Greetings! The Ennie Awards are upon us once again, and once again, Chill has a nomination (we were nominated a couple of years ago in Best Free Product for the Chill Quickstart, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors).
This year, Monsters is nominated for Best Writing.
Obviously I’m very proud to have been nominated, especially in writing. I wrote Monsters myself, and I’m happy with the way it turned out. It’s nice to have that validation.
That said, I’m not going to ask you to vote for Monsters. I’m going to ask you to vote for Harlem Unbound.
Harlem Unbound, if you don’t know, takes the Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos into the Harlem Renaissance. That’s innovative on a number of levels, and it’s hard to say that about anything Mythos-related. The book presents the setting in several different systems (Call of Cthulhu, GUMSHOE) and asks the players to take on African-American characters rather than the (usually white) investigative protagonists of a Mythos-style game.
Awards have a tendency to be purely self-congratulatory, but I always feel that an award is a chance to recognize achievement, innovation, and, hopefully, the future and trajectory of what it’s celebrating. I’m very happy that Monsters got a nom for writing and I’m honored…but I think the award should go to Chris Spivey.
The voting link is here, and I would very much like you to vote for Harlem Unbound in the first slot.
Listen to your heart for the other slots. If you felt like voting for Monsters in slot 2, well, I would very much appreciate that.