Firefly RPG ENnie Nominations and a Judge’s Spotlight Award

Firefly RPG Front Cover

Found out this morning that the Firefly RPG corebook was nominated for two 2015 ENnie Awards: Product of the Year and Game of the Year. Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics also won a Judge’s Spotlight Award as well.

First and foremost, congratulations to my team for putting in a lot of work into the ‘Verse. Second, kudos to everyone who was nominated for the industry’s awards. Can’t wait for voting to open up; there are some FANTASTIC games in this year’s list. Cheers all around, and I’ll see you in Indy!

A Bucket o’ Fun Announcements

Good morning my fellow writers, game designers, and readers! I’m back from a wonderful writer’s retreat and am deep in the trenches. I’ve got a few announcements to make, so bear with me today.

  • Firefly RPG Wins 2nd Runner Up: In the Golden Geek Awards, the Firefly RPG won 2nd Runner Up behind Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. Congrats to everyone who worked on this game, both past and present, and to the fans for voting! If you’re interested in trying out the RPG, the corebook is available in digital through DriveThruRPG.com and in print through www.margaretweis.com and wherever games are sold.
  • Reddit AMA in /r/Fantasy: Thanks to the support and prompting by Steve Drew, I’ll be on Reddit doing an AMA on Monday, March 2nd. Celebrating my 10th year in the gaming industry, so drop by and ask questions about the Firefly RPG or my earlier work. I’m keen on answering questions about the shiny new Smuggler’s Guide to the Rim.
  • Watch for me at GTS: I will be attending the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas and will be presenting as a game designer/developer. Very excited about this! It’ll give me a chance to connect with other industry folks and retailers, and talk about some of my experiences that I’ve had over the past decade.
  • New Reward Tiers on the Dark Eras Kickstarter: A lot of fans are really interested in expanding the existing chapters in the Dark Eras supplement, and there’ll be new reward tiers announced later today. Drop by later and check ’em out! We’re in the final throes of this wild ride!
  • Build-a-World at Mo*Con: I’m happy to announce that I’ve confirmed I’ll be running my Build-a-World Game Show at Mo*Con X! Yay! There will be shenanigans! I am hoping to find a sponsor to pick up the tab for the charity donation. Last year, Steven Saus donated $50 on behalf of his publishing company at ConText, and the winning team got to choose which charity to put that money towards.

That’s all I have time for today. To the deadlines! They won’t wait!

Family Games: the 100 Best is an Origins Nominee

Hi everyone, I am excited to share with you that FAMILY GAMES: THE 100 BEST is up for an industry award. If you read my previous post where I listed the essay list for FAMILY GAMES: the 100 BEST, you might recall that I wrote about GLOOM, which is one of my favorite card games.

Since writing the essay, I managed to pick up a few expansions and indoctrinate cajole encourage new fans to play this fun game. I’ve also learned that this particular tome is a favorite of librarians everywhere. (Note: librarians are awesome!)

What are the Origins Awards?

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game related products.

The nominees were voted on by hobby game retailers at the GAMA Trade Show in March 2011 from a short list in each category determined by a jury of hobby game professionals and knowledgeable enthusiasts. The winner of each category will be determined by the votes of attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus OH, June 22nd-26th. — SOURCE: The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Nominees

At Origins this year, convention attendees will vote for their favorite games and, in this case, books related to gaming. To have made it this far, in the category of Best Game-Related Publication, is pretty darn awesome. Edited by James Lowder, the book is a fine collection and a great way to revisit or learn about classic family games we’ve all enjoyed. There’s some tough competition this year, so who will win is anyone’s guess.

For more information, please read: The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Nominees.

Good luck to all of the nominees! Happy gaming!

Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas is up for an ENnie Award

ENnie AwardsMany of you might have heard me talk about my short story “Pie,” which was published in the anthology entitled BURIED TALES OF PINEBOX, TEXAS. This work has already won first place for 2009 best anthology in the annual Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice Awards. Now, I am pleased to announce that it is being considered for the ENnies, an award in the gaming industry.

The list of 2010 nominees for the ENnie awards includes some really fun games like ECLIPSE PHASE and DOCTOR WHO.

This year, we have some tough competition in our category of “Best Regalia,” because every product that’s listed there is outstanding. Now that the preliminary round of voting has passed, voting has now opened up to the public.

Cast your vote to decide this year’s winners for the 2010 ENnie awards

If you’re remotely familiar with these games and books, I hope that you take the opportunity to vote. These awards mean a lot to the people who work in this industry, because they’re not just decided by a panel of judges. They’re decided by our peers, our readers and our fellow gamers, too.

Good luck to everyone! If you’re interested in picking up any of these books or games, you can visit the 2010 nominees on DriveThruRPG.com. Many of them are on sale, too!

Hobby Games: The 100 Best is an Origins Award Nominee

In Hobby Games: The 100 Best, the top designers, authors and publishers in the hobby games field write about the most enjoyable and cleverly designed games of the last 50 years. Their essays cover the spectrum of the hobby market, from role-playing games to collectible card games, miniatures games to wargames to board games, with titles both familiar and esoteric. Writers include such legendary designers as Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons; Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering and Larry Harris, creator of Axis and Allies; best-selling authors R. A. Salvatore, Tracy Hickman, Ed Greenwood, and Michael Stackpole; as well as dozens of other noteworthy and award-winning creators. Hobby Games: The 100 Best is edited by James Lowder.

Hobby Games: The 100 Best is a finalist in the Non-Fiction Category for the recently announced 34th Origins Awards Nominees.

Astounding Hero Tales, also edited by James Lowder, is a finalist in the Fiction Category for the Origins Awards.




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