Congratulations to the 2017 ENnie Award Nominees!

It's that time of year again - the time where we announce the year's nominees for the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards! The judges have deliberated, and selected their nominees for each of the below categories. Congratulations go to all of the 2017 ENnie Award Nominees. Public voting will take place this year from July 11th - July 21st, and the awards will be presented as always at Gen Con!

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Judges’ Spotlight Winners

Rippers Resurrected (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)– Stacy Muth
The Ninja Crusade 2e (Third Eye Games)– Jakub Nowosad
Tales from the Yawning Portal (Wizards of the Coast)– Kayra Keri Küpçü
Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Free League Publishing)– Kurt Wiegel
Broodmother Skyfortress (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)- Reece Carter

Best Adventure

Dragon's Hoard (Green Ronin)
Doors to Darkness (Chaosium)
The Edom Files (Pelgrane Press)
The Things We Leave Behind (Stygian Fox Publishing)
Blood in the Chocolate (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

Best Aid/Accessory

13th Age Icon Tokens (Campaign Coins)
Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns (Kobold Press)
Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack (Midnight Syndicate)
Call of Cthulhu - Keeper's Screen Pack (Chaosium)
Pirate Coins (Norse Foundry, LLC)

Best Art, Cover

7th Sea: Pirate Nations (John Wick Presents)
Call of Cthulhu - Investigator Handbook (Chaosium)
Rifts®: Savage Foes of North America (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Blue Rose: The AGE RPG of Romantic Fantasy (Green Ronin)
Torment: Tides of Numenera -- The Explorer's Guide (Monte Cook Games)

Best Art, Interior

Baby Bestiary Handbook Vol 2 (Metal Weave Games)
Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (Free League Publishing)
S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors (Chaosium)
Gods of the Fall (Monte Cook Games)
Polaris RPG - Core Rulebooks 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Black Book Editions)

Best Blog

Loot the Room
Age of Ravens
Gnome Stew: The Gaming Blog
Cyclopedia
dicegeeks

Best Cartography

7th Sea: Map of Théah (John Wick Presents)
Rifts®: North America + Castle Refuge Poster Map (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Torment: Tides of Numenera -- The Explorer's Guide (Monte Cook Games)
Call of Cthulhu - Keeper's Screen Pack (Chaosium)
The Cursed Chateau (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

Best Electronic Book

The Things We Leave Behind (Stygian Fox Publishing)
Spirit of 77 -- A Very Special Episode: Masterpiece 77 (Monkeyfun Studios)
The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark (All Rolled Up)
Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure (DIY RPG Productions)
Fragment (Imaginary Empire)

Best Family Game

Bubblegumshoe (Evil Hat)
Masks: A New Generation (Magpie Games)
Epyllion: A Dragon Epic (Magpie Games)
Space Pirates the Musical (Orcs Unlimited)
Little Heroes (Mystical Throne Entertainment)

Best Free Product

7th Sea: Basic Rules (John Wick Presents)
City of Mist - Free PDF Starter Set (Son of Oak Game Studio)
Santa is Dead(In Search of Games)
Free RPG Day Flipbook - Swords Against the Dead and The Van Helsing Letter (Pelgrane Press)
Rockerboys & Vending Machines (Encoded Designs)

Best Game
Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (Free League Publishing)
7th Sea: Core Rulebook (John Wick Presents)
Timewatch (Pelgrane Press)
Bubblegumshoe (Evil Hat)
Sins of the Father (Third Eye Games)

Best Miniature Product

D&D Icons of the Realms: Adventurers' Campsite Premium Set (WizKids)
Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish: Servitors of Nyarlathotep (Modiphius Entertainment)
Gen Con Legends Miniature Series - Ranger (Games & Gears)
Pathfinder Pawns: Villain Codex Box (Paizo Publishing)
Dungeons & Dragons: Molzur's Marvelous Miniatures (WizKids)

Best Monster/Adversary

Atlas of Earth-Prime (Green Ronin)
Eclipse Phase: X-Risks (Posthumans Studio)
S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors (Chaosium)
Veins of the Earth (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Fantasy AGE Bestiary (Green Ronin)

