Congratulations To The 2018 ENnies Nominees!
  • Congratulations To The 2018 ENnies Nominees!


    As the tabletop award season continues, the 2018 Gen Con EN World RPG Awards nominees are here! Congratulations to all the individual nominated creators, writers, editors, artists, graphic designers, and more who make these wonderful products!





    The ENnies, at their core, are our way of thanking and honouring those individuals who create the products which form our hobby. A roleplaying game product needs writers, editors, artists, and other hardworking folks, and this is the time of year where we pause, and we just congratulate them on a job well done. Whether it's the awesome cover an artist produced for a major hardcover RPG, or clever rules design in the latest indie game, every part of the finished product requires a talented individual to create it.

    There were over 500 submitted products this year, and 23 categories and 72 publishers feature in this year's nominations. And for the first time, we have the Best Organised Play category!

    Also be sure to listen to this week's episode of Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast, where we have an ENnies special!

    Voting for the ENnies Awards, 2018 Fan Favorite Publisher, and 2019 Judges will be open from July 11, 2018- July 21, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT!

    Winners will be announced on August 3rd at 8 P.M. EST at Union Station during GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can also watch the awards live via streaming - more details coming soon!

    Best Adventure

    Delta Green: A Night at the Opera, Arc Dream Publishing; Authors: Dennis Detwiller, Shane Ivey, Greg Stolze
    The Two-Headed Serpent, Chaosium Inc.; Authors: Paul Fricker, Scott Forward, Matt Sanderson
    Six of Swords, Green Ronin Publishing; Authors: Jaym Gates, Steven Jones, Kira Magrann, Alejandro Melchor, Malcolm Sheppard, Rebecca Wise
    Seven Worlds Campaign Book, Intellistories; Author: Luis Enrique Torres
    The Dark of Hot Springs Island, Swordfish Islands; Authors: Jacob Hurst, Evan Peterson, Donnie Garcia

    Best Aid/Accessory

    Shadowrun Sixth World Tarot Deluxe, Catalyst Game Labs
    Hex Kit, Cone of Negative Energy
    Conan GM Screen, Modiphius Entertainment
    Starfinder GM Screen, Paizo Inc.
    Arcane Scrollworks, SkeletonKey Games

    Best Art, Cover

    Down Darker Trails, Chaosium Inc.; Artist: Sam Lamont
    Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios; Artist: Brennen Reece
    Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, Green Ronin Publishing; Artist: Aaron Riley
    Conan: Conan the Barbarian, Modiphius Entertainment; Artist: Phrolian Gardner
    Symbaroum: Karvosti - The Witch Hammer, Järnringen; Artist: Martin Grip

    Best Art, Interior

    The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth, Christopher Grey; Artist: Robert Hebert
    Frostbitten and Mutilated, Lamentations of the Flame Princess; Artist: Zak Smith
    Atlas Animalia, Metal Weave Games; Artist: Sarah Dahlinger
    City of Mist, Son of Oak Game Studio; Artist: Marcin Soboń
    Starfinder Core Rulebook, Paizo Inc.; Artists: Alexandur Alexandrov, David Alvarez, Rogier van de Beek, Leonardo Borazio, Tomasz Chistowski, Taylor Fischer, David Franco Campos, Sebastien Hue, Guido Kuip, Robert Lazzaretti, Mikaël Léger, Víctor Manuel Leza Moreno, Setiawan Lie, Damien Mammoliti, David Melvin, Mark Molnar, Mirco Paganessi, Jose Parodi, Miroslav Petrov, Hugh Pindur, Roberto Pitturru, Pixoloid Studios (Aleksandr Dochkin, Nothof Ferenc, Gaspar Gombos, David Metzger, and Mark Molnar), Maichol Quinto, Pavel Rtishev, Connor Sheehan, Firat Solhan, Remko Troost, Leon Tukker, Ben Wootten, Joshua Wright

    Best Blog

    Sly Flourish
    Campaign Mastery
    Gnome Stew -The Gaming Blog
    Dice Geeks
    Elven Tower

