The results of the 2014 Indie RPG awards are here! No, I’m not a year late. Unlike many other gaming award events, the year is not when the awards were announced (e.g., the Origins 2015 awards), but the year in which the products were published. I’m told the results were announced at GenCon Indy, but I missed the announcement until this week.
Indie Game of the Year (1 winner, 8 runners-up): The Clay that Woke by Paul Czege
Indie Supplement of the Year (1 winner, 6 runners-up): Deep Carbon Observatory by Patrick Stuart and Scrap Princess (a mid-level supplement for Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Best Support (1 winner, 7 runners-up): Deep Carbon Observatory by Patrick Stuart and Scrap Princess
Best Production (1 winner, 7 runners-up): A Red and Pleasant Land by Zak S.
The list of voters is private, but you have to be one of the “established authors of other independently-created RPGs, who have wrestled with the same problems and have a continued interest in the field. Anyone who has released two or more indie RPG designs (commercial or free) over two or more years” and you have to contact the website if you want to be considered as a voter.
Personally, I’d be very interested to know how many voters there actually are. A dozen? Fifty? Three? Since many of the same games appear multiple times in the lists of winners and runners-up, I’d guess that the voting pool is fairly small, but I could be wrong.
Regardless, if you’re looking for some unfamiliar RPGs to try, the full list would be a great place to start looking!