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2015 ENnie Award Results

Last week, I made my annual ENnie award predictions. Not my personal preferences – just who I thought would probably win based solely on fan demographics and my best guesses. I was actually less successful than last year, which pleases me – since it means that more votes were cast based on quality than just on name recognition, which is how these categories often go.ROLCoverdisplay-350x350

Spoiler: I’m frankly stunned that A Red & Pleasant Land did so well, especially against D&D. It was a great looking product, but compared to D&D it had a much smaller press run, and its creator Zak S. is quite a controversial figure – so I didn’t expect it to place at all, much less four times! Congrats to Zak S. for blowing me away!

Best Adventure (let’s call this one 25% right)

SILVER WINNER A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
SILVER PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD PREDICTION Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Aid/Accessory (50% right)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Black-green Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition RPG Dice Set (Q-Workshop)
SILVER PREDICTION Pathfinder Cards: Deluxe Harrow Deck (Paizo Inc.)

Best Art, Interior (Hey, 100% correct!)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

Best Art, Cover (50% right on this one)

SILVER PREDICTION Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER WINNER Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Rise of Tiamat (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Blog  (I had no idea on these, but I did say that ConTessa was probably my alternate silver, so I wasn’t tooooo far off. I’ll call this one 25% right.)

ALT SILVER PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
GOLD PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Gnome Stew
SILVER PREDICTION NERD TREK

Best Cartography (well, I did say I had no idea who would get the silver. 50% right.)

SILVER WINNER The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
SILVER PREDICTION Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Ninth World Guidebook (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

Best Electronic Book (another 25% result; I shouldn’t have broken my rule of “D&D = GOLD”)

GOLD PREDICTION Dragon Age Core RuleBook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 (Pelgrane Press)

Best Family Game (100% right on this one)

SILVER PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)
GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Free Product (Only 50% again)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Arrowdown (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
SILVER WINNER 13th Age: The Archmage’s Orrery (Pelgrane Press)

Best Game (100% right again)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

Best Miniatures Product (I should have known to pick D&D, even though Wizards didn’t produce it; I’ll call this one 25%)

GOLD WINNER D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters (WizKids)
GOLD PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Pathfinder Pawns: Inner Sea Pawn Box (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER PREDICTION Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit (Privateer Press)

Best Monster/Adversary (50%)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION The Strange Bestiary (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
SILVER WINNER Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

Best Podcast (50%)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
SILVER WINNER Miskatonic University Podcast
SILVER PREDICTION Translating the Strange

Best Production Values (100%)

SILVER PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)

Best RPG Related Product (oops! close, but no cigar – let’s call it 25%)

GOLD WINNER Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions)
SILVER PREDICTION Shadowrun: Crossfire (Catalyst Game Labs)
GOLD PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Temple of Elemental Evil (WizKids)

Best Rules (50% right)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
SILVER PREDICTION Monster of the Week (Evil Hat Productions)

Best Setting (way off again! I’ll call this 25%)

GOLD PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
GOLD WINNER A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
SILVER PREDICTION Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris (Pelgrane Press)

Best Software (I said Hero Lab was my alternate silver, so at least there’s that… I’ll call it 75%)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER Roll20 (Roll 20)
SILVER PREDICTION D&D Complete Core Monster Pack for Fantasy Grounds (SmiteWorks USA LLC)
SILVER WINNER Hero Lab (Lone Wolf Development)

Best Supplement (100% correct)

GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER Pathfinder RPG: Pathfinder Unchained (Paizo Inc.)

Best Website (I based my guesses on last year, and said “I can see these swapping” – so I was only partly right; I’ll call it 25% again)

SILVER WINNER Tabletop Audio
GOLD PREDICTION Adventureaweek
SILVER PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER The Escapist

Best Writing (25%, I suppose)

GOLD PREDICTION/SILVER WINNER D&D Player’s Handbook by Jeremy Crawford, James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce R. Cordell (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER PREDICTION The Strange by Monte Cook, Bruce R. Cordell (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
GOLD WINNER A Red & Pleasant Land by Zak S (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

Product of the Year (50%)

SILVER PREDICTION The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
SILVER WINNER A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
GOLD PREDICTION/GOLD WINNER D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)

 

 

2014 ENnie Award Follow-Up!

Last month I predicted the winners for this year’s ENnie awards – so now it’s time to seeAwards Image how I did!

