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Zenobia Award Selects Finalists

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Zenobia Award Selects Finalists
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The Zenobia Award, given to designers of marginalized groups to encourage their growth as designers and enrich the area of historical wargames, has selected its eight finalists.

The Eight Zneobia Finalists, without exception, have exciting, intriguing themes, and use settings uncommon in hobby board gaming.  For example in Liberation-Haiti, by Damone Stone, you can play as enslaved Afrians & Marroons fighting for abolition against the French Colonial government. Or work as gender-defying queers to meet at secret houses in Molly House by Joseph Kelly. 

From the Zenobia Awards announcement page, please follow the links and  read the details on all of these game designs if you want to know more:

From among 46 Proposals, we received 37 Prototypes. Some 30 Zenobia volunteer Judges divided these Prototype games among eight Panels to evaluate them for historical richness and fidelity (40% of score), originality of topic and mechanics (20%), and game system elegance and play experience (40%). 

The Board and Chief Judges then met to select the eight Zenobia Finalists —our top-rated games either by scores as received or modified to balance average Panel scores. Two additional games that stood out for either Historicity or Gameplay receive honorable mention here.

Finalists have the opportunity to revise prototypes by 15 September for evaluation and selection of three winners 15 October.

We invite you to also view the announcement video:

The audio-only podcast version of the announcement can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/harold-buchanan/the-zenobia-award-2021-announces-the-8-finalists-and-2-honorable-mentions

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Steve is an academic in Arizona and Texas that spends his off-time playing board games and hiking. He cut his teeth on wargames and ameritrash before later also developing an odd love of worker placement and heavier economic games. You can also find him on instagram at steve_boardgamesfeed.

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Andi Lennon's Avatar
Andi Lennon replied the topic: #325814 18 Aug 2021 19:06
Really interested to check out both 'Liberation Haiti' and 'Molly House'. This is such a fantastic initiative. Especially in a 'wargames' tilted sphere.
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mc replied the topic: #325822 18 Aug 2021 23:57
The idea of the arguments about Machu Pichu seems really cool too. I have a memory of Wehrle talking about doing something like this but it seems it kind of turned into Oath instead (might have that wrong).

Also the cherokee economic game, really want to check the details on that.
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Davidjc replied the topic: #325825 19 Aug 2021 03:43
Some interesting titles in there. Wiñay Kawsay and Winter Rabbit are definitely of interest to me - in part due to personal connections. I work in the water sector and we are exploring how values based upon relationships between people and place can be folded into water governance, and it seems that Winter Rabbit explores this. Such relational values include reciprocity and relatedness or community (inclusive of people and place)