2014 Submissions

 This is a running list of all submissions for the 2014 ENnie Awards. Don’t see your favorite publisher/product? Contact them and let them know you want it submitted! Updated as of 23 Apr 14 Adventures in Filbar

Adventureaweek.com

Aetheric Dreams

Agate Editions

Anna B Meyer Fantasy Maps

Appbrewers.com

Attention Span Game Studios

Blackwyrm Publishing

Blogs

Brabblemark Press

Catalyst Game Labs

Castles & Chemo, Inc.

Chaosium Inc.

Chronicle City

Crafty Games

Creepy Doll Studios

Crone RPG

Dangerous Games

Dig a Thousand Holes Publishing

DramaScape

Elf Lair Games

End Transmission Games LLC

Engine Publishing

Ennead Games

Eschaton Media

Evil Beagle Games

Evil Hat Productions

Fear the Boot

Four-in-Hand Games

Frog God Games

Gaming Paper

Genesis of Legend Publishing

Genius Loci Games

Goodman Games

Green Ronin Publishing

Hero Games

Hex Games

Hyacinth Games

Imaginary Empire

Journeyman Games

Kalijor Press

Kotodama Heavy Industries

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Legendary Games

Margaret Weis Productions

Melior Via, LLC

Midnight Syndicate Soundtrack

Moebius Adventures

Modiphius / Mindjammer Press

Monte Cook Games

Mystical Throne Entertainment

NEVR

Northwinter Press

Obatron Production

Olde House Rules

Ondine Publishing

Outrider Studios

Paizo Fans United

Pelgrane Press

Pinnacle Entertainment Group

Podcasts

Posthuman Studios

Purple Duck Games/4 Winds Fantasy Gaming

RoleplayingTips.com

Slugfest Games

Small Niche Games

Stark City Games/Fainting Goat Games

Steel Steed Studio

Stygian Fox Publishing

TaleSpinner Holdings

Third Eye Games

Troll Lord Games

Uncanny Books

VSCA Publishing

Websites

Zombie Sky Press

This is a list of all possible categories for the 2014 ENnies. Please remember that just because a category is listed here does not mean that it will be a final category in 2014. If there are not enough submissions to fill a particular category, it will not be a final category in 2014. If there are enough submissions to warrant a new category, it may be added. From the FAQ: Q: How is it decided which products are nominated under which category?

  • The judges must come to a consensus when it comes to nominations. They decide which products are nominated under certain categories. A publisher can request to not be nominated under a specific category, but they can’t request to be nominated under a specific category.
  • This will not happen until after the cutoff date for the current submission period.

