Annual Award “For Excellence in Gaming” Locked in Second-Ever Tie
The 2008 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming has been given to two winners: Grey Ranks (a roleplaying game by Jason Morningstar, published by Bully Pulpit Games) and Wolfgang Baur and his Open Design business model. This is the second time the awards committee has locked into a tie over the winners in its eight years. The winners were announced at a ceremony packed with games industry professionals, from designers to publishers and distributors, held at Jillian’s in Indianapolis at 9 PM on Wednesday 13th August, the day before the opening of the games convention Gen Con Indianapolis.
This year’s Gen Con booth was a rousing success! Well over 2000 people stopped by the booth to talk about the 2009 Origins Game Fair and ask what else GAMA was up to. Many of them left with great Origins freebies of pens, pencils, lanyards and for a special few, the coveted full-color badge wallets! GAMA staff members and their faithful volunteers talked about all aspects of the 2008 Origins Game Fair, and dropped hints about what’s coming for 2009. Attendee excitement also ran high over the great success of the new “Fair Only” pass.
Many retailers and manufacturers also requested information about the 2009 GAMA Trade Show, including a lot of companies and individuals who missed the 2008 show but plan to attend next year.
The GAMA Board held a special election meeting on August 15, during the Gen Con game convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Voting members re-elected Jamie Chambers as vice-president and Aaron Witten as treasurer for two-year terms. They both ran unopposed.
This year’s election also filled three director-at-large positions. The newly-elected board members include Hal Mangold, Michelle Nephew, and Paul Tevis. Mangold and Nephew will fill two-year terms on the board, while Tevis will complete the remaining one-year term of the other director-at-large position. This marks Nephew’s return to the Board after several years off.
The board also honored the service of retiring members Will Niebling and Michael Stackpole by naming them Board Members Emeritus.
“I’m very excited that Hal, Michelle, and Paul are joining the GAMA board,” said Anthony Gallela, GAMA’s executive director. “They bring tremendous expertise and fresh insight to both the board and the organization.”
“I also deeply and sincerely thank Will and Michael for their service to the board. GAMA looks forward to their continued participation as emeritus board members,” Gallela added.
The board’s next meeting takes place this fall in Columbus, Ohio.
This year’s Gen Con Trade Day is right around the corner! Again this year, the event features retail seminars and events sponsored by the GAMA Retail Division, along with a great day of mingling with the manufacturers! For more information, visit the Gen Con website at www.gencon.com/2008/indy/tradeday-prof/default.aspx.
Don’t miss Gen Con’s second annual Trade Day on Wednesday, August 12!