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THE RULES OF THE GAME

  • I will begin accepting your nominations December 1st. The way it works – for those who were around for the 2011 Best Ofs – is that it’s Editor’s Choice based on reader nominations. So the great EVN community can send what they think should be recognized to jp@vnsnow.com and from that list I will pick the creme de la creme. (I have no idea how to say creme de la creme by the way, so be happy this is being typed.) The deadline to do this will be December 31st and the final list of nominees will be released the following day, January 1st.
  • H (Hentai) games may not be nominated. As the goal of these games is often to titillate the reader/viewer, in my opinion that makes the bulk of H games pornography. If that’s your thing, that’s your thing, but considering my own personal views as well as the clear goals behind these particular works, just like last year, I won’t even try to attempt and be fair when I know I can’t.
  • If you as a writer or your development group has released several English visual novels this year, please be advised that only two of them will be considered for nomination in all categories. This is done primarily to ensure that no one group or person can monopolize the nominations since one EVN can be nominated for more than one category. For example, let’s say that OraStudios (obviously not real) made a romance EVN and a more dramatic/thrilling EVN. Theoretically speaking, if both EVNs used different artists and musicians, both games can be nominated in ten different categories each (EVN of the Year, Artist, Original Score, Original Song, Romance, Drama, Character, Writer, Editor and Director) with the studio itself possibly being up for nomination as well. Now, toss out the two EVN limit and potentially one studio could stuff the ballot and ruin my good time…which is a big no-no. On the plus side, for those who developed the EVNs, you can tell me which two EVNs you’d prefer to be considered.
  • All winners will be decided by moi. Please be respectful of this decision and those that will be nominated for an award when commenting on the site.
  • Certain categories will require a unique qualifier. This is not an attempt to heap awards onto any one person, group or visual novel. This is simply an effort to include everyone that contributed to the development of a visual novel. Also, please keep in mind that the lack of a qualifier in one category doesn’t necessarily mean a visual novel won’t be nominated for another. All visual novels nominated will be judged by the exact same criteria.
  • And since we’re on the subject, the winners of each game category will be chosen based on their Presentation, Story, Ambition and Enjoyment Level while playing the game. These things are unique to each nominee as well as to each reader. Please keep that in mind on when we announce the winners.
  • There is no trophy or other award signifying the winner of each category. Unless you plan to pay for one, please do not hassle the editor about the lack of a physical award.

 

CATEGORIES

• English Visual Novel of the Year
• Studio/EVN Circle of the Year
• Rookie of the Year
• Best Director
 Best Artist
• Best Writer
• Best Editor
• Best Programmer
• Most Improved Writer
• Most Improved Artist
• Best Original Song
• Best Original Score
• Best Male Voice Artist
• Best Female Voice Artist
• Best Fanwork EVN
• Best Romance EVN
• Best Hybrid EVN
• Best Comedy EVN
• Best Drama EVN

2015 BEST OFS

 

  • English Visual Novel of the Year –Cupid (Fervent Studios)
  • Studio/EVN Circle of the Year – Fervent Studios (Who Is Mike, Cupid)
  • Rookie of the Year – DesertFox (Over The Hills and Far Away)
  • Best Character –  Rosa (Cupid)
  • Best Director –  ( )
  • Best Artist – Sita Duncan (Brilliant Shadows)
  • Best Writer – Amelori (Cupid)
  • Best Original Score –Seycara Music and Arts (Over the Hills and Far Away)
  • Best Original Song – “Gone Away” Ryan Lawhon (Orion)
  • Best Editor
  • Best Programmer
  • Best Female Voice Actress – Carol Mertz (Odell Perin – Serafina’s Crown)
  • Best Male Voice Actor  Alex Weber (Hektor – Brilliant Shadows)
  • Best Romance – Our Personal Space (Qirien
  • Best Hybrid – Black Closet (Hanako Games)
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Drama – Over the Hills and Far Away (WarGirl Games)
  • Best Fantasy – Brilliant Shadows Book 1 (Ithqua Labs)
  • Best Fanwork – SC2VN (
  • Most Improved Writer – Katy133 (Three Guys That Paint)
  • Most Improved Artist – Toa (Cursed Sight)

 2014 BEST OFS

 