  • Best Adventure – Awarded for a product that is primarily an adventure, adventure ideas, or seeds.
  • Best Aid/Accessory- Awarded for the best product used to complement role playing game play.
    • RPG books are not eligible for this category.
    • If insufficient entries are received in the child categories (Miniature, RPG Related Product, or Software), submissions may be merged with Best Aid/Accessory.
  • Best Art, Interior – Awarded for the book containing the best artwork between the covers.
  • Best Art, Cover – Awarded for the book with the best cover.
  • Best Blog – Awarded for an RPG blog.
  • Best Cartography – Awarded for the individual product containing the best art or technique of making maps or charts.
  • Best Electronic Book – Awarded for the best book released electronically. Products submitted for Best Electronic Book must have been released exclusively in electronic format, excluding being available to POD, to be eligible. Please note that this is for electronic books only; software has its own category, and other electronic products (such as digital counter collections) still belong in Aid/Accessory or Miniatures.
  • Best Family Game – Awarded for the best role-playing game that can be played as a family. The Best Family Game winner brings together art, writing, rules, feeling, playability; everything that makes up a role playing game. Entries in this category must be complete enough to play as-is, from character creation to rules of play. Best Family Game and Best Supplement are mutually-exclusive categories.
  • Best Free Game – Awarded for the best free role-playing game. The Best Free Game winner brings together art, writing, rules, feeling, playability; everything that makes up a role playing game. Entries in this category must be complete enough to play as-is, from character creation to rules of play. Best Free Game and Best Supplement are mutually-exclusive categories.
  • Best Free Product- Awarded for the best free product.
    • If insufficient entries are received in the child category (Best Free Game), submissions may be merged with Best Free Product.
  • Best Game – Awarded for the best role-playing game. The Best Game winner brings together art, writing, rules, feeling, playability; everything that makes up a role playing game. Entries in this category must be complete enough to play as-is, from character creation to rules of play. Best Game and Best Supplement are mutually-exclusive categories.
  • Best Miniature- Awarded for the best miniature or miniature line. Miniatures must be appropriate for RPG play.
    • If not enough actual miniatures are received, this category can be used for products related specifically to miniatures.
  • Best Monster/Adversary – Awarded for a product whose primary focus is monsters or adversaries.
  • Best Organized Play Adventure by a Voluntee- These are adventures which are not created by a publishing company and are not sold, being created by volunteers & distributed or run freely. This means it is volunteer produced for an OP program with open permission from the IP holder and is distributed or run for free.
    • If insufficient entries are received in the child category (Best Organized Play Adventure by a Volunteer), submissions may be merged with Best Adventure.
  • Best Organized Play Adventure by a Publisher - These are adventures created for an Organized Play (OP) program, either by the company owning the Intellectual Property (IP) or those given open permission to do so by said company or by a third party commissioned to do so.
    • If insufficient entries are received in the child category (Best Organized Play Adventure by a Publisher), submissions may be merged with Best Adventure.
  • Best Podcast – Awarded to the best Podcast.
  • Best Production Values – Awarded for the book exemplifying the best production values, from graphic design and layout, editing, paper, binding; all the factors that combine to create the look and feel of the product.
  • Best RPG Related Product – Awarded for the best product which, while it does not complement role playing game play, does enhance the lives of RP gamers. RPG Fiction, RPG Video Games, Videos, RPG Board Games, miniature painting accessories, etc. are all possibilities for entries in this category.
  • Best Rules – Awarded for the book containing the best game design and mechanics (i.e. “crunch”).
  • Best Setting – Awarded for a product detailing a setting. Best Settings may be contained within a core rulebook or as a separate stand-alone product.
  • Best Supplement- Awarded for a product which adds supplementary rules or details to the game.
    • Products nominated for Best Supplement or any of its child categories (Best Adventure or Best Monster/Adversary) may not be nominated as Best Game.
    • Products nominated in the Supplement child categories may not be nominated for Best Supplement or other Supplement child categories unless they contain sufficient additional quality and quantity of material as determined by the judges.
    • If insufficient entries are received in the child categories, submissions may be merged with Best Supplement.
  • Best Software – Awarded to the best RPG software or utility.
  • Best Writing – Awarded for the book containing the best prose and descriptive text (i.e. “cream” or “fluff”).
  • Best Website – Awarded for an RPG web site.
  • Fans’ Choice for Best Publisher – Awarded to a publisher whose body of work during the eligibility period was deemed best overall, with other, often less tangible factors taken into consideration. Customer support, quality and frequency of updates of their web site, their accessibility and gaming-in-general communities will be all part of the qualities of Best Publisher. This is a Fans’ Choice Award. This is the only category in which a publisher who did not submit any product for consideration to the ENnies can qualify (if they receive the nomination).
  • Product of the Year – Awarded to the best product. All products submitted will be automatically considered for this category. Ten products will be nominated.

8 Responses to “2014 Submissions”

  1. Alphastream says:

    I really wish there could be a category for the Best Free Oorganized Play Adventure. Organized play routinely sees play numbers for adventures that exceed the sales and play numbers of many for-sale works. It would be nice for that large but ignored category to see some recognition for those adventures that each year create greater quality for organized play.

  2. Ben. says:

    I would agree with Alphastream. There are quite a few Organized Play adventures put out every year, and showcasing and honoring them seems appropriate.

    -Ben.

  3. Christina Stiles says:

    I agree on the Organized Play adventures. That would be a nice addition to the awards.

  4. Hans Cummings says:

    The adventures can be submitted (provided they meet submission guidelines), but unless there is a way for the judges (one of whom is in Turkey and one of whom is in Poland) to experience OP, I don’t see any reason why they should have their own category. We cannot require the judges to travel to a different country to participate in OP events, so the events would have to be local to that judge.

