THE 2003 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 2002 but more up to date reviews will be added soon.)
In total there were 59 voters. Last year's ranking is given in brackets. I'll add details on more of the minor placings (27th and below) later on.
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 2003 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, Keith Thomasson succeeds in winning the Web Site Poll for the second year in succession, hotly pursued by Mike Deans psychozine and Tom Tweedys Dip2000 site once again. All three are excellent places in which to play games
THE 2003 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. There was only one nomination this year and so the award goes posthumously the fondly remembered Keith Loveys.