Congratulations to the 2017 Gen Con EN World RPG Award Winners!
  • Congratulations to the 2017 Gen Con EN World RPG Award Winners!


    Tonight, at Gen Con in Indianapolis, the 17th Annual Gen Con EN World Awards (ENnies) ceremony took place. Congratulations go to all the nominees, and to this year's award winners! The ENnies are an annual award program celebrating the best that tabletop roleplaying games have to offer, created in 2001.





    2018 Judges

    • Brian Nowak
    • Denise Robinson
    • Kurt Weigel
    • Reece Carter
    • Sean McCoy

    Best Adventure


    Best Aid/Accessory


    Best Cover Art


    Best Interior Art


    Best Blog


    Best Cartography


    Best Electronic Book


    Best Family Game


    Best Free Product


    Best Game

    Best Miniatures Product


    Best Monster/Adversary


    Best Podcast


    Best Production Values


    Best RPG Related Product


    Best Rules


    Best Setting


    Best Supplement


    Best Website


    Best Writing


    Fan's Choice for Best Publisher

    • Gold: Wizards of the Coast
    • Silver: Chaosium

    Product Of The Year





    This article was originally published in forum thread: Congratulations to the 2017 Gen EN World RPG Award Winners! started by Morrus View original post
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    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thunder_Cats_HO! View Post
      Let's talk how about the how one guy flipped everyone off as his acceptance speech
      That's his company logo.
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      If anyone deserves best publisher its definitely WotC, look at their current track record with 5e ;-)
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thunder_Cats_HO! View Post
      Let's talk how about the how one guy flipped everyone off as his acceptance speech, and the boos when WOTC won.. Classy
      WotC could clearly care less, they've been to busy attending much better conventions of late :-)
    1. Brodie's Avatar
      Brodie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shemeska View Post
      My assumption is that with the judges placing virtually no Paizo products in the voting categories that a majority of Pathfinder-centric players simply didn't vote. I might be wrong, but that was my immediate take.
      To me this sounds like a possibility. And to reiterate what someone else said, Wizards didn't even bother making their presence really felt while Paizo did at Gencon this year. And I'm not going to buy the crap line that Wizards - being owned by Hasbro - is going to be more concerned with HasbroCon than Gencon. Gencon is the biggest gaming convention and Wizards has the granddaddy of all RPGs; they should be dominating the con floor by sheer force of will. Instead they go 'screw it, we can get more exposure at Pax and HasbroCon because we won't have competition there.'

      Paizo took the OGL rules for D&D 3.5 and essentially made it their own and a massively better and more popular product than what Wizards ever accomplished with it. I doubt we'll see a Pathfinder 2nd Edition in the next decade (if ever) with new, proprietary rules that Paizo owns fully. If they did, I'm sure it would blow up the convention floor.

      That said... I hate to admit it, but I don't care to vote. When Shadow of the Demon Lord came out, I instantly fell in love with the rules. I was more than a little disappointed to not see it nominated for any awards. This led to me finding out (from Robert Schwalb via the Google+ group) that stuff has to be submitted by the company for consideration. I don't know how true that is now and I don't know the particular details of how things are chosen, but it colored my opinion.

      Granted... I'll still be checking out some of the winners in each year's awards.
    1. ArchfiendBobbie's Avatar
      ArchfiendBobbie -
      Congratulations to the winners.

      Interesting to see CoC has a rising star again.
    1. Redthistle's Avatar
      Redthistle -
      Quote Originally Posted by thegrinningfrog View Post
      Who wins or who should win is always grounds for debate with any award ceremony. Thinking positively it strikes me as a great list of products to try out! Let's give a round of applause to everyone who won and was nominated and cheer this wonderfully creative hobby!
      I second this.

      Griping can be great fun (I'm a past master of the sport!), but it contributes to high blood pressure, and not in a good way.

      Celebrate life and the hobby, and be glad so many keep striving to create damn good products!
    1. Ghal Maraz's Avatar
      Ghal Maraz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zak S View Post
      Well I'm pretty proud how many tiny tiny tiny OSR things with a fraction of the mileage behind them that mainstream products have managed to win this popularity contest.
      To be honest, I'm not seeing that many mainstream publishers in the winners list. Apart from Wizards - which is present only in the publisher category -, what names should we consider mainstream? Cubicle 7? Modiphius? They certainly are growing (and bigger than Lamentations of the Flame Process) companies and they actually do good things, but they aren't on the same league of Wizards (nor Paizo). Not even Chaosium can be considered so much mainstream anymore, as the last ten-fifteen years kept on eroding its precedent good name - the new ownership is doing good things, but they can't do miracles in just a couple of years. What I'm seeing here is a lot of small-to-medium press and indie publishers, quite a lot of non-US games and/or publishers (and this particular thing I really love) and the continual impact of crowfunding on the industry.

