The ENnies Announces 2022 Nominees

The ENnies tabletop RPG awards has announced the nominees for 2022.

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Here's the full announcement from the ENnies!


Our intrepid judges spent 10 months reviewing all product that were submitted to come to this final list of five in each category. Thank you Amelia, Di, Christopher, Salim, and Shiny for all your hard work! Final voting will take place from July 15th-24th.


Judges Spotlight Winners​

Amelia Antrim– Dwelling, Good Luck Press
Author: Seb Pines

Di – Stack of Goblins, CobblePath Games
Author: James Milton

Christopher Gath – Shanty Hunters, Molten Sulfur Press
Author: Tristan Zimmerman

Salim Hakima – Kobold Guide to Monsters, Kobold Press
Authors: Monte Cook, Wolfgang Baur, Mike Mason, Crystal Frasier, Mike Shea, Shanna Germain, Steve Winter, and many more

Christian (Shiny) O’Brien – Wickedness, Possum Creek Games
Author: M Veselak


Best Adventure​

Extraction From Demon-naughty word Cleveland 1996, MegaCorp Games
Author: Logan Dean

HARK! Says the Frog Magus
Author
: Diwata ng Manila

Odd Jobs, MacGuffin & Co.
Authors: Sasha Sienna & Johathan Sims

The Troubleshooters – The U-Boat Mystery, Helmgast
Author: Krister Sundelin

Uncaged: Goddesses, Unseelie Studios
Authors: Amber Litke, Anthony Beal, Arnout Brokking, Cat Evans, D.E. Chaudron, Dylan Ramsey, Garrett Colón, Grady Wang, Isla Lader, Jackie Yang, Jesse Heinig, Jessica Marcrum, Karren Loomer, Laurie O’Connel, Lee Morgan, Margaret Mae, Matthew Campbell, Michael Reid, Nina Nicole, Sadie Lowry, Steffie de Vaan, Theo Thourson


Best Aid/Accessory – Digital​

Call of Cthulhu 3D Digital Gamer Props – Masks of Nyarlathotep, TYPE40
HEXROLL, Pen, Dice & Paper
MÖRK BORG Digital Monster Generator, Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games
Tales of Xadia: The Dragon Prince Roleplaying Game Digital Toolset, Fandom, Inc.
The Goblin’s Notebook, The Goblin


Best Aid/Accessory – Non – Digital​

Call of Cthulhu Classic Prop Set, H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
City of Mist: Crime Board Map, Son of Oak Game Studio
Fate Accessibility Toolkit, Evil Hat Productions
The Metropolis: Core Set, Son of Oak Game Studio
Tome of Summoning: Archmage Royal Bundle, Tome of Summoning, LLC


Best Art, Cover​

Click here to see the nominees collage

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell
Artist: Nich Angell

Lore of Aetherra: The Lost Druid, Alchemy RPG & Hit Point Press
Artist: Stu Harrington

Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Evil Hat Productions
Artist: Kanesha C. Bryant

Uncaged: Goddesses, Unseelie Studios
Artist: Gwen Bassett

Wanderhome, Possum Creek Games
Artist: Ruby Lavin


Best Art, Interior​

Click here to see the nominees collage

Historia – Dark Fantasy Renaissance Setting for 5e, Mana Project Studio
Artists: Alberto Besi, Andrea Tentori Montalto, Angelo Peluso, Antonio De Luca, Daniela Giubellini, Daniele Solimene, Domenico Cava, Edoardo Campagnolo, Fabio Porfidia, Federica Costantini, Giulio Perozziello, Imma Botti, Mauro

The One Ring RPG, Second Edition, Free League Publishing
Artists: Martin Grip, Alvaro Tapia, Jan Pospíšil, Niklas Brandt, Henrik Rosenborg, Antonio De Luca, Federica Costantini, Luca Sotgiu, Daniele Sorrentino, Melissa Spandri, Giuditta Betti

Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Evil Hat Productions
Artists: Kanesha C. Bryant, Hannah Templer, Avery Andruszkiewicz, Chelsea Geter, Faith Schaffer, Kiku Hughes, Marty Tina G., Naomi Castro, Ryan Kingdom, Trivia Fox

Uncaged: Goddesses, Unseelie Studios
Artists: Alaire Racicot, Alex Niederberger, Amelia Ng, Angela O’Hara, Beatriz F. Valverde, Cecilia Nesti, David Markiwsky, DW Dagon, Elaine Ho, Fernando Salvaterra, Flo Young, Gretchen Meinzen, Gwen Bassett, H. “Ink” Kugler, Herman Lau, Jeong Kim, Kari Kawachi, Kata Kemi, Kendal Gates, Lore Evans, Maartje Heere, Margarita Bourkova, Mike Pape, Mina Dupont-Issalys, Morrighan Corbel, Nala J. Wu, Reid Aster, Sabaa Bismil, Saga Mackenzie, Samara Lee, Sejuti Bala, Sonya Henar, William Hallett

Wanderhome, Possum Creek Games
Artist: Ruby Lavin


Best Cartography​

City of Mist: Crime Board Map, Son of Oak Game Studio
Steffen Brand

Czepeku Maps Collection, Czepeku Ltd
Cze and Peku

HandyMaps: Dungeons, Caves & Strange Locales, MonkeyBlood Design & Publishing
Glynn Seal

KULT: Labyrinths & Secret Chambers, Helmgast
Andreas Ruu Viklund, Fredik Toreblad, Roplans, Petter Nallo, Anita Siastra

Scarlet Citadel Map Folio, Kobold Press
Jon Pintar


Best Electronic Book​

A Complicated Profession, AlwaysCheckers Publishing
Author: Jason Price

Anamnesis with Designers Commentary, Blinking Birch Games
Author: Samantha Leigh

One Night Strahd, Hedra Group
Authors: Jake Kurzer, Adam Seats, Evangeline Gallagher

The Lazy DM’s Companion, Sly Flourish
Author: Michael E. Shea

The Tomb of Black Sand VTT Digital Deluxe, Swordfish Islands, LLC
Authors: Jacob Hurst, Donnie Garcia


Best Family Game / Product​

Babes in the Wood, World Champ Game Co
Author: Adam Vass

Good Strong Hands, NerdBurger Games
Author: Craig Campbell

Laser Ponies (2nd Edition), Hex Games
Author: Leighton Connor

Questlings: RPG, Letiman Games, LLC
Authors: Banana Chan, Tim Devine

Wanderhome, Possum Creek Games
Author: Jay Dragon


Best Free Game / Product​

Auld Sanguine: A Vampire: The Masquerade New Year’s Eve Story, Renegade Game Studios
Author: Eddy Webb

Champions Begins, Hero Games
Author: The Hero Fan Base

Extraction From Demon-naughty word Cleveland 1996 MegaCorp Games
Author: Logan Dean

The 2021 Level 1 Anthology, 9th Level Games
Authors: Adam Bell, Whitney Delaglio, Michael Faulk, Zane Graves, Josh Hittie, Tim Hutchings, N. Maxwell Lander, Mara Li, Tim McCracken, Nat Mesnard, Dawn Metcalf, RK Payne, Lysa Penrose, Helena Real, Jack Rosetree, Starshine Scribbles, Joel Salda, Alexi Sargeant, Scott Uhls, and Max V.

