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





    Comments 78 Comments
    1. Kiel_C's Avatar
      Kiel_C -
      Quote Originally Posted by mearls View Post
      It's pretty crappy to see that and hear about it.

      The culture around RPG creation has gotten a lot more tense over the past couple years, in part because I believe that the shared culture that designers had in the late 90s and early 00s has fallen apart. Gen Con is far less accessible, and the Internet has only become more heated.
      Thank you. It's been tough, but I'm dealing. Winning definitely provides a bit of a boost ^^

      I can't really speak to earlier design cultures, but I'm excited to see new independent designers come out of D&D's new online community of Twitch shows and gaming livestreams. I feel like D&D and TRPGs in general are garnering a brand new audience of millennials like me, people who are really passionate about the game, but (from what I keep hearing anecdotally) have never played or run the game themselves.

      These fans may eventually become DM's. If they ever want to take the big step into self-publishing their ideas and games, I feel like the industry is a lot more logistically/technically supportive (crowdfunding, online sales, digital publishing). As a part of community of creators I want to continue to be emotionally supportive to these new creators, to counter the vitriol and baseless-hate they're apt to get in this heated internet.
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kiel_C View Post
      As a part of community of creators I want to continue to be emotionally supportive to these new creators, to counter the vitriol and baseless-hate they're apt to get in this heated internet.
      Yeah---the next generation of designers will come (is coming) from the web.

      We need to develop support systems so when creators get threatened in a way that could hurt their livelihood, we have each others' backs. Before we had that, a lot less stuff was getting created, and what was created was a lot more cautious.
    1. Giblet Blizzard's Avatar
      Giblet Blizzard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kiel_C View Post
      I am overjoyed and incredibly thankful that Blood in the Chocolate won best adventure. This was my first professional TRPG project, and to have it be recognized like this is amazing.
      I totally didn't have something in my eye when they announced, Kiel.
    1. Cam Banks's Avatar
      Cam Banks -
      Kiel,

      Just between me and you, nobody ever deserves to get sucked into that vortex of bigotry and hate. Nobody deserves to be judged in this community for their gender, orientation, class, status, race, religion, disability, or politics. We don't have to agree on anything for us to respect the work. We can argue forever on approaches and design and art, but attacks against each other over our identities create rifts that are difficult to mend and lasting harm.

      I think your adventure is bloody disgusting but I wager that's part of the idea.

      I hope you find every opportunity to grow and learn and battle those demons.

      Cheers,
      Cam
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cam Banks View Post
      Kiel,

      Just between me and you, nobody ever deserves to get sucked into that vortex of bigotry and hate. Nobody deserves to be judged in this community for their gender, orientation, class, status, race, religion, disability, or politics.
      Then, with the best will in the world and a genuine hope for a better future and every ounce of sincerity I can muster and total conviction borne of experience, and with a wish that this be received as a clear and honest communication:

      The best thing to do would be to not promote the people who personally attacked Kiel for his adventure or promote their work anymore until they show some contrition and rejoin the constructive part of the community.

      To show that toxicity has consequences and accountability is a real thing and we solve things by talking and there are more important things in life that what kind of D&D game someone wants to play or what a person thinks is icky.
    1. Cam Banks's Avatar
      Cam Banks -
      I'll make you a deal. You leave people who don't want to engage with you alone, and I'll keep doing whatever I can to improve the community however I can through words and actions that promote better interaction and respect, whenever I can.

      I look forward to another year of new creators and brighter ideas. I've got 27 Cortex Prime Spotlight writers I can't wait to see flourish in this broader community of ideas. Let's see what Gen Con 2018 looks like.

      Cheers,
      Cam
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cam Banks View Post
      I'll make you a deal. You leave people who don't want to engage with you alone, and I'll keep doing whatever I can to improve the community however I can through words and actions that promote better interaction and respect, whenever I can.
      This contract requires some negotiations about enforceability:

      It's easy to tell if I am or am not talking to someone who doesn't want to talk to me--they'll say "I don't want to talk to you" or block me. (At which point I generally disengage anyway, so my end is easy to obey.)

      (Unless someone doesn't want to talk to me but doesn't say it so I have to read their mind.)

      On the other hand:

      How do we measure if you're holding up your end? " improve the community however I can " is a much vaguer promise. Is that not what you'd say you're already doing?

      What concrete steps will you take to protect marginalized creators like Kiel, Stacy Dellorfano, Scrap Princess, etc who have had to suffer identity-based attacks from people who have business and promotional connections to the mainstream RPG community?
    1. Cam Banks's Avatar
      Cam Banks -
      You will have to take me at my word. I'll stand up and keep speaking out. It's for sure better than letting people continue to put up with hate in our little corner of the internet. But let me be clear: I don't expect everyone to get along. People can be s. That's got nothing to do with their identity and everything to do with how they feel like fitting in and whatever pain they're carrying that week.

