First I want to urge you to vote on who of this years nominees you want to see awarded.
So who are my favorites among this years nominees? Here are my favorite from this years nominees. These are my highly subjective opinions, based on the fact that I haven’t had the chance to play with or even see all the products nominated. So my selection will be based on my at times limited experience.
2014 Judge’s Spotlight Winners
For me the favorite in this category is: Deep Magic - by Kobold Press. A huge 376-page tome full of great Pathfinder magic, a perfect thing for my game where I’m playing or running games!
Again this is an easy pick for me: Rise of the Drow - by AAW GAMES LLC. I pledged in their Kickstarter and I’m impressed with all the cool material as well as the adventure. Now I’m thinking about running an underdark Campaign in Greyhawk again.
The Kobold crew strikes again, and its another tome full of great Magic: Kobold Guide to Magic.
Best Art, Interior
Here I have two nominees that I both find to be top picks for me: Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods - Paizo Publishing and Shadows of Esteren Book 2 – Travels - Agate Editions. They both have lots of fantastic and to me highly inspirational art.
Best Art, Cover
Wayne Reynolds, makes fantastic cover art. This seems to be both the judges and my opinion so his art is on two of the nominees in this category this year. But I like dragons far more than were sharks so my pick is Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures - Paizo Publishing.
I have two favorite blogs nominated this year: The Other Side by Timothy Brannan and Dorkland! by Christopher Helton. Both will give you a good amount of gaming news and thoughts, and more.
Well I’m too biased to give any advice in this category ;) The other maps are beautiful and made by some of the best Cartographers in the industry that I’ve been a fan of for many years. My map of the flanaess is different on both style and scope, and even if you don’t like the “satellite” maps style, the sheer size and level of detail in my Map of the Flanaess makes it a worthy competitor for the award, in my humble opinion!
Best Electronic Book
Well to be honest, I haven’t had the chance to see any of these books yet so I haven’t made any favorites in this category.
Best Family Game
I’ve had some experience with two of the nominees in this category: Little Wizards - by Crafty Games and Fate Accelerated Edition - Evil Hat Productions. Both are great fun to play and a good way to introduce newcomers or youngsters to the world of RPG’s.
Best Free Product
Since my map isn’t nominated in this category ;), I have to pick Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Too! - Paizo Publishing, which is a great adventure!
Among the nominated this year is Fate Core System - from Evil Hat Productions. I haven’t had the chance to play 13th age or Numenera yet. But I’ve had the pleasure of playing Fate a couple of times and I must say I’m impressed by the fluid and narrative way of playing this game. So for me it has to be what I choose.
Best Miniatures Product
Miniatures have never been my thing really. My lot in gaming life used to be to buy all the rulebooks, plan and run the games as the Game Master, so I made my players by and paint miniatures. Then I introduced a projector and used digital markers. So even though I love to look at miniatures, my knowledge of any of the nominees aren’t enough for me to pick any favorites.
I love the Midgard bestiary but its only nominated in its 13th age incarnation, so my pick will therefore be: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 - Paizo Publishing. Even though I’m not much of a Cthulhu fan it has a lot of cool stuff to offer a GM set on making an impression!
My favorite podcast Gamerstable isn’t nominated this year, so I’m choosing what I consider to be the 2nd best RPG podcast: All Games Considered. Great stuff, I especially like their news section!
Best Production Values
Of the nominees I have to pick: Numenera Corebook - Monte Cook Games, LLC. Monte have done a terrific job with his Numenera game so he gets my vote in this category!
Best RPG Related Product
Again this is a category where none of the products are familiar enough for me to have enough of an opinion to cast a vote.
I liked Fate Core System - Evil Hat Productions enough to want to see them awarded. Quick, fun, creative and easy to play, a winner in my opinion!
Well you know what setting I prefer to run my games in ;). But when I’m a player I prefer to be part of games not set in Greyhawk, that way I will not spend the time being irritated about changes made to my favorite setting I have made differently. That said I haven’t played in any of the settings nominated this year, which means I need to start playing more!
For me there is a sure winner in this category: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign - Paizo Publishing. This is a book I have wished I had for years, and now I have it. As a Game Master it is a treasure trove of rules and things to use in your campaign, a top pick!
This year this is an easy category for me. Despite the fact that their is one map making program and my favorite virtual table top among the nominated, my winner is: Realm Works - Lone Wolf Development. It is a special kind of software that I have dreamt of for years, Lone Wolf Development have done a fantastic job developing Realm Works!
This is hard one for me this year, since i haven’t visited any of the sites that much. But I’m very fond of SRD’s so I’ll give Fate SRD a nod!
Product of the Year
Among all the great products nominated this year, I will pick two: Fate Core System - Evil Hat Productions, due to its great game play experience it has given me. And Numenera Corebook - Monte Cook Games, LLC, for making a game that interested me a in a genre I used to not like at all, my hat off to Monte and Co for a great work!
That was who I voted for this year. Now I hope you go to The 2014 ENnies voting Booth and cast your votes on the entrees you want to see win!