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BEST FREE GAME, 2014

There are so many quality Free RPGs on the Internet that, even though Free games are considered for the Indie Game of the Year Award, they really deserve their own category. This category honors the game designers who make their works of passion and then offer them for free. Note: If a Free game wins the main award and this Sub-Award, the runner up for this Sub-Award is chosen instead.

THE Best Free Game FOR 2014 IS...

Dream Askew by Joe Mcdaldno / with 26 points

Taking the Apocalypse Engine into diceless territory and making it about queer communities? Not just an amazing concept, but brilliant execution.

Dream Askew effortlessly ports Powered by the Apocalypse play into GM-ful mode, which is icing on the cake for this queer-themed game about community and its place in our (future) lives.

 

THE RUNNERS UP:

Blueholme Prentice Rules by Michael Thomas / with 26 points

A combination of good rules and nostalgia, all in a pretty package.

Alienór by Maracanda / with 24 points

Great story game about ladies-in-waiting. We need more games like this.

Intriguing premise that could be a great "gateway" introduction to RPGs for people not interested in your typical hack-slash-kill

Abnormal by Avery Mcdaldno / with 14 points

Havoc Brigade by Grant Howitt / with 9 points

A Werewolf at Prom by Caitlynn Blocker / with 8 points

Isotope by Tony Dowler / with 7 points

Midsummer Wood by Vincent Baker / with 7 points

A great take on faeries and their schemes.

USR 2.0 by Scott Malthouse / with 6 points

Simple, quick to learn, flexible