      And please try to get what you say right the first time before you post, it can be real disorienting to reply to something you've gone back to edit and doubled the size in the process.

      Cheers,
      Cam
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      I'm sorry I disoriented you by clarifying my post. I type fast.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cam Banks View Post
      You will have to take me at my word. I'll stand up and keep speaking out.
      Then we're where we started. Like almost all creators, like me, you get on social media and say what you think is good and bad and that....has no real results. It gives us the situation we already have and which we are all here bemoaning.

      Without some promise to go beyond that, we're simply where we began: People attack marginalized creators and know there will be no consequences from people they have business contacts with. Speaking out about what's right and wrong doesn't make them change their behavior because they have an alternate take on what's right and wrong and aren't sharing it with you--but they are happy to let you promote their Kickstarters or Patreons while continuing to whale on marginalized creators.

      Without a real policy-- "You do this, you cease to get that"--or something equally concrete, nothing changes, the cycle of recrimination goes on.

      There's a cause and effect: someone sees there are no consequences to trolling or dishonest or bigoted behavior toward creators, they keep doing it. They see a downside, they stop, or at least do it less.

      Without a promise of some sort of accountability, you are essentially wishing the current situation will be there forever.
    1. Cam Banks's Avatar
      Cam Banks -
      I'm going to give this more thought. There's a lot to unpack lately. More when I've got something better to put forward and not in this venue. Thread has been derailed enough.

      Cheers,
      Cam
    1. Giblet Blizzard's Avatar
      Giblet Blizzard -
      Man this is turning into a week of burying hatchets and I really hope you two come to some mutually agreeable arrangement. That would be really really great.

      Also: HELL YEAH TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!!!

    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cam Banks View Post
      I'm going to give this more thought. There's a lot to unpack lately. More when I've got something better to put forward and not in this venue. Thread has been derailed enough.

      Cheers,
      Cam
      I will leave you with this then, and try to be very kind:

      Going on social media and going, in various ways "Be cool to each other" to your followers hasn't worked.

      It didn't work when people harassed Shanna Germain, it didn't work for people harassing Kiel, it didn't work for people harassing Stacy Dellorfano, or Scrap Princess, or Sarah Horrocks, or Mark Diaz Truman or anyone else, ever.

      Maybe my solution of saying "You harass creators and make personal attacks, I cease to help you" is too harsh for you, or simply so not in your personality it would hurt you to do it. But if you really want this to be over, there has to be something else besides subtweeting "Hey, be nice".

      Maybe you have your own new solution--you're a game designer, you know rules and human behavior. Feel free to try it. But the current one is not effective.
    1. Lwaxy -
      There need to be tougher rules on harassment in general.

      I wasn't even aware of the controversy around the adventure, as I do my best not to bother with such vortexes of negativity and hate anymore. I'm so tired of the internet in that regard I even stay away from most forums nowadays.

      Makes me all the more glad the adventure won though.

      As for Tales of the Loop - is anyone going to pick it up (especially from those voting for it)? I already heard from my players that while they voted for it and it sounds cool enough, they are not particularly keen on going for yet another set of rules, but I still plan to get it eventually.
    1. Cam Banks's Avatar
      Cam Banks -
      Tales from the Loop is amazing. All of Fria Ligan's games are great, and this is no exception.

      Cheers,
      Cam
    1. JediSoth's Avatar
      JediSoth -
      Congratulations to all the winners and congratulations to the nominees as well! It's always nice to see hard work recognized and if we can make someone's Gen Con a little better with a couple of hours and a medal, then it's time well-spent. In the nearly 10 years I've served as Submissions Coordinator for the ENnie Awards, I've seen a lot of changes in the industry and met a lot of great people.

      Sometimes I feel like Bilbo Baggins: "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
      Except I'm never really drunk enough to say something like that and definitely not cool enough (or old enough) to get away with it.

      I hope everyone has a fulfilling 2018 and I look forward to seeing this season's submissions. I'll see you at Gen Con 51 (unless you see me at Gary Con or GameHole Con first)!
    1. Jonathan King's Avatar
      Jonathan King -
      Good job people
    1. soulcatcher78 -
      Blood in the Chocolate and Veins of the Earth are both incredible books! Not only are they well written (Veins has some deep (no pun intended) portions that will provoke thought) but beautifully laid out and constructed. Best purchases of Gen Con.
    1. Araboy's Avatar
      Araboy -
      This is actually dope. I'm so happy they've won it.
      Best regards, John - writer at help with college homework service.
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