So, we have the opportunity to vote for the Ennies, and it is a popularity contest. How much does our little community weigh?
Being the kind of hardcore forge-head who, more often than not, makes his shopping at the Un-store, it occurs me as not so much of a surprise that I have no real "favorites" amongst the nominees and that, actually, I have experience in a very small number of those games.
I know well enough to pick How we came to live here for best writing (what a pleasant surprise! at least one game text from my "to read" list made it into the nominees) and Diaspora for best rules (note that I'm not actually in love with FATE, but it sure beats the shit out of everything else in the category). But apart from that? Is there anything else which deserves a vote?
The reason I'm writing this is, of course, that as vigilant as I style myself some interesting titles may still have "escaped my radar" as they say. Your opinions, S.G. people?
For clarity, what I'm looking for is games which push the RPG medium into new decent directions and out of that same old shit. Picking small press/indie products is (while virtually a prerequisite these days AFAIK) not my first and foremost concern here. (So, to be extra clear, I don't care that StoryYeller or Rollmaster have been dropped by former copyright holders and are now released by a one-man company: I still wish such "rulesets" the most miserable death.)