I'm in quite a rush today, between answering a bunch of defensive criticism from OSR guys on G+ and theRPGsite due to the other day's blog entry. I think the really funny part is where people claim that my criticism of the OSR-hardcore and of people like James Maliszewski is just me trying to "become pope of the OSR" or something like that. That's amusing.
If I wanted to be the pope/gatekeeper/magical-princess/whatever of the OSR, I would do what Maliszewski did, and tell all the OSR-hardcore exactly the stuff they already wanted to hear; instead of doing what I'm doing now, and telling them all stuff they don't want to hear.
Anyways, that's all prelude to the little thought I had today, where I hope to piss off a whole other segment of people: I had someone recently ask me about the value of RPG awards from a marketing perspective.
I said that the value was largely negligible, particularly for a small-press publisher that doesn't get products on bookstore/gamestore shelves. There may be some effect to being able to put a sticker on your front cover saying "Winner of ENnie award best new game 2014!" or something like that.
But then I realized, even there, does it matter? Does the average gamer even know what an "ENnie" is?
So here's my statement: I think that if you had a book on a store shelf that had a sticker saying "Winner of Ennie Award", and another had a sticker saying "Winner of Kenny Award", there would be no difference.
Or, you know, the cooler looking sticker would make more of an impact. But a totally fake and made-up RPG award sticker would have precisely the same sales impact as the not-made up (but in certain senses just as fake, meaningless, and partisan) Ennies. And of course, I don't just mean the ENnies, but pretty much any RPG award there is. Because they're all meaningless shit.
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