2018 Judge Applicant – Craig Majors

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Serok42

Introduction and Platform

Hello, my name is Craig Majors. I live in Indianapolis Indiana with my wife and 2 cats Marzapan, and Fizbin. I am really into Doctor Who, and Fallout. I have a bachelor’s degree in business management, and an associates in Information technology. I work for a K-12 text book and trade book publishing company as a data analyst for our Indianapolis deistibution center.
I “officially” started playing RPGs with DnD 2nd edition in around 2000. Though I have fond memories of playing Heroquest with my friends.

I like to be a fairly positive person, so, I am also going to try to at least find something positive about everything being judged. Every system is someones labor of love. They are not in the RPG business for the money (though I am sure that is nice) they are in it for the love of the games. And I love games.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I play RPGs because it is fun to sit around with a group of friends and pretend to be other people for a night and fight the bad guys (or good guys if we are feeling particularly sinister).

I don’t think anyone would choose to be a Muggle, in RPGs you don’t have to.

I have memories of going to my brother’s friend’s (brother had already went off to the Airforce at that time) house and playing some sort of DnD though I really didn’t know it at the time. Years later I started playing in a second edition game and my obsession was born.

I love checking out new systems.

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 just finished up my Bachelor’s degree so that has freed up a ton of time for me. I am looking for a new “project”.

My gaming group seems willing to help play new systems. The main GM said that we will be finishing up our current campaign right around the time the next judges would start. We are always saying we want to try out new systems so this would be a good opportunity to test out stuff we would have never tried.

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?
My day job is a data analyst, and manage our inventory system rule-sets and user security that requires quite a bit of critical thinking.

I used to work in Inventory management and still help them out from time to time and that required a bit of organization. I have some good ideas already how I would organize and store the volume of submissions the judges get.

I have excellent communication skills, I have to meet deadlines all the time. I am extremely well organized, and love to be punctual rather than late for anything.

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”?
I really enjoy Fantasy (especially fantasy set in the “real world”), Sci-fi, Western settings.

I haven’t really found anything that I particularly hate.

DnD (I have played every edition and they all have merits and flaws), Doctor Who Adventures In Time and Space, Vampire the Masquerade are my top 3  game systems.

If I was a “Fanboy” of anything I would say Cubicle 7. I started with Adventures in Time and Space, that game actually got me into watching Doctor Who, before playing I had only ever watched Torchwood. Now I run a yearly Christmas episode for my gaming group and try to run it other times during the year if we have a night not everyone can make.

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?

Dungeons and Dragons 5e
Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space
Rocket Age
Dungeon Crawl Classics
Fantasy Flight Star Wars
Ghostbusters
Time Watch
Numeneria
The One Ring
Adventures in Middle Earth

I enjoyed them all. The closest I came to not enjoying them was in DCC. I was not a fan all the randomness in the game. Other than that it is a pretty good system and was very nostalgic.

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
I will judge everything based on the system as a whole. Something should not score lower just because it is not as “pretty” as something else. It should also not score higher just because it has a big name company attached to it.

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

I will try and judge everything as fairly as I can. I have played and loved systems that have flawed rules or are badly designed that did not stop me loving it. I think it will be the same way judging. I will try and look at it as a whole. Kind of like going to the movies and watching something with a flawed plot. You can still have a fun time.

As far as being unfamiliar with it. The best way to become familiar is to read through the rules and test it out.

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

I think it is fairly good as it is. The awards themselves are a good way to get smaller publishers known.

I think I would like to see some sort of category for beginner games. I really like seeing new people picking up the hobby..

BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?
If I were an RPG it would be some sort of weird 4th wall breaking RPG where the characters know that they are characters being played. I would play it.

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