Thursday, August 20, 2009

The new year begins early

I know I've been basically silent since I started GenCon preparations, but I wanted to post and let people know that I haven't stopped working on the stuff I promised last year just because the new year has begun. I've just been trying to catch up on everything since I got home Monday.

In the mean time, I need to say thank you again to everyone who supported me this year, and voted for me in the elections. I've gotten a chance to talk to a few of the other judges online already, and it's going to be a great year.

I've also talked to Denise and Tony, and I think a lot of people are going to be happy with some stuff that's going on behind the scenes. As soon as it's finalized and announced I'll get on here to discuss it. Of the most immediate importance is the fact that, in answer to some complaints that it was awfully hard to find this place and see what has been submitted, the ENnies site will now be maintaining an official list there. I'll still post my stuff here as I get it, but I'm not particularly great at getting it done in a timely manner, and I've made mistakes, so for the official list it's best to look there.

Now for the fun stuff. My shipment from GenCon came in today. Unfortunately I had to leave before it was ready, but all the hard working people who don't get enough credit (like Denise, Tony, and Hans) shipped it out to me right away.

So here's what I got in:
  1. Cluster of Wooden Barrels - Acheson Creations
  2. Legend of the Five Rings: Death at Koten - AEG
  3. Ultimate Toolbox - AEG
  4. Terror Thirteen - Anansi Games
  5. 3:16 Insignias - Box Ninja
  6. Army Brat - CMON Miniatures
  7. Fantasy Craft - Crafty Games
  8. Mythos Chips - Dagon Industries
  9. Outcast Manhunter - Dark Age
  10. Dragon Roots #3
  11. Home for Wayward Minions - Expeditious Retreat Press
  12. Lost Keys of Solitude - Expeditious Retreat Press
  13. Dungeon Deck Quests - Gamers Rule
  14. Gaming Paper
  15. All In - Green Ronin
  16. Mutants and Masterminds: Mecha and Manga - Green Ronin
  17. Song of Ice and Fire Narrator's Kit - Green Ronin
  18. True 20: The Lost Island - Green Ronin
  19. Lucha Libre Hero - Hero Games
  20. Thrilling Hero Adventures - Hero Games
  21. X-Treme Dungeon Mastery - Hickman, Traci and Curtis
  22. Monkey Dome - Imagination Sweatshop
  23. Time and Temp Unbound Edition - Imagination Sweatshop
  24. Hackmaster BAsic - Kenzer
  25. Alkemy Aurlok Nation Starter Box - Kraken
  26. Alkemy Khaliman Republic Starter add-on - Kraken
  27. Supernatural - Margaret Weis Productions
  28. Judge Dredd - Mongoose Publishing
  29. Escape from Tentacle City - Palecek, Willow
  30. Nobis: The City-States - Pantheon Press
  31. Mutant City Blues - Pelgrane Press
  32. Trail of Cthulhu: Rough Magics - Pelgrane Press
  33. Shadows Over Filmland - Pelgran Press
  34. Earthdawn Player's Guide - Redbrick
  35. Colonial Gothic - Rogue Games
  36. Thousand Suns: Foundation Transmission - Rogue Games
  37. Shard RPG - Shard Studios
  38. RPGirl - Shield and Cecent Press
  39. Sight Unseen - Skirmisher
  40. Gem Cards - Tangent Games
  41. Arcane Legions Starter - Wells
  42. Blackmoor - Zeitgeist Games

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ENnies results

So, I'm absolutely certain that everyone who care to knows who the winners of the ENnies were by this point, but I didn't bring my laptop, so I wasn't able to post earlier.

Best Cover Art
Gold: CthulhuTech, Catalyst Game Labs

Silver: Pathfinder #19: Howl of the Carrion King, Paizo Publishing

Best Interior Art
Gold: Dark Heresy, Fantasy Flight Games

Silver: Mouse Guard, Kinoichi / Archaia Studio Press

Best Cartography
Gold: Pathfinder Chronicles Second Darkness Map Folio, Paizo Publishing

Silver: Star Wars: Scum and Villainy, Wizards of the Coast

Best Writing
Gold: Kobold Quarterly, Open Design

Silver: Don't Lose Your Mind, Evil Hat Productions

Best Production Values
Gold: Dark Heresy, Fantasy Flight Games

Silver: Mouse Guard, Kinoichi / Archaia Studios Press

Best Rules
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Players Handbook, Wizards of the Coast

Silver: A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, Green Ronin Publishing

