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Two for Two

I attended the ENnie awards this year because the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game was nominated for three categories. I’m the art director for the Marvel line and responsible for the layout and art selection of the book. So I was sitting nervously in the audience because Cam Banks threatened to make me give one of the speeches if we won.

I was not expecting what happened just after the intermission. Somebody with a microphone said “Technoir.” I practically jumped out of my seat. That somebody was Jody Kline, one of the ENnie judges. He selected Technoir for his Judge’s Spotlight Award. The other judges selected Designers & Dragons, Edge RPG, Honor + Intrigue, and Shelter In Place. What a great group of games to be mentioned among. Read more »

Chronica Feudalis wins an ENnie!

ENnie AwardOn Friday, August 6th, Chronica Feudalis received a Judge’s Spotlight Award at the 2010 ENnie Awards ceremony. This is, as I understand, a new award where the five judges individually select games they believe are worthy of special recognition but were not nominated in the traditional process. Among 235 entries, Megan Robertson picked Chronica Feudalis.

Here is what she had to say:

“I’ve chosen Chronica Feudalis not just because it is a delightful conceit — a group of mediaeval monks playing a game of imagination in the monastery cellars — but because that conceit is sustained beautifully throughout the text. From the foreword to the end, here is a ‘translation’ of the original document written by one of the monks, laying out the concepts and the rules for their imaginings, even the illustrations (or should that be illuminations?) and cover serve to maintain the illusion. I can just imagine finding this tucked behind a cupboard somewhere in a monastic library, misplaced once the monks who wrote it had no more time for such things — for surely such imaginative young men rose rapidly through the ranks of Holy Mother Church — not to be seen again until today.”

Suffice it to say, this is a great honor. I was there to accept the award at the ceremony and it was a little overwhelming. The other four Spotlight Award winners were: Trailblazer, Fiasco, Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits, and Mindjammer. A fine selection of games to be included among.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this happen. To my editor, Trent Urness, and to my artist, Miguel Santos. To my play-testers, my proof-readers, and everyone who gave me advice on layout, presentation, and marketing. And I want to thank all of the individuals out there who, like Megan, have recognized something in my little game that encouraged them to buy it, read it, and play it. You have made my endeavor of game-design, writing, and publishing so worth it.

Thanks!