2012 ENnie Award Nominees Announced

The 2012 nominees for the ENnies RPG awards have been announced. I’m slightly irked that D&D, Pathfinder, and various d20 games and supplements continue to dominate, but there are a few games on the list that I had either missed entirely or not given proper attention to.

Hollowpoint by VSCA, the makers of the hard-scifi game Diaspora, had been completely off my radar, and there are a couple of pulp scifi RPGs, Cosmic Patrol by Catalyst Game Labs and Bulldogs! by Galileo Games, that I had seen at the friendly local gaming store, but hadn’t given a thorough look. Nice, though, to see at least a few small-press nominees on the list. The award ceremony for the winners will be at Gen Con in August.

Great Library Ideas: The Local Music Project at ICPL

Another great library idea that’s making the rounds in the library blogs, the folks at Iowa City Public Library have been paying local bands and musicians for the right to distribute their music to library cardholders. The library pays the musicians $100 per album for a two-year period and makes the music available as DRM-free downloads.

The musicians get a little cash and much needed recognition, and the library gets content to offer their patrons conveniently online. Check out Jessamyn West’s interview with ICPL’s John Hiett over on librarian.net.