At every Fastaval since 1992, prizes have been awarded to the best premiere scenarios. The Ottos are awarded at the Otto Party Sunday night at Fastaval, and a jury consisting of six people with different roleplaying profiles decide who is nominated and who wins. The Otto jury is presided over by a head judge appointed by Alea, and the head judge then recruit their jury based on a desire for different skill-sets, diversity and experience in roleplaying. The Otto is awarded on the basis of the scenarios as written materials, but the jury also look to player experiences in the form of the evaluation sheets handed out after each scenario has run.
For the scenario jury it is a long and thorough process to read and analyze all the scenarios and furthermore shortlist those who is nominated and wins an Otto award. If you want to know more about what it means to be in the Otto jury before, under and after Fastaval.
Over the years, the Otto categories have changed several times, but at the moment prizes are awarded in the categories Best Presentation, Best Mechanics, Best Characters, Best Storytelling, The Participants’ Award, The Special Award and Best Scenario. You can read the definitions of the scenario Ottos below: