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Congratulations to the 2015 ENnies Nominees!

Hearty congratulations go out to the 2015 nominees for the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards! The winners will be announced at Gen Con on Friday, July 31st, after a public vote which will open on July 4th. And don't forget, you can nominate yourself as a 2016 judge before July 2nd, and nominate a Fan Favourite Publisher before the same date.

Thanks also go to this year's sponsors, DriveThruRPG and Campaign Coins. Nominees can find web-suitable nominee badges here.

Note that the 2015 nominations have been updated following the disqualification of one product in three categories.

[h=4]Best Adventure[/h]
A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Wizards of the Coast)
Cake Walk (Fabled Environments)
East Texas University: Degrees of Horror (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

[h=4]Best Aid/Accessory[/h]
DungeonMorph Dice: Explorer Set (Inkwell Ideas)
D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen (Wizards of the Coast)
Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack (Syrinscape)
Black-green Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition RPG Dice Set (Q-Workshop)
Pathfinder Cards: Deluxe Harrow Deck (Paizo Inc.)

[h=4]Best Art, Interior[/h]
D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
Interface Zero 2.0: Full Metal Cyberpunk (Gun Metal Games)
Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris (Pelgrane Press)
The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover (Privateer Press)

[h=4]Best Art, Cover[/h]
Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon (Privateer Press)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG (Green Ronin Publishing)
Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Rise of Tiamat (Wizards of the Coast)

[h=4]Best Blog[/h]
ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
DMDavid Blog
Gnome Stew
House Rule Gaming
NERD TREK

[h=4]Best Cartography[/h]
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
Distant Outposts Deluxe Poster Map Set (Christopher West’s Maps of Mastery)
Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
Ninth World Guidebook (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

[h=4]Best Electronic Book[/h]
Dragon Age Core RuleBook (Green Ronin Publishing)
Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 (Pelgrane Press)
Cake Walk (Fabled Environments)
Valiant Universe RPG Digital Initiative (Catalyst Game Labs)

[h=4]Best Family Game[/h]
Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)
D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)
Infestation, An RPG of Bugs and Heroes (Third Eye Games)
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Limited Edition Anniversary Rulebook (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
Adventure Maximus RPG Starter Set (Eden Studios)

[h=4]Best Free Product[/h]
Valiant RPG Digital Initiative (Catalyst Game Labs)
Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Arrowdown (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
13th Age: The Archmage’s Orrery (Pelgrane Press)
East Texas University: Redneckromancer (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

[h=4]Best Game[/h]
D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Firefly Roleplaying Game (Margaret Weis Productions)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)

[h=4]Best Miniatures Product[/h]
Gen Con Adventurer’s Tavern – Painted (Games and Gears)
D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters (WizKids)
Fantasy Pirate Goblin Lieutnant 28mm Miniature (Via Ludibunda)
Pathfinder Pawns: Inner Sea Pawn Box (Paizo Inc.)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit (Privateer Press)

[h=4]Best Monster/Adversary[/h]
D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
13th Age Bestiary (Pelgrane Press)
The Strange Bestiary (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon (Privateer Press)
Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

[h=4]Best Podcast[/h]
Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
Miskatonic University Podcast
Translating the Strange
NPC Cast
Grim Dark Podcast

[h=4]Best Production Values[/h]
Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit (Privateer Press)
Shadowrun: Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware (Catalyst Game Labs)

[h=4]Best RPG Related Product[/h]
Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions)
Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It (Mad Norwegian Press)
Shadowrun: Crossfire (Catalyst Game Labs)
Temple of Elemental Evil (WizKids)
Doctor Who: The Card Game 2nd Edition (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)

[h=4]Best Rules[/h]
D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space) (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
At the Hands of an Angry God (BlackWyrm Games)
Monster of the Week (Evil Hat Productions)

[h=4]Best Setting[/h]
The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris (Pelgrane Press)

[h=4]Best Software[/h]
Roll20 (Roll 20)
D&D Complete Core Monster Pack for Fantasy Grounds (SmiteWorks USA LLC)
Hero Lab (Lone Wolf Development)
Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack (Syrinscape)
Eclipse Phase: Singularity Character Generator (Posthuman Studios & Snow Dog Labs)

[h=4]Best Supplement[/h]
D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide (Wizards of the Coast)
Pathfinder RPG: Pathfinder Unchained (Paizo Inc.)
Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
Shadowrun: Run Faster (Catalyst Game Labs)

