Paul Venner


Online Nicknames
nobble, hiraeth

Introduction and Platform
I a game player for a while I collect systems I enjoy not only playing but also reading the wonderful tombs, booklets and variety of products this wonderful hobby produces.


Why do you play/run RPGs?
I enjoy the social collaborative story telling no matter what you game or system are playing you are telling a story together. It is enjoyable it is fun to be entertaining, it is awesome it is emotive, it is wonderful.


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 an awesomely supportive partner who helps with all facets of mine and her hobbies.


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 been a professional developer, and a development manager for a large financial company I need to meet deadlines, be organised and ensure that my work and words are clearly understandable.


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 have no genre that i enjoy most, I find my self gravitating to D&D more often than not as that is the system my very long standing gaming group plays, but we only meet up physically three times a year.

I am currently playing D&D5e, D&D2e and Feng Shui, running Coriolis, and D&D 5e. Planning campaigns for the following games Night Black Agents, Earth Dawn 4e, Judge Dredd, Forbidden Lands, Star Wars and Torg.

If I was fan boy ish about any game at the moment it would be Coriolis.


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?
DND 5e love it, possible the best D&D version, but still has flaws
DND 2e old school fun
Pendragon – amazingly brilliant
Coriolis – my current favourite system
Feng Shui 2 – nothing beats playing over the top fun that is Feng Shui 2
Swords of the Serpentine – playtest – really solid game and setting


Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
Whether that product succeeds at what it sets out to do, back cover promises, and whether it is a good product to sit in the category.


How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?
Adventures are idea spring boards for Game Moderators to riff story ideas off of. How good an idea the adventure contains, how much information it contains to help the GM run the proposed adventure.


How would you like to see the ENnies change? What should remain inviolate?
Happy as it is.

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