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2018 Diana Jones Award shortlist announced

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The Diana Jones Award causes, for me at least, much more curiosity because its goal to award "excellence in gaming" is never just focused on individual games, but also looks at the larger gaming scene. (Which *gasp* does include boardgames.) So when the shortlist was announced yesterday, I was sure it would be interesting. And it is! Here's what they say about it themselves:
Two games, an academic journal, a competition, and RPG streaming vie for hobby-gaming’s most exclusive trophy, awarded ‘for excellence in gaming’
So what have we got?

Charterstone by Jamey Stegmaier is a "legacy" boardgame that, once played, leaves you with your personalized version of an (infinitely replayable) worker-placement game.

Harlem Unbound is an RPG sourcebook from a design team headed by Chris Spivey, bringing 1920's Harlem into Cthulhu games such as Call of Cthulhu or Trail of Cthulhu. Music, style, possibility in the air, horrors lurking underneath, and a crash course on how to address race in gaming...

The 200 Word RPG Challenge came about quite spontaneously, and became an immediate success. Now in it's fourth year, it has inspired hundreds of people to design and submit role-playing games of no more than 200 words. The challenge is organised by David Schirduan and Marshall Miller. This year saw about 800 submissions, several of those designed by folks from RPGGeek.

Analog Game Studies is a journal edited by Aaron Trammell, Evan Torner, Shelley Jones, and Emma Leigh Waldron. AGS provides an accessible forum for the academic and popular study of analog games.

Last but not least, the jury put Actual Play on the short list, that is: video streaming of RPG sessions or campaigns, such as Critical Role or The Adventure Zone does. Actual play videos are popularizing RPGs in an entertaining way for a whole new audience. (Also, the Critical Role fanart I'm seeing on twitter is really cool.)

Read the appraisals on the shortlist on http://www.dianajonesaward.org/

The winner will be announced on the eve of Gen Con, that is August 1st.
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