Author Archives: Eric Zawadzki

Why Do We Insist on Playing Musical Chairs?

ShareTweet Musical chairs is a terrible game that pretty much no one over the age of 12 actually enjoys. It flies in the face of many of the things that make a game fun. It requires a large number of … Continue reading

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President Trump?

ShareTweet After a night of very bad sleep and a clinging-by-my-fingernails day at work, I stopped off at Target and picked up a random Lego set to build with William – something to do with him that wasn’t obsessively refreshing … Continue reading

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Expanded Spell List for Adepts of Fate

ShareTweet Some folks on the Onyx Path forums recently started discussing the 2nd Edition Mage: The Awakening spell Chaos Mastery. There was a lot of confusion around this spell, which I take pretty seriously, since it was my responsibility to … Continue reading

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The Five Cadet Blades of the Academy of Harmonious Jade Dragons

ShareTweet I’ve been visiting with family this week, which means I’ve had juuuust enough downtime to tinker with a random artifact for 3rd Edition Exalted. After posting it, I received some calls to write up the other four, which I’ve … Continue reading

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Expanded Socialize Rules for 3rd Edition Exalted

ShareTweet 3rd Edition Exalted has been released. I’m really digging this game and am looking forward to running it in the near-ish future. One of my favorite parts of the new mechanics is the idea of introducing facts using Lore. … Continue reading

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Berninating the Countryside

ShareTweet I very rarely mention politics on this blog because I am, first and foremost, a writer, a father, and a geek. Tonight, however, I’m going to talk about politics – specifically the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. I … Continue reading

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Birthdays and Deadpool

ShareTweet The last week has been really busy. First was the gathering of friends on Friday night, followed by the birthday party the next morning, some solo parenting Saturday night, some…I don’t even remember how I spent Sunday. Pre-work for … Continue reading

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A Game-Designer’s Sketchpad

ShareTweet Lately I’ve been spending more time than is probably healthy poking Legendary, the homebrew fantasy tabletop RPG that I’ve been tinkering with since, oh, 2003. Initially inspired by 1st Ed. Exalted’s concept of stunts, built around problems of mechanically … Continue reading

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Dark Matter

ShareTweet My household just finished watching the first season of Dark Matter, which a geek more jaded than me nevertheless described as “the better of SyFy’s two new catwalk sci-fi shows.” I’ll try to avoid spoilers on this one, because … Continue reading

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Mage: The Awakening So Far

ShareTweet We resumed our Mage: The Awakening game this past Saturday, which was fun. Two of my players are now the parents of newborn twins, so the cabal has temporarily lost its Life mage and one of its Fate mages … Continue reading

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