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!

2024 currently has 31 total nominations!

Past Misao Results

You can view all the past years' Misao results. The system has sometimes changed over the years but the results still stand up!

Year Votes Cast
2023 627
2022 546
2021 82
2020 1295
2019 1284
2018 902
2017 1162
2016 1707
2015 1234
2014 1562
2013 1663
2012 1424
2011 1502
2010 1299
2009 737
2008 1888
2007 2638
2006 1916