Online Nickname: ‘Gravityfail87’
Long time player, and gm this would be a first time judge. But I have a B.S. (bachelor of science) in education which gave me tools for creating and grading off rubrics while providing meaningful feedback. I do not limit myself to any one system when I play and actively seek out new content, systems and players for my interview show Sandbox and Chill.
I think that there is a wealth of knowledge at every table and everyone has great qualities that can be highlighted.
Why do you play/run RPGs?
I like to teach. I play ttrpgs to craft stories or teach people how to play, if I can turn at least 1 player per table into a gm that then creates their own table then I’ve done what I set out to do. I just want people to have fun and play 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 work remote and can always place my home games, or online games on a brief hiatus if needed. While I work from home I can review and listen to any content that is needed. I also have a bank of vacation time from work I need to use.
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’m a Business analyst by trade with a degree in education studies. Deadlines, communication and critical thinking is the foundation of my education and work.
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 fan of a particular system, publisher, or genre?
I enjoy everything, but it comes down to Authenticity of publisher, cast or project. With recent Wotc developments I have moved away from Dnd as my main game and use other systems like fate core, pbta, and Call of Cthulhu. I think my favorite at the moment is Monster of the week and evil hat productions.
List (up to 5) games you’ve played in the last 2 years. What drew you to playing them? Which did you like best and why?
Well my streamed game Venture into Vimuros is number 1. The group of guys was inviting and they had a story I could see myself in l. They give room for players to help create the story with the dm.
Oops all Dms, releasing soon over on Big Campaign Stories podcast. Jeph is an amazing Dm and his that Authentic quality I look for and 100% genuine person.
Redemption, a SW5e game hosted by ampersandbox and DMd by Alex Gonzalez. The story he wove and ability to go with the flow allowed me to feel comfortable joing his game and playing a badass astromech engineer.
Have you been a game master in the past 2 years? If yes, what games have you run? What made you decide to run those games?
I have run dnd5e, monster of the week, ffg end of the world series, lasers and feelings, and 1 pathfinder game.
I run dnd5e because my home game players only know that system, but for streams I run the other systems as they lend themselves to more of a narrative focus and are rules light.
Summarize the criteria you would use to determine if a game deserves to be nominated for Best Game.
It would depend on the games desired outcome and format.
If it is a rules light narrative game I would review the rules for ease of flow, understanding and narrative reinforcement. If I have time then playtest with close friends or other DMs and get feedback.
If it is a crunchy rules heavy game I would playtest and run through scenarios for gameplay.
For each I would run through character creation, and attempt to use the rules as written to asses test scenarios presented with/in the game.
How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?
I would read the core rules and make an evaluate the supplement based off the core rules. I would look at supplements formatting, word choice and descriptions to see if they match the core rules.
Additionally I would look at the intent of the document, or forward the describes the supplement (if there is one) to assess if the supplement achieves what is intended.
How would you like to see the ENNIEs change? What should remain inviolate?
I would love to see more marketing. Sharing on more podcasts channels, blogs and more when the Ennies start, stop, and send out awards.
I would love to see digital downloads special for just the award recipients, so they can share on their content.