Monday, January 30, 2006

Gone Gaming: Board Game Internet Awards: The Winners!

The Gone Gaming: Board Game Internet Awards results are in. A big thank you to the tireless staff at Gone Gaming for their work in selecting the winners, and especially to Shannon for tabulating the votes and creating the award images.

If your site has won, you may display the "Winner" image here on your site with a link to this post's URL or the main Gone Gaming URL.

Here are the results:






BEST GAME PUBLISHER SITE



Days of Wonder
http://www.daysofwonder.com
With its clean, friendly interface, online versions of its games, vast community support, buying guide, and clear navigation, Days of Wonder wins Best Game Publisher Site for 2005.





BEST GAME NEWS SITE



GameFest
http://www.GameFest.com
GameFest's GameWire was a bold initiative that raised the standards of board and card game news, regular articles, and reports to a new level, and wins Best Game News Site for 2005.





BEST GAME INFORMATION SITE



Board Game Geek
http://www.boardgamegeek.com
With over 20,000 game entries, ratings, session reports, strategy articles, pictures, links, and lists, Board Game Geek is the first stop for information on board games and wins Best Game Information Site for 2005.





BEST GAME COMMUNITY SITE



Board Game Geek
http://www.boardgamegeek.com
Board Game Geek has more than 60,000 registered users participating in general and game related forums, game ratings, geeklists, a marketplace, auctions, and even its own game convention, making it the winner for Best Game Community Site for 2005.





BEST GAME CLUB SITE



East Tennessee Gamers
http://www.easttennesseegamers.com
Nicely designed, full of information about members, games, sessions, favorites, and a marketplace, East Tennessee Gamers' website wins Best Game Club Site for 2005.





BEST ONLINE GAME JOURNAL OR MAGAZINE



The Games Journal
http://www.thegamesjournal.com
Sadly ended, The Games Journal was a monthly periodical full of the best articles about the game industry, game design, and a host of other interesting topics, and wins Best Online Game Journal/Magazine for 2005.




BEST ONLINE GAMING SITE



SpielByWeb
http://www.spielbyweb.com
Easy to use and navigate, simply but usefully designed, Spiel By Web wins Best Online Gaming Site for 2005.





BEST NEW SITE (2005)



Board Game News
http://www.boardgamenews.com
Inheriting the mantle from the defunct GameWire, Board Game News is a cleanly designed site that provides daily news from the board game world and hosts dozens of international game reporters and the Dice Tower podcast, which is why it wins Best New Site for 2005.





BEST STRATEGY ARTICLE (2005)



Board Game Geek
Princes of Florence, The: From the Library to the Laboratory (Linnaeus, 3 part article)
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/79193
Gerald Cameron's clear writing style and comprehensive analysis of the game Princes of Florence wins Best Strategy Article for 2005.





BEST PROMOTIONAL OR ADVOCACY ARTICLE (2005)



HourCNY TV news show
Scott Nicholson

http://scottnicholson.com/games/hourcny.html
An exciting leap into mainstream media, Scott Nicholson explains board games to the viewing public with grace and charm and wins Best Promotional/Advocacy Article for 2005.





BEST HUMOROUS GAME ARTICLE (2005)



Gamefest/Boardgamenews
New Misadventures in Gaming

http://www.gamefest.com/news/feature_detail/2514_0_3_0_C/
or http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/comments/the_new_misadventures_in_gaming_1

Available on either the old GameWire or the new Board Game News, Dan Bosley continues his hilarious series of articles describing the intersection between the gaming and non-gaming world, and wins Best Humorous Game Article for 2005.





BEST ARTICLE SERIES (2005)



Tom Vasel
Interviews by an Optimist

http://www.thedicetower.com/interviews/int001.htm
Tom Vasel goes one-on-one with a who's who of boardgaming, and with close to a hundred fascinating interviews wins Best Article Series for 2005.





BEST SESSION REPORT (2005)



Mikko Saari
Reports on Essen 2005

http://www.melankolia.net/gameblog/archives/session_reports/essen_2005
Mikko Saari reports extensively from Essen, including a complete picture gallery, and wins Best Session Report for 2005.




BEST GAME BLOG



Chris Farrell's blog
http://homepage.mac.com/c_farrell/iblog
Chris Farrell writes deep analysis about the games he plays and doesn't pull any punches. Cleanly designed and well written, he wins Best Game Blog for 2005.





BEST GAME BLOG POST (2005)



Chris Farrell
So you want to play Civilization?

http://homepage.mac.com/c_farrell/iblog/C2097221587/E20051116234109/index.html
Chris Farrell's analysis and enthusiasm to get a classic game back onto the game table wins Best Game Blog Post for 2005.





BEST GAME PODCAST OR VIDEOCAST



Board Game Speak
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamespeak.php
One of the first podcasts on any subject, Derk and Aldie from Board Game Geek interview some great personalities in the game world, often humorously, and talk about their site and BGG.con, winning Best Game Podcast/Videocast for 2005.





BEST GAME PODCAST OR VIDEOCAST EPISODE (2005)



Board Game Geek
BoardGameSpeak 2005-06-05 (Knizia at KublaCon)

http://files.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamespeak.php?id=31
A story about a near catastrophic loss, two interviewers put on the spot by their famous guest, and some excellent insights from two board game luminaries, wins Best Game Podcast/Videocast Episode for 2005.





BEST NEW GAME BLOG, PODCAST, OR VIDEOCAST (2005)



Boardgames with Scott
http://www.boardgameswithscott.com
Scott' board game video log, or vlog, squeaks in at the end of the year with a unique approach to demonstrating games, and wins Best New Game Blog/Podcast/Videocast for 2005.




Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions. And thanks again to all of our readers for participating in the nominations.

The Gone Gaming Staff

8 comments:

gamesgrandpa said...

You all did a great job on this, and I know it was a LOT of work. I appreciate the short explanatory blurb with each winner, too. I'm not an Aussie, but this sums it up: GOOD ON YA!

Anonymous said...

No boardgamespiel? Best new site of 2005 in my opinion, why was it ignored?

Here is the link to it: http://www.boardgamespiel.com/

Shame it got no mention.

GS

Shannon Appelcline said...

Very simply because not a single person thought it was worth nominating.

Mark Johnson said...

Thanks to all of the organizers and participants for these awards. I learned about some online content that I need to go check out myself!

Agent Easy said...

To the Gone Gaming group,

Thanks for taking the time to do this, it's quite an endeavour!

The WAGS club continues to be mystified that someone we don't know bothered to nominate us... but thanks to whoever it was! I especially want to personally thank you all for the Honorable Mention.

Here's hoping that you can continue this next year and that the internet continues to provide us with a diversity of storytelling, points of view, opinions and ideas.

Miguel Ladoucer (a.k.a. Agent Easy/ WoweeZowee)

Mister Nizz said...

That's odd. I know a lot of the people I nominated are not showing up as runner ups, including (ahem) myself.

Great job folks, keep it coming

Walt
aka Mr. Nizz

Matt said...

Congratulations! Way to Go!
Free Internet Gaming

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