The Diana Jones Award is an annual award created to publicly acknowledge excellence in gaming. The award was first made for the year 2000, and the first award ceremony was on August 4, 2001.
At a private ceremony on Wednesday 14th August, 2013, the Diana Jones Award committee presented the award at the annual Diana Jones Award and Freelancer Party in Indianapolis, the unofficial start of the Gen Con convention. This year's winner is TableTop, a web series created by Wil Wheaton and produced by Geek 'n' Sundry. In each episode Wheaton explains how to play a particular tabletop game by showing us the game in action, often with the assistance of the game's designer and participation of celebrities who enjoy games.
The committee specifically recognizes the inestimable Wil Wheaton as the critical element in TableTop. Mr. Wheaton is not only executive producer, host, and co-creator, but this show would not be what it is without his genuine enthusiasm for tabletop games and the depth of his gaming "street cred" within the grass roots of the hobby gaming community.
TableTop is a web series in which each episode features a tabletop game that Wil Wheaton explains how to play by showing us the game in action, often with the assistance of the game's designer and participation of celebrities who enjoy games.
As one of the few publicly known members of the Diana Jones Award committee, Matt Forbeck revealed this year’s winner before the packed house. Wil Wheaton accepted the award for TableTop and made an enthusiastic and heartwarming speech, which you can watch below.
It is the opinion of the Diana Jones Award Committee, that TableTop exemplifies excellence in gaming, and we are proud to award it our trophy for this year.
Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's Diana Jones Award ceremony:
Anthony Gallela, Atlas Games, Battlefield Press, Crowdfunding Project Partners, DriveThruRPG.com, Eden Studios, Elfinwerks, Evil Beagle Games, Gamerati, Gaming Paper, Gen Con, Genesis of Legend Publishing, Goblinworks, Hostile Work Environment, Harsh Realities, Janice Sellers, Kickstarter, Lone Wolf Development, Magpie Games, Matt Forbeck, Matt James (Vorpal Games), Notting Hill Games, Paizo, Paul Tevis, Steve Jackson Games, Storm Bunny Studios, The Unspeakable Oath, Twin Suns Entertainment, and Zvezda.