Do you have what it takes to be an ENnies Judge?

It’s that time of the year again. The siren’s call of the ENnies has been sounded and the question goes out; who will answer? Do you think you have what it takes to be an ENnies judge? Do you have the fortitude to stand up against the barrage of RPG products, the reflexes to navigate the plethora of text and toys, and the will to emerge with the finest goods produced during the year? If so, then this is a great opportunity for you!

Starting on June 30, 2018, people will be able to throw their hats into the ring and nominate themselves. The last day for nominating will be July 7th.

Voting for the judges will take place alongside voting for products and the winners will be announced at the ENnie Awards ceremony on August 3rd, 2018.

If you want more information about the current judges, please visit the judges page at the top of the screen. Also, all current judges will be following this post, so feel free to ask questions of them.

If you are thinking about running, here’s a list of criteria you’ll need to remember. All judges must:
• be at least 18 years of age as of August 3rd, 2018 and able to enter into a legal contract;
• not have any professional relationship with any RPG publisher during the period from January 1st, 2017 to August 1st, 2019. Such relationships include unpaid work and work on free products;
• declare any relationship with any publisher in which they receive money, product, or special consideration in exchange for their services;
• be able to read English and communicate clearly therein;
• not have been an elected judge for the past consecutive two years. After serving two consecutive terms as judge, individuals are required to take one year off before running for judge again.

Note: Physical location is irrelevant – so long as you can accept packages year-round.

If you have a relationship with a publisher, even as a playtester, it is important that you notify the ENnies board of this so that we may determine whether you are eligible to seek a judge position.

In cases of a rule violation, conflict of interest, misrepresentation, or other factor(s) detrimental to the awards, the ENnie Award Leadership retains the right to alter the composition of the judging panel at any time.

The ENnie Awards reserves the right to reject candidates who have displayed significant disregard for the ENnies Organization or an inability to work cohesively with a team as determined by the ENnie Award Leadership.

When you apply, you will be expected to fill out a questionnaire to help people best gauge how well they think you’ll work as a judge. Here are a few sample questions:
• What styles and genres of RPGs do you enjoy most? Are there any styles or genres that you do not enjoy? Which games best exemplify what you like? Do you consider yourself a particular system’s, publisher’s or genre’s “fanboy/girl /person”?
• How would you like to see the ENnies change (categories, policies, etc)? What should remain inviolate?
If you want to run, here is what is expected of you. All judges shall:
• Attend monthly meetings to discuss best practices and review/discuss submissions;
• Access the ENnie Awards boards/e-mailing lists (for the purposes of corresponding with judges and interacting with directors and staff):
○ Weekly on the designated ENnies forums and sharing an accurate list of what products they have received;
○ Daily on the designated ENnies forums during judge deliberations (expected dates for 2019: June 1 – July 1);
• Act in a professional and impartial manner;
• Sign a non-disclosure agreement;
• In the event that they are removed from office, bear the expense of returning and/or forwarding the products received for review;
• pay any customs duties charged for submissions;
• If they attend Gen Con – Indy, work a minimum of two hours at the ENnies booth;
• If they attend Gen Con – Indy, attend the awards ceremony smartly attired;
• Report to the Submissions Coordinator and Business Manager.

And, besides being able to say “I’m an ENnies Judge!” what else do you get? Judges:
• upon completion of reviewing, retain for personal use or otherwise dispose of products reviewed;
• receive a free Gen Con Indy 4-day pass.

Publishers that publicly endorse or campaign for a specific prospective judge via website statements, social media, and/or emails during the nomination/voting period are ineligible to have products considered for nomination during that year. This includes but is not limited to official company accounts and company owners.

2 Responses to “Do you have what it takes to be an ENnies Judge?”

  1. Neill says:

    Would like to get involved with this. Where is the link for the questionnaire?

  2. Stacy Muth says:

    Hi Neill – The link to apply will post on Saturday. In the mean time, you can review the 2018 judges above to see the questions.