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Kenny Riedell is one of the Counselors in Friday the 13th: The Game, and is nicknamed "The Head Counselor". He is one of the four counselors already unlocked in the beginning of the game, the others being Chad Kensington, Jenny Myers, and Vanessa Jones.
Overview[edit | edit source]
He's smart, organized and a natural leader who oozes charisma. He can keep himself composed in even the most dire of situations which makes him someone you want to be around when Jason is nearby.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Kenny lives by the creed of "jack of all trades, master of none." Due to averaging out with an evened stat pool across the board, he can dabble in a little bit of everything. However, he doesn't possess a true standout quality either in this regard. As a result, Kenny is oftentimes relegated to one of two things: a good pick for new players to discover which playstyle suits them best, or for experienced players to challenge themselves.
Teammates oftentimes choose counselors who specialize in a particular trait/role (e.g. collecting parts on the sly), work with others to overcome their shortcomings, then do their best to survive. Teams, therefore, are built on the premise of "give and take," and as such everyone pulls their strengths together to overcome their individual weaknessess. Once these concepts are met, a team can function at its highest level, which makes a "jack of all trades, master of none" counselor like Kenny seem inadequate at times.
But when the game begins...things can get out of hand quickly. Occasionally, the repair specialists die early; without them, objectives are nigh impossible to fix, forcing you to hide from Jason for several minutes. Sometimes counselors with terrible fighting potential have to take up arms against a nearly unstoppable murder machine. Finally, there are times when counselors have no choice other than to flee, and whether they can do so in secrecy or speedily can become difficult due to circumstances.
Games will not always start off well in terms of teamwork, even if players do their best to coordinate with each other, simply because their opponent is Jason; that alone can be a losing bet. Repair specialists tend to be terrible athletes, which does them no favors when a teleporting Jason happens to catch a glimpse of them near an objective of interest. Part runners, as well as fast counselors, have to contend with a supernatural being who possesses two teleportation abilities (Morph and Shift). Last of all, Jason's Rage ability makes it difficult for any counselor to successfully hide an entire game.
It's times like these when characters with flexible options start to shine. Kenny can assist his team by adapting on the fly when it comes to objectives. Whether that means gathering parts; fighting Jason; distracting him; or making the repairs yourself, it all depends on what the situation calls for.
Since Kenny's stealth is lacklaster, you will need to crouch walk in order to avoid Jason. At the same time, if you need to gain Jason's attention away from your teammates, a simple jog will do the trick. And while Kenny's luck is average, it does help his melee weapons last a few extra swings. Finally, thanks to his decent strength, he has a chance to unmask Jason, but otherwise arm him with stun weapons if given the opportunity for better self-defense.
Kenny might not be the best at everything, but he can be counted on when the situation turns dire; your team might need that kind of adaptability to survive the night.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
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Kenny Riedell wears a red flannel shirt, knee high shorts, and hiking boots. Representing the "Head Counselor" trope, he's the one who other counselors lean on for guidance and/or assistance within the group. Due to his skin color, he appears to possibly be either Latino, Hispanic, or Mestizo, but there's no confirmation yet on what his actual ethnicity is. He is a little more muscular than Chad, but less lean.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Kenny Riedell is also one of the four Kickstarter backers who donated $10,000 to be put in the game as a counselor, the others being Adam, Brandon, and Eric.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Kenny Riedell's stats from the beta, as revealed on December 17, 2016.
Kenny Riedell's pre-release stats, as revealed on April 11, 2017.