The Glatisant: Issue #18.5

The ENNIE Awards

I am incredibly pleased to announce that my OSR mansion-crawl The Waking of Willowby Hall has been nominated for Best Adventure at the upcoming ENNIE Awards! If you’d like to help it succeed, head to the voting page and give it a “1” in the Best Adventure category. I’m really proud of how Willowby Hall turned out, and the new review of it at Bones of Contention seems to agree!

The short version of this review is that this adventure is, as is likely well known by this point, absolutely excellent. It is a masterclass in usable design, and the flaws I find within are only minor nitpicks at best. The scenario provided within is dynamic and inventive, and the aesthetics of the product are absolutely dynamite and point towards, I think, a new sort of poetics for the old-school space moving forward.

The History of the OSR at the ENNIE Awards

It wasn’t too long ago that the OSR was regarded as an odd, fringe movement in RPG-land, but that’s changed dramatically in recent years, at least as far as awards go. By my count, the year-by-year breakdown goes like this:

  • 2010 – 3 Nominations, 0 Wins

  • 2011 – 2 Nominations, 1 Win

  • 2012 – 0 Nominations, 0 Wins

  • 2013 – 5 Nominations, 0 Wins

  • 2014 – 1 Nomination, 0 Wins

  • 2015 – 4 Nominations, 4 Wins

  • 2016 – 5 Nominations, 3 Wins

  • 2017 – 7 Nominations, 4 Wins

  • 2018 – 15 Nominations, 8 Wins

  • 2019 – 17 Nominations, 5 Wins

  • 2020 – 19 Nominations, 11 Wins (That’s 26% of all winning products!)

This year there are 16 nominations for OSR-ish products. The links below go to video reviews by myself and others, if you want to see more about the product before you vote.

The ENNIES uses a ranked choice voting system, so you can rank your favorite products in each category from 1 (the best) to 5. If you don’t know anything about a product or don’t like it, leave it blank instead of giving it a low rank, since any vote for it improves its results.

I was planning on putting this ENNIES segment in the next newsletter, but voting closes on August 27th, so I figured I’d get this out to you early.

See you soon!