2023 Diana Jones Award Shortlist

Five finalists for the 2023 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming have been announced —  a journalist, two roleplaying games, a D&D sourcebook, and a game designer. 

The award is given to the person, product, company, event or any other thing that has, in the opinion of the Diana Jones committee, best demonstrated the quality of ‘excellence’ in the world of tabletop gaming in the previous year.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

  • Linda Codega, a journalist focusing on tabletop gaming, for io9 and Gizmodo.
  • Coyote & Crow, a roleplaying game by Connor Alexander, published by Coyote & Crow.
  • Journeys through the Radiant Citadel, a Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook written by Justice Ramin Arman, Dominique Dickey, Ajit A. George, Basheer Ghouse, Alastor Guzman, D. Fox Harrell, T.K. Johnson, Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Surena Marie, Mimi Mondal, Mario Ortegón, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Terry H. Romero, and Stephanie Yoon, published by Wizards of the Coast.
  • Rosenstrasse, a roleplaying game by Moyra Turkington & Jessica Hammer, published by Unruly Designs.
  • Cole Wehrle, a game designer, creative director at Leder Games and co-founder of Wehrlegig Games.

The website discusses each in detail under the “Finalists” tab on 2023 Award page.

The winner of the 2023 award will be announced on Wednesday, August 2, at the annual Diana Jones Award ceremony in Indianapolis, the unofficial start of the Gen Con Indy convention.

3 thoughts on “2023 Diana Jones Award Shortlist

  1. I went down a small rabbithole to learn the origin of the name “Diana Jones” award (questing for a lost “Wynne”?), and what I found was much different than what I expected https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Jones_Award

    The Diana Jones trophy was originally created as a keepsake in the UK offices of TSR in the mid 1980s to commemorate the ending of their license to publish The Adventures of Indiana Jones Role-Playing Game. The trophy itself was a lucite pyramid containing the burnt remains of the last unsold copy of the game; all that was legible of the title was “diana Jones”.

  2. Coyote and Crow is an RPG based on an alternate history where something happened to Europe (I don’t remember the details) and they never colonized the Americas. It was created by Native Americans, and the production values are excellent.

    The award itself is quite an in-joke within the gaming community. (I’ve seen it.)

  3. I am sure all the nominees are worthy. But I’m friends with Stephanie Yoon, so I’m rooting for the Radiant Citadel.

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