The ENnie Awards is proud to announce the 2019 Nominations!
  • The ENnie Awards is proud to announce the 2019 Nominations!



    The ENnies have announced their nominees for the 2019 awards!
    This is truly a year of outstanding achievements!

    • There are 68 unique Publishers/Creators represented in the twenty two categories and Judge's picks!
    • There were 432 submissions from 241 publishers and creators.


    NOTE:
    There is still time to submit your application for 2020 Judge and your nominations for 2019 Fan Favorite Publisher! Links are at the top of the ENnie Awards website: http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/.

    Voting for the ENnies Awards, 2019 Fan Favorite Publisher, and 2020 Judges will be open from July 10, 2018 - July 21, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT!

    Winners
    will be announced on August 2nd at 8 P.M. EST at Union Station during Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can also watch the awards live via streaming via our YouTube channel.

    Judges’ Spotlight Winners

    Benjamin Adelman: The Stygian Library, Dying Stylishly Games
    Christopher Gath: Archives of the Sky, Aaron A. Reed
    Alexander Holley: SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists, Land of NOP LLC
    Brent Jans: plot ARMOR, Mostly Harmless Games
    Brian Nowak: The Elephant & Macaw Banner: Player’s Guide, Porcupine Publishing


    Best Adventure

    Masks of Nyarlathotep, Chaosium Inc.
    Authors: Larry DiTillio, Lynn Willis, Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward
    Mothership: Dead Planet, Tuesday Knight Games
    Authors: Donn Stroud, Fiona Maeve Geist, Sean McCoy
    Slaves of the Machine God, Monte Cook Games
    Author: Bruce R. Cordell
    The Persephone Extraction, Pelgrane Press
    Authors: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Heather Albano, Emma Marlow, Will Plant, Bill White
    Winter’s Daughter, Necrotic Gnome
    Authors: Gavin Norman, Frederick Münch, Nicholas Montegriffo


    Best Aid/Accessory – Digital

    DunGen: High Resolution Dungeon Generator for Discord, Dungeon Channel
    DUNGEONFOG – Premium | Online Map Maker & Authoring Tool, DUNGEONFOG KG
    Magwa’s Magic Item Compendium Mobile App, KNights of Vasteel
    Paper Blossoms – An Unofficial Character Generation for L5R (FFG), Paper Blossoms
    World Anvil Grandmaster Tier Worldbuilding & Campaign Management Platform, World Anvil LTD


    Best Aid/Accessory – Non-Digital

    Champions Character Creation Cards, High Rock Press
    Dwarven Forge’s Dungeon of Doom Modular Terrain, Dwarven Forge
    Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set, The H. P.Lovecraft Historical Society Inc.
    Numenera Ruin Deck, Monte Cook Games
    The Big Book of Sci-Fi Battle Mats, Loke BattleMats


    Best Art, Cover

    Bluebeard’s Bride: Book of Mirrors, Magpie Games
    Artist: Rebecca Yanovskaya
    Call of Cthulhu – Terror Australis 2nd Edition, Chaosium Inc.
    Artist: M. Wayne Miller
    Coriolis – Emissary Lost, Free League Publishing
    Artist: Martin Grip
    KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition of KULT – Core Rules, Helmgast AB
    Artist: Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme
    Winter’s Daughter, Necrotic Gnome
    Artist: Mish Scott


    Best Art, Interior

    Invisible Sun, Monte Cook Games
    Artists: Samuel Araya, Chris Cold, Martin de Diego, Jason Engle, Inkognit, Aldo Katayanagi, Eric Lofgren, Irina Nordsol, Jim Pavelec, Roberto Pitturru, Sam Santala, David Seidman, Joe Slucher, Zoa Smalley, Lee Smith, Matt Stawicki

    KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition of KULT – Core Rules, Helmgast AB
    Artists: Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, Marcin Tomalak, Ander Plana, Daniel Comerci, Kamil Mickiewicz, Ashen Studios, Krzysiek Poznanski, Anton Semenov, Alfred Khamidullin, Anton Kuzko, Daniel Karlsson, Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, Sam Denmark, Evgeny Maloshenkov

    Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition, UFO Press Limited
    Artists: Tithi Luadthong, Oli Jeffery

    RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Slipcase Set, Chaosium Inc.
    Artists: Rick Becker, Bernard Bittler, Simon Bray, William Church, Miguel Coronado, Gene Day, Andrey Fetisov, Piotr Foksowicz, Lisa Free, Merle Insigna, Tomasz Jedruszek, Kalin Kadiev, Roman Kisyov, Rachel Kahn, Jennifer Lange, Rhonda Libbey, Michelle Lockamy

    Symbaroum Monster Codex, Järnringen / Free League Publishing
    Artists: Martin Grip


    Best Cartography

    A New Map of Hot Springs Island, Swordfish Islands
    Cartographer: Jason Thompson
    Forbidden Lands – Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG, Free League Publishing
    Cartographers: Tobias Tranell and Nils Gulliksson
    Lamp’s Light Sanitarium: A Horror Campaign for 5e, Saturday Morning Scenarios
    Cartographer: Toby Lancaster
    Silent Titans, Swordfish Islands
    Cartographer: Dirk Detweiler Leichty
    The Midderlands Expanded, MonkeyBlood Design & Publishing
    Cartographer: Glynn Seal


    Best Electronic Book

    Dinosaur Princesses, Ardens Ludere
    Authors: Hamish Cameron, Dana Cameron, Mary Rosalind Valentine

    Fear’s Sharp Little Needles, Stygian Fox Publishing
    Authors: Christopher Smith Adair, Joe Trier, Glynn Owen Barrass, Simon Brake, Stuart Boon, Chad Bowser, Brian Courtemanche, Scott Dorward, Adam Gauntlett, Allan Goodall, Helen Gould, Tyler Hudak, Jo Kreil, Jeff Moeller, Andi Newton, Oscar Rios, Brian M. Sammons, Matthew Sanderson, Jennifer Thrasher, Joe Trier, Jason Williams, Matt Wiseman, Simon Yee

    Ironsworn, Shawn Tomkin
    Author: Shawn Tomkin

    Sly Flourish’s Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, Last Word Audio
    Author: Michael E. Shea

    Uncaged Volume 1, Ashley Warren Writes
    Authors: Alicia Furness, Alison Huang, Annabeth Lennon, Asa Wheatley, Awkward Bard, Bianca Bickford, Catherine Evans, Dierdre Donlon, Elise Cretel, Emily Smith, lourescentWolf, Gwen Bassett, Hla Rosa, Jen Vaughn, Jessica L. Washburn, Jessica Marcrum, Jessica Ross, Johanna Taylor, Judy Black, Johanna Taylor, Kat Kruger, Kayla Cline, Kelly Dayton, Kristina Sisto Kindel, Liz Gist, Luciella Elisabeth Scarlett, Lynne M. Meyer, Lysa Chen, Ma’at Crook, Maryska Connolly, Masha Lepire, Mellanie Black, Natalie Wallace, Sammy Ward, Samantha Darcy, Wouter Florusse


    Best Family Game / Product

    Dinosaur Princesses, Ardens Ludere
    Authors: Hamish Cameron, Dana Cameron, Mary Rosalind Valentine

    The Hidden Halls of Hazakor, Insane Angel Studios
    Author: Scott Fitzgerald Gray

    Kids on Bikes, Renegade Game Studios/Hunters Entertainment
    Authors: Doug Levandowski and Jonathan Gilmour

    Power Outage: Core Guide Book, Go Nerdy LLC
    Author: Bebarce El-Tayib

    The Tragedies of Middle School, 9th Level Games
    Authors: Jacqueline Bryk, Banana Chan, Patrick Clapp, MIichael Faulk, Glenn Given, Doug Levandowski, Kira Magrann, Alex McConnaughey, Brian Neff, Tim Notcon, Ty Oden, Chris O’Neill, Heather O’Neill, Hannah Shaffer, Moira Slater, Scott Slater, Barret Stowe, James Stowe, Tim Notcon, Jay E Treat III, Heather Wilson


    Best Free Game / Product

    Die Laughing, Sliced Up, NerdBurger Games
    Author: Craig Campbell

    Ironsworn, Shawn Tomkin
    Author: Shawn Tomkin

    The Executioner’s Daughter, Ashley Warren Writes
    Author: Ashley Warren

    The Ultraviolet Grasslands – Free Introduction, Hydra Cooperative
    Author: Luka Rejec

