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Worldbuilding Guide Takes ENnies Gold

Gen Con 2013 - Kobold ENniesWhen the Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design took ENnies gold last year, we were delighted—because it’s a game product that helps create new game designers.

Well, it happened again in 2013. The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding won TWO gold ENnie awards for Best Writing, and Best RPG Related Product.

Congratulations to Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, David “Zeb” Cook, Monte Cook, Jeff Grubb, Scott Hungerford, Chris Pramas, Jonathan Roberts, Ken Scholes, Janna Silverstein, Michael A. Stackpole, and Steve Winter!

We’re gratified and humbled at this recognition from our fellow industry professionals, and the fans. Our whole series of game design books embodies the principles that Kobold Press was founded on, and it’s great to see that others find value in them.

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ENnie Nominations: Midgard, Worldbuilding, and Dark Roads

ENnies 2013 nomineeThis year’s nominees for the annual Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (ENnies) are out, and we’re delighted to report that three Kobold Press books are in the running!

Midgard Campaign SettingMidgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge, and Jeff Grubb: Best Setting

We asked Brandon Hodge how he felt about the nomination and he wrote back, “When Wolfgang assembled the Midgard Campaign Setting team, I was both honored and thrilled to help lead and collaborate with such an amazing and creative collective. Now that the fruits of that labor have been recognized with an ENnie nomination, it makes all the work pouring our hearts and souls into its pages all the more satisfying, and I couldn’t be happier to know that the dark realms of Midgard will be corrupting the gaming tables of a wider audience.”

 Jeff Grubb adds, “I am delighted to see that our combined efforts on both Midgard and the Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding have been recognized by the ENnies! Both projects were a team effort, and congratulations to everyone involved. Huzzah!”


Kobold Guide To Worldbuilding CoverKobold Guide to Worldbuilding, edited by Janna Silverstein: Best RPG Related Product, Best Writing

Kobold Press and Open Design aren’t just about delivering great games: they’re about inspiring and mentoring new game designers through active participation in the design process. This book followed in that tradition when it joined our best-selling line of game design guides, with essays on the art and craft of creating worlds from Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, David “Zeb” Cook, Jeff Grubb,  Chris Pramas, Michael A. Stackpole, Steve Winter, and more. The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design took home the gold last year, and it would be pretty great to see this book do the same.

Wolfgang says, “The double nomination for Kobold Guide To Worldbuilding is a very happy sign. The newest member of the Kobold Guide series is the strongest yet!”


Dark Roads CoverDark Roads and Golden Hells by Dan Voyce, Jarrod Camiré, Sarah Hood, Chad Middleton, Umber Phillips, John Pope, Burt Smith, Brian Suskind, and George “Loki” Williams Best Supplement

Ah, the planes, the PLANES! We were very excited to do this project, and the results show in the weird and wonderful worlds where Good and Evil, Law and Chaos reign in their purest forms.

Thanks to all of our readers and players for their support. Voting begins on Monday, July 22, and runs to Wednesday, July 31—and we hope you’ll vote kobold in 2013!

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$5 Off ENnie Nominated Books At The Kobold Store

JiroOpen Design is up for four ENnie Awards this year (vote here), and our kobold mascot Jiro is out on the campaign trail stumping for votes! He’s traveling all over Midgard, and we’ll be giving you updates on his progress. (We’re not sure how he’s going to get out the vote in the Empire of the Ghouls. On the other hand, maybe we don’t want to know.)

To help his efforts, we’re offering $5 off the cover price on all of our 2012 ENnie-nominated titles from now to July 29. This applies to both PDF and print+PDF releases. Use the code JULY2012 when you check out.

Here’s the list of nominated adventures and sourcebooks from Open Design:

  • Best Adventure: Streets of Zobeck, lead designer Ben McFarland with Mike Franke, Richard Pett, Christina Stiles, and Matthew Stinson (Open Design’s first print adventure nomination)
  • Best Interior ArtBook of Drakes, artist Hugo Solis (Open Design’s first art nomination)
  • Best RPG Related Book: Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design, Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Rob Heinsoo, Nicolas Logue, Colin McComb, Michael A. Stackpole, and Willie Walsh
  • Best Writing:Your Whispering Homunculus, Richard Pett with Greg Vaughan and Michael Kortes

Thanks as always for your support, and we hope that you’ll vote kobold at the polls!

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ENnie Award Nominations for Open Design!

2012 ENnies NomineeThere is singing, dancing and drinking in the kobold mines today: Open Design received four ENnie Award 2012 nominations. Here’s what we’re up for this year:

Congratulations to Ben McFarland, Hugo Solis, Richard Pett, Wolfgang Baur and all of the contributors to these projects! And thank you to the fine folks who purchased, read, played, and recommended them.

Voting will begin on Friday, July 20 and runs to Sunday, July 29.

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