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Congrats to the 2020 ENnie Awards Winners

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The ENnie Awards are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. This year they took place virtually on July 31 in an online ceremony. The ENnies were created in 2001 as an annual award ceremony, hosted by the D&D/d20 system fan site, EN World in partnership with Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. 

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. You can find the full list of nominees below and those chosen are marked “Gold” and “Silver” to the left side.

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Benjamin Adelman – Sleepaway – Author: Jay Dragon
  • Rachel Campbell – Glitter HeartsLeatherman Games – Author: Greg Leatherman
  • Christopher Gath – Refractions in Glasston, Chaosium Inc. – Authors: Taylor University PWR Press, Sam Guinsatao, Carson Jacobs, T.R. Knight, Joy Lemont, Elijah Oates, Rayce Patterson, Emily Pawlowski, J. Tucker White
  • Shauna Ratliff – Knarls Candy Compendium – Authors: Makenzie De Armas, Levi Phipps
  • James Surano – Hit the Streets, Defend the Block, Lost Highway Games – Author: Rich Rogers

Best Adventure

  • GOLD – A Pound of Flesh,  Tuesday Knight Games – Authors: Donn Stroud, Sean McCoy, Luke Gearing
  • Book of Seasons: Solstices, Jessica Marcrum Writes – Authors: A. Kelly Lane, Alicia Furness, Alison Huang, Ally Sulentic, Annamyriah de Jong, Cat Evans, Collette Quach, Jacky Leung, Jamie O’Duibhir, Jessica Marcrum, Jessica Ross, Jessica Washburn, Kristina Sisto Kindel, Lynne M. Meyer, Ma’At Crook, Miranda Mels, Nemo Bueno, Oliver Clegg, Samantha Lavender, TK Johnson
  • Killer Kobolds from Outer Space, Oliver Clegg – Author: Oliver Clegg
  • The Halls of Arden Vul Complete, Expeditious Retreat Press – Author: Richard Barton
  • SILVER – Trilemma Adventures Compendium Vol 1, Trilemma Adventures – Authors: Michael Prescott, Evey Lockhart, Kira Magrann, Michael Atlin, Sean Winslow, Skerples, Stephanie Bryant, Tim Groth

Best Aid/Accessory

Best Art, Cover

Best Art, Interior

Best Cartography

Best Electronic Book

  • BEOWULF: Hermit’s Sanctuary, Handiwork Games – Authors: Jon Hodgson, Jacob Rodgers
  • Killer Kobolds from Outer Space, Oliver Clegg – Author: Oliver Clegg
  • GOLD – New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley 2nd Ed., Stygian Fox – Authors: Tom Lynch, Keith “Doc” Herber, Kevin Ross, Christopher Smith Adair, Oscar Rios, Seth Skorkowsky
  • SILVER – Uncaged Vol III, Scribemind – Authors: Alison Huang, Andrew Engelbrite, Annamyriah de Jong, Anthony Beal, Ataberk Bozkurt, Charles Van Slambrouck, Chloe Mashiter, Collette Quach, D. Chaudron, D.W. Dagon, Dai-Wei Pobjie, David Markiwsky, Fenway Jones, Gwen Bassett, Jacky Leung, Jameson Hampton, Jennifer Peig, John Tetzlaff, Karren Loomer, Kathryn Kovalcik, Katie Cunningham, Kayla Cline, Lauren Neuburger, Liz Gist, Luciella Elisabeth Scarlett, Ma’at Crook, Megan Irving, Morgan Geiss, Paige Leitman, Paul Keiter, Ryan Servis, Sam Mannell, Samantha Darcy, Sammy Ward, Sandy Jacobs-Tolle, Satine Phoenix, Scriv The Bard (Alette Smith), Shannon Lewis, Wouter Florusse, Yubi
  • Wolves of Steadwick, Explorer’s Guild Publishing – Author: Richard Davis

Best Family Game / Product

Best Free Game / Product

Best Game

Best Layout and Design

Best Monster/Adversary

Best Online Content

Best Organized Play

Best Podcast

Best Production Values

Best RPG Related Product

Best Rules

Best Setting

Best Supplement

Best Writing

Product of the Year

VRazeTheBar Presents a Virtual Gen Con Experience for Immersive Online Gaming

Gen Con Online

When Gen Con announced the cancellation of its beloved long-running annual gaming convention in Indianapolis, a team of long-time Gen Con professionals and entertainment tech specialists came together as VRazeTheBar, with the goal of creating a rich, immersive, interactive social experience for fans as part of Gen Con’s online events. Gen Con marks the debut for VRazeTheBar, the first of many other interactive, immersive online events designed to help people gather safely and have fun in the virtual world.

