Patrick Mathis

Online Nicknames
atalanta

Introduction and Platform
Starting with Holmes Basic, I Have been playing RPGs since 1981. In that time have been both a play and a DM for Cook eXpert, (1st ed) AD&D, 2nd ed AD&D, 3.5 D&D, Pathfinder, Champions, Boot Hill, Gamma World, the Marvel Superhero Game, 5th ed D&D, Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future & Mazes & Minotaurs.

For the past 7 Years I have been playing and running games on roll20.

Why do you play/run RPGs?
I enjoy the collaborative writing experience of sitting around a table with a group of people and jointly writing an adventure. Our species has 100,000 years experience of sitting around a flickering light while telling or being told stories. RPGs are just a modern version of this essential human activity.

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 am currently single with no family obligations. I do have a local circle of fellow RPGers that can assist me in test playing products. In addition, I run a weekly game on roll20 where I can test 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?
As a well educated, long time fan of fantasy, Science Fiction, comics, mythology and RPGs, I think I am knowledgable about this subject and source material it is based on, and can communicate this with other judges via e-mail, Skype or phone. I have plenty of room in my apartment to store materials in an organised manner to be judged.

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 prefer old-school type games and am a particular fanboy of (1st ed) AD&D and Mazes & Minotaurs.
I do not like 3+editions of D&D/Pathfinder or other games like the Hero system where the rules are very complicated for the players. Also, I do not like the artistic style that Hasbro employs as much as the styles used by many small-time publishers, like Blueholme.

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?
Mazes & Minotaurs, (1st Ed) AD&D, 2nd ed AD&D, 3.5 D&D, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Marvel Superhero Game. I enjoyed them all.
But I liked 3.5 D&D and Marvel Superhero game less than the others because the rules were too complicated.
Mazes & Minotaurs was my favourite. It is a simple system with a mythological underpinning.

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
How easy is it to start? How difficult is the font to read? Are there pictures behind the font, making it harder to read? Does the art and layout contribute to the look or detract? How hard is it to understand the words of the text? Is this a complicated game that takes a lot of time to study. And if so, is the result worth the work of learning it? Or is the system too simple requiring too much work from the DM? Does the publisher have a great idea for a setting that might get me excited to play their game, even if it is a system I would not ordinarily play? How well did it work when I tried to test play it at the table?

How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?
If asked to judge and unfamiliar system, I will investigate it and try to learn it.
If asked to judge a supplement for a system I don’t like, I will try to judge it based on how well it works as a product for that particular system.

How would you like to see the ENnies change? What should remain inviolate?
I don’t know the current makeup of the judges. But I would like to see at least some of the judges come from outside America. When I tried to submit this application, it would not except my phone number. So I had to use my parent’s phone number in America.

BONUS: (optional) If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?
If you were an RPG, what would it be and would you play it?: Modern RPG: Adriatic vacation edition – I current already play it.

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