Apr 302012

I’m very happy to announce that The Id DM is the 2012 RPG Site of the Year!

Out of 34 contestants, readers voted online to come up with five finalists. After that, the judges had an entire week to go over those finalists to determine their favorite. Points were tallied (twice!), and the winner was determined. While everyone certainly had a strong showing, it was The Id DM that finally took the lead. They win the prizes (shown below), the SOTY Shield, and the title of 2012 RPG Site of the Year!

Here are a few words about the finalists (they are not especially indicative of a judge’s 1st choice, though):

Robin Stacey

On The Id DM: “…It’s the quality of writing that made The Id DM stand out. The posts are intelligent, thought-provoking and deserve far more exposure than they have right now. The focus here is the content, and that more than speaks for itself.”



Dave Chalker

On Gnome Stew: “Gnome Stew is a site I consistently look up to in terms of focus of content and breadth of topics. Nearly any subject, large or small, that matters to GMs is covered by the team of gnomes, and their vast experience on the subject of GMing is seen most clearly by looking at projects like their books to know that they are serious.”


Anthony Laffan

On Nearly Enough Dice: “I’m not usually one to listen to podcasts, but there is a lot to like here. It is easy to see how Nearly Enough Dice made it to the final round. They cover a fairly wide range of topics and while informative do also have a casual air that can make it easy to listen to. Definitely something to start following if you’re not already.”


Adam Bragg

On the Id DM: “One would be hard pressed to find a single site with such a wealth of material as cleanly presented, well written, creatively inspiring, or just plain fun to read as The Id DM. If you’re not reading it regularly, you’re overdue to regret this – stop depriving yourself and start reading now.”



Marc Talbot

On Dungeon’s Master: “Great usefulness for 4th edition in particular. Also, most of the articles are transferable to other games.”



Cheri Arbuckle

On G*M*S Magazine: “I loved the writing on this blog – accessible, entertaining, and very friendly. Probably one of the best written sites I’ve read.”



The RPG Site of the Year contest and award was thought up and implemented with three goals in mind:

  1. To provide a fun event that readers and bloggers can take part in,
  2. To bring to light some interesting blogs that readers may not have seen before,
  3. And to award that one gaming blog for a job very well done.

I think we’ve nailed each of these goals, and it’s been a blast. I’ve especially liked seeing the good spirit shown by all, and meeting all the sites that I’ve never seen before. Just good times.

I have to say, last year – when we had our first RPG Site of the Year contest, I was also having a blast. I was enjoying the contest’s first year, and was really looking forward to it growing. Well, this year the SOTY Award has grown by leaps and bounds, and I wanted to thank everyone that has been associated with it. The sponsors, judges, voters, and contestants – it’s just been great working with you all to make this happen, so thank you.

I have a request: please take a moment to congratulate The Id DM on a site well-done. Please take a moment to visit our sponsors (shown below) – they have made the contest more exciting by donating prizes and showing support. And please take a moment to check out the contestants listed below. They may not have all made it to the final round, but they’re all unique and add valuable gaming material to our hobby (and come on, Cheese Shop? That deserves a click simply because of their name alone – and I like cheese).

Id DM – you win all of the following

Q-Workshop has provided five sets of their awesome and unusual gaming dice

5d6 Metal Steampunk Dice

5d6 Metal Dwarven Dice

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Dragon Chow is providing one of their awesome Tall Pencil dice bags

STUFFER SHACK is providing our Deluxe Adventurer’s Bundle

Mini Counters 1-20

10 Bloodied Markers

All 12 Horse Minis

Roving Band of Misfits is providing the amazing Dice Tower

The actual prize may look slightly different

Chaotic Shiny is providing a City Builder Generator Pack

DriveThruRPG has provided a $50 Gift Certificate

Two hardcover books from VoidStar Games (Strands of Fate and Strands of Power)

A 1-year print subscription to Kobold Quarterly

A copy of the hardcover book “Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design” by Baur, Stackpole, Cook, Greenwood, etc.

A copy of the ultra-rare print edition of “Red Eye of Azathoth” for Call of Cthulhu

Our sponsors were fantastic! Please take a moment to thank them by visiting their sites!

Thank you to everyone!

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Chris Stevens

In Chris's opinion, the very best vices are dirt bikes, rock music, and gaming, while the very best medicine is fatherhood. If he could just learn to balance them all, he'd live forever. He's much more creative than intelligent, often wakes up belligerent, and ponders many things insignificant. Lastly, in an effort to transform his well-fed body, P90X, Roller Blades, and Food are all laughing at him. And the pain continues.

  11 Responses to “And the winner of the 2012 RPG Site of the Year is…”

  1. Awesome!

    Congratulations on your win. I’ll have to spend some quality time on the site now.

  2. Congratulations to The ID DM and well done Stuffer Shack for a contest well run. Great to see so many superb rpg blogs and podcasts out there. Each one is an inspiration.

  3. Wow, thank you for the honor! Tourq, thank you for taking the time to organize the contest. And thank you to all the voters and the judges who contributed to the results. I certainly learned about many great sites that I hadn’t heard of before now.

  4. Congratulations to Iddy at the Id DM! Amazing site that deserves kudos and recognition!

    And thanks to Stuffer Shack for hosting another amazing SOTY contest!

  5. Congratulations, Iddy!

    All you have to do now is accept your prizes… um, can I borrow the dice? and the Kobold Quarterly subscription? and the Dice Tower? and, oh hell, can I borrow all of it?!

  6. Congratulations Id DM!!

  7. Congratulations to the winner, but also to everyone who got nominated. There were a LOT of awesome websites this year – not that there weren’t last year – and it showed. With a turnout like this, I can’t wait to see what happens next year.

  8. Congrats Id DM! And congrats to all the finalists as well, and thanks for Stuffer Shack & sponsors! It was a fun and interesting competition!

  9. Congratulations Id! Wear your shield proudly!

  10. Well done! You guys deserved to win all that… shiny… precious… loot… *sob* *sob* *sob*

  11. Congrats Id DM!

    Well deserved!

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