Online Nickname: Crothian
Introduction and Platform
I’m an accountant from central Ohio and have been playing RPGs for many decades. I have a fierce love of games and have read and reviewed many RPGs. I enjoy reading through rules and seeing how games are pieced together. My family and friends support me and know that it is a big commitment for me being a judge.
Why do you play/run RPGs?
Playing and running RPGs has become even more important in the last few years. It helps to stay in touch with friends and make sure they have an outlet. I have participated and ran many games on line and organized one shots for people so they have something fun to be able to participate in. It’s been a hard few years for some people and I find myself in a position to help them by running games.
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 been a judge before and understand the tremendous time required. My friends and family support and help out. My job allows me to work from home most days and that frees up many hours to devote to reading and evaluation. I have a strong organizational skills and time management.
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’ll be buying another new bookcase that’s for sure. I love reading and evaluating games. It is fun to try to compare and contrast the strengths of a narrative game verse a simulation oriented game. I like to see what each is trying to do and how they are able to accomplish it.
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 tend to go a little more into modern day fantasy then other genres. I like many have played quite of bit of D&D and games inspired by it. But I like branching out to other genres and challenge myself with games that I would not normally select.
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?
In the past year I finished up a many year D&D campaign, finished as a player in Masks of Nyarlathotep Call of Cthulhu game, also wrapped up a Vaesen RPG campaign, and started a Masks New Generation game.
I’ve participated and ran many more one shots from Dread to Alice is Missing to Fiasco and Timewatch. I’ve played a few solo games like 100 year Old Vampire and Colostle. My favorite of those has been Vaesen.
Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
I read everything cover to cover and take notes on what about the book is strong. I slowly gets lists in each category that get scaled down over the year. I like to have lots of communication with other judges to see what they like and don’t like so we can discuss and makes pitches for our favorites.
How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?
For games I am unfamiliar with I will likely buy the core rules. It is important to have a solid foundation for adventures and supplements. It is important to know the other books in a product line are and what they accomplish to know if what has been submitted is revolutionary for the game or just more of the same old add ons. For games I think are badly designed it is still important to read and evaluate all of them. The ENNIES has a lot of different categories so I game I might not like could still have great art or layout.
How would you like to see the ENNIEs change? What should remain inviolate?
In the last few year the industry has seen an explosion of small zine like products. I think the ENNIES should consider adding a category for them. They are accomplishing new things with a minimalist philosophy and challenges what is needed for a full game.
BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?
Accounting the Ledger would be a fantastic game of income statements and expenses spreadsheets. We could have T tables battle it out for supremacy. It would be largely unplayable.