    Best Cartography

    Oath of the Frozen King, Absolute Tabletop; Cartographers: Jon Pintar, Nate Vanderzee (Sellsword Maps), Joe Bilton and Sarah Bilton (Heroic Maps)
    Freedom City 3rd Edition, Green Ronin Publishing; Cartographers: Rick Achberger, Phillip Lienau, Sean Macdonald, Chris West
    The Midderlands - An OSR Setting & Bestiary, MonkeyBlood Design & Publishing; Cartographer: Glynn Seal
    Starfinder Pact Worlds, Paizo Inc.; Cartographer: Damien Mammoliti
    City of Mist: Location Maps, Son of Oak Game Studio; Cartographer: Mariusz Szulc

    Best Electronic Book

    Delta Green: A Night at the Opera, Arc Dream Publishing
    Spheres of Might, Drop Dead Studios
    Scenario from Ontario, Dungeons and Donuts
    On the Air, Spectrum Games
    Hudson and Brand, Inquiry Agents of the Obscure, Stygian Fox Publishing

    Best Family Product

    Khan of Khans, Chaosium Inc.
    Storm Hollow, Game Salute / Escapade Games
    A Feast of Flavor, Legendary Games
    I'm a Guide, Monte Cook Games
    Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse, Shoreless Skies Publishing

    Best Free Game

    Esper Genesis Basic Rules, Alligator Alley Entertainment
    High Plains Samurai: Legends, Broken Ruler Games
    Modos 2, Michael Terlisner
    Forthright Open Roleplay Creative Commons Edition, Room 209 Gaming
    Saga of the Goblin Horde, Zadmar Games

    Best Free Product

    Runequest: Quickstart Rules and Adventure, Chaosium Inc.
    Vaginas are Magic, Lamentations of the Flame Princess
    Starfinder First Contact, Paizo Inc.
    Eclipse Phase Second Edition: Quick-Start Rules, Posthuman Studios
    Tabletop Audio - Original Ambiences and Interactive Sounds, Tabletop Audio

    Best Game

    Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing; Authors: Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, Christopher Gunning, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey, Greg Stolze
    Blades in the Dark, Evil Hat Productions; Author: John Harper
    Zweihänder, Grim & Perilous Studios; Author: Daniel D. Fox
    Red Markets: A Game of Economic Horror, Hebanon Games; Authors: Caleb Stokes, Laura Briskin-Limehouse, Ross Payton
    Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Ravendesk Games; Authors: Alexander Lepera, Lee Pruitt

    Best Miniature Product

    Distant Frontiers Poster Map Set, Christopher West's Maps of Mastery
    Double-Sided Dry-Erase Tiles, Gaming Paper
    Star Trek Adventures Miniatures: The Next Generation, Modiphius Entertainment
    Ma'al Drakar the Dragon Tyrant, Reaper Miniatures
    City of Mist: Location Maps, Son of Oak Game Studio

    Best Monster/Adversary

    Down Darker Trails, Chaosium Inc.; Authors: Kevin Ross, Mike Mason, Scott David Aniolowski, David Cole, Todd Woods
    Freedom City 3rd Edition, Green Ronin Publishing; Authors: Steve Kenson, Scott Bennie, DT Butchino, Shawn Carman, Crystal Frasier, Chris Huff, Sean Johnson, Seth Johnson, John Maniha, Professor Christopher
    Frostbitten and Mutilated, Lamentations of the Flame Princess; Author: Zak Smith
    Uh-Oh Monsters, Monte Cook Games; Author: Shanna Germain
    Starfinder Alien Archive, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Compton, Adam Daigle, Crystal Frasier, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Jason Keeley, Jonathan H. Keith, Steve Kenson, Isabelle Lee, Lyz Liddell, Robert G. McCreary, Mark Moreland, Joe Pasini, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Josh Vogt

    Best Podcast

    Rey and Kiel Can Do!, Dungeons and Donuts
    Fandible Actual Play Podcast, Fandible
    Fear of a Black Dragon, Fear of a Black Dragon
    Hobbs and Friends of the OSR, Misdirected Mark
    Miskatonic University Podcast, Miskatonic University Podcast

