Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 – Thoughts

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 26, 2017

Another year’s Salt Lake Comic Con came to a close, and I still haven’t become rich and famous and become a special invited guest. Go figure! 🙂 But I did manage to have a pretty good time. My legs will forgive me eventually. Our booth was a little crowded with authors, and we still haven’t quite […]


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Easing Back into the Game

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 11, 2017

The last year has been a little bit … nuts. Some of it was nuts in a good way.  The day job, however, took its toll. I’m no stranger to crunch, or (sadly) extended crunch. It came with the territory as a full-time game developer, and pretty much every programming job I’ve ever worked has […]


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Wanted: Professional Gamers. $50k Minimum Salary, Plus Bonuses, Health & Retirement Benefits…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 28, 2017

The Far Side cartoon from the 1980s was intended as a joke. It started coming true only a decade later, as professional “E-Sports” and competitive network gaming started taking hold. While “professional gamer” isn’t necessarily a growing career field (neither is “game developer” these days, it seems…), it has definitely taken an interesting turn right […]


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The Inherent Superiority of Text-Based Walkthroughs

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 6, 2017

I’m stuck in a game. Let’s say it’s an RPG. A big ol’ 50 hour RPG. I’m stuck because I don’t know what I need to do to activate a major quest about halfway through. Drat. In the old days, what would I do? I’d find a text walkthrough. I’d do a search. I find […]


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What Space Opera Means to Me

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 19, 2017

I’m part of the Star Wars generation. One of the first big movies I ever saw as a kid was Star Wars. Not “Episode IV” or “A New Hope” – at the time, it was just “Star Wars.”  I think I was still in 2nd grade at the time it hit the theaters. But … […]


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Leigh Brackett on Space Opera

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2017

Tor.com and Barnes & Noble are calling this “Space Opera Week,” and several other blogs are following suit. Why not? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 recently came out, there’s a new teaser out for the next movie in the Star Wars saga, the harder-SF TV show “The Expanse” seems to be a huge success for […]


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May the Fourth Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 4, 2017

Yes, I’m still a big geeky fan. And this is about the BEST THING EVER!  


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Sun Powered!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 25, 2017

For years, the power company has hounded us about our power usage. We use more than the neighborhood average, they said. They charged us a premium for our “above average” usage. You know, because we actually run gaming computers and stuff, and didn’t switch to those horrible CFL bulbs when they became available. They kept […]


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Crunch Mode, Torment, and Too Much of a Good Thing.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 27, 2017

Well, it was good while it lasted. The day job has me back in crunch. Of course I say “the day job,” but we’re small enough and I’m senior enough that I can’t pretend it’s someone high up the chain kicking my butt. It’s just the way projects come in. They gotta get done. When the […]


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Back in Business with the New Computer

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 13, 2017

I talked about computer woes a few weeks ago. Since October I have been dealing with a computer that has grown slower and less stable almost by the day. I spent tons of time and not a trivial amount of money over three unproductive months fighting the inexorable crawl of failure. Any sort of development […]


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The Now-Future

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 8, 2017

Sometimes, I feel pretty close to my inner-13-year-old. I hope I never lose the opportunity to see through his eyes. And in spite of all the problems and turmoil in the world (which was still around in different forms when I was 13, but I was oblivious to most of it), it’s cool to see […]


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Head Colds and Junk Food Games

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 31, 2017

Well, ugh. I’m sick, and I’m still waiting on a new computer. That’s fun. NOT. The laptop is still proving adequate for gaming and general computing.  My saves (unless “in the cloud”) are all on the dead machine’s hard drives. So I have been taking the opportunity to play some old but unfamiliar games here […]


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Mein Desktop Ist Kaput!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 11, 2017

My desktop computer is dead. Again. 🙁 I can resurrect it for brief periods, but not long enough for transferring a large backup, apparently. I haven’t seen unusual heat values causing it to automatically shut down, just the ol’ Blue Screen of Death. Well, okay, it’s Windows 10, so it’s the new Blue Screen of […]


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Bring a Friend to Hyboria, Faerûn, the Northern Realms, or Post-Apocalyptic Earth

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 5, 2017

After yesterday’s post, several people asked me “Who actually asks if RPGs are dead?” If you are computer RPG fan today, and you are even casually plugged into what’s appearing on the major digital distributors, you get a pretty good idea of there being more games coming out in this genre than you have time […]


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Time off for FUN!!!!!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 29, 2016

The holiday weekend and the days leading up to it weren’t really stressful, but they were busy. Preparations, family obligations, and of course the activities of the holiday itself. Good stuff, and I found time in the margins to get other things done, but still… somewhat busy. It didn’t help I was sick one of […]


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Leia exits, and I’m sad

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 28, 2016

I had to limit my time to the Internet when I heard the news. Carrie Fisher, the woman who played the princess that my generation fell in love with, had died. Way too young… her mother had tweeted about her status only a day or two before. I saw her at Salt Lake Comic Con […]


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