Worlds Beyond The Infernal Breach, Mundos Infinitos
Author: Benjamín Aníbal Reyna


Best Game​

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell
Author: Nich Angell

Root: The RPG, Magpie Games
Authors: Brendan Conway, Mark Diaz Truman, Sarah Doom, Marissa Kelly, Miguel Ángel Espinoza

The Troubleshooters, Helmgast
Author: Krister Sundelin

Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Evil Hat Productions
Author: April Kit Walsh

Wise Women, Aleksandra Brokman
Author: Aleksandra Brokman


Best Layout and Design​

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20: Gamemaster’s Guide, Modiphius Entertainment

Delta Green: Impossible Landscapes, Arc Dream Publishing
Dennis Detwiller, Stephen Buck, Shane Ivey

NOVA, Gila RPGs
Julie-Anne Muñoz & Spencer Campbell

Putrescence Regnant, Exalted Funeral Press

Voidheart Symphony, Rowan, Rook and Decard
Minerva McJanda


Best Monster/Adversary​

Archvillain Archive, Steven Pankotai
Authors: Hiten Dave, Noah Grand, Brittney Hay, Bryan Holmes, E.R.F. Jordan, Alexis Lewis, Cassandra MacDonald, Steven Pankotai, Vall Syrene

Big Bad Booklet 19-30, Hit Point Press
Authors: Bailey Wright, Verity Lane, Serena Langton, Jamila R. Nedjadi, Celeste Conowitch, Beth Ball, Lulu St James, Jasmine Bhullar, Jessica Marcrum, Kat Kruger, Jason Levine, Yubi Coates

Hal and Roger’s Creature Compendium, The Grinning Frog
Author: Stephen Hart

Home-Field Advantage: a Compendium of Lair Actions
Authors
: Trekiros, Sean Vas Terra, Taron Pounds, Boyan Valev, Kirsty Kidd, Xhango Games, Zavier Bates, Devlin DM, Joe Gaylord

Nightfell – Bestiary for 5e, Mana Project Studio
Authors: Angelo Peluso, Andrea Lucca, Marco Giulio Fossati


Best Online Content​

Across RPGSEA, momatoes
Dave Thaumavore RPG Reviews, Dave Thaumavore
Everhearth Inn, Everhearth Inn
RPGBOT.net, RPGBOT LLC
Sly Flourish Blog, Sly Flourish


Best Organized Play​

Beneath a Stony Stump
Author: Douglas Bushong

I Find That Familiar
Author: Paul Gabat

Play the Game
Author: Robbie Pleasant

The Monster of Wonderia, Anthony Dreams Inc.
Author: Anthony Joyce

Two Hearts Apart
Author: Shu Qing Tan


Best Podcast​

+1 Forward Gauntlet Community
Ain’t Slayed Nobody Push the Roll LLC
Kill Every Monster
Pink Fohawk
Role To Cast


Best Production Values​

Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge, Steamforged Games
Call of Cthulhu Classic Prop Set, H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Complete Wizard Chronicle, Beadle and Grimm’s Pandemonium Warehouse
Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, Wet Ink Games
Star Trek Adventures: Tricorder Collector’s Box Set, Modiphius Entertainment


Best RPG Related Product​

Dice Carousel Kit, Gamer Concepts

Everway Silver Anniversary Edition – Deluxe Fortune Deck, The Everway Company

KULT: Labyrinths & Secret Chambers, Helmgast
Authors: Catherine Evans, Kristina Horner, Andreas Ruu Viklund, Alex Obernigg, Jacqueline Bryk, Fredik Toreblad, Mattias Närvä, Petter Nallo, Terje Nordin

Shadows of Esteren: Adeliane CD, Studio Agate

Things Heroes Say: A Fantasy Artbook & Phrasebook, Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author: Bryn Jones


Best Rules​

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell
Author: Nich Angell

Good Strong Hands, NerdBurger Games
Author: Craig Campbell

Haunted West, Darker Hue Studios
Authors: Chris Spivey, Angel Adeyoha, Evan Perlman, Daniel Kwan, Alexandra Jackson, Adam Alexander, Alex Mayo, Neall Raemonn Price, Misha Bushyager, Cameron Hays, Rose Bailey, Kenneth Hite, Cori Redford, Mark Morrison, Dennis Detwiller

NOVA, Gila RPGs
Author: Spencer Campbell

Rest in Pieces, Imagining Games
Author: Pete Petrusha


Best Setting​

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell
Author: Nich Angell

Eldritch Century – Chronicles of the Wounded Earth, Chaosium Inc.
Authors: Chris Lackey and Mike Mason

Historia – Dark Fantasy Renaissance Setting for 5e, Mana Project Studio
Authors: Mirko Failoni, Michele Paroli, Matteo Pedroni

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, Wet Ink Games
Authors: Banana Chan, Sen-Foong Lim, Elton Lau, James Mendez Hodes, Aaron Catano-Saez, Ross Cheung, Kienna Shaw, Daniel Kwan, Jonaya Kemper, Sammi Lai

Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Darrington Press
Authors: Matthew Mercer, Hannah Rose, Joames J. Haeck


Best Supplement​

Call of Cthulhu: Cults of Cthulhu, Chaosium Inc.
Authors: Chris Lackey and Mike Mason

City of Mist: Shadows & Showdowns, Son of Oak Game Studio
Authors: Amit Moshe, Omer Shapira, Eran Aviram, Itamar Karbian, Jack Godwin, Chris Gunning, Saar Shai, Alicia Zur Szpiro, Marshall Oppel, Marcin Soboń

Root: The RPG: Travelers and Outsiders, Magpie Games
Authors: Brendan Conway, Sarah Doom, Marissa Kelly, Danielle Lauzon, Simon Moody, Sarah “Sam” Saltiel, Mark Diaz Truman, Camdon Wright, Miguel Ángel Espinoza

Sin: A Spire Sourcebook, Rowan, Rook and Decard
Authors: Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor, JP Bradley, Basheer Ghouse, N Masyk, Thomas Manuel, Pauline Chan, Helen Gould, Cat Evans, Lio Keahna, Viditya Voleti, Chris Farnell, Christine Beard, Eleanor Hingley, Adrian Stone, Minerva McJanda, Mary Hamilton, Kyle Latino, Alex Darnaceno, Diogo assunção

Untold Encounters of the Random Kind, Loke Battle Mats
Authors: Tamzin Henderson, Matt Henderson, James Gray, Andres Roche


Best Writing​

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell
Author: Nich Angell

Dune – Adventures in the Imperium: Core Rulebook, Modiphius Entertainment
Authors: Nathan Dowell, Chris Spivey, Mari Tokuda, Rachael Cruz, Jack Norris, Banana Chan, Khaldoun Khelil, Peter Wright, Helena Nash, Richard August, Ben Woerner, and Simon Berman

Fateforge: Tetralogy Box Set 5e, Studio Agate


KULT: Beyond Darkness and Madness, Helmgast
Author: Jason Fryer, Jacqueline Bryk, Alex Obernigg, and Petter Nallo

Rosenstrasse, A Story of Love and Survival, Unruly Designs
Author: Moyra Turkington, Jessica Hammer


Product of the Year​

Call of Cthulhu Classic Prop Set, H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Colostle: A Solo RPG Adventure, Nich Angell

Dune – Adventures in the Imperium: Core Rulebook Atreides Collector’s Edition, Modiphius Entertainment

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, Wet Ink Games

Odd Jobs, MacGuffin & Co.

Putrescence Regnant, Exalted Funeral Press

Root: The RPG, Magpie Games

The Troubleshooters, Helmgast

Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Evil Hat Productions

Uncaged: Goddesses, Unseelie Studios
 
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SamuraiHaiku

Villager
Absolutely and first, congratulations to all the nominees. It's nice to see your time, dedication, and hard work recognized.

Now, please feel free to check my math, but none of the nominated "Game of the Year" contenders are available to play at GenCon Online; Root & Thirsty Sword Lesbians offer a handful (~10) in-seat play. What a missed opportunity for those game designers and the RPG writ large. It's like leaving money on the table.

