That's a short shortlist. Ben and I agree that 2004 was the best year for roleplaying yet - I'm surprised that they narrowed it down so hard. I'm surprised they were able to.
1. On 2005-08-03, Andy K wrote:
I was really surprised, too. I mean, I love the inclusion of both Ticket to Ride and Unaris, but I still think there could have been another entry in there or two.
Namely, Matt Wilson. He literally walked into the scene last year as a total unknown. Now, for most of us who have gamed with him or have played PTA, it is impossible to think about running a game without the use of scenes, scene framing.
I think he should have gotten a thumbs up. Then again, that may be guilt speaking, because last year we almost killed him at GenCon by turning the AC down to like 40% in his room by accident, when all he had was a single sheet... :-)
James Wallis apparently thinks it was a disappointing year. I, personally, think he is on drugs. But there is hope for PTA yet. Nobilis set the precedent of second editions getting the DJ, so PTA could still do its thing with 2.0 or 3.0 .
My "why isn't that on the list" list is:
Exalted: The Fair Folk
The Shadow of Yesterday
1) Congrats, V, Dogs totally deserves it. It's gonna influence everything I ever do in roleplaying ever ever again. I dunno how to make a game now that doesn't look like a Dogs knockoff. I'm like, fuck it, spaceships in the vineyard.
2) Aww, shucks, guys! Your kind words kick so much ass.
What awards are good for is getting new people to try your game. They help overcome initial hesitancy, where folks are like, "Well, if it won an award, it must be good" and give it a shot. That's pretty much all they are good for, though.