Read it, rank it, repeat.

I didn’t really have a review process in place when I became an ENnies Judge. I was new, after all, and hadn’t been through “the process” before. Of course, I have a process now (without some sort of review process, the submissions would be overwhelming). My process sort of came about organically. I have several piles that of sorted books. [As an aside, I have a box that contains all the non-book items and computer files are stored on my computer’s desktop.] When I’m ready to read a new book, I grab something out of a pile. For those...

The nice thing about podcasts

As we approach May, the submissions have increased from a trickle to a steady flow.  One of the categories that is starting to fill out is the podcast category. Podcasts are fundamentally different from other submissions we receive.  They are non-visual, so there isn’t any art or layout to draw you in.  Not being games, in and of themselves, there are no rules or mechanics to play and ponder.  Instead, podcasts require an entirely different set of judging criteria. Based on the ENnies submissions rules, podcasts have to submit a “must hear” episode of...

The overlap between review and judging c...

I’ve been actively reviewing for RPGnet for a little over four years now and in that time I’ve thought long and hard about what makes a great game.  Ultimately I’ve come to realize that a lot of different criteria come together to create a fun time at the table, and I’ve been talking about those very criteria in my column CW Reviews at RPGnet.  In the most recent article I went into detail laying out what I see as the critical considerations that any new reviewer should have in mind when they first start reviewing.  Since these very criteria have...

Address Change for an ENnies Judge

Justin ‘Jay’ Peters has changed his mailing address. The labels on the site have been updated to reflect this change. If you have already sent out material, you do not need to resend it. If you have not, but are planning to, make sure to download the new labels from here:...

Get To Know Your 2010 ENnies Judges!

In order for people to feel a little more connected to the ENnies, we’ve decided to conducts interviews with each judge. Now, each judge already answered a list of questions when they were in the running to be a 2010 ENnies judge and you can read those answers here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/about/judges.asp For this interview, we will ask more focused questions. We’ll come up with questions on our end but we also want to open the floor to questions from the fans. And that’s what this post is for. Feel free to comment below during the next week and we...

The Christmas Crunch

Usually, the time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is relatively slow for me.  This year is an exception.  With an impending product launch shortly after the New Year and still a metric ton of work to finish, I’ve been put on notice that the holiday season is crunch time. But that’s good!  With a stable job, a healthy family, and a happy gaming group, I have much to be thankful for this season.  I’m also thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given to serve the gaming community as an ENnies Judge.  Aside from reading, reviewing, and...