What VRazeTheBar is offering to Gen Con fans and other gamers is the ability to virtually go to Gen Con this year through a new world. VRazeTheBar selected the Linden Lab Enterprise/Education edition of Second Life as the ideal platform to create a virtual Gen Con experience. Second Life is the largest user-created 3D virtual gaming and social interaction world of its kind in the world. It provides the ideal space to create a virtual Gen Con experience for Second Life residents as well as Gen Con fans looking for more immersive play and social interaction.

Membership in Second Life is free, and users can select their own avatars and customize them in dizzying detail, ideal for fan-based events. Details are available on their website, for people new to Second Life there is a step-by-step guide. VRazeTheBar “emmisaries” will be available to help.

In VRazeTheBar’s virtual Gen Con experience, users will find many of the details that fans love: food trucks and the traditional Saturday night dance as well as a free official Gen Con virtual t-shirt. But more than anything else, it’s really about the games. The game masters have embraced the virtual platform to make some awesomely rich, detailed environments for interactive gameplay.

Details of the games, panels, and other events are available at the VRazeTheBar website, and registration is available Gen Con Online website, as well as registration for all events.

HABA Announces Animal Upon Animal Unicorns and Animal Upon Animal Dinos

HABA USA has announced two new games to join the HABA universe: Animal Upon Animal Unicorns and Animal Upon Animal Dinos! Both games will be exclusively available from Barnes & Nobles stores and B&N online this fall, after an initial release at Gen Con Online July 30th-August 2nd. Both games will be for sale at the HABA site during the event, as well as the Gen Con store.

Animal Upon Animal Unicorns

$19.99 MSRP
2-4 Players; 4+ years; 20 minutes

The unicorns are having fun in the flowery fields and decide to make a pyramid! Which player can successively stack all of their unicorn and unicorn friends first to win?

Animal Upon Animal Unicorns

Animal Upon Animal Dinos

$19.99 MSRP
2-4 Players; 4+ years; 15 minutes

This game is jurassic! Can you stack all of you dinosaur pieces onto the pyramid before the other players? Be careful to not let anything fall.

Animal Upon Animal Dinos

Free League Publishing Heads to Cyberspace with Gen Con Online

From the deep Nordic forests, Free League Publishing travels virtually to Gen Con Online this week with a host of games, news, and releases. Every day from July 28 to Aug 1, Free League will present a new release or announcement. Free League RPGs will also be available to play online, and the Free League YouTube channel will host actual plays of the new RPG Vaesen and recent hit games ALIEN and MÖRK BORG.

Due to the Corona pandemic, Gen Con Indy is sadly canceled this year. It’s replaced by Gen Con Online, a virtual convention featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!

Free League’s main release at Gen Con this year is Vaesen –  Nordic Horror Roleplaying, presenting a dark Gothic setting steeped in folklore and the old myths of Scandinavia. Here is the full schedule of Free League Gen Con activities as of now. More might be added later:

  • July 28: Official release day of Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, the next major game line from Free League Publishing.
  • July 29: Release announcement about Destroyer of Worlds, the upcoming new Cinematic scenario for the official ALIEN RPG.
  • July 30: Official release day of Crypt of the Mellified Mage module for the Forbidden Lands RPG, winner of four ENnie Awards 2019.
  • July 30, 9 pm EDT: Actual Play of The Shadow King’s Lost Heir for the MÖRK BORG RPG on the official Free League YouTube channel.
  • July 31: Kickstarter announcement and content reveal for the upcoming new edition of the classic Twilight: 2000 RPG.
  • July 31, 9 pm EDT: Actual Play of The Dance of Dreams for the new Vaesen RPG on the official Free League YouTube channel.
  • Aug 1: 3 pm EDT: Actual Play of Hope’s Last Rest for the ALIEN RPG on the official Free League YouTube channel.

