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Vote For Focal Point

fp-300-450I don’t normally put the full court press on people when the ENnies voting comes around. Normally, my annual advice is “Please go vote, and if you vote for something I worked on, great.” This year I am going to be more direct.

Please vote for Focal Point in the Best RPG Related Product Category.

Here’s why…

Focal Point is the final book in an accidental trilogy of books that became the Complete Game Master’s Series. It started with Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep, followed up by Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, and finished off with Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions.

These three books were written for one purpose. To keep GM’s in the hobby.  Never Unprepared showed you how to make your prep more manageable so that as your life became more complex, your ability to get a game to the table was never in jeopardy. Odyssey applied project management techniques to running campaigns, with the goal of helping GM’s start, run, and end better campaigns. Focal Point works to improve the at-the-table experience of GMing. The three books work together to help GM’s improve and run better games.

Over the years, the three books have been nominated for every award there is in the industry: the Golden Geek, the Origins Award, and the ENnies (Well…not the Diana Jones if we are keeping me honest). And while they have received nominations, none of the books have ever won.

Lot’s of people besides myself have worked on these books. My co-authors on Odyssey and Focal Point, the editors, the art director, artists, proofreaders, etc. All of them were committed to the same goal of improving Game Masters.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet people who have told me that these books have improved their GMing and more importantly allowed them to keep gaming. And that is what this was all about. Keep GMs in the hobby, keep them running games, keep them around to raise the next generation of GMs.

The ENnie for Focal Point is the last chance for this trilogy to win any awards. For reasons that may be selfish, I would like this trilogy to have earned one award to recognize the work that went into the series, and to acknowledge that making works to improve the art of GMing is an important part of our hobby.

So if you are one of the GMs who have read these books and found any advice in them helpful, please take a moment and vote for Focal Point. If you are a player who’s GM has these books and is still GMing, vote for Focal Point. If you are in support of works that aid GM’s to be better game masters, please vote for Focal Point.

Thank you.

You can vote for the ENnies here.

Phil Vecchione

Game Designer, Project Manager, Writer, Podcaster, and Blogger — As a man of many hats, Phil has been working in the roleplaying game industry since 2009 working with Engine Publishing, Evil Beagle Games, Third Eye Games, and Pelgrane Games. His work has won or been nominated for a number of awards, including the ENnie, Golden Geek, and Origins Award. Phil is also a trained Project Manager and applies his mad Gantt Charting skills to all of Encoded’s work.

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