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My 2015 ENnie Award Predictions!

The ENnie award winners will be announced at GenCon tomorrow, but before that happens I thought I’d repeat what I did last year and announce my predictions for the winners.

The full nominees list is below. Keep in mine that these are not my personal preferences – I’ve just annotated who I think will probably win, based on fan demographics. I really think the new edition of D&D will sweep it, except on occasions when it’s up against Pathfinder, but I might be surprised! Monte Cook, of course, will pull in some good numbers.awards-image

To my thinking, these awards usually go like this: D&D or Pathfinder contending for #1 and #2, Monte Cook #3, Evil Hat #4, Savage Worlds or Cthulhu-based products contending for #5, and then everyone else. For instance, I don’t think Zak S. has a snowball’s chance, even though A Red & Pleasant Land is a great looking product. Maybe if these were judge awards and not fan voting, but A Red & Pleasant Land is too unknown outside of Zak’s circles, and there are too many people he’s pissed off. I’d be pleasantly surprised, though, if this were not the case.

Best Adventure

A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
SILVER Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Wizards of the Coast)
Cake Walk (Fabled Environments)
East Texas University: Degrees of Horror (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

Best Aid/Accessory (I can easily see these two getting swapped)

DungeonMorph Dice: Explorer Set (Inkwell Ideas)
GOLD D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen (Wizards of the Coast)
Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack (Syrinscape)
Black-green Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition RPG Dice Set (Q-Workshop)
SILVER Pathfinder Cards: Deluxe Harrow Deck (Paizo Inc.)

Best Art, Interior (Trail of Cthulhu is my alternate silver; if it weren’t for D&D and Monte, I’d pick it for gold)

GOLD D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
Interface Zero 2.0: Full Metal Cyberpunk (Gun Metal Games)
Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover (Privateer Press)

Best Art, Cover

Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon (Privateer Press)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
SILVER Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG (Green Ronin Publishing)
Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
GOLD Rise of Tiamat (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Blog  (no idea for silver, really, but ConTessa is probably my alternate silver)

ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
DMDavid Blog
GOLD Gnome Stew
House Rule Gaming
SILVER NERD TREK

Best Cartography (no idea for silver, really…)

MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
Distant Outposts Deluxe Poster Map Set (Christopher West’s Maps of Mastery)
SILVER Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD Ninth World Guidebook (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

Best Electronic Book (these two could easily swap)

GOLD Dragon Age Core RuleBook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 (Pelgrane Press)
Cake Walk (Fabled Environments)
Valiant Universe RPG Digital Initiative (Catalyst Game Labs)

Best Family Game (Doctor Who is my alternate silver)

SILVER Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)
GOLD D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)
Infestation, An RPG of Bugs and Heroes (Third Eye Games)
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Limited Edition Anniversary Rulebook (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
Adventure Maximus RPG Starter Set (Eden Studios)

Best Free Product

Valiant RPG Digital Initiative (Catalyst Game Labs)
GOLD Basic Rules for D&D (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space – Arrowdown (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
13th Age: The Archmage’s Orrery (Pelgrane Press)
East Texas University: Redneckromancer (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

Best Game (Firefly has a good shot at silver, as does Atomic Robo, but I think the ENWorld readership may pick Monte instead)

GOLD D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Firefly Roleplaying Game (Margaret Weis Productions)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)

Best Miniatures Product

Gen Con Adventurer’s Tavern – Painted (Games and Gears)
D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters (WizKids)
Fantasy Pirate Goblin Lieutnant 28mm Miniature (Via Ludibunda)
GOLD Pathfinder Pawns: Inner Sea Pawn Box (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit (Privateer Press)

Best Monster/Adversary

GOLD D&D Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)
13th Age Bestiary (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER The Strange Bestiary (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Monsternomicon (Privateer Press)
Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

Best Podcast

GOLD Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
Miskatonic University Podcast
SILVER Translating the Strange
NPC Cast
Grim Dark Podcast

Best Production Values (Iron Kingdoms or Shadowrun are my silver runners-up)

SILVER Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
GOLD D&D Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kit (Privateer Press)
Shadowrun: Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware (Catalyst Game Labs)

Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions)
Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It (Mad Norwegian Press)
SILVER Shadowrun: Crossfire (Catalyst Game Labs)
GOLD Temple of Elemental Evil (WizKids)
Doctor Who: The Card Game 2nd Edition (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)

Best Rules

GOLD D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space) (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
At the Hands of an Angry God (BlackWyrm Games)
SILVER Monster of the Week (Evil Hat Productions)

Best Setting

GOLD The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
SILVER Trail of Cthulhu: Dreamhounds of Paris (Pelgrane Press)

Best Software (I can easily see these two getting swapped; Hero Lab is my alternate silver)

GOLD Roll20 (Roll 20)
SILVER D&D Complete Core Monster Pack for Fantasy Grounds (SmiteWorks USA LLC)
Hero Lab (Lone Wolf Development)
Syrinscape’s Rise of the Runelords Mega SoundPack (Syrinscape)
Eclipse Phase: Singularity Character Generator (Posthuman Studios & Snow Dog Labs)

Best Supplement (This is a tough one. All of these have great name recognition. My alternate silver is Savage Worlds.)