Gen Con Online Registration has Begun

While the details are still up in the air, registration for Gen Con Online has begun. While Gen Con has been canceled, Gen Con Online will take place July 30 through August 2.

The virtual convention is something new and will feature four days of streaming shows, remote gaming, community interaction, exhibitors, and more. All from the comfort of your own couch.

The best part… the convention registration is free!

Gen Con Online

Gen Con Online’s Bad Registration Opens June 1

In the wake of Gen Con‘s cancelation arises Gen Con Online! Gen Con Online is a new virtual convention experience featuring four days of remote gaming, streaming shows, your favorite exhibitors, and more — all from the safety of your devices and the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!

While specifics are still up in the air, bad registration begins June 1 with other key dates announced:

Key Dates (Times in EDT)
Badge Registration: June 1 at noon — Registration is free, but required for participation in scheduled events.
Event Submission: June 8 at noon
Event Registration: July 13 at noon
Convention Dates: July 30 – August 2

Stay tuned for more information! There are many more details to come!

Gen Con Online

Gen Con 2020 is Officially Cancelled but Gen Con Online is a Go!

Gen Con

The signs were pointing to it being a reality but it has been announced that Gen Con 2020 has been officially been canceled. The safety of the convention has been a focus and it’s been impossible for conventions to do that with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of what the pandemic will be like months ahead. Gen Con 2021 will take place August 5-8, 2021.

The decision has also been made to cancel at Gen Con 202 Pop-Up events as well.

But, with the cancellation of the physical event, Gen Con Online has been announced!

During the original dates of the convention (July 30 – Aug 2, 2020), will be Gen Con Online, a virtual convention experience featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend remotely from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!

Gen Con Online

You can read their cancellation announcement and options for attendees through email below:

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this summer in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many. If you’d like to know more about our decision to cancel, please head over to the Gen Con website.

If you’ve already purchased your badge for Gen Con 2020 and are willing to roll it forward to Gen Con 2021, it will help us keep our staff employed through these unprecedented times and come back better than ever next year. If you’d like to pursue this option, you don’t have to do anything — we’ll convert your 2020 badge to a badge for 2021. However, if that’s not in your financial picture, we completely understand.

Here are the options for your Gen Con 2020 badge:

1. If you are willing to roll your badge forward to 2021, then you’re all set — we’ll do this automatically, with great appreciation.

2. If you’d like a refund to the original method of purchase, please email us at customerservice@gencon.combetween May 26 and July 29.Let us know you’d like a refund, and include your name and Gen Con ID number (find it next to your name in the corner while logged in). We’ll process a refund minus a $10 per badge return fee.

3. If you’d like to return your badge for system credit, email us at customerservice@gencon.com between May 26 and July 29 and we will credit your Gen Con account. Please include your name and Gen Con ID number. Returns to system credit incur no return fees, and system credit does not expire.

4. You can donate the cost of your badge to help us weather the storm and come back strong for Gen Con 2021. Email customerservice@gencon.com between May 26 and July 29 and include your name and Gen Con ID number if you’d like to pursue this option.

Note: Refund requests will not be accepted until May 26, and must be received by email to customerservice@gencon.com by July 29. Please include your choice of action for your badge, your name, and your Gen Con ID number (find it to the right of your name in the corner when you’re logged in at gencon.com).

After July 29, all 2020 badges will be rolled over to 2021. If you miss that window or decide later you’d like a refund, you can request one beginning February 1, 2021.

If you’ve made a hotel reservation through our Housing Portal, your reservation will automatically be canceled, and you will not be charged any fees. The hotel queue will be reassigned for 2021.

All Pop-Up Gen Con events will also be canceled for 2020.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support during this time. We hope that you and your circle of loved ones are safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your wonderful faces in 2021!

Gen Con is the largest and longest-running annual event devoted to tabletop gaming culture in North America. The convention, which began in 1968 in Lake Geneva, WI, attracts 70,000 attendees and over 520 exhibiting companies each year. During the convention, attendees choose from more than 20,000 ticketed events representing a wide array of board games, card games, roleplaying games, seminars, entertainment events, and more. Gen Con takes place each August in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and surrounding downtown hotel spaces in Indianapolis, IN.