[h=4]Best Website[/h]
Tabletop Audio
Adventureaweek
Age of Ravens
The Escapist
The Illuminerdy

[h=4]Best Writing[/h]
Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 by Kenneth Hite (Pelgrane Press)
D&D Player’s Handbook by Jeremy Crawford, James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce R. Cordell (Wizards of the Coast)
The Strange by Monte Cook, Bruce R. Cordell (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
A Red & Pleasant Land by Zak S (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry by Shannon Appelcline (Evil Hat Productions)

[h=4]Product of the Year[/h]
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover (Privateer Press)
Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions) Firefly Roleplaying Game (Margaret Weis Productions)
Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space) (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

[h=4]Judges' Spotlight[/h]
Each judge chooses one product which they feel deserves highlighting. These are not ENnie nominations, but they are products which deserve recognition.

Annah Madrinan: Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing (Libraries Unlimited)
Stacy Muth: Wicked Lies and Alibis (Imaginary Empire)
Jakub Nowosad: Posthuman Pathways (Genesis of Legend Publishing)
Kayra Keri Kupcu: Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics (Margaret Weis Productions)
Kurt Wiegel: East Texas University (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
 
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InkwellIdeas

Explorer
Publisher
Thank you ENnies judges and congratulations fellow nominees! Inkwell Ideas is of course very proud to be nominated for our DungeonMorph Dice: Explorer Set. (Mini connectable dungeon designs on 1" dice.) These are improved versions of our prior dice which have fewer defects (which is hard to do with so much detail) and a nicer stonework pattern. We also revised our Adventurer and Spellunker dice sets, but only submitted the Explorer set for nomination.

Because we're a small company and haven't been able to get into many stores (hopefully that's changing) we need help to get the word out and let you see what they are all about. Therefore, we've made the matching print-them-yourself cards pay-what-you-want at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. (It has all the designs from all three sets of dice.)

And if you want to buy the dice, use the coupon code "ennies2015" to get 10% off your purchase (which offsets shipping--you'll still pay a bit extra for shipping if you order one set, but if you order 2+ you'll come out ahead depending on where you live) and we'll also include a random bonus die with each set you order. (You'll get 6 dice per set instead of 5.)

If you plan to vote, please look at the pay-what-you-want version of the cards even if you purchase them for $0. (We'll trade Karma, hopefully.)

And within the month (by GenCon) we'll have our new city, ruins, and village versions of the dice and cards.
 

fireinthedust

Explorer
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Wow, barely any mention of Paizo. Way to stick it to the man!

...Paizo is "the man"? Geez, the pendulum has swung far from WOTC.


I'm hoping the small publishers get some love this year. All the art on the titles is fantastic. I'm going to have a hard time selecting the titles to vote for.

Glorantha's two-volume encyclopedia is the most detailed I've seen since Wilderlands of High Fantasy. Is this a setting that's been in video games? I'm a bit behind on settings, and I'll have to do some research.
 

T

TDarien

Guest
Looks like PotA just barely missed being eligible, which is a shame.
 


Kor

First Post
Does someone over there not like Paizo? Did people forget that Fantasy Flight Games makes some excellent roleplaying games as well? I can think of many Paizo products that not only should be in most of these categories, but would also likely be the winner of their categories. Its odd that most every D&D product has been nominated, however Paizo makes 10 times the amount of supplements and products. Here's a couple areas where I just don't understand the nominations:

Best Adventure: Paizo's Adventure Paths continue to be some of the highest quality adventures the industry has ever seen. Compare any of these to the Queen of the Dragon Hoard which is just an average product at best (any adventure product that requires you to create adventure material to link up parts of their story is just sad -- many GM's buy these adventures so they don't have to spend a lot of time preparing and creating material). Additionally, Paizo has many great and high quality Adventure Modules which they create monthly.

Best Supplement: Paizo and Fantasy Flight, monthly continue banging out excellent high quality game supplement after game supplement. Yet, D&D gets their DM screen there? Seriously? This screen has 2.5 pages of content spread across 4 pages. Half of this content is irrelevant or seldom used content that could have been replaced with more frequently used content (i.e. Skill summaries/details, weapon tables, action summaries/details -- you know... all the stuff we are constantly looking up every play session). Sure the screen is "pretty looking", but there's better categories for it, if it's in there only for it's appearance.

