Starting on July 1, 2010, people will be able to throw their hats in the ring and nominate themselves. The last day for nominating will be July 11, so you'll have plenty of time to make your decision. Voting for the judges will take place alongside voting for products and the winners will be announced at the ENnie Awards ceremony on August 6, 2010. Keep any eye out for my next post with a link to the form.
Edit: Here's the link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform ... WlkeFE6MA..
If you want more information about the current judges, please visit the judges page on the ENnie Awards site: The ENnie Awards -- Judges. Also, all current judges will be following this post, so feel free to ask questions of them.
If you are thinking about running, here's a list of criteria you'll need to remember. All judges must:
- be at least 18 years of age as of August 6th, 2010 and able to enter into a legal contract;
- not have any professional relationship with any RPG publisher during the period from January 1st, 2009 to August 1st, 2011. Such relationships include unpaid work and work on free products;
- declare any relationship with any publisher (including EN Publishing, except for the Ceramic DM line) in which they receive money, product, or special consideration in exchange for their services;
- be able to read English and communicate clearly therein.
If you have a relationship with a publisher, even as a playtester, it is important that you notify the ENnies board of this so that they may determine whether you are eligible to seek a judge position. In cases of rule violation, conflict of interest, misrepresentation, or other factor(s) detrimental to the awards, the Board of Directors retains the right to alter the composition of the judging panel at any time.
Physical location is irrelevant - so long as you can accept packages year-round.
When you apply, you will be expected to fill out a questionnaire to help people best gauge how well they think you'll work as a judge. Here a couple of sample questions:
- What styles and genres of RPGs do you enjoy most? Are there any styles or genres that you do not enjoy? Which games best exemplify what you like? Do you consider yourself a particular system’s, publisher’s or genre’s “fanboy/girl”?
- How would you like to see the ENnies change (categories, policies, etc)? What should remain inviolate?
- access the ENnie Awards boards/e-mailing lists (for the purposes of corresponding with judges and interacting with directors and staff);
- weekly on the designated ENnies forums and sharing an accurate list of what products they have received;
- daily on the designated ENnies forums during judge deliberations (expected dates for 2011: June 1 - July 1);
- act in a professional and impartial manner;
- sign a non-disclosure agreement;
- in the event that they are removed from office, bear the expense of returning and/or forwarding the products received for review;
- pay any customs duties charged for submissions;
- if they attend Gen Con – Indy, work a minimum of two hours at the ENnies booth;
- if they attend Gen Con – Indy, attend the awards ceremony smartly attired;
- report to the Submissions Coordinator and Business Manager.
And, besides being able to say "I'm an ENnies Judge!" what else do you get? Judges:
- upon completion of reviewing, retain for personal use or otherwise dispose of products reviewed;
- receive a free Gen Con Indy 4-day pass.
ENnies Assistant Business Manager