Best Podcast

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
+1 Forward - A Podcast Powered by the Apocalypse
Spellburn
How to be Great Gamemaster
RPG Academy

Best Production Values

Faith: A Garden in Hell - Starter Set (Burning Games)
Call of Cthulhu - 7th Edition Slipcase Set (Chaosium)
Polaris RPG - Core Rulebooks 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Black Book Editions)
Unknown Armies Deluxe Set (Atlas Games)
Baby Bestiary, Collector's Edition (Metal Weave Games)

Best RPG Related Product

Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book (Chaosium)
The ABCs of RPGs (Hunter Books)
Cinema + Sorcery (Green Ronin)
Dark Deeds (Games & Gears)
Kaiju Incorporated Card Game (Evil Hat)

Best Rules

7th Sea: Core Rulebook (John Wick Presents)
Rifts®: Game Master Handbook (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Adventures in Middle-Earth Player's Guide (Cubicle 7 Entertainment)
Veins of the Earth (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Bubblegumshoe (Evil Hat)

Best Setting

Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (Free League Publishing)
Torment: Tides of Numenera -- The Explorer's Guide (Monte Cook Games)
Atlas of Earth-Prime (Green Ronin)
The Dark Eye: Aventuria Almanac (Ulisses North America)
Polaris RPG - Core Rulebooks 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Black Book Editions)

Best Supplement

The One Ring - Horse-Lords of Rohan(Cubicle 7 Entertainment)
Pulp Cthulhu (Chaosium)
Symbaroum - Advanced Player's Guide (Järnringen)
Cosmic Handbook (Green Ronin)
7th Sea: Pirate Nations (John Wick Presents)

Best Website

Tribality
Tabletop Audio
Adventureaweek.com
Elven Tower, RPG articles and cartography website
Dungeon Channel

Best Writing

The Book of Changing Years (Pelgrane Press)
Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (Free League Publishing)
Unknown Armies Deluxe Set (Atlas Games)
Veins of the Earth (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
The One Ring - Horse-Lords of Rohan (Cubicle 7 Entertainment)

Product of the Year

Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (Free League Publishing)
Veins of the Earth (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Bubblegumshoe (Evil Hat)
Polaris RPG - Core Rulebooks 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition (Black Book Editions)
7th Sea: Core Rulebook (John Wick Presents)
Rifts®: Game Master Handbook (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Doors to Darkness (Chaosium)
Torment: Tides of Numenera -- The Explorer's Guide (Monte Cook Games)
Timewatch (Pelgrane Press)
Atlas of Earth-Prime (Green Ronin)

Congratulations again to all the nominees! You can see the full list of submitted products for 2017 here.
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Comments

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I am not familiar with all of the products that were nominated, but I felt that Volos was an exceptionally good product and am very surprise to not see it nominated for anything.

On the other hand, I don't take these things too seriously. The main reason I even read the nominations and winners is that it may give me ideas of new products to try that I might not have thought about otherwise.
 

Zak S

Guest
I think at this point though, LotFP stuff and related supplements have stopped being "indie"
LotFP is literally one guy: James Raggi.

The fact that he puts out the best-looking books and they win lots of awards doesn't mean he's suddenly not indie.

Indie is not a synonym for "bad".
 

Piratecat

Writing Fantasy Gumshoe!
TimeWatch is up for Best Game and Product of the Year, with Book of Changing Years up for Best Writing, and I'm flabbergasted. Very, very grateful.
 
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Cam Banks

Explorer
You could fill entire threads with hundreds of posts of people arguing about the definition of "indie." Instead, it's possibly better to suggest that James has had remarkable mainstream success with LOTFP and his published backlist is on shelves alongside products put out by many other companies.

Also, "remarkable mainstream success" is kind of a low bar in some cases given how this isn't exactly an industry that makes people millionaires.

