Roadworthy: Judge Saku
Welcome to Roadworthy! This is a chance to show off a Road Crew Judge and allow them to share their experience and wisdom. We provide these profiles to help provide insight into their personality and style, and maybe give up-and-coming Judges some advice on improving their game.
The Road Crew theme for 2018 is Strange New Worlds! Head out and find unique places to run games for willing participants. Do something that makes us take notice! Who knows, maybe we’ll put you up on our website. Jump on into the Road Crew program for your chance!
This time we travel to the northern part of Europe to meet Judge Saku of Finland!
Roadworthy: Judge Saku of Finland
What’s your name, where do you live (and game), and how would you describe yourself?
My name is Saku Eloranta and I live in Turku, a city on the west coast of Finland. I have been a enthusiastic gamer from the late 80s when the red box of D&D was translated to Finnish. I get easily excited by new ideas, and my idea of a good game is a fun game for everyone.
How did you first discover DCC?
I got interested by Old School Revival by reading an article somewhere online about games trying to get the same feeling of RPGs of old. Almost immediately I was introduced to the names Dungeon Crawl Classics and Goodman Games. Then I saw the Kickstarter of the 4th printing, but unfortunately I didn’t back it due to monetary issues.
Then last year on January we were in New York, because my wife’s choir was performing at the Carnegie Hall and I found a perfect little gaming store with these shelves full of interesting stuff. And in the middle of the store there was this section for Dungeon Crawl Classics. After a quick perusal of the products, I decided to buy module DCC #84.2: Synthetic Swordsmen of the Purple Planet (being a fan of the John Carter of Mars books). I read it on flight back to Finland and was sold. When I got home I ordered product from my Friendly Local Gaming Store. I started with the Purple Planet Boxed set, then the other modules, then the DCC core book….
As of “right now,” how many Road Crew games have you run in 2017? Or 2018?
I have only just begun, so I have only two games under my belt at the moment, both in 2018.
What’s your favorite Road Crew game experience so far?
After two sessions of They Served Brandolyn Red all the characters are still alive and kicking. Maybe I’m doing something wrong….
Tell us where you run your Road Crew games.
The games are held on the premises of our Friendly Local Gaming Store, Fantasiapelit Turku. We are playing on odd weeks, Mondays at 5 pm, please feel free to join in.
What advice would you give to other Road Crew judges?
Just have fun. If you are having fun, the players join in on it. And that is the one thing this hobby is all about.