Change to 2023 Judging Panel

The ENNIE Awards regrets that Alyx Bui has stepped down as 2023 ENNIEs judge. Due to some exciting opportunities Alyx has within the industry, they will be unable to participate given the conflict of interest.

We wish Alyx much success in the new endeavors. Kevin Combs, as the next selected judge by public vote, will now serve in the role.

Hosts for the 2022 ENNIE Awards Announced

THE ENNIE Awards are pleased to announce the co-hosts for the 2022 ENNIE Awards Mike Pondsmith and Cody Pondsmith!  Assisting Mike and Cody will be special guest presenters Cat Tobin, Mark Diaz Truman and Ricardo Evangelho!

The awards will take place on Friday, August 5th at 8 P.M.  EST at Gen Con in the Crown Plaza Union Station Grand Hall.  It can also be watched live via the ENNIE Award YouTube channel.

Mike Pondsmith

Appearing as a Mild Mannered Game Designer, Mike Pondsmith is in reality a Time Lord from the Far Future, here to warn all of us of a reality involving Giant Robots, cyber-enhanced Boostergangers, and an Invasion of Teenagers From Outer Space. When not involved in his day job of Saving The Future of Humanity, he can also be found in the nearest gravel pit, digging up million year old dead things with waaaay too many teeth and claws. He calls this relaxation.

Cody Pondsmith

Cody Pondsmith joined R. Talsorian Games years ago, entering in the deep dark depth of the mail room and working his way up from the bottom all the way to the prestigious position of General Manager. Tutored by his father, Mike Pondsmith, Cody was well prepared to take on the task of heading the Witcher TRPG, a project he’s sunk his very heart into! So, if there’s blood in your book, that’s why.

Cat Tobin

Cat Tobin is the Managing Director and co-owner of Pelgrane Press. An Irish native, she has been heavily involved with the roleplaying community in Ireland and the UK since the late 1990s, doing everything from writing and design, to marketing, finance, and convention organisation. She likes coffee, hates mornings, and her favourite vegetable is the potato. Cat tweets from @CatTHM.

Mark Diaz Truman

Mark Diaz Truman is the ENnie award-winning co-founder of Magpie Games, a co-founder of the Indie Game Development Network, the designer of Urban Shadows, Cartel, and Our Last Best Hope, the co-designer of Wizard Kittens, Zombie World, Root: The Roleplaying Game, and Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Games. Since 2011, Mark has led tabletop game projects that raised over $12 million on Kickstarter, and he has served as the developmental editor of many award-winning roleplaying games, including Firefly, 7th Sea: 2nd Ed, Masks: A New Generation, and Bluebeard’s Bride.

Ricardo Evangelho

Ricardo Evangelho, the founder of Hit Point Press, creates games and accessories from the Canadian wonderland of Ottawa, Ontario. This multi-ENNIE award winning company is one of Ottawa’s fastest growing businesses. Ricardo has led multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns and created Humblewood, the Big Bad Booklet series, The Deck of Many and Animated Spells.

2022 ENNIE Awards Voting Is Live!

Click here to be taken directly to the voting page.  As a reminder, we subscribe to the One Person, One Vote rule.

Voting will be open until 12 AM PST on July 24th.

For the Art categories, we’ve put together a collage of the nominated products here to help you compare.

Winners will be announced at Gen Con on Friday, August 5th at 8pm EST.  We will also be broadcasting simultaneously via our YouTube channel.

Also, a huge THANK YOU to Campaign Coins for the beautiful ENNIE Medals!

2022 ENNIE Award Nominations!

The ENNIE Awards is pleased to announce the 2022 Nominations and Judges Awards!

Click here to be taken to the complete list.

Our intrepid judges spent 10 months reviewing all product that were submitted to come to this final list of five in each category. Thank you Amelia, Di, Christopher, Salim, and Christian for all your hard work!

Final voting will take place from July 15th-24th.  

There is also still time to sign up to be an ENNIEs judge and nominate your favorite Publisher! Entries for both close on July 12th!  These are voted on by fans as well during the same voting period.

Winner will be announced via Live at Gen Con in the Crowne Plaza Union Station Grand Hall on August 5th at 8pm EST. You can also watch it live via our YouTube Channel!

Important Dates 2022 ENNIE Awards

Here are the important Dates for the 2022 ENNIE Awards!

June 10, 2022 – July 12, 2022 – Submissions for 2023 Judge – Come be a judge!  You can sign up here.

July 8, 2022 – July 12, 2022 – Submissions for Favorite Publisher

July 8, 2022 – Nominees and Judge’s Spotlight Announcement

July 15, 2022 – July 24, 2022 – Voting for Judges, Favorite Publisher and the ENNIE Awards

August 5th at 8PM EST at Gen Con at the Crowne Plaza Union Station!  You can also watch the live stream on our YouTube channel!

**We do plan to solicit acceptance speeches from all nominees as we did last year, as we know many won’t be at the show.**

New Medals for 2021!

This year we have a fabulous new ENNIES medal made by our sponsors Campaign Coins, designed by D20 Monkey, Brian Patterson.  We are so excited with the update to match our logo!
 2021 Nominees will be announced on August 13th and you can vote for your favorite nominee August 18, 2021 – August 27, 2021.
Who will take home these new beauties?  Find out at 9pm EST, September 17th via our live stream or join us at Gen Con!

The ENNIE Awards Believes that Black Lives Matter

The ENnie Awards believes that Black Lives Matter.  Inclusivity is important. The gaming industry is richer for it.  Racial injustice and discrimination have no place in a civil society or in the hobby we love and seek to elevate.

Below are opportunities to support racial justice within the gaming industry and some educational resources to help facilitate anti-racist conversations.

Donate directly to various programs that support racial justice and equality:

Black Lives Matter

Equal Justice Initiative

National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Children

National Bail Fund Network

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Community Bail Fund

National Bail Fund Network lists a number of bail funds by state, in case you want to support locally.

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts is partnering with Black Trans Travel Fund to raise money for emergency resources to assist those protesting.


Opportunities within the gaming industry via gaming bundles:

Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality – Running until June 16th.  All proceeds will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund split 50/50.

Black Lives Matter Support Bundle – Running until June 17th.  All proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter and the National Bail Fund Network.

DriveThruRPG has several bundles  – Running until June 22nd.  They are also spotlighting black creators.

Dungeon Masters Guild has a few bundles  – Running until June 22nd.  They are also spotlighting black creators.


Here are additional resources that provide education to promote anti-racism:

Letters for Black Lives provides multi-lingual, culturally aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations.

Justice in June is a Google Doc resource that provides learning resources and a plan to become a more informed, active ally.

Anti-Racism Collection provides a round-up of resources to aid in undoing racism.

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibran X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo