The nominations for the ENnies — the fan-based tabletop RPG awards from ENWorld.org that are handed out at Gen Con — were announced earlier today. The list is long and filled with great games and related things. Among them, two things I worked on that came out last year earned a few nods.
Tales of the Far West — a short story anthology from Adamant Entertainment, based on their Kickstarted RPG Far West — grabbed a nomination for Best RPG Related Product. That’s about as un-fun a category title as you can find, sure, but it’s a catch-all for anything cool that’s related to RPGs. That puts the book up against a fun and eclectic array of competitors, including a soundtrack, a book on game design, a board game, and wrapping paper with pictures of Cthulhu on it.
In a more traditional vein, the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game racked up three nominations: Best Game, Best Rules, and Best Product of the Year. That’s a hell of a trifecta, and all credit for it goes to line developer Cam Banks, who did most of the heavy lifting for the game.
As the ENnies site states: “Voting begins on Friday, July 20 and runs to Sunday, July 29. The ceremony itself will be on Friday, August 17, in the Union Station Grand Hall at 8pm with the cocktail reception beginning at 6:30pm.” Depending on my schedule, I may once again serve as a dream date for that cocktail reception, although I may not be able to make the ceremony itself.
Congrats to all the nominees. It’s a fine list of games and “related products,” and I’m looking forward to seeing the final results at Gen Con!