Cheers,
Cam
 

Cam Banks

Explorer
Also: hooray for Best Writing and Best Production Values nods for Unknown Armies! We're all very happy to be recognized for that here at tiny little Atlas Games.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
[MENTION=1]Morrus[/MENTION] , John Harper's Blades in the Dark not eligible this year?
I’ve no idea offhand. You’d have to look at its release date and the 2017 submission period. There’s a link to a list of all submitted products at the bottom of the article
 

Zak S

Guest
You could fill entire threads with hundreds of posts of people arguing about the definition of "indie."
Yes and any of them who argued one nonrich guy in Finland publishing books by himself isn't "indie" would be wrong and the people arguing he was pretty much the definition of indie would be right.


Instead, it's possibly better to suggest that James has had remarkable mainstream success with LOTFP and his published backlist is on shelves alongside products put out by many other companies.
"Instead"? That doesn't make sense.

Whether James has been successful or not doesn't address whether he's an Indie publisher.

And this is important to point out because...

...for years and years Indie publishers larger than James at Lamentations of the Flame Princes by far have been underpaying freelancers and cheating customers with generic art, bad information design, careless writing, and unadventurous and unoriginal content and justifying it on the grounds that "Oh we can't do any better, we're a small press".

The fact that LotFP more than competes with WOTC in terms of quality and payrate while being literally as small as a press can get in terms of personnel on staff changes the game.

And freelancers and fans should know the game has been changed and demand better than they've been getting from the bigger indies.
 
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JediSoth

Semi-Professional Author
[MENTION=1]Morrus[/MENTION] , John Harper's Blades in the Dark not eligible this year?
A quick glance at the website shows that it didn't start shipping until about mid-May. Products had to have been published by April 30th, 2017 to be eligible. Blades in the Dark is eligible for next year, should they choose to submit it.
 

Cam Banks

Explorer
Yes and any of them who argued one nonrich guy in Finland publishing books by himself isn't "indie" would be wrong and the people arguing he was pretty much the definition of indie would be right.
Nobody in this business is rich. In fact, this is why James' success is notable and why the claim that he is no longer indie is so common to many gamers - he's able to hire freelancers and artists and cartographers and layout and carry out marketing in the form of hardcover books to be given away as part of Free RPG Day, on top of all of the other expenses. You might not be surprised to hear it but many would, and that's that a great many RPG publishers are just one or two guys and gals and a ton of freelancers and artists.

So you're preaching to the choir, here. However, as I said, the conversation about what's indie and what isn't has and does literally take up thousands of posts on forums based on all kinds of opinions from people both ignorant to the publishing world and those who aren't. So instead of having that conversation, and instead of quibbling about whether LOTFP is indie or not, better to celebrate that people are getting such a ridiculously broad selection of games of all types and that these are being recognized in the media and at tables and online play forums around the world, AND that people like James are finally paying people better wages for their work.

Cheers,
Cam
 

Piratecat

Writing Fantasy Gumshoe!
A quick glance at the website shows that it didn't start shipping until about mid-May. Products had to have been published by April 30th, 2017 to be eligible. Blades in the Dark is eligible for next year, should they choose to submit it.
I sure hope he does; it's superb.
 

LordEntrails

Adventurer
How many consecutive years are judges allowed to serve?
Forever, if they keep getting nominated.

IMO, I would like to see some sort of rotation. It's invaluable to have judges who have done the job before, but it is also just as important to keep having new judges. That said, I don't know what the turnover rate for judges is or how long some of them have been around. So my concerns may be unfounded.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Forever, if they keep getting nominated.

IMO, I would like to see some sort of rotation. It's invaluable to have judges who have done the job before, but it is also just as important to keep having new judges. That said, I don't know what the turnover rate for judges is or how long some of them have been around. So my concerns may be unfounded.
There is currently a term limit in place as of 2017.
 

EonTrinity

Visitor
A great list this year, like every year!


There were a few surprises for me this year.


I was really glad to see Timewatch on the list. That is such a gem.


I was also really surprised to see that Coriolis didn't make the Interior Art list, as it is one of the most beautiful RPG books I have ever seen.


As always, well done. Love seeing the Ennies every year!


ET
 

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