THE 2002 ZINE POLL RESULTS
First a quick explanation as to what the Zine Poll is all about. As the name suggests, it is a poll to determine which zine is the "best" zine out there. Of course peoples views on what makes a good zine differ wildly, with some marking high for reliability, some favouring a broad variety of games, others valuing good writing and so on; as such, then, it is perhaps more accurate to say the poll determines what is the hobbys favourite zine in any given year.
Anyway, members of the postal gaming hobby are invited to list up to ten zines in order of preference. Points are then allocated to the zines listed on each ballot paper, with the number of points allocated varying depending on how many zines the voter listed (i.e. the more zines a voter votes for, the higher the points allocation per zine). Zines are then ranked according to how many points they have received. The scoring system favours high circulation zines but as a high circulation is an indication of a zine's popularity I think this is fair enough. On to the results then.
(The hyperlinks are to reviews of the zines. The reviews are from 2001 but more up to date reviews will be added soon.)
In total there were 68 voters. Votes were also received for Underneath The Mango Tree (14 points) and Dolchsto▀ (24 points), but these zines were ineligible as they did not publish at least 4 issues in 2002; I have doubts as to whether The White Cat published 4 issues either but could not prove it one way or the other so I left it in. I am also unsure whether Disoriented Express is a British zine but without knowing for sure I decided to leave it in.
You will notice that some zines had the same number of votes but are ranked differently; the tie-break I used was to favour the zine that had the higher percentage of first places and if that did not separate them then to favour the zine that had more votes.
THE 2002 POSTAL GAMING WEB SITE POLL RESULTS
This is a similar poll to the Zine Poll but covering web sites affiliated to the postal gaming hobby.
So, having been thwarted in the Zine Poll, Keith Thomasson succeeds in winning the Web Site Poll, hotly pursued by Mike Deans psychozine and Tom Tweedys Dip2000 site. All three are excellent places in which to play games
THE 2002 LES PIMLEY AWARD
This award is presented every year to the person deemed to have made a significant contribution to the hobby, either during the year or over a period of time culminating in the year just gone. Although there were 4 worthy candidates, Richard Sharp was a clear winner with 56.5% of the votes. When it comes to Diplomacy, Richard Sharp has quite literally written the book. He was instrumental in creating the UK Diplomacy hobby and edited the award winning Diplomacy zine Dolchsto▀ for more than 250 issues before ill health forced him to fold it.
The other candidates were Mike Dean, Paul Evans and Derek Wilson.