    Hans Cummings
    ENnie Awards Submissions Coordinator

  5. Ben. says:

    It’s the fact that there are differences in organized play adventure design from other adventure design. These considerations make the style of material substantially different from regular, published adventures.

    For instance– they rarely have art, almost never. They are designed to be completed in approximately 4 hours. They have less room for experimentation, due to the wide play they often experience. Having been on both sides of the equation, I would really say they are a different animal.

    -Ben.

  6. Alphastream says:

    Absolutely, organized play adventures are different. However, that doesn’t mean that judges need to travel anywhere. Most organized play programs allow home play and some OP players don’t play outside of a home.

    The key is really recognizing what these are – volunteer-run programs creating 4-hour adventures that are usually linked (creating a story over time). Because there tends to be a strong community (including people that communicate online, but also people that gather in-person), the programs often have a great deal of creativity. That creativity can result in really amazing advancements. There is no question that Paizo and WotC tap into that talent. Mearls, Mona, Bulmahn, and many more began as OP volunteers (now they head D&D and PF). There have been several months over the past two years where half the contributors to DDI were OP veterans. Recent WotC events have brought in OP writers to help them create interactive events, recognizing the innovation that takes place in OP.

    OP lacks the polish of published adventures. Admins double as developer and editors, there is no art. But, there are amazing innovations. Also, thousands play these adventures. An LFR adventure can see play by far more people than would ever buy a published adventure by any company (big or small). The reach and appeal is immense, and therefore the contribution to the hobby is critical. Despite that, there is no formal recognition.

    Recognizing OP doesn’t require someone in Poland to travel anywhere. They simply need to read up a bit on the programs, then review the submissions. Volunteer-driven adventures (LFR, Ashes of Athas, etc.) tend to look pretty similar and can be evaluated against one another.

    A second category of OP is made up of the professional efforts by RPG companies. Pathfinder Society adventures, Shadowrun Missions, and some WotC events (Encounters, Gameday adventures) are professionally published. These do usually have art and go through the typical development, layout, and editing passes. These could arguably be considered as their own category (professional OP) or could perhaps even be considered against other published adventures (though they tend to be smaller simpler offerings).

    As an example, I was a freelancer for WotC for their Vault of the Dracolich gameday event. The adventure was professionally developed and edited. It feels a lot like a typical published adventure, but was not for sale and involves interactive elements allowing several tables to play together.

    I’ve also been part of the volunteer team that created an Ashes of Athas organized play battle interactive (which we submitted this year). It has no art, no professional layout, and I’m sure I can find some editorial issues. Though Vault of the Dracolich is a great adventure (really good, I think), the Ashes of Athas battle interactive is far more groundbreaking and really is a terrific adventure that blew players and DMs away. It could never stand against a published adventure because it lacks the art/layout/editing/development, but I still think such adventures should be recognized by the hobby.

    Importantly, the reality for the ENnies should be clear. If organized play can’t compete, then state that. Make it clear, so groups don’t waste their time. If you decide to recognize OP, then it will be important to state the criteria. Are you recognizing for-sale and/or free but professionally edited OP? Or are you recognizing volunteer programs that lack professional editing/development? It should be clear.

  7. Megan says:

    This is a good idea. As you may know, Baldman Games entered a stack of Ashes of Athas modules last year but these were considered amongst all the other adventures and did not in the end get nominated. Back in 2010, Paizo entered a Pathfinder Society module… but I can see why OP should maybe be considered for a separate category, having run Living Force and Living Spycraft in the past.

  8. Chad says:

    I think it really comes down to figuring out the target audience of the ENnies. Certainly, something that\’s labelled as `Gen Con EN World RPG Awards\’ seems like it *ought* to recognize the vast majority of RPG adventures that are played at Gen Con, but that might be a mis-reading.

    The fact that so many people play OP adventures suggests (to me) that the ENnies shouldn\’t ignore them. OP adventures are different in production, presentation, and content, which suggests that they might want their own category. If the ENnies think that there are barriers to making an OP Adventure category work, let\’s hear about the barriers and see what we can do about them. (Getting judges a copy of the relevant adventures is absolutely *not* a real barrier).

    Thanks!