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Eric Watson

Freelance Writer

Fort Worth, TX

Eric Watson

Freelance writer, player of games, writer of words, recorder of videos and tabletop role-playing aficionado.

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Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth review

Reviewed on: Windows 10, AMD FX 8350 Eight-Core, Radeon RX 580, 24GB RAM. If you're unfamiliar with the D&D-adjacent Record of Lodoss War novels, tabletop RPG, and anime from the '80s and '90s, Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth will remain mostly incomprehensible until the end. The story airdrops in characters such as Parm (Deedlit's lover), Pirotess (Deedlit's rival), and Ashram (a big bad evil guy), and working out their relationships is something like starting Wandavision at episode nine without ever having seen a Marvel movie.
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This RPG's dungeon builder is Neverwinter Nights meets Super Mario Maker

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Bravely Default 2 Review

Bravely Default 2 is exactly what I wanted from a sequel to the retro-inspired JRPG series (confusingly, the third game in the series): a stirring soundtrack, fun characters, challenging turn-based combat, and an intricate multi-classing job system that makes the series so compelling. It’s a shame it’s all wrapped within a mostly forgettable, bog-standard JRPG story.
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Gem Wizards Tactics is a bite-sized strategy game that pits potato wizards against corporate demons

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The 12 Best Demos and Upcoming Indie Games from the Steam Game Festival

The Steam Game Festival February 2021 Edition is over. The digital event featured nearly 500 demos of new and upcoming indie games. We obviously didn’t get a chance to play them all, but we did try over 20 demos. Note that for most of these games, the demos are still available to download and play.
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Immortals Fenyx Rising Beginner Tips

Immortals Fenyx Rising may be a smaller version of Breath of the Wild, but it’s still an incredibly dense game. Even if you’re an open-world expert, we’ve compiled some tips as you take your first baby steps into this colorful, mythological world. When you complete the Clashing Rocks tutorial area and make your way to the next realm, the Valley of Eternal Spring, you’ll want to climb up to the Hall of the Gods right away.
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Pixelkin 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Gaming Families

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a rough year. In a year ravaged by a global pandemic, video games have become more important that ever as a source of socially distanced refuge and entertainment. Thankfully this was also a huge year for games, with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X ushering in the next generation of console gaming.
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Three Spooky-themed Board Games for the Whole Family

We don’t usually think of Halloween as sitting around the table playing board games. This trio of excellent spooky-themed board games from Ravensburger and Funko Games should be added to our annual traditions. And not just for Halloween. Whether you’re working together to defeat classic movie monsters, or competing to see the most ghosts at Disney’s Haunted Mansion, these family games are great for any time of the year.
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Spelunky 2 Wants You to Die, Hades Wants You to Win

Back in 2012 I was blown away by Spelunky, a slick yet simple roguelike platformer with colorful art that masked a brutally challenging experience. Every run begins the same. Armed with four ropes, four bombs, and a trusty whip, I’m overwhelmed by flying bats, impaled on spikes, and blown away by over-protective shopkeepers.
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If Baldur's Gate 3 isn't D&D enough for you, Solasta may be the dice-obsessed RPG you're looking for

Most videogame RPGs cite Dungeons & Dragons as their primary inspiration, but few directly adapt its rules. In a world of cooldowns and mana bars, D&D's dice rolls, bonus actions, spell slots, and long rests can feel clunky and restrictive when applied to a videogame. Even Baldur's Gate 3 makes many notable changes to make D&D more user-friendly, while indie RPG Solasta wears the 5e ruleset as a badge of honor, warts and all.
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About

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer, Dicebreaker, The Escapist, and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.

He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, three toads, three fish tanks, some hermit crabs, and a bookshelf full of Transformers.