So, it's been a month and the books that were already submitted to the other judges still haven't made their way to me yet, but I do have some good news.
Wraith Recon from Mongoose Publishing showed up at my door yesterday.
This is pretty exciting for a number of reasons. First of course is the fact that it's my first product this year. Fifty other products have been submitted, but I'm still waiting for Zach to get those to me. This one however I have in my hot little hands. Something about birds in a bush vs. birds in a hand seems appropriate here...
Second is that the book itself represents a new generation of products. There's no secret that third party support of DnD 4.0 has been pretty sparse. Compared to the simultaneous release, and nearly immediate deluge, of products that came out with 3.0, 4.0 has been a lot of hurry up and wait. Wraith Recon however was certainly among the first products announced for the new system, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how much it has been, or can, be tweaked. Mongoose has always been good about putting their own spin on existing games.
Maybe most importantly, I think this is Mongoose's first year participating in the ENnies, and that's always very cool. Nothing helps to make the awards better like competition, and I love to see someone who puts out the sheer variety of products that Mongoose produces throw their hat in the ring.
I can't wait to read it.