Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 31, 2016

It’s that most wonderful time of the year…  


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How Roguelike Is Your Game?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 15, 2016

HEH! So you have a game that might be kinda like Rogue, or kinda like the games that are kinda like Rogue, or a game that’s kinda like those games that are kinda like Rogue? Aside from calling it a “Procedural Death Labyrinth” (which has only caught on with developers), how do you describe it? […]


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No Man’s Sky… Why the Massive Day 0 Patch?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 8, 2016

There was something of a crapstorm recently about the much-hyped (dangerously hyped!) No Man’s Sky, between a fan who paid over a thousand dollars to play the game early, and some stores which broke the street date on the PS4. Early reports suggested that (*GASP*) the game might be overhyped and might not actually be […]


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Best Dungeon Crawlers of All Time?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 11, 2016

IGN writers Jared Petty and Chloi Rad dare a task that I don’t think I’d be willing to tackle.. naming the top ten dungeon-crawlers of *ALL TIME*. I say I wouldn’t dare because I don’t think I could narrow my list down to the top ten, let alone attempt to order them. I’d argue with […]


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Happy Independence Day

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day, for those readers from or living in the U.S.A. Everyone else… have a great day wherever you are. It’s a day off work for me, which means… I’m doing what I’m usually doing. Hanging out inside virtual dungeons. I’m weird that way. Be safe and have fun!


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Why I Am (Still) Excited for No Man’s Sky

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 22, 2016

No Man’s Sky has been pushed back to an August release. This disappointed me, as I was looking forward to its original release date of this week. Like, by today. Reasons for the delay haven’t been announced, although apparently some legal trouble in the UK with the word “Sky” (because a company owns the trademark on […]


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Not Another Video Tutorial!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 7, 2016

I get that sharing videos on the Internet is the hot thing. Anybody can do it. It’s got more personality, assuming the person narrating the video has a personality to begin with. But for crying out loud… these days, when I’m looking up how to do something that’s a little technical but not too involved, […]


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Idea Hoarding

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 3, 2016

When first setting out in a creative endeavor, there’s a temptation to hoard ideas. It’s easy enough to do… we’ve probably come into it because we had one or two really awesome ideas stuck inside our head that we think is so incredibly awesome and we absolutely HAVE to see them made into reality. But […]


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Book Impressions: Pwned

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 15, 2016

Pwned, by Shannen Crane Camp, is a story about Reagan West, the co-captain of the high school cheerleaders. She’s beautiful. She’s popular. She can be kind of mean. But this is all to conceal her terrible secret… her secret identity: Reagan is a gamer. A full-on uber-geek and MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) addict. […]


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Why Do We Bother?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 13, 2016

Sometimes, the whole authoring gig & indie game dev thing gets me down. The hours are long. I’m rarely current on any television shows. My list of unplayed games and unread books grows. I get stressed. There’s a crapload of work. We have deadlines to meet which are rarely convenient. I’m not getting rich or famous […]


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Off We Go… to FanX!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 23, 2016

Tomorrow through Saturday is Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2016. I’ll be there. Signing books ‘n stuff. And having a blast. I will have paper copies of the anthologies from Xchyler Publishing for sale (Mechanized Masterpieces 2, Beyond the Wail, and Terra Mechanica).  I expect I’ll be at the booth at least half of the […]


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Computer Beats Go Champion, Shaking the AI World

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 28, 2016

The first game I ever played over the Internet (as opposed to a dial-up BBS, waaaay back in the day) was the game of Go. I was learning to play the game as part of a class in AI. Our big project for the semester was to create a competitive Go-playing program. So besides playing […]


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Farewell David Bowie

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 11, 2016

David Bowie was an old-school veteran rocker by the time I was old enough to pay attention. But where others of his generation of rock legends had died, burned out, or faded away, he kept reinventing himself and staying current – and producing hit songs. But as much as I enjoyed many of his songs, […]


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Merry Christmas

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas everyone! I found this old’ programmer pixel art from years ago, and thought I’d repost it. Just ‘cuz I knew you’d appreciate it. Or not. I won’t be posting tomorrow (Christmas Day), so y’all have a safe and wonderful weekend. Good luck, and have fun!


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Making Weapons in Fantasy Worlds More Interesting by Banning Them

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 8, 2015

The crossbow was once banned for use (“against Christians”) by Pope Innocent III. It was the “ultimate weapon.” The prevailing belief is that this was done because it took minimal training to use and could penetrate a knight’s armor at range. Since knights were the “main battle tanks” of the era, the idea that these […]


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Computer Tech Eases Off the Gas

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 2, 2015

Heh – after yesterday’s awesome comparison of the 1957 Elliott 405 to last week’s release of the Raspberry Pi Zero, here comes news that the phenomenal growth in computer power over the decades may finally be hitting the limits of both physics and economics. Moore’s Law isn’t coming to an end, exactly, just downshifting a little […]


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