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The Diana Jones Award is an annual gaming award given by a mostly secret cabal of industry professionals to the item that "best exemplified ‘excellence’ in the field of gaming in 2013." At a ceremony this evening (August 13) in Indianapolis, the prize this year went to Hillfolk (aka DramaSystem), an RPG written by Robin D. Laws to realize the give-and-take of TV dramas in a game format.
I haven't found an official announcement, but Laws has tweeted his gratitude to the committee.
This year's nominees included two RPG companies (Evil Hat Productions and Paizo Publishing) and two boardgames (Terra Mystica and ROFL!). You can see the full nominations on the award's website. Here's their citation for Hillfolk:
The Hillfolk Kickstarter asked for $3000 and offered a 96-page softcover; it raised $93,000 and delivered two full-colour hardbacks filled by some of the brightest names in story-game design. But it only happened because of the game-engine at the heart of Hillfolk: Robin D. Laws’s DramaSystem, an elegant and clever take on group storytelling that puts gameplay and competition on an equal footing with structured narrative and individual creativity. Hillfolk and its sister-volume Blood on the Snow showcase a leading ludonarrative designer at the height of his powers, and inviting his friends to come and play.
Yes, the Diana Jones Award is definitely the kind of place where you would see "ludonarrative" used without any explanation!
This is the first of many RPG awards given out at Gen Con this year - watch this space for news on the rest!
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