Gen Con 2020 is still on… for now

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Is this the year when we all Gen Can’t? While conventions are being canceled or rescheduled around the country, Gen Con is still going ahead, sort of.

The “best four days in gaming” is delaying their event registration and release of their catalog as they monitor the situation which is ever changing.

While other conventions going on the same weekend elsewhere are being canceled the COVID-19 impact is specific to locations and varies. Gen Con though brings in tens of thousands of individuals from out of state and involves the constant touching of gaming items after others use them. So, the basic premise of the convention is a high-risk environment of the virus being passed along.

If the convention does go on, expect the hall to smell like disinfectant.

You read Gen Con’s latest update at their site.

Christopher Burdett, Nen Chang, and Steve Prescott Announced as Featured Artists for Gen Con 2020 Art Show

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Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has named Christopher Burdett, Nen Chang, and Steve Prescott as Featured Artists for the convention’s 2020 Art Show program. As Featured Artists, the three recipients will showcase their works in a dedicated space in the Art Show section of the Exhibit Hall during all four days of the convention.

The Art Show showcases more than 80 artists working in fantasy, sci-fi, comics, horror, and gaming illustration.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2020. Badges are information are available at gencon.com

Gen Con Celebrates a Record Year

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Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has announced a year of continued growth in attendance, exhibiting companies, and ticketed events at its 2019 convention in Indianapolis, IN, held in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and surrounding downtown hotels from August 1-4, 2019.

The annual four-day event, which has more than doubled in size since moving to Indianapolis in 2003, sold more 4-Day and Sunday badges than in any prior year, and featured nearly 70,000 unique attendees, a record-breaking 538 exhibiting companies, and an all-time-high 19,600 ticketed events. In 2019, Gen Con also grew its livestreaming program, increased the number of electronically ticketed events, and expanded its reach with Pop-Up Gen Con, a pilot program which activated satellite events in more than 40 game stores across the U.S. concurrently with the main convention in Indianapolis.

After a successful launch at Gen Con 2018, the convention’s livestreaming efforts expanded in 2019, attracting 6,900 unique viewers at peak and a combined watch time of over 3 million minutes. Content streamed live from the Indiana Convention Center included live gaming, Main Stage events, interviews, demonstrations by game publishers, and footage of the convention experience. Gen Con’s year-round livestreaming program, Gen Con TV, continues to grow, and Gen Con will produce additional shows broadcast weekly throughout the year.

Of the 19,600 individually ticketed events in the Gen Con 2019 event schedule, representing a comprehensive range of tabletop gaming genres and geek culture events, over 2,000 were electronically ticketed — twice as many as 2018. Organizers of e-ticketed events used the Official Gen Con Mobile App (released for public use for the first time this year) to scan attendee badges to confirm their participation.

The convention results in a local economic impact of nearly $70 million. Gen Con has redoubled its focus on sustainability, with 100% of show signage printed on recycled materials and the use of reusable concession cups.

This year, Gen Con took several measures to cut down on waste and reduce the ecological impact of The Best Four Days in Gaming. In addition to recyclable show signage, 27,000 sq. ft. of vinyl table coverings were replaced by linens and recyclable paper. Gen Con’s partnership with r.Cup, a reusable cup service, replaced disposable cups in all concession stands with durable reusable cups, resulting in the prevention of 24,000 cups ending up in a landfill this year.

In the pilot year of Pop-Up Gen Con, a new retail initiative expanding the Gen Con experience to local game stores, satellite retail activations occurred at 42 stores across the United States and two stores in the United Kingdom. Over 1,300 gaming fans flocked to participating game stores to play demo copies of new games released at Gen Con and gather with their local gaming community. Many participating stores featured livestreamed video from Gen Con in Indianapolis, and some enhanced the in-store experience with other events and promotions. The program plans to expand in the future to include additional stores nationally and internationally.

Gen Con 2019 attendees helped to raise over $35,000 for the convention’s 2019 Charity Partners, Game To Grow, and Special Olympics Indiana. Gen Con has raised over $335,000 for charity since 2003. In a first partnership with Make-A-Wish®, Gen Con brought 13-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a pineal parenchymal tumor, on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family to Gen Con 2019, where his wish of attending the convention, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and learning about new board games was granted.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis July 30-August 2, 2020.

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