      As far as OSR goes, I would say that Raggi, while still fundamentally a one-man publisher, has managed to rise enough awareness of LotFP to put his company at the top level of his "niche", alongside perhaps Frog God Games, Troll Lord Games and, as of late, Sine Nomine Publishing, at least in term of visibility. Which is certainly quite an accomplishment unto itself, as those are the few names in the OSR segment that are heard outside of it. As a non-OSR player myself, I can easily say that Vornhein, Red and Pleasant Land, Maze of the Blue Medusa, Carcosa and Qelong are some of the most talked about stuff I've read online, together with Dungeon Crawl Classics, Swords and Wizardry or Godbound.

      So. .. what am I actually trying to convey? That the RPG industry is composed of a juggernaut that comprises the most of it (in both its 3.X and 5th incarnations) and almost everything else is"tiny". And that this time around the juggernaut wasn't racing, thus leaving the competition free to actually be interesting and unpredictable.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brodie View Post
      To me this sounds like a possibility. And to reiterate what someone else said, Wizards didn't even bother making their presence really felt while Paizo did at Gencon this year. And I'm not going to buy the crap line that Wizards - being owned by Hasbro - is going to be more concerned with HasbroCon than Gencon. Gencon is the biggest gaming convention and Wizards has the granddaddy of all RPGs; they should be dominating the con floor by sheer force of will. Instead they go 'screw it, we can get more exposure at Pax and HasbroCon because we won't have competition there.'
      Weren't both Mearls and Crawford at GenCon?
      Yeah, thy didn't have a booth, but WotC doesn't really sell stuff anyone and wouldn't have a new book to get into hands.

      Well, that and the hotel, airfare, and boooth costs for a major presence at a GenCon they can hit 2-3 other cons.
    1. ArchfiendBobbie's Avatar
      ArchfiendBobbie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghal Maraz View Post
      To be honest, I'm not seeing that many mainstream publishers in the winners list. Apart from Wizards - which is present only in the publisher category -, what names should we consider mainstream? Cubicle 7? Modiphius? They certainly are growing (and bigger than Lamentations of the Flame Process) companies and they actually do good things, but they aren't on the same league of Wizards (nor Paizo). Not even Chaosium can be considered so much mainstream anymore, as the last ten-fifteen years kept on eroding its precedent good name - the new ownership is doing good things, but they can't do miracles in just a couple of years. What I'm seeing here is a lot of small-to-medium press and indie publishers, quite a lot of non-US games and/or publishers (and this particular thing I really love) and the continual impact of crowfunding on the industry.
      I don't think there is any company on the same league as Wizards anymore. White Wolf once came pretty close, but that was a long time ago.

      The only company even competing with Wizards on as many fronts as Wizards participates in is Catalyst; it is leveraging the multimedia aspects of both Shadowrun and Battletech quite well. White Wolf has been trying to get back in the game, and supposedly will be, but we'll see. Other than that... Nada. Paizo, Pinnacle Entertainment, Monte Cook Games, and Chaosium are all struggling to in the multimedia area; yet, they're still miles ahead of everyone else.

      That's why I am glad they didn't show up with anything at GenCon. Even though a lot of people hate them, at the end of the day Wizards still is the only big fish in this pond and still the only publisher to effectively leverage their product on a level that most can't even attempt. That's why it doesn't surprise me they won that one category; at the end of the day, no one else can compete
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester David View Post
      Weren't both Mearls and Crawford at GenCon?
      Yeah, thy didn't have a booth, but WotC doesn't really sell stuff anyone and wouldn't have a new book to get into hands.

      Well, that and the hotel, airfare, and boooth costs for a major presence at a GenCon they can hit 2-3 other cons.
      And in terms of brand presence, they had Critical Role and DDAL, both of which individually dwarfs any other RPG company’s presence other than Paizo.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArchfiendBobbie View Post
      I don't think there is any company on the same league as Wizards anymore. White Wolf once came pretty close, but that was a long time ago.

      The only company even competing with Wizards on as many fronts as Wizards participates in is Catalyst; it is leveraging the multimedia aspects of both Shadowrun and Battletech quite well. White Wolf has been trying to get back in the game, and supposedly will be, but we'll see. Other than that... Nada. Paizo, Pinnacle Entertainment, Monte Cook Games, and Chaosium are all struggling to in the multimedia area; yet, they're still miles ahead of everyone else.