Arc Dream and Free League are unfortunately products of their own success, which is unfortunate because One Ring, Impossible Landscapes, and T2000 were all legitimately excellent in many categories. Literally everything those companies put out is good.
 



GreyLord

Legend
I don’t know what that means.

I think it means it devalues the award?

If you don't care, why should others, and if others don't care about what the award is or if it even matters, what is the point of the awards in the first place.

For example, if the Oscars or Academy Awards had mostly movies no one ever heard of, and most were budget movies from the likes of the Asylum, others may start to think it's prestige was lower than it once was.

It also the reason the Academy Awards WILL have movies no one has ever heard of, but almost always has a few that are high profile that everyone has heard of and are rooting for, and one of those will at least win one or two of the more prestigious awards, even if the no name movies win several as well.

Not that it matters to me. It's whatever the judges feel are important for the award here. I have no real interest in the matter, so it's all good whoever and whatever is nominated. More power to them and good luck to the nominees.

I know I probably won't vote (if it even becomes an option this time around) simply because mine would be an uniformed vote (don't know much if anything about most of those nominated. I've heard of CoC and Root, but they are in categories that I don't know much about the games they are competing against. I don't feel it should simply be a popularity contest of which ones I've heard about, but of which game is the best the category), but hopefully it's a successful awards, and congratulations to those nominated and hope they all get the recognition they deserve.
 

Richards

Legend
Why are you dead naming Minerva McJanda?
Why the accusatory tone? If "Minerva McJandra" is the name printed in the work in question, how is anybody supposed to know it's no longer to be used? You could have passed on the more helpful information of the name McJandra prefers to go by now rather than lashing out at Morrus for using the information he was given straight from the finished product.

Johnathan
 

MGibster

Legend
Why are you dead naming Minerva McJanda?
I had to do some research just to figure out what the heck you were talking about. For those who don't know, Jay Illes is listed as one of the people who worked on Voidheart Sympathy which was nominated for Best Layout and Design. In 2020, she announced that "Jay Illes is no more," and she would now be known as Minerva McJanda. Which is cool. Morrus may be a lot of things, an entrepeneur, a saint, and all around good guy, but I've never seen him use his platform to treat anyone like garbage or with disrespect. Likely he received the notification with Minerva's former name and didn't do any exhaustive research on it. Which I think is perfectly reasonable.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I think it means it devalues the award?

If you don't care, why should others, and if others don't care about what the award is or if it even matters, what is the point of the awards in the first place.
While I am flattered by your estimation of my influence, I'm just the messenger. I report the news, but I don't presume to tell you what you should care about.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I had to do some research just to figure out what the heck you were talking about. For those who don't know, Jay Illes is listed as one of the people who worked on Voidheart Sympathy which was nominated for Best Layout and Design. In 2020, she announced that "Jay Illes is no more," and she would now be known as Minerva McJanda. Which is cool. Morrus may be a lot of things, an entrepeneur, a saint, and all around good guy, but I've never seen him use his platform to treat anyone like garbage or with disrespect. Likely he received the notification with Minerva's former name and didn't do any exhaustive research on it. Which I think is perfectly reasonable.
Indeed. That's just the announcement up there I quoted directly from the ENnies website. But now I know I'll definitely change that in the news piece here (it'd be up to the ENnies to change it in the original).
 

GreyLord

Legend
While I am flattered by your estimation of my influence, I'm just the messenger. I report the news, but I don't presume to tell you what you should care about.

Same here. If you couldn't tell, I tried to give a positive response at the end of my post. The first part was me trying to explain why some may have the reaction to what you were asking about. You said you didn't know what that meant, so I was trying to give an explanation, not expressing my feelings on the nominations. In that, I was simply a messenger as well, not trying to actually imply this is what was happening, but what could be a perception of things.

On my side of things...

I am more than happy for those who have been nominated and hope the best for them in the contest.
 


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