"Vampire: The Masquerade—Sins of the Sires" is a finalist for the 2023 Nebula Game Writing Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Vampire: The Masquerade—Sins of the Sires, by Natalia Theodoridou, is a finalist for the Nebula Game Writing Award, and it’s on sale, 25% off this week! To celebrate Natalia’s second time as a finalist, we are also putting every previous Nebula Finalist game on sale:

The Luminous Underground
The Road to Canterbury
The Magician’s Workshop
The Martian Job

Vampire: The Masquerade—Sins of the Sires is a 300,000-word interactive interactive novel set in the World of Darkness shared story universe. In this elegy of blood, everyone in Athens owes your boss a favor, making you untouchable! Who will you use, who will you help, and who will you prey on?

This is the fifth year that there has been a Nebula award for game writing, and the fourth year that Choice of Games authors have been finalists. Past Choice of Games Nebula finalists are: Phoebe Barton for The Luminous Underground, Kate Heartfield for The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, Natalia Theodoridou for Rent-A-Vice, and M. Darusha Wehm for The Martian Job.

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given annually to the best works of science fiction and fantasy published that year, as voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The 58th Annual Nebula Awards ceremony will be streamed live during the 2023 Nebula Conference, May 12-14, 2023. Stay tuned for more!


Huge congratulations to Natalia Theodoridou!


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My first thought was how??


Same. It’s one of the worst written of the Vampires, story isn’t all that great and is all over the place, really forgettable… yet it’s a finalist? I mean, I could say that the awards really lowered their expectations, as there are some games that deserve it a little more(The Dragon and the Djinn, Nikola Tesla, Ferweh Saga) just to name a few.


I am so proud of him. Kicking ass out here.


Probably networking. At Reddit I’ve gleamed information about author being known among sci-fi and fantasy circles, with some of such people probably being among Nebula organisators. Maybe it was a case of successful networking and lack of options, if there had to be a Vampire game as a nominee.

Networking ain’t bad. It’s a valuable skill.


I’m delighted to see Natalia getting more recognition - and CoG as a publisher too.

Bit disheartening to see people being rude about it. If something you don’t like gets nominated for an award, it’s OK to click another thread.


Beg pardon for questioning the nomination of a game that, in many peoples opinions, wasn’t all that great or well written. That’s not being rude, thats being objective and having an opinion on the matter, when there are other games that may have been better choosen or nominated.


Not sure what there’s to dislike tbh! I liked all the VTM games, but this was my favourite, so I’m also very pleased it’s gotten the recognition.


I mean arent all nominations seen with a critical eye to judge whether it is worthy or not? It isn’t a lie to say there were better games, even among COG releases itself that deserved the nomination


This is great news! It’s inspiring to see CoG authors nominated so regularly. Certainly makes me want to keep writing!

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Glad to see a choicescript game up for nomination, but tbh I’m a bit surprised that out of all the 2022 works it wasn’t The Dragon and the Djinn. That game was probably one of the best interactive fiction I’ve ever read. It tackled gender diversity very well and drew attention to folklore and mythologies often overlooked in western works.

I guess I’m just not sure how to feel about a work that’s generally regarded poorly being the “face” of mainline Choicescript.


Anyone getting nominated from the CoG/HG libraries is a big accomplishment that raises us all up within the larger IF world.

Expressing your opinion about the nominated game in a constructive manner is wonderful, but coming into an announcement thread for a coveted award nomination and mocking the author, the publisher, and every other soul involved with the nominated game is just plain immature and rude.

Question the SFWA all you want, and criticize the nomination and game.

The simple fact is that being nominated is seen as an accomplishment throughout the writing world.

An opinion on the game and nomination is a subjective measure no one should question.

As far as the “back door” and speculation on how a nomination was decided, I’ll leave that to others, until I see hard proof.


Assuming it was an actual accomplishment, and not entered in through some sort of back door, networking is a thing, after all


Yeah I’m more than a little shocked to be honest.


No, what your asking for is everyone to just support the author without any criticism to speak of on their work, just so publisher and yesman around them and the publishers feel accomplished for the award and nomination because apparently there needs to be a safe space and bubble wrap for authors for anyone who gets any form of feedback that doesn’t fit a certain narrative.

It’s not “immature” or “rude” to have criticism on their works or the award itself. It’s called having a objective opinion on the matter, which those above have very much stated in a considerate manner. As I, and the others here have said, we question this nomination based solely on the work thats been presented against other works that could very well have been a better nomination and a better choice to represent Choice of Games. Dragon and Djinn, Nikola Tesla, heck, Feyweh Saga, just to name a few, could have been a better nomination and choice.


Tesla did get nominated, didn’t it? It is also sci-fi and has less issues than Sins of the Sires, which would make it a better representative of the overall work under CoG’s brand. Sins feel very rushed, dry and both equally rash and stilted, something that would just make the brand look bad. Networking isn’t end-all, although it surely helps.


@Vera I couldn’t find all the nominations
All I could find was the finalists
But if I find it I’ll let you know who else was nominated

I meant nomination in other contests. I vaguely remember something like that being raised for Tesla.

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