    Best Organised Play

    Lost Tales of Myth Drannor, D&D Adventurers League; Authors Greg Marks, Robert Adducci, Bill Benham, Travis Woodall, Claire Hoffman, Alan Patrick
    Bleeding Gate: Amalgamation, Ma'at Crook
    End of the Line, Michael Maenza
    Wreckers, William Beers
    Best Friends Forever, Rob Silva

    Best Production Values

    Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing
    The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos Magic, Chaosium Inc.
    Sentinel Comics RPG Starter Kit, Greater Than Games
    Bluebeard's Bride, Magpie Games
    Star Trek Adventures: Collectors Edition Core Rulebook, Modiphius Entertainment

    Best RPG Related Product

    Khan of Khans, Chaosium Inc.
    Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, Evil Hat Productions
    Storm Hollow, Game Salute / Escapade Games
    Friendly Local Game Store, Gameplaywright
    #feminism, Pelgrane Press

    Best Rules

    Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing; Authors: Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, Christopher Gunning, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey, Greg Stolze
    Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios; Authors: Chris Spivey, Ruth Tillman, Bob Geis, Sarah Hood, Neall Raemonn Price
    Cthulhu Confidential, Pelgrane Press; Authors: Robin D. Laws, Chris Spivey, Ruth Tillman
    Torg Eternity: Core Rules, Ulisses Spiele; Authors: Shane Lacy Hensley, Darrell Hayhurst, Markus Plötz, Dean Gilbert, Ross Watson
    Star Trek Adventures: Core Rulebook, Modiphius Entertainment; Authors: Dave Chapman, Jim Johnson, Patrick Goodman, Ross Isaacs, Bill Maxwell, Jonathan Breese, Nathan Dowdell, John Snead, Oz Mills, Aaron Pollyea, Rob Wieland, Ade Smith, Anthony Jennings, Dan Taylor, Dayton Ward, Michael Brophy, Giles Pritchard, Maggie Carroll, Steven Creech, Shawn Merwin, Sam Webb, Jacob Ross

    Best Setting

    Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios; Authors: Chris Spivey, Ruth Tillman, Bob Geis, Sarah Hood, Neall Raemonn Price
    Freedom City 3rd Edition, Green Ronin Publishing; Authors: Steve Kenson, Scott Bennie, DT Butchino, Shawn Carman, Crystal Frasier, Chris Huff, Sean Johnson, Seth Johnson, John Maniha, Professor Christopher McGlothlin, Steven E. Schend, Lucien Soulban, Aaron Sullivan
    Frostbitten and Mutilated, Lamentations of the Flame Princess; Author: Zak Smith
    Predation, Monte Cook Games; Author: Shanna Germain
    Starfinder Pact Worlds, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Alexander Augunas, Judy Bauer, Robert Brookes, Jason Bulmahn, John Compton, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Thurston Hillman, Mikko Kallio, Jason Keeley, Jonathan Keith, Steve Kenson, Lyz Liddell, Ron Lundeen, Robert G. McCreary, David N. Ross, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor

    Best Supplement

    Shadowrun Dark Terrors, Catalyst Game Labs; Authors: Brooke Chang, Kevin Czarnecki, Jason M. Hardy, Alexander Kadar, Adam Large, O.C. Presley, Scott Schletz, Dylan Stengel, R.J. Thomas, Amy Veeres
    Reign of Terror, Chaosium Inc.; Authors: Mark Morrison, Penelope Love, James Coquillat, Darren Watson
    Doctor Who RPG – The Black Archive, Cubicle Seven Entertainment Ltd.; Authors: Walt Ciechanowski, Andrew Peregrine
    Holy Crap: the Great Sects Change Operation, Mutha Oith Productions; Author: Andy Hopp
    Starfinder Pact Worlds, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Alexander Augunas, Judy Bauer, Robert Brookes, Jason Bulmahn, John Compton, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Thurston Hillman, Mikko Kallio, Jason Keeley, Jonathan Keith, Steve Kenson, Lyz Liddell, Ron Lundeen, Robert G. McCreary, David N. Ross, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor

    Best Website

    Adventureaweek.com, AAW Games
    Blades in the Dark SRD, Amazing Rando Design
    Up to Four Players, Up to Four Players
    Elven Tower Website, Elven Tower Website
    Story Beats, Northland Creative Wonders

    Best Writing

    Delta Green: The Way it Went Down, Arc Dream Publishing; Author: Dennis Detwiller
    Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios; Author: Chris Spivey, Ruth Tillman, Bob Geis, Sarah Hood, Neall Raemonn Price
    Monsters, Growling Door Games, Inc.; Author: Matthew McFarland
    Frostbitten and Mutilated, Lamentations of the Flame Princess; Author: Zak Smith
    Holy Crap: the Great Sects Change Operation, Mutha Oith Productions; Author: Andy Hopp

    Product of the Year

    Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing
    The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth, Christopher Grey
    Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios
    Blades in the Dark, Evil Hat Productions
    Freedom City 3rd Edition, Green Ronin Publishing
    Zweihänder, Grim & Perilous Studios
    Frostbitten and Mutilated, Lamentations of the Flame Princess
    Star Trek Adventures: Collectors Edition Core Rulebook, Modiphius Entertainment
    Starfinder Core Rulebook, Paizo Inc.
    The Dark of Hot Springs Island, Swordfish Islands

    Judges' Spotlight Winners

    Reece Carter: Fever Swamp, Melsonian Arts Council
    Sean McCoy: Operation Unfathomable, Hydra Cooperative
    Brian Nowak: FAITH – The Sci-Fi RPG 2.0, Burning Games
    Denise Robinson: Winterhorn, Bully Pulpit Games
    Kurt Wiegel: Pip System Corebook, Third Eye Games

    I feel it’s important to recognise that the ENnies are about individual RPG creators, who are hard working and rarely rich. Companies are made up of individuals. Giving a writer or an artist or an editor an award is a small gesture, but it’s a wholesome and positive one. It gives them a deserved moment to treasure. With that in mind, I do hope your first reaction is one of congratulation; the world is negative enough as it is!
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    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Pandatheist's Avatar
      Pandatheist -
      Some really excellent picks this year. Particularly excited to see The Dark of Hot Springs Island, Harlem Unbound, Bluebeard's Bride and Red Markets be recognized in their respective categories, but congratulations to all the nominees.
    1. Daniel Fox's Avatar
      Daniel Fox -
      Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG for both Best Game and Product of the Year in Ennies 2018!?!

      So exciting! I rushed downstairs out of bed early this morning to tell my wife, and made calls to all the folks at Grim & Perilous Studios who were involved. This is an honor, and I cannot wait to meet my fellow nominees at Gen Con this year.

      This seems to be the year of indie RPGs for Product of the Year. Harlem Unbound, Blades in the Dark and Frostbitten & Mutilated are three of my favorite RPGs.

      I'm also proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with titans of our industry - Paizo and Green Ronin.

      Congratulations to all the nominees!


      Best,
      Daniel Fox
      Principle of Grim & Perilous Studios
    1. Zadmar's Avatar
      Zadmar -
      Wow, I'm ecstatic right now! Can't believe I got a nomination!
    1. Zak S's Avatar
      Zak S -
      Glad to see so many genuinely impressive nominees this year
      Competition has gotten tough!
      I have a feeling I'm going to lose six times--but to people who genuinely deserve to win
    1. imagineGod's Avatar
      imagineGod -
      Okay, I am biased, because, Starfinder is just so awesome, so I predict a clean sweep of all categories by Paizo that feature Starfinder.

      But seriously, apart from the core rulebook falling to pieces, the products from Paizo have excellent production values, and the artwork is just so amazing.

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    1. imagineGod's Avatar
      imagineGod -
      And a Happy Independence Day to all the nominees too.
    1. Derek Von Zarovich's Avatar
      Derek Von Zarovich -
      Hey, I'm really happy I was nominated once again this year. However, I believe there is a mistake, My website, Elven tower appears twice. Once in the best blog category and then in the website category. I believe it should only appear on the website category.
    1. Kairam's Avatar
      Kairam -
      Isn’t the Conan cover by Brom?
    1. DMMike's Avatar
      DMMike -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZweihanderRPG View Post
      Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG for both Best Game and Product of the Year in Ennies 2018!?!
      Eins, zwei, polizei! Drei, vier, Zweihänder ist hier! That means "well deserved" in German, I think

      Which reminds me, I should go over to the latest "gritty" thread and drop a name...
    1. skerritthegreen's Avatar
      skerritthegreen -
      I'm honored to have worked on three of the five adventurers up for Best Organized Play adventure!