    Wayfinder #18: Fey and the First World, Paizo Fans United
    Author: Charlie Brooks, Calder CaDavid, Robert Cameron, Benjamin Chason-Sokol, Jeremy Corff, Jason Daugherty, Matthew Duval, Robert Feather, Kim Frandsen, Wojciech Gruchała, Amy C. Goodenough, Taylor Hubler, Luke Hudek, Chris L. Kimball, John Laffan, Crystal Malarsky, Randal Meyer, Jacob W. Michaels, Daniel Angelo Monaco, Stewart Moyer, Dennis Muldoon, Andrew Mullen, Dave Nelson, Nicholas S. Orvis, Emily Parks, Lyn Perrine, Amanda Plageman, Matt Roth, André Roy, Stephen J. Smith, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jeff Taft, Brendan Ward, Christopher Wasko, Nicholas Wasko, Kerney Williams


    Best Game

    Companions’ Tale, Sweet Potato Press
    Author: Laura Simpson
    Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies, Thorny Games
    Authors: Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu
    Dream Askew/Dream Apart, Buried Without Ceremony Games
    Authors: Avery Alder and Benjamin Rosenbaum
    Liminal, Wordplay Games
    Author: Paul Mitchener
    Mothership: Player’s Survival Guide, Tuesday Knight Games
    Author: Sean McCoy


    Best Layout and Design

    Bluebeard’s Bride: Book of Mirrors, Magpie Games – Miguel Angel Espinoza
    Mini-Dungeon Tome, AAW Games – Justin Andrew Mason and Thomas Baumbach
    Secrets of Silent Streets, Monte Cook Games – Bear Weiter
    Symbaroum Monster Codex, Järnringen / Free League Publishing – Johan Nohr
    The Black Hack 2nd Edition, Squarehex – David Black


    Best Monster/Adversary

    Creature Codex for 5th Edition, Kobold Press
    Authors: Wolfgang Baur, Dan Dillon, Richard Green, James Haeck, Jeremy Hochhalter, James Introcaso, Jon Sawatsky, Chris Harris

    Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos, Pelgrane Press
    Authors: Kenneth Hite, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Becky Annison, Helen Gould, Ruth Tillman

    Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for 5e, Petersen Games
    Author: Sandy Petersen

    Symbaroum Monster Codex, Järnringen / Free League Publishing
    Authors: Martin Grip, Mattia Lilja, Mattias Johnsson

    Tyrants & Hellions, 2CGaming, LLC
    Authors: Steven Gordon, Ryan Servis, and Johnathon Kelly


    Best Online Content

    Cannibal Halfling Gaming, Cannibal Halfling Gaming
    Molten Sulfur Blog, Molten Sulfur Press
    Seth Skorkowsky, Seth Skorkowsky
    The Alexandrian, The Alexandrian
    Questing Beast Podcast, Questing Beast


    Best Organized Play

    Cypher Play Numenera Season 18-2: Building Amber Keep, Monte Cook Games – Sean K. Reynolds and Bruce R. Cordell
    Heir of Orcus Verses I & II, Anthony Joyce
    Minsc and Boo’s Guide to Stuff and Things, Adventure League Admins and Rich Lescouflair
    Ooze There?, Neo Tokyo Project – Darryl Ho and Jason Koh
    Vacant, Ma’at Crook


    Best Podcast

    Asians Represent!
    Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
    Plot Points
    Red Moon Roleplaying
    She’s a Super Geek


    Best Production Values

    Faerie Fire, a 5e Supplemental, Astrolago Press
    Forbidden Lands – Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG, Free League Publishing
    Invisible Sun Black Cube, Monte Cook Games
    Numenera 2: Discover and Destiny Slipcase Set, Monte Cook Games
    Silent Titans, Swordfish Islands


    Best RPG Related Product

    Bluebeard’s Bride: Book of Lore, Magpie Games
    Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Masks of Nyarlathotep, The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society Inc.
    Deven Rue Map Weights Set, Campaign Coins
    Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection, Chaosium Inc.


