2018 Judge Applicant – Jason Reilly

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Introduction and Platform

As a gamer for over a quarter of a century, I’ve played a wide variety of board, table and computer games. I have played, and enjoyed, a wide variety of games from classic table top war games such as Advanced Squad Leader, to Paranoia, to AD&D 2nd Edition, to BattleTech and more. My platform, as a judge, would be to take each game on it’s merits. To consider each submission in an impartial and fair manner judging not on my own personal taste – but on the quality of the work, and it’s attempt to achieve the goal it has set out to achieve. I am aware that unconscious bias exists and will do my best to minimize it’s impact on my decisions.

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I have played RPGs since I started wondering “What If” while playing with legos and boardgames with my friends as a kid. From legos and boardgames, we advanced to HeroQuest and Fireball Island, and started creating our own rules and spells and more to expand the games. When we discovered D&D and AD&D 2nd Edition through my older siblings it opened a world of magic and fantastic adventures – I’ve never turned back. To this day, the most exciting thing for me is to start a 1st level adventure and here the DM say “You look out…”

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?

My family is full on board with me doing this, and I also work from home meaning that I do not have long commutes digging into my time. My wife is actually pretty excited for me!

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 data scientist and project manager and I work from home. Since I’m not in the office to walk someone through a presentation, my communication skills have to be top notch. I have managed teams with members stretching from Belfast to Manila, and everywhere in between. Everyone on my team praises my organizational skills and also my ability to keep everyone dedicated and on track.

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”?
Pretty much everything. I play a lot of D&D due to the size of the player base. I also love the OSR movement, and have an adventure published with BFRPG. I greatly enjoy MechWarrior and – oddly enough – the 2nd Edition of Paranoia. My favorite edition, which I go crazy over is TSR’s AD&D 2nd Edition system. As my favorite part of any game is world building, I enjoyed the effort 2nd Edition put into providing a wide variety of rules. Crunch does not scare me, and is part of what I enjoy the most. I do not consider myself to be fanboy of any particular publisher or system however, at this point.

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?

: AD&D 2nd Edition (loved)
D&D 5th Edition
Labyrinth Lord
MechWarrior (loved)

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
* Professionalism: For the media chosen, does your product meet basic professional standards? Exceed them?

* Organization/Level of Effort: How easy is it for someone to find, use, and apply your material? For example, do you provide bookmarked PDFs? Do you avoid using acronyms and slang/shoptalk in podcasts?

* Entertainment/Fun/Rule of Cool: At the end of the day, these are games. They should be fun, entertaining or cool. Although not necessarily relevant for all game systems (i.e. Call of Cthulhu should be horrifying) – what effort have you done to meet the expectation of exciting for your chosen genre?

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

If the rules are not available for purchase, or as a freely available PDF I would reach out to my fellow judges to discuss the rules. If I believe the system is badly designed, I’d review the material within the nature of the system itself – not my valuation of the system. Is it professional? Well organized? Entertaining for players of that system? If it is then I would judge it in that light.

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

I think the system used for submitting material and how the judges vote on it should remain inviolate. Without going through the process in person I hesitate to recommend changes until such time as I can observe the processes and determine if changes would lead to efficiency/improvement.

BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?
: It would be a highly complicated crunch filled game which makes 2nd Edition AD&D look like BFRPG and I would play the living daylights out of it!

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