As we enter into the last week of submissions for the ENnies, I find it to be a curious contest. On one hand, to my thinking, some categories such as Best Rules, Setting, and d20 are chock-full of serious, serious competitors. Others, like Miniatures and Podcasts, have some strong individual entries, but as a field, are less--let's say well-represented--than I'd have thought.
Here's a few thoughts:
-Has anyone come away not impressed with Aces & Eights? I mean, I know the "crunch" won't be everyone's thing, but they boys at Kenzer get a tip of the hat from me. We'll find out what my fellow judges think soon, but I sure as hellfire love what they've done with the game.
-Note to podcasters: if I can't understand what the hell you're saying, I can't really evaluate it. I wish I had the insights some of you have into gaming, but I also wish you had decent production values.
-Wizards of the Coast, who had previously said they would be competing in the '08 ENnies, has been a no-show to this point. As in, no product submitted. We'll see if they're just doing the last-minute thing.
-When you are an ENnies judge, you earn the lasting enmity of your postal carrier. If you're thinking about running next year, be forewarned.
-Lastly, I would like to hear from any publishers who were not contacted by the ENnies staff about submitting their eligible products. Also, if there were any issues or problems during submission or solicitation, I'd like to know that, too. And if you have a positive report, I'd really love to hear that! My email is mail.rpgblog(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with "@", of course). Thanks, and game on!