Best Art Interior & Cover: Again, D&D is in both, but Paizo and FFG are no where to be seen, although their products are stuffed full of high quality art! Something doesn't sound right here?

Best Miniatures Product: D&D/WizKids' Icons of the Realms. Paizo's/WizKids' Pathfinder Battles pre-painted miniatures (ppm) product is far superior in every way. Better sculpts, and far more paint steps applied to their miniatures than on the D&D line. Paizo's quality control on their ppm's is second to none! Don't get me wrong, I think D&D's ppm's should be here, but Paizo's should have been on this list before D&D's. Paizo's exclusion from this category alone makes me wonder, "Has WotC paid someone off at ENWorld"?

Best RPG Related Product: Again, why is D&D here, and Paizo and FFG are not? WotC put out about 8 products last year, and they are all included in these categories. FFG put out over triple that in roleplaying products, and Paizo was likely put out 5x or more products.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not bashing the D&D products in general. 5th edition is a great product and provided the re-invigoration to the D&D brand that it needed, and it most certainly deserves to be in the Best Rules category. I can also appreciate that every category should not be dominated by all of the top 3-5 publishers. There are a lot of great products being made by smaller publishers, and I think many of the nominations above reflect that. I just don't understand how out of the top 3 publishers (Paizo, FFG, WotC), only 1 is consistently included in most of the categories yet the others are almost purposely excluded. This seems very odd to me.
 
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Phaide

First Post
Paizo is the man, if you base it on them winning year after year in multiple categories. I'm not calling this a snub but it could be.
 

The Numenera character options book continue to be one of the best supplement I bought in the last decade.

That being said, I enjoy the rather eclectic choices in the various categories.
 



M.L. Martin

Adventurer
Glorantha's two-volume encyclopedia is the most detailed I've seen since Wilderlands of High Fantasy. Is this a setting that's been in video games? I'm a bit behind on settings, and I'll have to do some research.
It's been in a video game and some board games, but is most famous for being the foundation for the first two editions of Runequest and has moved through several other systems since then. It's also the oldest RPG setting still in production, AFAIK.
 



Allensh

First Post
so let me get this straight...you nominated for an ENnie a fan-made Mass Effect game that is a massive copyright violation, uses images from the game without the permission of EA, in lieu of something made by a legitimate publisher? Bad form. You just gave the metaphorical finger to the industry that supports you!
 

Dahak

Explorer
so let me get this straight...you nominated for an ENnie a fan-made Mass Effect game that is a massive copyright violation, uses images from the game without the permission of EA, in lieu of something made by a legitimate publisher? Bad form. You just gave the metaphorical finger to the industry that supports you!
While I question the inclusion of the Mass Effect RPG if the author does not have EA's permission (do we know if that's the case?), I sincerely hope you are not a publisher after that rude, offensive comment about fan publishing. If so, you just gave a bigger finger to fans.

I honestly believe fan work sold more copies of the Savage Worlds rulebook in its early days than Evernight or (the admittedly excellent) 50 Fathoms did. I don't know you from Adam, but I question your authority on publishing legitimacy.
 

While I question the inclusion of the Mass Effect RPG if the author does not have EA's permission (do we know if that's the case?), I sincerely hope you are not a publisher after that rude, offensive comment about fan publishing. If so, you just gave a bigger finger to fans.

I honestly believe fan work sold more copies of the Savage Worlds rulebook in its early days than Evernight or (the admittedly excellent) 50 Fathoms did. I don't know you from Adam, but I question your authority on publishing legitimacy.
From my reading, you're mistaking his complaint (although I could also be wrong.)

My reading of his point is twofold: a) the product in question doesn't have permission to use the copyrights and trademarks it is using (as seems to be the case as another publisher who pursued the license pointed out that the video game publisher has zero interest in such a product existing) and thus should not qualify on that basis alone and b) the ENnies are perceived as an industry award process (I don't actually know what their official stance is on fan made materials, and I imagine most other people don't either, which is why I'm saying it is "perceived" as an industry awards process) and that putting in fan made material bumps a publisher (who usually spends money getting their product into consideration for the awards.)

I didn't read his complaint to mean "fan content? Eeeeeeeew."

My personal opinion on the latter point is that there should be a fan product category, at best, if they are to be included rather than mingling them with industry products. There are, after all, reasons why award shows in other entertainment industries don't mix "fan" and "industry" products for the same awards.
 

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