Okay, I know this opinion might upset some people, but I couldn't care less if your game or whatever won an award. Especially something like an ennie. What's an ennie anyway? Does it have something to do with independent publishing? If that's the case then aren't almost all the RPG/hobby games independent? I noticed that a couple of D&D products were nominated. Are they indie also? I thought they were the "big boys" of RPG publishing? Or is an ennie something else?
I also find the qualifications of the judges a bit dubious. From what I understand, aren't they picked from applicants from a forum? From what I've seen posted by most forum contributors, WHY IN THE HELL would I want to trust their judgement about games or gaming accessories?
Or is it just an ego massage for the game makers/publishers?
I know it's a sweet gig for the judges, because they get free games. Hey, if you want an award send me a copy of your game, gaming accessory, or whatever, and I'll send you a nice certificate, and post it on my blog! I'll even put a link on my sidebar. Heh... yeah, like that's going to happen.
I'm sure some people go, "Ooooooooooooo,,, it won an ennie..." However, it's not going to influence my purchasing decision. In fact it might push me in the 'don't bother buying or downloading' direction.
It's fine if you want to try and win an award for your efforts, but all in all, the ennies seem to be more of a popularity contest than anything else.
And just to be clear, I don't have any dogs in this show. I've never submitted anything to an awards contest. Nor have I applied to be a judge. No sour grapes here; just my opinion about most awards in general. Even if I were to start creating/publishing gaming material I would have no interest in submitting it to the ennies or any other awards contest.
Be proud of what you create. Do it becuase you love doing it. If you make some money, and people like your work that's all the awards you should need.