ROFL! makes 2014 Diana Jones Award Shortlist

By Kat Metzen

Two publishers, a hobby game, a family game and an RPG vie for hobby-gaming’s most exclusive trophy

From a long and extremely diverse long-list of nominees, the secretive committee of the Diana Jones Award has distilled a shortlist of five items that it believes best exemplified ‘excellence’ in the field of gaming in 2013. The award will be presented to the winner at Gen Con in Indianapolis in August. Making the shortlist for 2014 is our very own ROFL!.


From the Press Release:

ROFL!, a family card game designed by John Kovalic (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
In game design nothing is harder than simplicity, and in no category is that quality more required than in the family/party game space. With the brilliant, elegant and delightful dynamic animating ROFL!, designer John Kovalic provides a masterstroke of the KISS principle. Just as amazingly, he does it by finding an original take on the word game sub-genre. ROFL!’s phrase compression conceit rewards both clue-making and guessing, supplying an essential skill-levelling element many party games lack. And if that weren’t enough, he somehow inveigles tabletop’s most beloved cartoonist to lend it the light, joyous visual look that its play style demands. Though created by someone steeped in the adventure game tradition, it could and should appear on shelves at mass-market retailers wherever they are found. GRTGMJK!

You can read the full Press Release at

About The Award
The Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming was founded and first awarded in 2001. It is presented annually to the person, product, company, event or any other thing that has, in the opinion of its committee, best demonstrated the quality of ‘excellence’ in the world of hobby- gaming in the previous year. The winner of the Award receives the Diana Jones trophy. The Diana Jones Committee is a mostly anonymous group of games-industry alumni and illuminati, that includes designers, publishers, cartoonists, consultants, and some content to rest on their laurels. Past winners include industry figures such as Peter Adkison and Jordan Weisman, the role-playing games Nobilis, Sorcerer, and Fiasco, the board-games Dominion and Ticket to Ride, and the website BoardGameGeek. Last year’s winner was Wil Wheaton’s webseries Tabletop. This is the fourteenth year of the Award.

About ROFL​!:  
Players: 3 – 7 | For Ages: 13+ | Playing Time: 30 – 45 Minutes | MSRP: $35.00
Order direct from the Cryptozoic eStore.​

Game design and illustrations by John Kovalic, one of the developers of Apples to Apples and the acclaimed illustrator behind the Munchkin card game series. Can you condense a well-known phrase down to just a few letters and symbols? Can you do it using fewer characters than any other player, but still get your message across? Find out with ROFL!, the hilarious party game of mix-communications! ROFL! pits players against each other as they strive to condense messages down to as few characters as possible. If the Guesser can figure out the original phrase from your clue before time runs out, you both score points! The player with the most points after three rounds wins the game!