Black Hack and Midderlands! Yay!
Funny--that's the same thing a lot of folks said about 10 years ago when indie fiction publishing really took off. Instead of a smaller number of titles coming out by the traditional publishing houses that one person could probably keep up with, thousands of authors were publishing and adding their works to the creative whole, and suddenly no one could keep up with all the content. Another interesting parallel between the two industries how things are swinging more toward creators and away from the handful of big publishers.There are so many small companies operating now and new ones start every year (and sadly, probably an equal number stop publishing each year). I think it's pretty much impossible for one person to keep up with everything these days unless that's ALL they do.
To state for people who don't look at the submissions list nothing from Wizards or Paizo was entered. We didn't get anything Star Wars or Shadowrun either. I'm not saying they would have been nominated if they had entered but they didn't want to be considered this year for reasons I am not privy to.I'm happy there's so much variety! I don't think the "best" products are coming from the big names right now. D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, and anything with the Star War's IP tend to run off with the votes in other competitions if they're on the list. It'll be nice to see less-known work like Mothership, Troika, Ultraviolet, The Black Hack, Winter's Daughter, and others get the ENies stamps of approval.
Yes! Thank you for clarifying. None of them were on the list this year. In my excitement for those other publishers, I might have implied something I didn't mean to.To state for people who don't look at the submissions list nothing from Wizards or Paizo was entered. We didn't get anything Star Wars or Shadowrun either. I'm not saying they would have been nominated if they had entered but they didn't want to be considered this year for reasons I am not privy to.
It's interesting that you say this: it was only a few years ago that they were criticized for the exact reverse and only nominating the mainstream products.Should I be turning in my Gamer Card if I've heard of almost none of those products? Maybe 'none' is a bit much- but I recognize the stuff from Pelgrane, Chaosium, Cubicle7 and Kobold Press...but the remainder I haven't the foggiest.