A bunch of gamers compare "apples to apples"... and hopefully you get to learn something helpful in the process.
last update: November 23, 2003
Awards are fine. The Games Magazine "Games 100" and the little red Spiel des Jahres pawn have both convinced me to buy games I've grown to love & adore. I'm a big fan of the Deutscher Spiele Pries and the Gamer's Choice Awards.
And then there are the awards we love to hate... the Origins awards, where a couple of years back Stephensons Rocket (a game about developing the British rail system in the 1800's) was put in the science fiction category - or the Mensa Mind Game awards, which are awarded after a marathon weekend of play... with most of the people making the decisions only getting one shot at playing each game.
The problem with the majority of the awards, however, is simpler than that. Most awards attempt to compare apples to oranges, pitting family games & strategy games released in the same 12 months against each other. It's downright futile to compare a party game with a two-player abstract... but year after year, that's the way lots of awards are given.
Enough is enough. I have little power to change the structure of the awards, their nomination process, and I've only got one vote. But I've got a website, and I managed to gather a group of like-minded gamer/experts to help me create...
The Apples Project!
That's right... The Apples Project. An attempt to compare apples to apples... by nominating & voting on games in categories rather than by chronological years.
It's up to you how to enjoy the Project... follow the Participant, Rules & History links to find out more background. Jjump straight into the Results... or step back and check out the Big Picture. Whatever you do, have fun!
What Next? (as of 11/23/03)
A number of folks have asked "what next?" for the Apples Project. The short answer is: I don't know.
The long (or at least longer) answer is that I hope to revisit the Apples Project sometime in 2005 or 2006. If & when that happens, we'll be re-voting the old categories & adding some new ones... as well as adding some new members to the Apple Picking Team.
But that's still a ways off - until then... enjoy the barrel of apples you've got.