The 2011 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming has been given to Fiasco, a roleplaying game by Jason Morningstar.
With Fiasco, Morningstar continues to break ground in tackling a roleplayer’s dream: a satisfying story-telling experience that requires no preparation or GM. When Jason released Grey Ranks in 2008, which also won the Diana Jones Award, he proved the model’s worth and was recognized for having nailed it. But with Fiasco, he took this great foundation pioneered in Grey Ranks to the next level.
Fiasco is roleplaying stripped down to sheer elegance, to virtually zero ramp-up time. The notion of playing ambitious crooks with poor impulse control — inspired by a host of movies like Fargo or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels — is both inspiring and immensely replayable. But the real genius of Fiasco over Grey Ranks is that now you can enjoy it in almost any setting you like. It’s supported with ongoing free website posts of playsets of the month, and it inspires fans to create and post playsets of their own.
It is the opinion of the Diana Jones Award Committee, that Fiasco exemplifies excellence in gaming, and we are proud to award it our trophy for this year.
The committee of the Diana Jones Award is happy to announce the shortlist for its 2011 award. Boiled down from a longlist of 22 nominees, this year the list contains five candidates that in the opinion of the committee exemplify the very best that hobby-gaming has produced in the last twelve months. In alphabetical order, they are:
- Catacombs, a board game from Sands of Time Games, by Ryan Amos, Marc Kelsy, and Aron West
- The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game from Evil Hat Productions, by Leonard Balsera, Jim Butcher, Genevieve Cogman, Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Kenneth Hite, Ryan Macklin, Chad Underkoffler, and Clark Valentine
- Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, a board game from Santa Ragione and Cranio Creations, by Mario Porpora, Pietro Righi Riva, Luca Francesco Rossi, and Nicolò Tedeschi
- Fiasco, a roleplaying game from Bully Pulpit Games, by Jason Morningstar
- Freemarket, a roleplaying game from Sorencrane MCRZ, by Luke Crane and Jared Sorensen
The winner of the 2011 Award was announced on Wednesday 3rd August, at the annual Diana Jones Award and Freelancer Party in Indianapolis, the unofficial start of the Gen Con Indy convention.
The winner of the 2011 Diana Jones Award was announced on the evening of Wednesday 3rd August, at the annual Diana Jones Award and Freelancer Party in Indianapolis, the unofficial start of the Gen Con Indy games convention.
As one of the few publicly known members of the Diana Jones Award committee, Matt Forbeck revealed this year’s winners before the packed house. Jason Morningstar accepted the award and made a short and enthusiastic acceptance speech. Afterward, the celebration continued into the night.
Special thanks to the sponsors of this year’s Diana Jones Award ceremony: 10x10Toon.com, Anthony Gallela, Atomic Overmind Press, DriveThruRPG.com, ElfinWerks/Arcane Wonders, Evil Hat Productions, Galileo Games, Gamerati, Gaming Paper, Gen Con, Gregor Hutton, Iron Die, Janice Sellers, Lone Wolf Development, Matt Forbeck, Paul Tevis, Pelgrane Press, Phil Lacefield, ProFantasy Software, Ryan Macklin, Super Genius Games, and True Dungeon.