2018 Judge Applicant – Kyle Yasinski

Online Nicknames
Jastrick, KyleJastrick

Introduction and Platform

I started playing RPGs in 2007, and have now been gaming with the same group for the past 10 years (prior to that I mainly played TCGs and Video Games). I’m a programmer by trade, and something of a hobbyist game developer.

I also run a small tabletop-based gaming blog called the Glowmarsh Tavern – glowmarshtavern.blogspot.com (though it’s mostly Miniatures based)

Why do you play/run RPGs?

Getting together with the group is one of the highlights of my week. Playing in a shared world with some of my closest friends, working to tell a collective story, is one of my favorite activities.

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 gaming group is fully on board with helping me play/run the supplements/adventures. My girlfriend will also be assisting me. Finally, I work in an office full of gamers, and we have monthly game nights. My coworkers would also assist me with running those games.

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 fairly decent assortment of games on my shelf, and as a result am able to pick up new rules fairly quickly.

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’m currently really enjoying Fantasy games. Lovecraftian games as well.

I wouldn’t consider myself a Fanboy of any system/genre/publisher. There are too many great games out there to play to be confined to one particular area of the hobby.

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?

In the last year, I have played:

Marvel Heroic Roleplaying
Labyrinth Lord
Straight to VHS
Savage Worlds (Realms of Cthulhu & Rifts, specifically)
GURPS 4th Edition
7th Sea 2nd Edition
AD&D 2nd Edition
Dark Heresy (1st Ed)
Call of Cthulhu (6th Edition)

Straight to VHS was a particular favorite of mine, if just for how ludicrous it all was.

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
Does the system fit the flavour of what it’s trying to achieve? Does the art equally fit the theme of the system/adventure? Are the rules easy for a newcomer to pick up and play? Are adventures easy for someone to jump in and play? Are they modular or do they require player to have played a previous adventure in order to get full enjoyment?

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

For those that I am unfamiliar with, I will be sure to to take the time to familiarize myself with the rules, or seek someone a friend whom is more familiar with them, if available.

All supplements/adventures/systems I will judge with the same criteria.

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

I currently see nothing with regards to the ENnies that should be changed…

BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?
A kind of homebrew system based around solving logic puzzles while also trying to collect as many items as they could. I would at least play it once.

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