Diana Jones Award nominees announced
DIANA JONES AWARD 2001 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
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
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.
THE DYING EARTH ROLEPLAYING GAME
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
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
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
http://www.erstwhile.demon.co.uk/dianajones/ or contact the Award's