01 July 2020
And there's a lot of them!
The ENNIE Award, or ENNIES, are peoples choice awards for tabletop roleplaying games, spanning a range of topics. Generally, the nominations are announced, leading to a series of voting by the general public, with winners announced in a ceremony at Gen Con. This year, ENnies voting runs from July 3 - July 12, and the winners will be announced at the Online ENnies 2020 Ceremony on July 31.
Nominations have been announced, with topics spanning Best Adventure, Best Art for Cover, and Interior, Best Free Game, Best Layout, and many more. You can check out the full list on the ENNIES website.
These do include the following:
Judges’ Spotlight Winners
Benjamin Adelman – Sleepaway
Author: Jay Dragon
Rachel Campbell – Glitter 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 Ratliff – Knarls Candy Compendium
Authors: Makenzie De Armas, Levi Phipps
James Surano – Hit the Streets, Defend the Block, Lost Highway Games
Author: Rich Rogers
Best Electronic Book
BEOWULF: Hermit’s Sanctuary, Handiwork Games
Authors: Jon Hodgson, Jacob Rodgers
Killer Kobolds from Outer Space, Oliver Clegg
Author: Oliver Clegg
New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley 2nd Ed., Stygian Fox
Authors: Tom Lynch, Keith “Doc” Herber, Kevin Ross, Christopher Smith Adair, Oscar Rios, Seth Skorkowsky
Uncaged Vol III, Scribemind
Authors: Alison Huang, Andrew Engelbrite, Annamyriah de Jong, Anthony Beal, Ataberk Bozkurt, Charles Van Slambrouck, Chloe Mashiter, Collette Quach, D. Chaudron, D.W. Dagon, Dai-Wei Pobjie, David Markiwsky, Fenway Jones, Gwen Bassett, Jacky Leung, Jameson Hampton, Jennifer Peig, John Tetzlaff, Karren Loomer, Kathryn Kovalcik, Katie Cunningham, Kayla Cline, Lauren Neuburger, Liz Gist, Luciella Elisabeth Scarlett, Ma’at Crook, Megan Irving, Morgan Geiss, Paige Leitman, Paul Keiter, Ryan Servis, Sam Mannell, Samantha Darcy, Sammy Ward, Sandy Jacobs-Tolle, Satine Phoenix, Scriv The Bard (Alette Smith), Shannon Lewis, Wouter Florusse, Yubi
Wolves of Steadwick, Explorer’s Guild Publishing
Author: Richard Davis
A Cool and Lonely Courage, Plane Sailing Games Limited
Author: Alex White
ALIEN the Roleplaying Game, Free League Publishing
Authors: Tomas Härenstam, Andrew E.C. Gaska
MÖRK BORG Artpunk RPG, Free League Publishing
Authors: Pelle Nilsson, Johan Nohr
Royal Blood, Rowan, Rook and Decard
Author: Grant Howitt
Zombie World, Magpie Games
Authors: Brendan G. Conway, Mark Diaz Truman
In fact, of the nominations, MORK BOG Artpunk RPG received four nominations for separate categories, as did Zombie World. BFF! Best Friends Forever received five nominations, Thousand Year Old Vampire received three, and so did Jim Henson's Labyrinth, The Adventure Game. We'll look forward to seeing the winners on July 31st
It's worth noting that Uncaged Vol III replaced a publisher for the category of Best Electronic Book who chose to withdraw their nomination. This was LancerRPG/Massif Press who reached out to the ENNIEs team regarding a previous winner, due to it containing sexual assault and additional questionable content, and withdrew when the ENNIES declined to do so. More detail can be seen in its discussions here.
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