Online Nickname(s): Candace the Magnificent / ThatCandaceGirl

Introduction and Platform

My name is Candace, and I’m a queer, non-binary, Black TTRPG player and GM. I’ve been acting in actual plays for two years and have been playing TTRPGs for nearly seven. I’ve been a GM for three years.

I believe I’d be a great ENnies judge because I’m extremely passionate about gaming. I love the art of storytelling and embrace it in every facet of my life. I am both a writer and an artists, so I have a unique perspective on design and creative construction, and can provide excellent and concise critique. I also believe the diverse makeup of who I am means I’ll bring a unique perspective to reviewing the work that’s submitted.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

Creativity and storytelling are two things I’m extremely passionate about. Both drive me to trying TTRPGs for the first time, and I was eternally hooked. The ability to craft a world that not only accepts others, but can accept one’s self is nothing short of magical, and I love being able to share in and inspire that bit of everyday fantasy.

The ENNIES requires a major commitment of time and energy. What resources do you have that will help you discharge these responsibilities? Will your gaming group or other individuals be assisting you? Does your family support you?

As a professional TTRPG Player, as well as someone with a very dedicated home team, I have no shortage of people who can help support and guide me in this quest to review ENnies submissions. My community includes people of all ages and experience levels, so I can better judge how well rules are written, and it includes people from a wide array of backgrounds so I can better understand the overall appeal of the work. My brother is a DM himself, and my whole family is extremely supportive of and interested in the world of TTRPGs.

Judging requires a great deal of critical thinking skills, communication with other judges, deadline management, organization, and storage space for the product received. What interests, experience, and skills do you bring that will make you a more effective judge?

Critical thinking skills are essential in my day job as an advertising creative. I’m constantly problem-solving, meeting deadlines and writing. As a ttrpg player and actual play actor, scheduling, organizing information and timely communication are also huge parts how I’ve been successful and able to keep growing. I’d bring all of those talents, and more, to the ENnies.

What styles and genres of RPGs do you enjoy most? Are there any styles or genres that you do not enjoy? Which games best exemplify what you like? Do you consider yourself a particular system’s, publisher’s, or genre’s “fanboy/fangirl/fanperson”?

I love high fantasy and classic RPG stuff, but I really love indies too. Savage Worlds is an excellent publisher and I really dig their PC creation rules for making truly well-rounded characters. I love excellent design in my products as well, seeing the innovation and fresh takes on mechanics, from the genius of Dread’s tumbling tower, to the d100 rolling in Mothership. I also really adore how many genres are popping up in the TTRPG space, including romance and more hardcore gory fare. As to what I’m not a fan of, I don’t love extremely crunchy games that take the role playing out of TTRPG. That’s the best part!!

What games have you played in the past year? List up to 10 RPGs you have played the most. Which ones, if any, have you loved or hated?

Thirsty Sword Lesbians
Masks
Outbreak: Undead
Mothership
Axion
Boomstick
Trailer Park Shark Attack: Sharkano
Mörk Borg
Warhammer: Soulbound
Monster Hunters Club

I loved playing all of them, but felt Warhammer was a bit too crunchy for me. My GM made it more fun, as great GMs often do!

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.

For TTRPGs, playability, ease of character customization, clarity of rules and rolling mechanics, quality of art, layout and overall design, originality, inclusivity.

For tools and aids, user-friendliness, overall design, how big of a difference it makes to the user, price.

For media, production quality, quality of overall storytelling, originality, diversity of cast and story.

How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?

I believe I can give any product a fair shake. To me, a supplement is best judged by how well it builds upon the source material and how much value it adds to the user’s gameplay experience. Neither require an enjoyment of the original work. As to the understanding, I’d do my own research to understand the OG game, then use that as a lens through which to measure the supplement.

How would you like to see the ENnies change? What should remain inviolate?

I’d love to see an Actual Play category for excellence in streaming, for player and cast of the year as well as production teams/producers. There are amazing stories being told by such a wide array of voices, and they deserve a spotlight on their skills just as much as the bigger shows like Critical Role and Dimension 20. As to what should remain, I think I can better judge that once I’ve gone through the experience of being an ENnies judge.

BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?

If I were an RPG I think I’d be a rules light, impeccably designed game with romance and horror wrapped in a neat little bow. Like Mörk Borg meets Thirsty Sword Lesbians. I’d play the HECK out of it!