      That's why I am glad they didn't show up with anything at GenCon. Even though a lot of people hate them, at the end of the day Wizards still is the only big fish in this pond and still the only publisher to effectively leverage their product on a level that most can't even attempt. That's why it doesn't surprise me they won that one category; at the end of the day, no one else can compete
      Quote Originally Posted by ArchfiendBobbie View Post
      Congratulations to the winners.

      Interesting to see CoC has a rising star again.
      It is neat to see so many smaller companies rising. New growing names in the industry.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArchfiendBobbie View Post
      That's why it doesn't surprise me they won that one category; at the end of the day, no one else can compete
      Apart from the bit where they can, and have, many times over the last 20 years.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brodie View Post
      This led to me finding out (from Robert Schwalb via the Google+ group) that stuff has to be submitted by the company for consideration. I don't know how true that is now and I don't know the particular details of how things are chosen.
      It's been true for 17 years, is true today, and there are no plans to change it.

      If you are interested in knowing how the ENnies work, over the www.ennie-awards.com click on "How Does It All Work?" under "About Us". It's all very transparent. It's a fan-created (by us right here at EN World), volunteer-run way to give individual writers, artists, etc. some appreciation and positivity in today's negative internet culture.
    1. ArchfiendBobbie's Avatar
      ArchfiendBobbie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Apart from the bit where they can, and have, many times over the last 20 years.
      Which is irrelevant in regards to the outcome of this particular vote.

      I find it interesting you take a comment out of context to make that reply.
    1. Brodie's Avatar
      Brodie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      It's been true for 17 years, is true today, and there are no plans to change it.

      If you are interested in knowing how the ENnies work, over the www.ennie-awards.com click on "How Does It All Work?" under "About Us". It's all very transparent. It's a fan-created (by us right here at EN World), volunteer-run way to give individual writers, artists, etc. some appreciation and positivity in today's negative internet culture.
      And that's definitely a breath of fresh air in today's society. I try to avoid being negative when I post on the internet, but I'm only human. Plus, the older I get the more jaded I become. There are times where I want to post on something to defend it, but end up merely avoiding it because my thoughts would be unpopular ones.

      Also, Morrus, I'd like to say that I think it's really cool that you're regular presence here in the comments.
    1. Lwaxy -
      Very very pleased about Tales from the Loop, but WIZARDS as best publisher? Wonder how that came about. Everyone of them voting a 100 times?

      Seriously, I would love to know peoples' reasoning behind voting that way, as there is little about Wizards I'd consider "best" compared to the many other publishers including Paizo. I'd also like to know where the rest of the publishers came out, especially the ones I voted for.

      It's entirely possible the Paizo fans didn't vote this year because they were still drooling over Starfinder

      When voting this year, I found several categories had too few entries, and I often could think of products which were much more suited to win, for example in the Best Adventures category. I hope the list is a bit longer in some areas next year.
    1. Ghostwind's Avatar
      Ghostwind -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      It's been true for 17 years, is true today, and there are no plans to change it.

      If you are interested in knowing how the ENnies work, over the www.ennie-awards.com click on "How Does It All Work?" under "About Us". It's all very transparent. It's a fan-created (by us right here at EN World), volunteer-run way to give individual writers, artists, etc. some appreciation and positivity in today's negative internet culture.
      One of the big changes with the Origins Awards this year was that companies were no longer required to submit to be considered. Each jury had the power to consider any product that was available to retailers during the allotted time period. In my opinion, it really opened up the field and brought awareness to a lot of great games that wouldn't normally have been considered. It was just another step in making the Origins Awards even better. I know with the RPG category, we looked at over 100 potential nominees before settling on the top 10.
    1. Corrosive's Avatar
      Corrosive -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ghostwind View Post
      One of the big changes with the Origins Awards this year was that companies were no longer required to submit to be considered. Each jury had the power to consider any product that was available to retailers during the allotted time period. In my opinion, it really opened up the field and brought awareness to a lot of great games that wouldn't normally have been considered. It was just another step in making the Origins Awards even better. I know with the RPG category, we looked at over 100 potential nominees before settling on the top 10.
      Classy.
    1. Connorsrpg's Avatar
      Connorsrpg -
      I never even knew about those D&D unpainted minis. They do look good. Why can't they use those for their molds for pre-painted minis?

      Great to see Free League Publishing grabs some prizes. I have been enthralled with their system. (Playing Star Wars conversion of their Coriolis rules ).

      BTW: Was Coriolis last year? Thought it would get some prizes here if not.
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thunder_Cats_HO! View Post
      Let's talk how about the how one guy flipped everyone off as his acceptance speech, and the boos when WOTC won.. Classy
      Mike rules.
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