Indie RPG Awards
Marshall Miller shared this privately but this is the Indie Game Reading Club so let’s talk about it!
Two PbtA games tied for first place: Night Witches and World Wide Wrestling. Have we hit peak PbtA yet? Should we talk about the “indie” in “Indie RPGs”? They’re both just terrific, can’t fault the judges.
Fall of Magic, legit. Great form factor and kind of … un-copy-able without everyone calling it a “Fall of Magic ripoff.” Betting we’ll see more “move a token and talk about this place” games from Ross, though.
The Warren: more PbtA. I haven’t played it yet! But it reads great and it’s just sitting there waiting. Maybe…hm, maybe I should add The Warren to my BigBadCon list.
Urban Shadows: ditto re PbtA, although it’s an awfully good iteration. I think lots of people have picked up on its long-play issues but that’s a good thing, yeah? Nothing wrong with the rooolz, and the big critical mass of players are going to uncover terrific Best Practices. Kind of wish this awards program gave out bonus points for community.
The last few are not known to me:
Downfall by Caroline Hobbs. I’ve seen it talked up! It’s sitting in my drivethrurpg wish list in fact.
Capes, Cowls and Villains Foul by Barak Blackburn. Dunno anything about it.
Sign by Hakan Seyalioglu, Kathryn Hymes. I think I saw a thing about this zing by. Dunno.
The Necklace by clash bowley. I got nuttin.
FAITH: the Sci-Fi RPG by Carlos Gomez, Mauricio Gomez, Helio de Grado. Now I have seen this. Amazing production values. Can’t really tell how the game plays at all but the vibe I got off it is that the production is the star of the show, not the design. Maybe I’m wrong!