Eric Paquette

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Introduction and Platform

Hello! I’m Eric Paquette, an eclectic gamer who loves a variety of games. I’m also a podcaster as one of the hosts of the Tome Show Book Club and convention organizer of CanGames, Canada’s longest running analog games convention.
I got my bacherlor’s degree in Biology and work for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a Canadian government department, in finance.
Over the past 3 decades, I’ve played over 125 different RPGs of various types and read over 200 rpgs. I’ve been a playtester of games over the decades and most recently for IGDN designers. Since GenCon 2016, I’ve been a one of their IGDN GMs.
I love the diversity of games available we have. One of my passions is helping folks find games which they will love to play.

 

Why do you play/run RPGs?

I play and run RPGs to explore stories and situations different than my own. Whether it is going to distant worlds or exploring portions of our history, I love the speculation and asking questions to see what will happen. I love seeing the consequences of action play 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?

I have several local friends and contacts who enjoy games and are willing to test out products if need be. My spouse supports me in this endeavor. My only children are two wonderful cats who sometimes hang out with me while I read my rpg books.

 

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 background in science and finance has given me skills to critically analyze a product. I have read a wide variety of rpg products over 3 decades and thus have seen the evolution of the industry.
I love making lists to prioritize what books to read. Additionally, I give myself goals to finish reading within a time period. I developed that to help me be ready for the Tome Show Book Club podcast. I have a spreadsheet of my rpg collection with those I’ve read and unread.
At work, we work on projects with deadlines and communicate frequently with others involved in those tasks.
I have a dedicated game room where I have my shelves of rpgs, board games, and other. I have space for more shelves to add more games.

 

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 love whimsical games which are light on rules. Two games which I love are Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
I love innovative mechanics which engages with your decision making skills over just make a die roll. I love cooperative games where everyone contributes to the story like Microscope and Night Witches.
I’m a fan of games by Pelgrane Press, Atlas Games, and IGDN games publishers.

 

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 past year, I’ve played 22 different RPGs.
My top 10 (alphabetical order) are:
-Cthulhu Confidential
-Fall of Magic
-Fate Accelerated
-Fellowship
-High Plains Samurai
-The Quiet Year
-Sentinel Comics RPG
-Terra Incognita
-Threadbare Stichpunk RPG
-Weave

 

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

I will look at each product for what they offer us, ease of use, accessibility, artistic quality, innovation and readability. I will judge the product based on the category requirements and definitions.

 

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 game systems which I’m unfamiliar, I will look for an available copy of the game, either full or just a quick start before reading the supplement. In our age, there’s usually a PDF copy available to purchase. For those game systems which I find could use some improvement, I will judge the supplement for how it can improve the game system and how you can use the supplement for other games.
In either case, I believe a supplement should be able to stand on its own merits.

 

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

I believe ENnies should always focus on awarding creators of great products in the rpg industry. What is provided should diversify in terms of mechanics, representation, accessibility, etc. I’d love to see a diversification of the judging pool to represent more communities.
With our renaissance in gaming, I’d love to see an award for a new designer.

 

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

I would be a rpg about friends coming together to do something for fun and relaxation. I would play this rpg.

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