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14 Dec 2021 00:00 #328816 by oliverkinne
Zenobia Award was created by oliverkinne
The name of this relatively new award is based on...

I think something that many of us in the hobby feel very bad about, are the many board games that are set against historic events, but that make no attempt to respectfully represent what happened and often sweep under the carpet the atrocities that were committed during the time that the games are set. So it's very refreshing to see people come together to create an award that tries to redress the situation and encourages the creation of historical games designed by people from marginalized groups. The hope is that these games will be much more representative, respectful and diverse. That's the Zenobia Award.

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16 Dec 2021 04:35 #328817 by jur
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Thanks for bringing the Awards under a wider audience. The good news is that one of the finalists has already successfully converted via Kickstarter. Dutch Resistance: Orange Shall Overcome! found almost 700 backers.

Then again, this is one of the most conventional games in the list. I hope the other games see daylight as well. I would appreciate if TWBG kept us up to date on developments that they get to know of.
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16 Dec 2021 12:21 - 16 Dec 2021 12:22 #328830 by Virabhadra
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I wasn't sure where else to mention it, so here goes: I heard about the Zenobia Awards about a week after I stumbled across the Kickstarter for Where Is Home, Truly. It was intended to be a game highlighting Southeast Asian refugee crises that seems to have been axed by an NGO right out of the gate. Just seemed weird, as otherwise it sounded like it could have been a Zenobia contender.
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21 Dec 2021 09:48 #328977 by Gary Sax
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An update from a contestant, but not winner.

Some of these may land at education publishers, which I'm of multiple minds about.
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21 Dec 2021 10:42 - 21 Dec 2021 10:59 #328980 by sornars
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Gary Sax wrote: Some of these may land at education publishers, which I'm of multiple minds about.


I'm curious to hear your concerns on this front. Are you unsure about the utility of games as a pedagogical device?

I'm not a heavy historical gamer but I have learned things superficially via exposure to historical games. Even basic stuff like the title of events in CDGs have lead me to google things and the games themselves have been useful in evoking a feeling or highlighting the tradeoffs between different factions but I've never walked away thinking that I've played through a proper run through of history that would replace a good book. I see games as useful for adding an emotional layer to history that's otherwise harder to convey through text alone but with emotion (and well, history) comes the problem of bias and context.
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21 Dec 2021 12:59 - 21 Dec 2021 13:03 #328982 by Gary Sax
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I guess it depends what we mean by educational games. I think educational games have a long history of being much less interested in the game than heavy handedly focusing on "teaching," which is usually not mechanical but just words on cards, rulebooks, etc. I find games very educational when they teach using the mechanics.

But I don't know anything about this publisher. Could be fine!
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26 Apr 2022 15:52 #332571 by Gary Sax
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Just wanted to bring to everyone's attention that GMT is P500ing a coop game on indigenous resistance that was in the Zenobia contest---Borikén
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