Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It Begins...

Well, with Gen Con having winded down and no longer having the excuse of recovery from that event, I've jumped right in to the product that needs reviewing for next year's ENnies. I've organized my office space to handle the process as best I could--turned the whole thing into a queue of sorts, really. Aside from that, I'm ready to start chatting with the other judges and seeing the lay of the land, so to speak.

One thing's for sure--by the end of it all, someone will have called me an asshat for some product that gets put into the awards. You can't please everyone, so you know it's coming. What I will try to do, though, is answer as many questions as I can about the process and what went into it. Then, at least people will be a little bit better informed as to why things panned out the way they did.

Then they can call me an asshat.

Guys and gals reading this, please don't fail me. Your thoughts are important, too. While judge's vote remains his own, your commentary can help me think about things in a different way or possibly help me see something I've missed. So get those comments rolling!

9 comments:

Serious Paul said...

I'll be following this, admittedly sporadically-but I think it will be fun to see what your experiences are. Good luck, have fun!

Settembrini said...

I´ll be reading!
Keep the murmurs from the Ennieverse coming!

Zachary The First said...

"Murmurs from the ENnieverse...man, that's good stuff. :)

GoOrange said...

Excited to check this out!

Question: What are/were the criteria for games submitted for the 2008 awards? Specifically, how does publication/release date tie in?

Olman Feelyus said...

Congrats and good luck!

Do not sleep on Aces & Eights, which as far as I'm concerned is currently holding the Product of the Year spot already.

Beautiful physical product, well-supported (at least so far), trad rules, but thoroughly thought out and tested at combat and roleplay levels and the first large-scale western rpg since Boot Hill.

Also, popular. Sold out within two months of its release.

Jeff Rients said...

Zach, I will be following your progress closely. Not with like, spy satellites or anything. but I'll read this here blog.

Zachary The First said...

@ goorange: The cutoff date was May 07 through May 1st, 2008, I believe. Which means I *think* won't be in this year's voting, but the new Trav will.

@olman: It's already been brought up. Kenzer will have to submit it, which I'm sure they will. I agree-it's an absolutely gorgeous product!

chris said...

Can I call you an asshat now, and get it out of the way?

Zachary The First said...

I'd rather you did! :)