Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Your Annual Ennies Post

The Ennie noms are out HERE



We got a few for Silent Titans. Dirk did NOT get a nomination for Best Interior Art which, true, puts him in the much more truly scene-kid list of Great Artists Who Were Denied, along with Scrap Princess. But he still should have got the nom.

Anyway, every Summer Zak would put together his little 'scene kids' list of the things that everyone should vote for, to be considered a true insider.

What I'd like to do with this post is just anyone who is nominated, or anyone who really likes something that has been nominated and has something interesting to say about it, drop a comment and I will take those comments and put them in the post.

And that applies to anyone.

And if you don't want to give me a blog-traffic handjob, you can drop in a link to a review or commentary somewhere and I will put that in.

Images - maybe. Downloadable format only please and vertical door shaped pictures work much better than landscape. If the post gets busy (it will probably be ignored), I will limit it to one image for each thing.

Ordering - I will try to keep it in the same order as the nominations list.

Amount of stuff - might have to limit this if it gets super-long. 

I reserve the right to cut and ignore stuff if it gets political/weird/ if there is drama etc.

Going offline now and will be back up in 15 hours so expect an update then.]

OK. THIS WAS PRETTY MUCH A FAILURE.

Still , Dave Rollins linked this review for the free sample version of Luka Rejecs UVG


Aaand Maxcan7 left this interesting comment;

"These are more hot-takes than deep analysis, but here are some thoughts as I read over the list:

It seems like there are fewer OSR noms than in past years, although still quite a few. Even among the "OSR" noms, it seems to be more games that use unique systems that have sprung from the OSR community rather than old-school D&D per se. The only old-school D&D-style OSR game I noticed was Black Hack 2nd edition with a single nom, but maybe I missed some others. Also, Troika Numinous is criminally under-represented.

It also seems like there are more independent games, in a very literal sense, as in not part of OSR, or PbtA, or another pre-established system or style or culture.

That being said, it does seem like in certain categories, in particular art, they tended to go more traditional, although I don't remember how that compares to years past.

While there were definitely some great games and products that came out this year, it seems like there are a lot of things happening in the broader tabletop RPG culture right now that haven't fully manifested yet, and I'll be really interested to see what things look like in the next couple years. I think there are going to be some more obvious trends in upcoming years, but I don't necessarily have a great sense of what those trends will be quite yet. I suspect there will be more games that blur the lines between what we think of as OSR vs. storygame, but beyond that I don't know."

So - positive framing.

5 comments:

  1. I can’t remember a time I cared for any awards show

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  2. These are more hot-takes than deep analysis, but here are some thoughts as I read over the list:

    It seems like there are fewer OSR noms than in past years, although still quite a few. Even among the "OSR" noms, it seems to be more games that use unique systems that have sprung from the OSR community rather than old-school D&D per se. The only old-school D&D-style OSR game I noticed was Black Hack 2nd edition with a single nom, but maybe I missed some others. Also, Troika Numinous is criminally under-represented.

    It also seems like there are more independent games, in a very literal sense, as in not part of OSR, or PbtA, or another pre-established system or style or culture.

    That being said, it does seem like in certain categories, in particular art, they tended to go more traditional, although I don't remember how that compares to years past.

    While there were definitely some great games and products that came out this year, it seems like there are a lot of things happening in the broader tabletop RPG culture right now that haven't fully manifested yet, and I'll be really interested to see what things look like in the next couple years. I think there are going to be some more obvious trends in upcoming years, but I don't necessarily have a great sense of what those trends will be quite yet. I suspect there will be more games that blur the lines between what we think of as OSR vs. storygame, but beyond that I don't know.

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  3. I've never had a blog hand-job before. It sounds like the kind of thing a person should want. Here's my review of the UVG free sampler that Luka Rejec is nominated for.

    https://searching-for-magic-blog.blogspot.com/2018/05/review-uvg-ultraviolet-grasslands-and.html

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  5. I still haven't figured out how to keep up with the blogs now that G+ is gone ... at some point I need to really look into RSS or something. Sigh.

    But, here, later but not never: look at Necrotic Gnome's stuff! Look at Silent Titans. Look at all these glories of neo-gaming!

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