  • English Visual Novel of the Year – Taarradhin (Cyanide Tea)
  • Studio/EVN Circle of the Year – Apple Cider Games
  • Rookie of the Year – We Are Muesli
  • Best Character – Cecily (Basiliska)
  • Best Director – Sam Yang (Sunrider)
  • Best Artist – Auro Cyanide (Taarradhin)
  • Best Writer – Lorelei (Taarradhin)
  • Best Original Score – Julian Langdon (Icebound)
  • Best Original Song – Seasons of the Wolf (Matthew Myer and Boosara)
  • Best Editor -R-bit (Saving Zoey)
  • Best Programmer – Vaendryl (Sunrider)
  • Best Female Voice Actress – Helene Daviau (Pizz’Amore)
  • Best Male Voice Actor – Ethan Nakashima (Pizz’Amore)
  • Best Romance – Roommates (Winter Wolves)
  • Best Hybrid – Sunrider: The Mask of Arcadius (Love in Space)
  • Best Comedy – Romance Detective (NomNomNomi)
  • Best Drama – The One in Love (Donmai)
  • Best Fanwork – Regeria Hope Episode 1 (Golden Game Barn)
  • Best Pun – Pizz’Amore (The Title)
  • Most Improved Writer – Uncle Mugen (Hammer)
  • Most Improved Artist – Deji (Autumn’s Journey)

 

2013 BEST OFS

  • English Visual Novel of the Year – Cave! Cave! Deus Videt! (We Are Muesli)
  • Studio/EVN Circle of the Year – Dischan Media
  • Rookie of the Year – We Are Muesli
  • Best Character – Winter Harrison (Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1)
  • Best Director – Ayu Sakata (Yousei)
  • Best Artist – Saimon ‘Doomfest’ Ma (Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1)
  • Best Writer – Christine Love (Hate Plus)
  • Best Original Score – Kristen ‘CombatPlayer’ Jensen (Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1)
  • Best Original Song – ‘It’s Not Ero’ by Isaac Schankler and Senah Kim (Hate Plus)
  • Best Editor – Shadow (Hate Plus)
  • Best Programmer – SleepKirby (Touhou Mecha Chapter 2)
  • Best Female Voice Actress – Apphia Yu (Yousei)
  • Best Male Voice Actor – Clifford Chapin (Yousei)
  • Best Romance – Blue Rose (White Cat Games)
  • Best Hybrid – Regency Love (Three For Tea)
  • Best Comedy – A Very Splendid Otome Game (Camille and Co.)
  • Best Drama – The Royal Trap (Hanako Games)
  • Best Fanwork – Touhou Mecha Chapter 2 (Dai Sukima Dan)

 

2012 BEST OFS

  • Analogue: A Hate Story – English Visual Novel of the Year
  • Four Leaf Studios – EVN Studio/Circle of the Year
  • *Hyun-ae (Analogue: A Hate Story) – Best Character
  • Saguaro (Lucky Special Games) – Rookie of the Year
  • Gracjana Zielinska (Cinders) – Best Artist
  • Rob Westwood (Cinders) – Best Original Score
  • AxemRed (Twilight Princess Prophecy Quest Chronicles) – Best Male Voice Actor
  • Melissa Heflin (The Romance of Miss Boop)– Best Female Voice Actress
  • Long Live the Queen (Hanako Games) – Best Hybrid
  • Ristorante Amore (Cyanide Tea) – Best Romance
  • Juniper’s Knot (Dischan Group) – Best Drama
  • Rejoice! The Gospel of Matthew (tkhnoman) – Best Fanwork
  • The Knife of the Traitor (Clua & Anarchy) – Best Comedy

 

2011 BEST OFS

  • Kansei – English Visual Novel of the Year
  • Winter Wolves – Studio/EVN Circle of the Year
  • John Rook – Best Character
  • M. Beatriz Garcia – Best Artist
  • Carosene – Rookie of the Year
  • Matthew Myers & Cristina Vee –Best Original Score
  • Micah Solusod – Best Male Voice Artist
  • Cherami Leigh – Best Female Voice Artist
  • Lucky Rabbit Reflex – Best Romance
  • Rapunzel – Best Fanwork
  • Anton’s Vacation – Best Comedy
  • The Thirteenth Year – Best Drama
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