Best Adventure
Gold: Pathfinder #19: Howl of the Carrion King, Paizo Publishing

Silver: P1 King of the Trollhaunts Warrens, Wizards of the Coast

Best Monster Supplement
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Monster Manual, Wizards of the Coast

Silver: Dark Heresy Creatures Anathema, Fantasy Flight Games

Best Setting
Gold: Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting, Paizo Publishing

Silver: Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies, Atomic Sock Monkey / Evil Hat Productions

Best Supplement
Gold: CthulhuTech Vade Mecum, Catalyst Game Labs

Silver: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Wizards of the Coast

Best Aid or Accessory
Gold: D&D Insider, Wizards of the Coast

Silver: Kobold Quarterly, Open Design

Best Miniatures
Gold: Game Mastery Flip-mat: Waterfront Tavern, Paizo Publishing

Silver: DU1 Halls of the Giant Kings Dungeon Tiles, Wizards of the Coast

Best Regalia
Gold: Battletech: The Corps, Catalyst Game Labs

Silver: Art of Exalted, White Wolf Publishing

Best Ebook
Gold: Collection of Horrors: Razor Kids, White Wolf Publishing

Silver: Tales of Zobek: An Anthology of Urban Adventures, Open Design

Best Free Product
Gold: Song of Ice and Fire Quickstart, Green Ronin Publishing

Silver: Swords and Wizardry, Mythmere Games

Best Website
Gold: Obsidian Portal

Silver: Kobold Quarterly

Best Podcast
Gold: All Games Considered

Silver: Order 66

Best Game
Gold: Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition, Wizards of the Coast

Silver: Dark Heresy, Fantasy Flight Games

Product of the Year
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Players Handbook, Wizards of the Coast

Silver: Mouse Guard, Kinoichi / Archaia Studios Press

Fan Award for Best Publisher:
Gold: Wizards of the Coast

Silver: Paizo Publishing

And the results of the 2010 ENnies Judges Election:
1. Justin 'Jay' Peters
2. Jeramy Ware
3. Mark W. Green
4. Christopher W. Richeson
5. Megan Robertson

Still a bit exhausted from my trip, so it'll be a bit before I have a chance to talk about the con and next year's ENnies, but I wanted to say thanks for the incredible outpouring of support I've received this year, and for giving me one more year to do this thing that I enjoy so much.

I know a ton of stuff was entered at Gencon, but unfortunately I wasn't able to wait any longer for it to be divided up, but I'll post as soon as it ships.

Thanks again, and a special thanks to everyone who took time out at the cone to say hi, or congratulate me. More than anything it's the people I meet there that make me come back.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Voting for 2010 ENnies judges is now live.

I'm running again this year, and if you're of a mind I'd appreciate your support. Just go to, put a '1' (or other appropriately low number if there's someone else you're voting for as well) by Jeramy Ware, and click 'submit'. It only takes a couple seconds, and I could use the help.


In which I blatently promote myself

With the polls having closed on the nominees for the 2009 ENnie awards, I find that it's time to move on. By which I of course mean moving on the the selections fot 2010 ENnies judges. It's the first day of voting for this year's judges, and I thought I'd drop at least one quick plea for whatever support anyone may have to offer.

If you're here then I hope that you know who I am, and what I have to offer. I'm listed on the ballot as Jeramy Ware, and I have served as a judge twice, in 2007 and 2009. This blog has served as a chronicle of my efforts, and does a better job of describing my judging style and the sorts of things I look for in a product far better than I could in this space, so I'll skipp reitterating all the stuff that can be found in my questionairre from the ENnies site.

Most importantly I believe that the judging process should:
  • Be open and honest.
  • Serve the needs of the community anf the publishers and fans that support it.
  • Judge each product on its own merits, rather than against one another.
  • Take into consideration the thoughts and preferences of others.
  • Be receptive to questions and critisism.
  • Be responsive to those who take their time to offer input.
I hope that in my terms I have met those goals, and I promise to continue to strive toward those ends should I be elected again.


Because I'm not above asking for help in my campaigning, a few testimonials from those who have followed my work:

You're exactly the sort of judge that keeps me excited about the Ennies. - Rob Donoghue

We need more hard working, open folks like you who understand the value of blogs/podcasts in the Ennies. - Dave Chalker

"Honesty and dedication to transparent processing are just two of the attributes that make (MotG) a great candidate for ENnie judge." - Jess Hartley

You gave really good feedback and updates throughout the Ennie nomination, which I really appreciated. - Sean Nittner
I felt your process, in addition to being open and honest, and revolved around quality, not just personal opinion. - Meg McG


Thank you for your time and your support.