The full list is below if you want to peruse it, but to sum up: if you have a product that isn’t based on fan-favorite brands Numenera/Monte Cook, Fate/Evil Hat, Pathfinder/Paizo, or Savage Worlds/Pinnacle, your chances are slim to none. By my count, there were 44 individual gold and silver awards, of which 40 had a chance to be won by products supporting one of these brands. They won 31 out of 40.

With that in mind, I’d like to see the ENnies introduce a “Best New Publisher Product” category (or something similar) that only includes products by brand new publishers instead of industry leaders, or some category with products that don’t rely on those leaders to support them. I’d also like to see the “Best Electronic Book” category better defined to explain how these books differ from other electronic books in other categories.

Okay, enough of that. On to the results!

Best Adventure (100%! I guessed both of these correctly.)

  • Trail of Cthulhu: Eternal Lies – Pelgrane Press (GOLD)
  • Razor Coast: Heart of the Razor – Frog God Games (SILVER)

Best Aid/Accessory (50%)

  • Numenera Creature Deck – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
  • Fate Dice – Eldritch Dice – Evil Hat Productions (SILVER)

I guessed the Silver correctly, but my Gold vote was for Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management by Engine Publishing. I’d forgotten to take Monte Cook’s huge fan following into account, something you’ll see more of below.

Best Art, Interior (I should have realized that Pathfinder would take at least the Silver, considering Paizo and Pathfinder also have a huge fan following.)

  • Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (SILVER)

My guesses were:
Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
Shadowrun 5th Edition Core Rulebook – Catalyst Game Labs (SILVER)

Best Art, Cover (I was a bit off on this one, since once again I forgot how the Paizo fanbase would perform.)

  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • Achtung! Cthulhu – Keeper’s Guide to the Secret War – Modiphius (SILVER)

My predictions were:
Shadowrun 5th Edition Core Rulebook – Catalyst Game Labs (GOLD)
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures – Paizo Publishing (SILVER)

Best Blog (I got 50% here.)

  • Gnome Stew (GOLD)
  • AaWBlog (Adventureaweek.com) (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
Gnome Stew (GOLD)
Dorkland! (50% chance of SILVER)
The Illuminerdy (50% chance of SILVER)

Best Cartography (100%; I based this prediction purely on fanbase level, so I got both of these right.)

  • Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Wrath of the Righteous Poster Map Folio -Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (SILVER)

Best Electronic Book (50%; I’d hoped to have a chance of a Silver award for Corporia, but no luck this year. I find it interesting that I picked one Savage Worlds product for the Silver, but the other Savage Words product that actually won the Silver lists “Savage Worlds” in the nomination listing. Maybe Broken Earth just has more fans – I’ve certainly heard good things about it – but I do wonder how much it helped them to have “Savage Worlds” visible to the voters, whereas Shaintar did not.

  • Player’s Guide to Emerald City – Green Ronin Publishing (GOLD)
  • Broken Earth (Savage Worlds) – Sneak Attack Press (SILVER)

My predictions were:
Player’s Guide to Emerald City – Green Ronin Publishing (GOLD)
Shaintar: Legends Unleashed – Evil Beagle Games (SILVER)

Best Family Game (I was right when I said that Fate “fans might easily push it to Silver or Gold”.)

  • Fate Accelerated Edition – Evil Hat Productions (GOLD)
  • Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn – Cubicle 7 Entertainment (SILVER)

My official guesses were:
Hobbit Tales from the Green Dragon Inn – Cubicle 7 Entertainment (GOLD)
Little Wizards – Crafty Games (SILVER)

Best Free Product (I got these backwards, once again forgetting the Paizo fanbase numbers.)

  • Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Too! – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Quickstart – Chaosium Inc. (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Quickstart – Chaosium Inc. (GOLD)
Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Too! – Paizo Publishing (SILVER)

Best Game (I got these backwards, too.)

  • Fate Core System – Evil Hat Productions (GOLD)
  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
Fate Core System – Evil Hat Productions (SILVER)

Best Miniatures Product (50% here. Hmmm. Yet another one where the Pathfinder fanbase really prevailed.)

  • Pathfinder Battles: Wrath of the Righteous – WizKids Games/NECA (GOLD)
  • Pathfinder Battles: Wrath of the Righteous Gargantuan Demon Lord Deskari – WizKids Games/NECA (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
Pathfinder Battles: Wrath of the Righteous – WizKids Games/NECA (GOLD)
BattleTech: Alpha Strike – Catalyst Game Labs (SILVER)

Best Monster/Adversary (Two more I got backwards.)

  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • The Ninth World Bestiary – Monte Cook, LLC (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
The Ninth World Bestiary – Monte Cook, LLC (GOLD)
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 – Paizo Publishing (SILVER)

Best Podcast (I did say “I can also see my Gold and Silver guesses getting swapped”. I should have put Ken and Robin first, since I suspect their listener numbers are quite a bit higher than AGC (which I recently started listening to). Once again, I should also have just assumed that anything Numenera would win an award.)

  • Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff (GOLD)
  • Numenera: The Signal (SILVER)

I’d predicted the following:
All Games Considered (GOLD)
Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff (SILVER)

Best Production Values (50% here)

  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
  • Trail of Cthulhu: Eternal Lies – Pelgrane Press (SILVER)

I’d predicted the following:
Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy RPG: Kings, Nations, and Gods – Privateer Press (SILVER)

Best RPG Related Product (100% – I guessed both of these)

  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
  • Strange Tales of the Century – Evil Hat Productions (SILVER)

Best Rules (100% of what I guessed. As I said originally, “Fate probably has this one wrapped up, just by being Fate. I didn’t pick a probable Silver since I can see it going anywhere in this category.”)

  • Fate Core System – Evil Hat Productions (GOLD)
  • 13th Age – Pelgrane Press (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
Fate Core System – Evil Hat Productions (GOLD)

Best Setting (I’d said “I wonder if there are enough Noir fans to push it into Silver.” It seems there were!)

  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
  • Deadlands Noir – Pinnacle Entertainment Group SILVER)

I had picked:
Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
Razor Coast – Frog God Games (SILVER)

Best Supplement (100% correct, even though I said “I haven’t used any of these supplements, so it’s another wild guess using what I know of the fanbases.”)

  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign – Paizo Publishing (GOLD)
    Fate System Toolkit – Evil Hat Productions (SILVER)

Best Software (100% correct here too, but it was just wild guessing based on how much I see the product names mentioned around the web.)

  • Roll20 – The Orr Group LLC (GOLD)
  • Realm Works – Lone Wolf Development (SILVER)

Best Writing (I was right when I said “Here’s another where I can see my guesses for Silver and Gold being swapped in the final results.”)

  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
  • Achtung! Cthulhu – Keeper’s Guide to the Secret War – Modiphius (SILVER)

My predictions were:
Achtung! Cthulhu – Keeper’s Guide to the Secret War – Modiphius (GOLD)
Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (SILVER)

Best Website (These were wild guesses. Based on previous years I assumed the Escapist would win again, but I hadn’t reckoned with the Fate fanbase. Based on the other categories, I’m kind of surprised Fate didn’t get the Gold here.)

  • RPG Geek (GOLD)
  • Fate SRD (SILVER)

I’d predicted:
RPG Geek (GOLD)
The Escapist (SILVER)

Product of the Year (100%; I predicted both of these correctly.)

  • Numenera Corebook – Monte Cook Games, LLC (GOLD)
  • Fate Core System – Evil Hat Productions (SILVER)