      Lost Tales of Myth Drannor (Lead Designer and Developer): Greg Marks, Robert Adducci, Bill Benham, Travis Woodall, Claire Hoffman, Alan Patrick
      End of the Line (Developer): Michael Maenza
      Best Friends Forever (Developer): Rob Silva

      Also impressed that all five of the finalists for best OP adventure are from the Adventurers League.
    1. jelmore's Avatar
      jelmore -
      Quote Originally Posted by skerritthegreen View Post
      I'm honored to have worked on three of the five adventurers up for Best Organized Play adventure!

      Lost Tales of Myth Drannor (Lead Designer and Developer): Greg Marks, Robert Adducci, Bill Benham, Travis Woodall, Claire Hoffman, Alan Patrick
      End of the Line (Developer): Michael Maenza
      Best Friends Forever (Developer): Rob Silva

      Also impressed that all five of the finalists for best OP adventure are from the Adventurers League.
      The other two on that list were written by two great Oregon AL DMs, Bill Beers and Ma'at Crook. I believe both of them are first-time authors, so extra congrats to both of them for being nominated!

      (FULL DISCLOSURE: I provided playtesting feedback for Bill Beers' adventure.)
    1. Ravendesk_Lee's Avatar
      Ravendesk_Lee -
      Wow! So excited about this! Thanks ENWorld!!
    1. VengerSatanis -
      Congratulations to all the nominees! The old school, independent, DIY spirit of paper & pencil tabletop gaming is still alive and well. Thank Dread Cthulhu!

      Good luck to all, but especially Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design for Midderlands, Zak S. for his Frostbitten and Mutilated, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess. For me personally, it's the smaller "art films" and passion projects that make this industry worth it.

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    1. Dextra's Avatar
      Dextra -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kairam View Post
      Isn’t the Conan cover by Brom?
      Yes it is.
    1. Daniel Fox's Avatar
      Daniel Fox -
      Quote Originally Posted by VengerSatanis View Post
      Congratulations to all the nominees! The old school, independent, DIY spirit of paper & pencil tabletop gaming is still alive and well. Thank Dread Cthulhu!

      Good luck to all, but especially Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design for Midderlands, Zak S. for his Frostbitten and Mutilated, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess. For me personally, it's the smaller "art films" and passion projects that make this industry worth it.

      VS
      Hell yes. I'm super excited to see so many DIY indie RPGs nominated this year.
    1. Joerg Baumgartner's Avatar
      Joerg Baumgartner -
      Not a single D&D nomination at all?
    1. Staffan's Avatar
      Staffan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joerg Baumgartner View Post
      Not a single D&D nomination at all?
      I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Wizards traditionally don't submit their products for consideration for the ENnies. From their POV, a win probably won't help much, and it would be a bit embarrassing if they don't​ win.
    1. VengerSatanis -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZweihanderRPG View Post
      Hell yes. I'm super excited to see so many DIY indie RPGs nominated this year.
      And you, Zweihander, may be in the same boat. I've heard about the game, just don't know much about it beyond the name, grim/dark, and it's supposed to be similar to old school Warhammer Fantasy RPG. Is that right?

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    1. VengerSatanis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Staffan View Post
      I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Wizards traditionally don't submit their products for consideration for the ENnies. From their POV, a win probably won't help much, and it would be a bit embarrassing if they don't​ win.
      I'm pretty sure WotC both submitted and won just a few years back when the core books came out. And then a year or two after that they submitted and either were nominated or won for best adventure. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

      VS
    1. JRoss's Avatar
      JRoss -
      @Zweihander you helped out a lot with the Zach Best Family Benefit Bundle last year, so you deserve all sorts if accolades.
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