Well waddya know – we at the G*M*S Magazine have won 2 Golden Pawn awards! Best Blog and Best Podcast.
From the Gaming Genius Awards website –
The Gaming Genius Awards recognize genius in every aspect of the hobby game industry, in a way that reflects expert opinion and not market consensus. The best-known awards in the hobby game industry awards currently are popularity contests whose results are frequently leveraged by manufacturers who are best able to mobilize the vote. Other awards are recognized in the industry as established institutions. The Gaming Genius Awards, although new, are intended to be in line with how awards outside the hobby game industry are given out and thus, representing the industry as a whole.
The Gaming Genius Awards are divided into Pro Awards and Fan Awards. The Pro Awards are for commercial products. They also recognize achievements in writing, artwork, game design, and commentary. These are voted upon by a panel of industry experts that are to be selected by the GGA Central Committee. The Fan Awards are for achievements by individual, rank-and-file enthusiasts of the game hobby. These are voted upon by members of the general public.
The many categories of Gaming Genius Awards cover roleplaying games, miniatures, wargames, boardgames, card games, LARPs, play-by-mail, and conventions in the Pro category. The Fan category recognizes genius in gamemastering, costume design, miniatures painting, organizing local conventions, and blogging.
The use of industry experts rather than general fan voting in all categories was the standard in the industry before changes were made to the best-known awards in the industry in the last decade. However, the Gaming Genius Awards judges will still need to be accountable to the fans, through regular feedback on the forums on the GGA webpage.