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BEST SUPPORT, 2008

This is a unique and very subjective Sub-Award. It goes to the designer who displayed the best support of their 2008 published game or supplement. This could be through the creation of forums or mailing lists about their game, their response times to questions about their games, the designer's use of marketing to get the word out about their game, the organization of the game's website, and of course support materials like free downloads, rules, starter kits, materials, adventures and supplements.

THE BEST SUPPORT FOR 2008 IS...


Mouse Guard by Luke Crane and David Petersen / with 37 points

A busy and helpful forum really gave anyone new to Mouse Guard a great deal of support.

"Best Support" = "Luke."

The forums and wiki provide boundless support for understanding, expanding, and outright hacking this newbie-friendly game.

THE RUNNERS UP:

Don't Lose Your Mind by Benjamin Baugh / with 23 points

Can't we just vote for Fred? He's enormous!

3:16 Carnage Among the Stars by Gregor Hutton / with 18 points

Gregor is out there on the forums and I don't know anyone who hasn't heard of this, or played it.

A wealth of forum threads, APs, online gaming tools and downloads, as well as two free supplements mean that 3:16 had a lot of support this year.

If someone has a question or query about 3:16, Gregor is there to give advice and assistance in his usual friendly, open, engaging manner. His consistently high standards in his dealings with people, in person and on-line, are to be admired.

Houses of the Blooded by John Wick / with 12 points

It was nice to see John set up a community for his operatic fantasy setting. I love how discussions of the ven take place as fantasy archeology.

Starblazer Adventures by Chris Birch and Stuart Newman / with 11 points

An excellent license, an excellent set of fans, and an enthusiastic set of authors!

Desolation by Jamie Gooch, Stephen Herron, and Matt Somers / with 10 points

Mutant Future by Daniel Proctor and Ryan Denison / with 8 points

The old school revival in general has a ton of support that is often overlooked, with lots of people contributing.

Arsenal of Heaven by Tim Gray / with 6 points

I don't know where Tim gets the time to do all he does in support of his line of products. Kudos!

Duty & Honour by Neil Gow / with 6 points

Regular free mini-supplements gets a vote from me every time!

With a solid web presence and regular issues of the wonderful 'Duty & Honour Almanac', Neil does a splendid job of both supporting and promoting his first published game. His attitude and work ethic should be a model to other small press publishers.

In a Wicked Age: sword & sorcery roleplaying by Vincent Baker / with 6 points

Illuminating actual play posts and patient answering of questions on anyway help greatly to master the intricacies of this seemingly simple but surprisingly rich game.

Magic Burner by Luke Crane / with 6 points

Hot War by Malcolm Craig / with 4 points

Have I (a non-rabid non-habitue of the Usual Hangouts) seen support for the game not by the designer? This is the make-or-break. "Yes" for HOT WAR, "Not Particularly" for anything else.