Online Nickname: Durnik

Introduction and Platform

I have been a table top role player and judge for over forty years. I have attend and judge at conventions from regional to national. I constantly read new game systems and attempt to employ them.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I play and run rpgs because i enjoy the social aspect of gaming as well as the games themselves.

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?

I am retired and available for a major time commitment and have the energy to lend to this effort. My family is heavily involved in my hobby and supports my commitment in time and effort. My gaming group is available for input and opinion and is very enthusiastic about helping.

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?

i have a broad depth of experience in the gaming industry given my involvement for over forty years. I have written numerous scenarios as well as have written several books. I am familiar with deadlines and how to meet them. I have available storage both physical and mental for the task at hand. 🙂

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”?

My favorite genre if rpgs is horror followed closely by fantasy. I have written and run numerous old Chill scenarios and Call of Cthulhu as well.
I’m not as into hard core science fiction as i am horror and fantasy, i however, appreciate the genre.
Currently i am a Call of Cthulhu fan but still appreciate the classical feel of Chill. I am a fan of 5th edition D&D and first and second edition of Pathfinder.
The products being produced by Gooey Cube is if very high quality and is worth a look.

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?

5 th edition D&D, particularly the Gooey Cube products.
Pathfinder first edition
Pathfinder second edition
Call of Cthulhu
Root rpg
Deadlands-Savage Worlds
Talisman rpg

I have really enjoyed the Gooey Cube 5th edition products.

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

I will evaluate not only quality of product appearance but also the details of editorial quality and writing. I will evaluate how well a particular idea was presented and explained. I’m sure there are established guidelines that i will use to help me along.

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

I will devote time go all systems whether i am familiar with them of not. If i perceive they are poorly designed i will try go be as constructive as possible and try to pull out gems of ideas that inspired the author.

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

I am not familiar in depth enough to recommend changes but once familiar with the core concepts, i will endeavor go uphold the core values. Once familiar, i will only make positive recommendations in order to enhance the process.

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

If i were an RPG i would be a psychological thriller that pulls all players in so that they can be affected on an emotional as well as logical level.