Online Nickname(s):Shiny

Introduction and Platform

I am a long time lover of TTRPGs and my life effectively revolves around them. One of the main things we do for fun at our house is listen to TTRPG podcasts, plan/create stuff for new games and play any fun games we can get our hands on!

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I play TTRPGs because they give us a way to explore a whole new world and be different people with different lives! The D&D game that I run helps us tell stories that are important to us while also having fun and laughing with our friends. It’s an amazing hobby/lifestyle that can help you process trauma and grief, distract you from an annoying day at work, or just act out your alternate life fantasies, giving you an adventure that you may not have otherwise.

My life has been so greatly impacted by TTRPGs, that I find myself constantly trying to introduce other people to the life. Most of my friends are online TTRPG friends and our online community, I met my boyfriend through a mutual love of a streamed game, and most of my hobbies revolve around them. They’ve been a great source of happiness in my life, and I love helping other people find that!

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 have the privilege of working at home with my very helpful boyfriend, who helps me all the time. My work is very flexible and this time of year I could even take some time off as needed.

I do have 2 gaming groups that could also assist me, as well as a plethora of internet TTRPG community friends that I could rwch out to if things got hard.

Really though, I’m a machine powered by ADHD, and truly I can get more done, more quickly, than most people.

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 work in a professional IT environment, but remotely, so my professional job already requires me to be able to communicate with people at a distance, manage deadlines and tasks on my own, and have an effective organizational system that helps me be effective. Also, having ADHD requires that I’ve developed skills and tricks for keeping myself on track and moving forward, especially when there’s a lot to do in a short time.

I’m teased for being a bit of an organization nerd, especially since I work in IT compliance…the success of my company relies on it.

Not to mention years of trying to wrangle cats on the internet, in the form of being a community manager/mod, dungeon/game master, and panelist/organizer at conventions like PAX.

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 like to enjoy lots of different systems, but tend to lean towards ones that allow you to craft your own world and story as things progress. I love traditional “paper-based” TTRPGs like D&D, because we can tell any story we want, any where…but I also really enjoy Legacy style games, where the choices you make impact the game over time.

I don’t know if I’m a fan girl of a particular publisher, we will honestly try anything and have SO MANY games, but I do find myself consistently enjoying Renegade and Hit Point Press. I also really appreciate the Dungeon Master’s Guild, while maybe not an official publisher, I love that they enable people to publish their own content!

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?

I’m in a little Indie RPG club, so I try a lot of random smaller systems:
D&D (5e) – I play weekly, and I love
Vampire the Masquerade – a bit serious for me
Kids on Bikes – very flexible and fun
Honey Heist – this is always so fun
Familiars of Terra – adorable, love it
Clank- Acquisitions Incorporated – so fun, we’ve played so many times!
Tales from the Loop – we used our own world, but very fun
Overlight – so good, I wish I could get more people to learn this system
Wildermyth – online, so fun! We play as a group and do little voices for everyone
Mouseguard – super fun, but I honestly prefer the Smallfolk D&D some of my friends designed
Three Kobolds in a Trenchcoat – something a friend designed that’s so hilarious and fun. Some of the rules needed tweaking, but it was great!

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

It depends on the category certainly, but things like originality, rule design, ease of learning, emotional impact-was it funny as heck or super serious and sad- both can be good, length of game, how engaging it was, what kinds of decisions you get to make/how they impact things, customization, overall quality, etc. I’m sure I will think of other things as I go through items.

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

I learn game systems pretty quickly, so if it’s that hard to learn it will certainly stand out in my mind. I think one of the biggest barriers to people playing RPGs is complexity, so I consider it a bonus if it’s pretty easy to learn, but I don’t think less of complicated systems-they can be extra fun and engaging once you get in there.

It would be different if I just thought it was poorly designed or didn’t like some of the components…that’s a personal opinion that I wouldn’t necessarily hold against the product.

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

I love the ENnies, and I think they’re a great representation of our hobby! I really appreciate that any publisher can submit a game, that it isn’t invite only, and that’s one of the main things that I hope never changes!

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

If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?: Three Kobolds in a Trenchcoat (which is something a friend designed), it’s hilarious chaos and I would absolutely play it again!