GOLD D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER Pathfinder RPG: Pathfinder Unchained (Paizo Inc.)
Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook (Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd.)
Shadowrun: Run Faster (Catalyst Game Labs)

Best Website (I can see these swapping)

Tabletop Audio
GOLD Adventureaweek
Age of Ravens
SILVER The Escapist
The Illuminerdy

Best Writing (Designers & Dragons has a decent shot at silver, but I don’t think it can beat Monte)

Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 by Kenneth Hite (Pelgrane Press)
GOLD D&D Player’s Handbook by Jeremy Crawford, James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce R. Cordell (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER The Strange by Monte Cook, Bruce R. Cordell (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
A Red & Pleasant Land by Zak S (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry by Shannon Appelcline (Evil Hat Productions)

Product of the Year

MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
SILVER The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
GOLD D&D Player’s Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover (Privateer Press)
Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions) Firefly Roleplaying Game (Margaret Weis Productions)
Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space) (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

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Okay, that’s it! I put about 20 minutes into guessing these, and I think they’ll probably turn out to be pretty close.  I’ll post a follow-up to see how I did.

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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)

My 2014 ENnie Award Predictions!

For those of you who are keeping track, here are my predictions for this year’s 2014 ENnieennies_logo awards. (The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples’ choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public.) Voting runs from July 20-30, 2014, and the 2014 ENnies ceremony will take place on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. in the Union Station Grand Hall at Gen Con Indy. Then we can see how I did.

Of course, I’m not intimately familiar with many of these products, so a lot of my predictions will be guesses based purely on the amount of internet ‘buzz’ I’ve seen for these games over the last year, as well as the name recognition of the brands and designers. So, my guesses here aren’t necessarily what I voted for, though I will give some shout-outs along the way.

Best Adventure (I haven’t played any of these.)

Best Aid/Accessory (Numenera also has a really good shot here through name recognition and fanbase devotion alone.)

Best Art, Interior (A wild guess here, since I’ve only seen plenty of Numenera interior art and a little bit of Shadowrun. These companies should have posted interior art on the page links they provided to the ENnies website. It’s impossible to vote objectively if you haven’t seen the product.)

Best Art, Cover

Best Blog (Since I have friends and associates with multiple “competing” blogs here, again please note that these are not necessarily my personal rankings – just my best guess on what will get the most votes based on my estimate of their fanbase and the blog’s past ENnies performance.)

Best Cartography (What I can see looks fine, but none of these really make me sit up and go WOW! Also see my interior art comment above.)

Best Electronic Book (Even though I’m biased, I really do think my Corporia RPG deserves the Gold for striving hard to improve and innovate the electronic book format (see my previous post). Except for Emerald City’s included ‘Hero Lab’ files, I can’t tell that the other books have any special or unusual electronic production elements.)

Best Family Game (Another new edition of Fate, while cool, doesn’t really strike me as a “family” game – though its numbers of fans might easily push it to Silver or Gold.)

Best Free Product (Tough one here. I think Chaosium takes the Gold, but the Silver could go just about anywhere.)

Best Game (Here’s another one that could depend heavily on the individual company fanbases.)

Best Miniatures Product (really wild guessing here)

Best Monster/Adversary

Best Podcast (None of the podcasts I really like made it onto this list, though I have been meaning to check out my guess for Gold. To be fair, I can also see my Gold and Silver guesses getting swapped.)

Best Production Values (Here’s yet another tough pick that could easily be decided by whichever fanbase votes heaviest. See again my comment about interior art, though.)

Best RPG Related Product

Best Rules (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.)

Best Setting (I love love love classic western Deadlands, but Noir leaves me cold, and so I wonder if there are enough Noir fans to push it into Silver.)

Best Supplement (I haven’t used any of these supplements, so it’s another wild guess using what I know of the fanbases.)

Best Software (I haven’t used any of these, either.)

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

Best Website (I have to wonder what truly defines ‘Best’ in an individual gamer-brain. Is it graphic design? Functionality? Content? All of the above? This is a hand of wild cards.)

Product of the Year (This is the big one, and there are lots of great candidates on this list, so it too could go in any direction. I think Fate and Numenera are the most likely voter candidates for Gold, with either of those then dropping to Silver. Otherwise, I think Shadowrun and Achtung! Cthulhu also have a good shot at the Silver. Any of the others could be breakout surprises, though!)