Diehard GameFAN announces their 2011 Tabletop Gaming Awards

By TGN Ross
In News
Dec 26th, 2011

Diehard GameFAN posts up their 2011 TableTop Gaming Awards on their site, and it covers a very wide selection of games.

From their website:

When we look back at 2011, we can almost sum up the year in two words: 90s Nostalgia. Call of Cthulhu and Vampire: The Masquerade released anniversary editions. RIFTS updated Vampire Kingdoms. Warhammer 40K hit mainstream audiences via video games the same way SSI introduced a lot of people to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Speaking of AD&D, we even saw a rise in the number of games that were tributes to it and the original Dungeons & Dragons. Shadowrun had arguably its best year since Second Edition. Wizards of the Coast made Neverwinter its focus this year. About the only thing keeping 2011 from being a complete time warp was the lack of TSR rising from the game and reissuing the old FASERIP Marvel Super Heroes game.

Now that’s not to say 2011 was all about the old. A lot of great new products were released too. WotC tried its hand with a pretty fun board game in Conquest of Nerath. Several new high quality miniatures lines debuted. Cubicle 7 released things like Airship Pirates and The One Ring. Third party Pathfinder publishers continued tocome up with high quality creative materials. So on and so forth. So yes, even though 2011 was dominated by older games showing why they’ve stayed as popular as they have for decades, it was also a great year for new games that were able to stand toe-to-toe with the classics. As we end 2011 it’s time to pay homage to the best the year had to offer. Here now are the 2011 Tabletop Gaming Awards, with winners chosen by the staff at Diehard GameFAN. Winners were alerted a few weeks before publication and were given the chance to include an “acceptance speech” of sorts. Those that did have their comments after the award.

  • White Dwarf wins ‘best RPG magazine’ lol. Perhaps it’s insightful decisions like this that explain why I’ve never heard of your site before?

  • scottjm

    Explain to me how White Dwarf is an RPG magazine.

  • KelRiever

    Most awards given in the game industry aren’t worth paying attention to. This one doesn’t seem that different.

    White Dwarf is an RPG mag, by virtue of role-playing an editor trying to fill pages of a magazine with self-promoting adds 😛

    • scottjm

      Oh good one. 😉

  • chuckjaywalk

    The magazine award was for ‘Best Tabletop Magazine’ but the artist went with RPG, which was unfortunate. I understand a lot of vitriol towards White Dwarf, but I think people overlook the fact it is a monthly, full color magazine with great photography and the articles were particularly good this year. I stand by that.

  • keltheos

    I’d like the qualifications for ‘good’. I flipped through all 12 issues and found nothing in any that warranted purchase despite having multiple armies for both WHFB and 40k.

  • Indeed, to say WD is better than Wargames Illustrated, WSS, Arcane, Imagine, Portal, Battlegames, Miniature Wargames or any of the other tabletop magazines available because of the quality of it ‘articles’ is laughable.
    The rest of the awards list shows a similar lack of insight and indeed either a lack of knowledge of the field discussed or just willful disregard for what is actually available.

    If the list was just a set of personal favourites on a blog then all well and good, everyone can like what they like and is free to tell others what their preferences are. If however the list is touted as the considered opinions of qualified judges, as in this case, and presented on a hobby news site (here) as being worthy of others’ considerations then the choices need to be better justified, a list of runners up would be a start, or be consigned to the ‘so what’ pile.