Somehow, a whole pile of work seems to have snuck up on me. I’ve got a new assignment at FLS, I have lots to do for GR leading into convention season, and for the first time in a while I have freeelance work as well. I’m writing and reading proposals while assigning and being assigned work. It’s good that I was able to relax for a couple of days in Vegas.
Green Ronin is participating in the Origins Awards for the first time in years and we got four nods in the semi-finals. This is a relatively new stage of the process that provides a field of 10 in each category. The retailers at GAMA Trade Show are voting on those, which will winnow it down to 5 and those are the actual nominess. I was pleased to see the Pirate’s Guide to Freeport, Hobby Games: The 100 Best, Walk the Plank, and Faery’s Tale Deluxe make the short list. I still don’t like the super condensed categories. I also really think the non-fiction category needs to be re-thought or re-named. This includes magazines, art books, and other oddball stuff. Somehow, the Grand History of the Realms (for the Forgotten Realms) is also in this category. Wacky.
I probably should skip gaming tonight but I won’t. More Combat Commander awaits.
So not only does AAGAD once again change the rules around the awards, but they give retailers the first cut at the semi-finalists, which may very well mean that those products that didn’t sell well won’t be on the final list.
Just to be clear, the retailer voting isn’t something that’s new for this year.
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Ah. Cold comfort, that.
Grand History made the semifinals. Cool! The non-fiction category is definitely odd though.
Grand History is specifically marketed by WotC as “not a game supplement.” It’s cast instead as a reference book about the Realms. It’s not narrative fiction and is not specifically intended for use in play. It’s also intended through content and presentation to reach the Realms fiction readers, too. That all adds up to make it a non-fiction entry.
You’re right about the non-fiction category being too broad, though.