    Best Rules

    Call of Cthulhu Starter Set, Chaosium Inc.
    Authors: Mike Mason, Paul Fricker, Lynne Hardy, Sandy Petersen, Lynn Willis

    Forbidden Lands – Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG, Free League Publishing
    Authors: Tomas Härenstam, Erik Granström, Christian Granath, Nils Karlén, Kosta Kostulas

    Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition, UFO Press Limited
    Authors: Jay Iles, Douglas Santana Mota, Elizabeth Iles, Jason D’Angelo, Rebecca Curran

    Mothership: Player’s Survival Guide, Tuesday Knight Games
    Author: Sean McCoy

    Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Core Rulebook, Cubicle Seven Entertainment Ltd.
    Authors: Dave Allen, Gary Astleford, Graeme Davis, Jude Hornborg, Andy Law, Lindsay Law, Andrew Leask, TS Luikart, Dominic McDowall, Clive Oldfield


    Best Setting

    Call of Cthulhu – Terror Australis 2nd Edition, Chaosium Inc.
    Authors: Penelope Love, Mark Morrison, Dean Engelhardt, Marion Anderson, Phil Anderson, Geoff Gillan, Richard Watts, Darren Watson, Vian Lawson, John Hughes, Tristan Goss, James Haughton, Sandy Petersen, Brian M. Sammons, with Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy

    Dream Askew/Dream Apart, Buried Without Ceremony Games
    Authors: Avery Alder and Benjamin Rosenbaum

    Forbidden Lands – Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG, Free League Publishing
    Authors: Tomas Härenstam, Erik Granström, Christian Granath, Nils Karlén, Kosta Kostulas

    Invisible Sun, Monte Cook Games
    Author: Monte Cook

    The Fall of DELTA GREEN, Pelgrane Press
    Author: Kenneth Hite


    Best Supplement

    Faerie Fire, a 5e Supplemental, Astrolago Press
    Authors: Shannon Campbell, Dillon MacPherson, Malcolm Wilson

    Star Trek Adventures: The Sciences Division Supplemental Rulebook, Modiphius Entertainment
    Authors: Elizabeth Chaipraditkul, Meghan Fitzgerald, Jack Geiger, Aaron Pollyea, John Snead

    The 7th Edition Guide to Cthulhu Invictus, Golden Goblin Press
    Authors: Oscar Rios, William Adcock, Stuart Boon, Chad Bowser, Charles Gerard, Jon Hook, Mike Mason, Jeffrey Moeller

    The Book of Ages, Pelgrane Press
    Author: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

    The Glorantha Sourcebook, Chaosium Inc.
    Authors: Greg Stafford, Jeff Richard, Michael O’Brien, Sandy Petersen


    Best Writing

    KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition of KULT – Core Rules, Helmgast AB
    Authors: Marco Behrmann, Martin Fröjdh, Ola Jentzsch, Robin Liljenberg, Petter Nallo, Andreas Nordlund, Krister Sundelin, Anton Wahnström

    Liminal, Wordplay Games
    Author: Paul Mitchener

    Silent Titans, Swordfish Islands
    Author: Patrick Stewart

    Troika! Numinous Edition, Melsonian Arts Council
    Author: Daniel Sell

    Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Core Rulebook, Cubicle Seven Entertainment Ltd.
    Authors: Dave Allen, Gary Astleford, Graeme Davis, Jude Hornborg, Andy Law, Lindsay Law, Andrew Leask, TS Luikart, Dominic McDowall, Clive Oldfield


    Product of the Year

    Companions’ Tale, Sweet Potato Press
    Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies, Thorny Games
    Dinosaur Princesses, Ardens Ludere
    Dream Askew/Dream Apart, Buried Without Ceremony Games
    Forbidden Lands – Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG, Free League Publishing
    Invisible Sun, Monte Cook Games
    Liminal, Wordplay Games
    Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set, The H. P.Lovecraft Historical Society Inc.
    Mothership: Player’s Survival Guide, Tuesday Knight Games
    Silent Titans, Swordfish Islands
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Aldarc's Avatar
      Aldarc -
      Looking through the list, you can tell that it has been a busy year for Monte Cook Games.
    1. imagineGod's Avatar
      imagineGod -
      "Mothership" is quoted as still being in alpha development, not even beta, so is not a properly published complete game, that is if we consider the alpha, beta, release candidate nomenclature.
    1. dalisprime's Avatar
      dalisprime -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aldarc View Post
      Looking through the list, you can tell that it has been a busy year for Monte Cook Games.
      A lot of it is to do with the heavy slip up they experienced with invisible sun. They essentially ended up in a situation where they were releasing two systems in parallel.
    1. Aldarc's Avatar
      Aldarc -
      Quote Originally Posted by dalisprime View Post
      A lot of it is to do with the heavy slip up they experienced with invisible sun. They essentially ended up in a situation where they were releasing two systems in parallel.
      True. Having my own copy of the final product of the Invisible Sun Black Cube, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. The production value and sheer content provided is INSANE!
    1. hawkeyefan's Avatar
      hawkeyefan -
      Congrats to all the nominees! I have to look into a few of these games.

