The nominees for the 2011 Dice Tower Awards have been announced, and wow are they different from the Origins Awards (anyone who knows Tom Vasel’s opinion of the Origins Awards should not be surprised by this turn of events). I generally agree that the Dice Tower nominees represent a much better slate (also, they make a lot more sense, which with not including games that came out three years ago).
One thing that is missing from the Dice Tower nominees/categories, however, is anything about things like CCGs or miniatures games. The Origins Awards at least have these things considered – but if something like a Summoner Wars expansion, the Lord of the Rings LCG can be considered, why not Magic or Warhammer Fantasy? Now, maybe these things were considered, and rejected in favor of an entirely more “traditional” slate – but I doubt it. Even if you don’t like the gameplay, shouldn’t there be some sort of CCG expansion in the “best art” category? I get that Tom is not one to delve deep into things like Legend of the Five Rings or Warhammer 40K – but these things do exist, and are an important part of the gaming community. Even wargames, which Tom has no involvement with, get a category. Maybe the “monogamer games” should too.
On the nominees themselves, it’s a bit sad how many I haven’t played yet. Grrr on Eclipse costing so much. Also, I do not understand the fixation on Quarriors.
P.S. I disclaim any interest in your GeekGold, Mr. Vasel. I do not need bribes to link to interesting things. 🙂