2018 Judge Applicant – Anson Davis

Online Nicknames

A. Miles Davis

Introduction and Platform

I am stuck somewhere between old school and new school, with a love for games that don’t get in the way or take themselves too seriously.

I have an interest in mechanics of games, and always do my best to recognize the difference between “bad” and “just not for me” when looking at things.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I enjoy sharing stories with friends and family.  It’s a great way to be spectacularly idiotic and have a laugh without anyone actually getting hurt.  It’s also fun to crawl inside my head and come up with a new person to play around as.

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 gaming group that can help with any required playtesting.
I have the full support of my family to indulge in the madness.

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 BA in English, and manage an office that requires sticking to strict deadlines, good communication, and critical thinking.
Fanciness aside, I have a dedication to inspection and seeking to understand how things work.  I have high ethical standards and can separate product from person if that is what is required. I have plenty of space to hold products.

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”?

Genre:  I like westerns, anything else is probably fine.
Style: I like when the mechanics don’t get in the way of the game and instead support the player.

I’m not a fanboy of anything or one, but Deadlands comes close.

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?

Like:
V:tM, W:tA, D&D 5th, Deadlands (Classic), Scion, Numenera/Cypher System, Corporia

Not my style:
Swords & Wizardry, Worlds in Peril

Hated:
Star Wars: Force & Destiny starter adventure.

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

does it work as advertised (and well)?
is it better than other things like it?
is it new/unique in design or perspective?

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

Good supplements/adventures can stand on their own legs, even if a game is badly designed.

Either I learn the rules I don’t know or I ignore the design I don’t care for and judge the thing on its own merit.

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

I don’t see any general problems, so I don’t know of any big changes to make. Never change having unbiased judges.

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

The Meta Game where you create characters who then create characters and play a different RPG.

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