What are the Misaos?
The Misaos are an annual award event given to indie games made in the RM community. 'Misaos' is the general name for the awards such as 'Best Atmosphere', 'Most Technical Prowess' or 'Game of the Year'. You can liken it to a "People's Choice" award, as the games are nominated and voted upon by the community-at-large.
Why are they called 'Misaos'?
In aeons past, the Misaos were organized and run by the good folks at #rm2k on irc.dynastynet.net and hosted on The Queen's Court website. iishenron (a.k.a. FinalDragon) came up with the name based on a character from one of his favorite animes: Rurouni Kenshin. Specifically, the character Makimachi Misao. The name has stuck, despite the fact that every year people wonder where the name Misao comes from (and they say that the name is silly). For better or for worse, this is what the awards are known as. Besides, the less-than-serious nature of the name suits the less-than-serious nature of the awards!
Misao Nominations / Voting
How do I nominate a game for a category?
To nominate a game for a Misao, simply go to its game profile and click the "Nominate" link. You then select the category or categories you wish to nominate it for and confirm your nomination. The nomination period for Misao awards lasts for the entire year! You can change your nomination at any time during the year.
How does voting work?
At the end of the year on December 31st at midnight, all the nominations are tallied up and a voting period occurs for the top nominations in each category. Check back at the beginning of next year to cast your vote for the best nominations!
2013 currently has 717 total nominations!