      Quote Originally Posted by Aldarc View Post
      True. Having my own copy of the final product of the Invisible Sun Black Cube, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. The production value and sheer content provided is INSANE!
      How is the game, Aldarc? I've seen a lot of the art and physical materials which are all impressive, and looked at a bit of actual play online, but I'm curious for someone's take on the game.
    1. Celebrim's Avatar
      Celebrim -
      I remember when the EnNies were young thinking to myself that they had a bias toward the familiar big names. Now, looking at this list I'm wondering if the bias has gone completely the other way.

      Oh well.

      Big call out though to the nomination of Seth Sorkowsky who has absolutely been killing it on Youtube for the last two years or so. If you haven't watched his podcasts and you have an interest in running CoC games, then you are missing some of the best laid out GM advice I've ever seen, done with extremely high production values.
    1. Aldarc's Avatar
      Aldarc -
      Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyefan View Post
      How is the game, Aldarc? I've seen a lot of the art and physical materials which are all impressive, and looked at a bit of actual play online, but I'm curious for someone's take on the game.
      I've had the game awhile, but I have not had an opportunity yet to play it nor have I sat down to familiarize myself fluently with the rules. It's almost intimidating the amount of materials that you receive: books, cards, props, and other tools. With some irony, I actually only looked through everything that was in the box a few days ago. I was probably not as rushed to do so, because I also had the pdfs to read through. But in retrospect, I do think that this product is easier to process as a physical product than a digital one.

      IMHO, the biggest initial hurdle, again as someone who casually flipped through the materials so far, is that the writing feels almost needlessly byzantine. There is a LOT of new terminology, in-character perspective writing, and such. I get that it's meant to reinforce the tone and timbre of the setting, but it can also come across as an unnecessary hurdle that impairs the clarity of the rules as someone who periodically keeps asking myself while reading it, "Yeah, but how does it play?"

      A number of the underlying elements of the Cypher System are there. Ephemera = Cyphers. The players roll everything, and the GM sets the TN (0-10 in the CS, but 0-17 in IN). Characters are built by essentially creating a sentence of various building blocks.

      Your Order is your "Type," but instead it's which magical order you belong to, which determines how you do magic. Your Forte is your "Focus," but renamed for some reason. Your Heart is like your "Descriptor," but instead built more like a mix of the four Keirsey Temperaments and Harry Potter houses, with each associated with an element, an animal, an object, etc. It provides your starting stats and can be affected by the Sorte cards that the GM will draw. The Foundation is a new addition that basically describes your living situation and connections.

      This is not necessarily a negative impression of the game. It's just an incomplete one where I personally find navigating the entirety of this project a personally daunting task. There are a lot of moving parts and it's somewhat difficult for me to grasp quite yet how it all interacts with the core mechanics. I have been behind on so many RPGs, but I have wanted to sit down and properly learn the game for some time now. And what motivated me to look through everything in the Black Cube was a desire to do so, which I hope to do (relatively) within the next month or so.
    1. JeffB's Avatar
      JeffB -
      Glad to see The Book of Ages get some love. A phenomenal resource/book of inspiration/toolkit for DMs of any edition or setting.
    1. Olaf the Stout -
      There is a heap of stuff I haven’t even heard of in here. However, having clicked on a few links, a lot of it looks really, really interesting. I can see a few new purchases in my future!
    1. Stacie GmrGrl's Avatar
      Stacie GmrGrl -
      This is a weird selection of great choices.
    1. R Cautela's Avatar
      R Cautela -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stacie GmrGrl View Post
      This is a weird selection of great choices.

      Hiyas!

      Why, pray tell?
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