENnie Awards

  • Best Adventure: Curse of Strahd
  • Best Aid/Accessory: All Rolled Up – Dracula Dossier: The Black Archive
  • Best Art, Cover: Curse of Strahd
  • Best Art, Interior: Dragon Age Core Rulebook
  • Best Blog: World Builder
  • Best Cartography: Shadows of Esteren Cartography of Tri Kazel
  • Best Electronic Book: Maze of the Blue Medusa
  • Best Family Game: No Thank You, Evil!
  • Best Free Game: Delta Green: Need to Know
  • Best Free Product: Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Free
  • Best Game: Dragon Age Core Rulebook
  • Best Miniature Product: Pathfinder Battles – The Rusty Dragon Inn: Bar
  • Best Monster/Adversary: Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5
  • Best Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
  • Best Production Values: Numenera Boxed Set Edition: Reliquary
  • Best RPG Related Product: Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 3
  • Best Rules: Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook
  • Best Setting: Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook
  • Best Software: Roll20
  • Best Supplement: The Dracula Dossier: Hawkins Papers
  • Best Website: Gnome Stew – The Gaming Blog
  • Best Writing: The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook
  • Product of the Year: Dracula Dossier Director’s Handbook
  • Fan Choice for Best Publisher: Paizo Publishing

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Diana Jones Award Winner

The Diana Jones committee announced Eric M. Lang as the recipient of its 2016 award for Excellence in Gaming on August 3, 2016. The Diana Jones Award has been presented annually since 2001. It takes its name from a destroyed copy of the Indiana Jones Role Playing Game.
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