Online Nickname(s): 2boot, boots

Introduction and Platform

My name is Gabriel. I’m 32 years old. I’ve been playing and running RPGs for over a decade. I’ve played and ran over 200 unique TTRPGs. Besides RPGs, I enjoy long distance hiking, foraging for edible plants, and reading sci-fi and horror.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

What I enjoy most about RPGs is the community and the friendships. But I also love collaborative worldbuilding and bringing narrative and character arcs to a satisfying resolution. No other media offers emergent storytelling and creative problem solving the way RPGs do.

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 a flexible schedule, am good at time management, and have a passion for RPGs. I am a committed member of several regular game groups, both in person and online, who will be happy to help me test games. I play with my partner and siblings often.

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 was a team leader at several voter organizing projects, supervising up 200 employees at a time. I have years of experience coordinating and running RPG sessions. And I’m proficient with Microsoft Excel.

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 play a wide range of genres, but I most enjoy rules-lite historical, sci-fi, and horror games. I prefer one-shots over long campaigns. There aren’t styles that I avoid; the people I play with are much more important to me than the genre or style of game. I’m a fan of PbtA and NSR games. Bluebeard’s Bride, Mothership, and Good Society are great examples of the type of games I like.

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?

Mothership, Mork Borg, Wanderhome, The Between, Troika, Call of Cthulhu, Fate: Secret of Cats, Liminal Horror, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Alice is Missing, AD&D 2E

I liked all the games. The Between and Alice is Missing were my favorites.

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

For Best Layout I will be looking for clarity and usability. The Best Rules should efficiently represent the themes of the game and center player agency. The Best Art should inspire the imagination. Any product should represent mastery of its category.

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

I’m very good at learning new rules and game systems. Otherwise I will watch actual plays by people who do understand the rules. I can separate my opinion of the core rules from the supplement; when you hear a good story, you know it.

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

I want to focus on finding hidden gems. The ENNIES should continue to represent the passion of the fan community and give all creators the opportunity to get the recognition they deserve.

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 sword and sorcery adventure about pirates and dinosaurs that focuses on exploration and relationships. I would have a tarot based card mechanic that emphasizes teamwork and cooperation. You would earn XP for failure to represent learning from your mistakes.