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.
In total there were 27 voters, compared with 59 last year. Last year's ranking is given in brackets. The minor placings were populated by A League Of Our Own, Open Management, Save All Your XXXs For Me, To Win Just Once, Dane's Games, 90 Minutes, Astradyne, Geneva, Jack Duckworth's Alternate Universe, Sprouts of Wrath, Thing, Top of the League and Globetrotter - more or less in that order.
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.
So, congratulations to Keith Thomasson on retaining his title, and it is quite possible that he will keep the title in perpetuity as, given the very poor voter turn-out this year, it is doubtful whether the poll will survive another year. It's true that my publicising of the poll was hampered this year by not being able to give it a plug whilst running the MidCon quiz, but, even so, when a number of long established editors don't bother to vote then the writing is probably on the wall. Join the UKPBM group to discuss this further.
THE 2004 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, Tom Tweedys Dip2000 site prevents Keith Thomasson doing the double. There were only 9 voters for this poll and one must also question the viability of this poll.
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.
I have unilaterally decided to alter the timing of this so that the nominations are announced at the time the Zine Poll votes are announced; previously, voting had taken place simultaneous to the Zine Poll.
The nominations are:
Derek Wilson, for producing over 200 issues of the hugely reliable Cut & Thrust.
The ManorCon Committee for organising World DipCon.
Neither of the above. Use this option if you feel neither candidate is worthy of the award.
Votes to John Harrington please, by March 14th.