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Congratulations to the 2020 ENnies Nominees

The ENnies announced their slate of nominees for 2020 today! Here's the full list!

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Judges’ Spotlight Winners
  • Benjamin AdelmanSleepaway, Author: Jay Dragon
  • Rachel CampbellGlitter Hearts, Leatherman Games, Author: Greg Leatherman
  • Christopher Gath Refractions in Glasston, Chaosium Inc., Authors: Taylor University PWR Press, Sam Guinsatao, Carson Jacobs, T.R. Knight, Joy Lemont, Elijah Oates, Rayce Patterson, Emily Pawlowski, J. Tucker White
  • Shauna RatliffKnarls Candy Compendium, Authors: Makenzie De Armas, Levi Phipps
  • James Surano Hit the Streets, Defend the Block, Lost Highway Games, Author: Rich Rogers
Best Adventure
  • A Pound of Flesh, Tuesday Knight Games, Authors: Donn Stroud, Sean McCoy, Luke Gearing
  • Book of Seasons: Solstices, Jessica Marcrum Writes, Authors: A. Kelly Lane, Alicia Furness, Alison Huang, Ally Sulentic, Annamyriah de Jong, Cat Evans, Collette Quach, Jacky Leung, Jamie O’Duibhir, Jessica Marcrum, Jessica Ross, Jessica Washburn, Kristina Sisto Kindel, Lynne M. Meyer, Ma’At Crook, Miranda Mels, Nemo Bueno, Oliver Clegg, Samantha Lavender, TK Johnson
  • Killer Kobolds from Outer Space, Oliver Clegg, Author: Oliver Clegg
  • The Halls of Arden Vul Complete, Expeditious Retreat Press, Author: Richard Barton
  • Trilemma Adventures Compendium Vol 1, Trilemma Adventures, Authors: Michael Prescott, Evey Lockhart, Kira Magrann, Michael Atlin, Sean Winslow, Skerples, Stephanie Bryant, Tim Groth
Best Aid/Accessory
Best Art, Cover
Best Art, Interior
Best Cartography
Best Electronic Book
Best Family Game / Product
Best Free Game / Product
Best Game
Best Layout and Design
Best Monster/Adversary
Best Online Content
Best Organized Play
Best Podcast
Best Production Values
Best RPG Related Product
Best Rules
Best Setting
Best Supplement
Best Writing
Product of the Year
 
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Birmy

Adventurer
I backed both Thousand Year Old Vampire and Witch + Craft! Clearly I am a trendsetter and taste-maker! Invest in squints at list of Kickstarter projects Eyra kicthen utensils for older hands and wrists for 2021 ENnies!
 

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billd91

Hobbit on Quest
On a more serious note, Massif Press says "until further clarity around why they gave a top award in 2017 to an rpg product that features a 'berry orgy' scene with violent sexual assault that is referred to on dtrpg by the publisher as 'simply ridiculous' we will not be accepting any ENnies"
Because the panel of judges nominated it and the members of the gaming community who cared enough to participate in the voting actually voted for it? Just a guess.

Honestly, it's like democracy. It works in proportion to how much work you put into it. Didn't like the outcome of the vote? Get involved next time around and remedy it.

If Massif Press doesn't understand how it got the award, maybe they should talk to the judges about why they, as a panel, nominated it.
 


Corrosive

Adventurer
Supporter
Because the panel of judges nominated it and the members of the gaming community who cared enough to participate in the voting actually voted for it? Just a guess.

Honestly, it's like democracy. It works in proportion to how much work you put into it. Didn't like the outcome of the vote? Get involved next time around and remedy it.

If Massif Press doesn't understand how it got the award, maybe they should talk to the judges about why they, as a panel, nominated it.
Would be a different panel of judges anyway. ENnies staff are just volunteer vote counters. Don't shout at the vote counters!
 

Gradine

Final Form
Yeah, it definitely calls into question the tastes and sensibilities if the judges responsible for that year... it definitely gives me pause to vote for any judges in the future who were there for that.

The votes themselves I'm less concerned or surprised about. The OSR crowd was always out in force at voting time and LotFP was a particular crowd favorite, for... some reason, anyway.

