In case you haven’t heard the high-pitched squeals of delight already, it may be worth calling your attentions to the fact that theIlluminerdy.com has been nominated for a 2013 ENnie Award for “Best Blog.” Which this clearly is. As a former ENnies judge, I know the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the nominations list, and I can’t thank this year’s judges and the ENnies staff enough for this recognition. We are proud to be part of the process, and wish all the other nominees the best of luck in the fan-voting portion of the awards, which should begin soon.
Before long, the gaming Internet will be filled with bitter recriminations about what didn’t get nominated but should have, complaints about the category structure, and any number of other accusations. This is not one of those. This is a heartfelt thank you to the judges and staff that make up the ENnies organization.
This blog really got its start in a conversation a couple of years ago between myself, my wife, and my brother about how I wished Steve Jackson Games was still selling Ken Hite’s old Suppressed Transmission column in some form or another, because I had discovered it in hard copy only after Ken had moved on to bigger and better things (and after Pyramid Online had stopped granting access to the full run of the column with a subscription). So, I started writing Unreal Worlds along similar conspiratorial veins; my brother Lucky Duke wrote a couple of articles and then dropped off the face of the earth (not literally); my wife Liz (the Internet Famous d20Blonde) started organizing our weekly twitter #RPGchats; and not long after the amazing Alpharalpha joined us to start cataloging the chats’ highlights in our regular #RPGchat Archive feature, and more recently the inaugural entry in his “Bringing the Awesome” column.
In the last year, we’ve also added Professor Nakia Pope and Ruth — the CthulhuChick — to our stable of writers, both of whom bring great GMing and writing advice to the table in their columns: Cycling to the Apocalypse and the Arkham Archivist. Now, we’re planning a Gen Con seminar on Alternate and Secret History (SEM1347133) and planning ever greater things for the next year of the Illuminerdy.
It’s an absolute pleasure being a part of this, and most importantly it’s incredibly gratifying to know that the blog is being read and noticed. We really can’t ask for more than that. Your secret masters are pleased.