The new designer award is intended to attract people to write for Pheno. We love bringing new talent in and keeping them coming back for more. It’s a win for everyone.
So long as they haven’t run at Pheno before, we’re happy to consider someone a New Designer for Pheno. If someone is an experienced game runner elsewhere, or this is their first time running, we’re equally happy.
We go with the honour system on this one. It really depends on whether the new writer is the lead in the current game (in which case, it does qualify), they were the support in the previous game (in which case their current game qualifies) or the other way around (in which case the current game doesn’t qualify).
They qualify for the New Designer award and will be judged as a team rather than as an individual.
So long as they meet the criteria above, they are considered a New Designer.
Given the purpose of the award is to getting new designers to run games at Pheno, they are eligible.
Yep, organising a con is separate from running a game. Winning is up to the players, so there shouldn’t be a conflict of interest. To separate any perceived conflict of interest, the org person will not be asked to participant in the adding up of the scores.
This is the fine print on the questions about ‘prior experience’. We also count New Designers if they have run once previously at Pheno—provided they didn’t win the New Designer award that time. We want our designers to keep coming back, and think this helps.
Two writing categories, two running categories and an overall rating. Specifically, these are:
Consistency of factors means designers are rated fairly year on year, and the orgs are not hurriedly trying to put a form together on Saturday.
Nope—the orgs don’t like making things difficult for themselves.