Monday, December 26, 2005

The Gone Gaming Board Game Internet Awards

Dear readers,

I, and the staff of Gone Gaming, are proud to announce the Gone Gaming: Board Game Internet Awards. There are plenty of awards in the board gaming world that reward the games themselves, but none of them cover the online world of board games. This award seeks to fill that gap.

Award Categories

This award will honor the best of the world of online board gaming as nominated by our readers, and includes the following categories:

Best publisher site
Best game news site
Best game information site
Best game community site
Best game club site
Best online journal/magazine
Best online gaming site
Best new site (2005)

Best strategy article (2005)
Best promotional/advocacy article (2005)
Best humorous article (2005)
Best article series (2005)
Best session report (2005)

Best blog
Best blog post (2005)
Best podcast/videocast
Best podcast/videocast episode (2005)
Best new blog/podcast/videocast (2005)

How this works

I will post separate entries on this blog, one for each of the above categories. To nominate a site or article, simply respond to the appropriate post with your nomination before the deadline (see the rules, below). Note that it is ok to nominate your own article or site.

After receiving the nominations, the staff of Gone Gaming will review the nominated sites and vote on them. The votes will be collated and ranked, and the winners will be posted to this site.

Winners and runners-up will be able to place an image proclaiming their win on their site. There may be up to five runners-up in each category.


1. Valid sites for this award should primarily cover modern board gaming, including Euro-style and wargaming. Sites that primarily cover old-style board games (such as Chess), CCGs, RPGs, poker, or miniatures are not eligible. In case of doubt, the Gone Gaming staff will decide on the validity of a site.

2. Sites will be judged based on their English language content. Unfortunately, we are not able to judge non-English content at this time.

3. A site nomination will be deemed invalid if the Gone Gaming staff says so. Update: Invalid nominations will be removed, in order to avoid clutter.

4. You can nominate a site in more than one category. However, please nominate a site in a category only if it is appropriate.

5. A site should only be nominated once in a category. Before nominating a site, please check to see whether or not it has already been nominated. Update: Duplicate nominations will be removed, in order to avoid clutter. Remember: you are not voting for a site, you are only nominating a site.

6. The Gone Gaming blog may not be nominated. Sites by Gone Gaming members may be nominated.

7. A nomination should be in the following format:

For a site:
Site name
URL with hyperlink

Gone Gaming

For an article:
Site name
Post Name
Post URL with hyperlink

Gone Gaming
foo post

8. If your site is nominated but you do not want it to be in the voting, please send me an email (shadejon-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com) with your site name, URL, and a statement that you do not wish to be nominated.

9. Nominations close at midnight (EST) at the end of Saturday, Jan 14. The awards will be announced by midnight (EST) at the end of Saturday, Jan 28.

The Gone Gaming Staff

Update 12/28/05: The Gone Gaming staff has decided to remove the "online game store" award for various reasons.


Yehuda Berlinger said...

Clay: Thanks for the suggestions. Actually there are a few other categories we might add next year, as well.


Anonymous said...

You have me fascinated as to the reason for the removal of one of the categories...

Yehuda Berlinger said...

Anon: With regards to "best internet store site", among other reasons, we felt that there would be confusion as to what criteria on which it would be awarded.

It was meant to be site design, but we felt it would be misinterpreted as price, service, selection, and so on.