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Diana Jones Award nominees announced

Press Release

London, 2002-04-08


The four shortlisted nominees for the 2001 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming are announced today.

The Diana Jones Award is an annual award given to the individual, product, publication, publisher, distributor, retailer, club, organisation, convention, event, trend, innovation or concept that best demonstrates excellence in the field of gaming. The Award is decided by a committee of anonymous games-industry professionals, who have all distinguished themselves in their field.

The committee considered a list of almost fifty nominations for the 2001 Diana Jones Award, put forward internally and by the gaming public, and after much debate has distilled it down to the following four (in alphabetical order):

by Michal Oracz. Published by Portal Publishing, Poland (Available in English as part of Hogshead Publishing's New Style line)

Out of Poland comes a roleplaying game that expands the definition of what a roleplaying game is, and what an RPG rulebook is. This free-form, Lovecraftian game runs by correspondence. Rather than adapting tabletop RPGing to play-by-mail, De Profundis re-invents the roleplaying form to match correspondence-style play.

By Robin Laws, John Snead and Peter Freeman. Published by Pelgrane Press

The Dying Earth RPG captures the spirit of Jack Vance's tales of rogues and charlatans, makes their often arcane world accessible to novices, and translates them into a sublimely enjoyable gaming experience. The game succeeds on all levels, with its beautifully presented and atmospheric book, its innovative and easily understood game system, and the pleasure it takes in its subject.


Robin D. Laws is one of the games industry's most respected designers, and one of its most prolific. Whether he is presenting a completely new approach to roleplay (Rune; Pantheon) or an RPG version of an existing genre or canon (Feng Shui; Hero Wars; Dying Earth), his attention to detail, finesse and understanding of readers' needs have put him at the head of his field.

by Ron Edwards. Published by Adept Press

Fresh, mathematically honest, direct, and patently concerned with good game-play, Sorcerer is a marvel of RPG game design. First self-published online for as a for-sale .pdf, Sorcerer -- together with its creator and publisher Ron Edwards -- represent the potential of the independent innovator in today's RPG industry. Now available in hard cover, Sorcerer stands above competitors in elegance and intelligence.

The Diana Jones committee offers its congratulations to the shortlisted nominees.

The winner of the 2001 Diana Jones Award will be announced at the Gen Con games convention in Milwaukee in early August.

For more information on the Diana Jones Award, its unique trophy and last year's winner, please go to the Award's website at or contact the Award's representative:

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