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
 
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Comments

imagineGod

Explorer
"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.
 

dalisprime

Explorer
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.
 

Aldarc

Adventurer
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!
 

hawkeyefan

Adventurer
Congrats to all the nominees! I have to look into a few of these games.

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.
 

Celebrim

Legend
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.
 

Aldarc

Adventurer
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.
 

JeffB

Hero
Glad to see The Book of Ages get some love. A phenomenal resource/book of inspiration/toolkit for DMs of any edition or setting.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
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!
 

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