Raising a stink about it at Morrus now is definitely a situation of too little, too late, though. I don't remember there being much of a stink raised about it then, which is... curious to say the least. It certainly begs the question as to what extent, if any, these qualities (racism, misogyny) would convince Morrus to act and personally disqualify a nominee (if he even had that power, which I assume but am not sure of). I could definitely see both sides of that argument; maintaining the integrity of the event and the award process vs maintaining the integrity of the ENWorld brand by allowing such a nominee to proudly display the Ennie nomination/award.

Regardless, AFAIK Zak S was never stripped of his past awards, and if that never happened there's certainly not going to be anything happening with this adventure.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
I don't think Morrus retains any authority over the Ennies, and if memory serves, that is by intent. Complaints can probably be directed at their business manager via ennie-awards.com.

I'm sure they received many requests to strip Zak S of his awards, but they made it clear they aren't going to since they don't want that stain to also apply to any of the other people who worked on those products and contributed to the accolades those products received.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
Looking at the Ennies list on their own site, looks like Massif's Lancer is out of the running and been replaced on the nom list. So I guess they withdrew their submission.
 

But they submittted their game to the awards? Why?
Because there's more than one person involved in making Lancer. The person who submitted has gone on record as saying that about all he knew about the ENnies was that they happened at Origins and were an RPG award.

As for Blood In The Chocolate, the adventure has been disavowed by its own writer, who has apologised for writing it.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Raising a stink about it at Morrus now is definitely a situation of too little, too late, though. I don't remember there being much of a stink raised about it then, which is... curious to say the least. It certainly begs the question as to what extent, if any, these qualities (racism, misogyny) would convince Morrus to act and personally disqualify a nominee (if he even had that power, which I assume but am not sure of). I could definitely see both sides of that argument; maintaining the integrity of the event and the award process vs maintaining the integrity of the ENWorld brand by allowing such a nominee to proudly display the Ennie nomination/award.
I'm not involved with the ENnies and haven't been for some time. EN World is not involved with them, either.
 


MGibster

Hero
I feel like either I'm seriously out of touch here as I haven't heard of the majority of the games/products nominated. It reminds me of the Oscars, all these movies nominated but I haven't seen any of them.
 


I feel like either I'm seriously out of touch here as I haven't heard of the majority of the games/products nominated. It reminds me of the Oscars, all these movies nominated but I haven't seen any of them.
This is a good opportunity to put the ones that look good to you on your long term shopping list. I'm probably going to pick up Thousand Year Old Vampire at some point, for instance, based on this post.
 

Eltab

Hero
I saw the EnWorld threads for Dragons Conquer America and was intrigued. I'm glad to see it was nominated, albeit for a field I did not expect.
Congrats and good luck !
 

GrahamWills

Adventurer
If you haven't checked out Thousand Year Old Vampire, I'd strongly suggest considering it. It's a solo (journaling) RPG that I found works mechanically well, produces a compelling narrative and is strongly atmospheric. It's been a ton of fun for me during lockdown as a solo activity and it has great production values.

Here's a review from a mostly board-game review company I like and trust: Shut Up & Sit Down - Thousand Year Old Vampire

And here's my completed journal for my first vampire, Bryn: http://willsfamily.org/files/rpg/misc/Bryn - Thosand Year Old Vampire.pdf

Spoiler: he doesn't quite make it to 1000.
 


Honestly, Thousand Year Old Vampire sounds like it tackles the stuff I had hoped Vampire: The Masquerade would, but which was never quite interested in. (Although the Thin-Blooded sourcebook, released shortly before they attempted to end the original VtM line, came close in the horror aspects. But that relies on fin de siècle vibes that are hard to conjure up nowadays. Our rolling apocalypse has a very different flavor.)
 

Plane Sailing

Astral Admin - Mwahahaha!
As you might guess from my handle here, I’m Alex of Plane Sailing Games, and I’m delighted to be one of the nominees for “Best Game”.

If you’d like to find out a little more about the game, the subject matter and the incredibly brave women who inspired it, I’ve got a whole bunch of resources on my website here: A Cool and Lonely Courage

Simple rules that allow us to tell emotionally complex stories about some largely unsung heroes of WW2. The only sphere on the western front where women were trained for combat operations. The average operational expectancy for the radio operators of the SOE was six weeks.

The game allows you to tell stories of heartbreak and courage in awful circumstances. I’d love it if the ENnies nomination encouraged more people to check it out!

Thanks
 

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