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Indie RPG Awards and IGDN Groundbreaker Awards

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Both the Indie RPG Awards and the IGDN Groundbreaker Awards have been announced recently, at Gen Con Indy. They cover products released in 2017, at least for the most part.

Indie RPG Awards
The Indie RPG Awards are voted on by indie rpg designers. You can read more about the details on their website. They are now in their 16th year. For each category, I'll list the winner and runner-ups. Games are linked only on their first appearance. Some products are not entered into our database yet. For more details (number of votes, occasional remarks by voters, all products registered for this round of awards) visit the website for the 2017 Indie RPG Awards.

Indie Game of the Year
The Watch by Ash Kreider and Andrew Medeiros

Alas for the Awful Sea: Myth, Mystery & Crime in 1800s UK
Velvet Glove (Notebook Edition)
Threadbare Stitchpunk RPG
City of Mist Core Book
No Boundaries by Marc Hobbs (blog post, download link, I'm sure we'll have it added to the database soon enough.)

Indie Supplement of the Year
Itras By: The Menagerie by a bunch of awesome people

Smoke & Glass by Shoshana Kessock
Veins of the Earth
Rotted Capes: Survivor's Guide, Vol. I
Dark Hold Goblin Adventures: Terror from the Black Isles

Best Support
Timewatch by Kevin Kulp (II), published by Pelgrane Press

The Watch
Juntu's Floating Ice Hell by Jason Morningstar (listed as Juntu's Frozen Ice Hell), a Dungeon World adventure
Alas for the Awful Sea
Itras By: The Menagerie

Best Production

Veins of the Earth
Alas for the Awful Sea
Velvet Glove
Itras By: The Menagerie
Dusk City Outlaws Core Game

Most Innovative Game
Alas for the Awful Sea by Hayley Gordon and Vee Hendro

The Watch

IGDN Groundbreaker Awards

The Indie Game Developers Network (IGDN) first presented this award in 2016 "to shine a spotlight on excellence in the indie game design community. These awards will recognize games (and game designers) who are creating new and innovative game designs that push the boundaries both in innovation and in promoting diversity." The game must be considered a tabletop RPG, LARP, Card Game, or Board Game, or some variant within (such as a dice game). A panel of four judges (two from the IGDN, two from the greater industry) checks through submissions and picks nominees and then winners in handful of categories.

While the IGDN has only put up the nominees on their website so far, Rob Wieland blogged about the winners on Geek & Sundry.

Best Art

Bluebeard's Bride (winner!)
Damn the Man, Save the Music
Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny
Eden (info)
The Watch

Best Setting

Arecibo (winner!)
Urban Shadows: Dark Streets
Harlem Unbound

Best Rules

Damn the Man, Save the Music (winner!)
Let Me Take a Selfie by Brie Sheldon (interview)
Opera Buffa (info)
Pip System Corebook

Most Innovative

Feast (2017) (winner!)
Bluebeard’s Bride
Let me Take a Selfie
Opera Buffa
Two Hearts Beat as One (full game on 200 word rpgs)

Groundbreaking Supplement

Harlem Unbound (winner!)
Dark Streets
Deck of Villainy (for Masks)

Game of the Year

Bluebeard’s Bride (winner!)
Damn the Man, Save the Music
Let Me Take a Selfie

I know. Lots of good Indies.
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