Welcome to Roadworthy! Today we give another Road Crew Judge a moment to share their experience and wisdom. We hope that these profiles 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. Get creative! Run some games on the internet! Or at a community center! Or…wherever the urge takes you! Who knows, maybe we’ll take notice and put you up on our website. Jump on into the Road Crew program for your chance!
This time out we cross the big pond to show off Judge Bruce of England!
Roadworthy: Judge Bruce of England
What’s your name, where do you live (and game), and how would you describe yourself?
My name is Bruce, I live in Leicestershire, England. I’ve been gaming on and off since the 80’s and running DCC Road Crew games since 2014 at game shops, conventions, and other events here in the UK.
How did you first discover DCC?
I picked up the beta rules a few years ago when I was scooping up everything ‘OSR’ I could find, but the game din’t click straight away. I actually went back and took another look when heard the Spellburn podcast, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
As of “right now,” how many Road Crew games have you run in 2017?
I ran 14 games in 2017—I just got my wood grain name badge in the post today!—and I ran my first game of 2018 last week. I have a hectic schedule ahead, with a ‘bucket list’ trip planned to Gary Con next month [Editor’s Note: just a couple of weeks ago, actually!] and big plans for this year’s UK Games Expo and other gaming events.
What’s your favorite Road Crew game experience so far?
At the 2014 UK Games Expo a lovely married couple played in my first ever Road Crew game. I have to be honest, I was very nervous and it wasn’t the best game I’ve ever judged but they enjoyed it enough to come back the following year and they’ve played in one of my DCC games at the Expo every year since!
Tell us where you run your Road Crew games.
I’m currently running a monthly game at Weekend Warlords in Loughborough, Leicestershire and as well as the more traditional conventions I also judge games at the regular Epic LAN events. These are primarily computer/video gaming events but they have a growing tabletop gaming section and our live streamed DCC games have been really popular.
What advice would you give to other Road Crew judges?
Keep it simple. The spirit of the game is far more important than the rules. Remember to roll your dice out in the open and have fun!