Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

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. ┬áMy 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. ­čÖü 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, Faer├╗n, 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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Video Card Blues

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 9, 2016

Sadly, I didn’t have much time before my business trip to figure out why my computer started getting flakey. Upon my return home, things didn’t get better. It looks like my really awesome and fairly new GTX 1070 card has been dying, which makes for much sadness. I tried everything to analyze and correct the […]


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The Day Job, Fatigue, and FK2

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 26, 2016

The suckiest part of taking time off of work with a project-based job is that when you come back,┬áthe work is all still there. ┬áPlus more. Plus people with dependencies on you getting your work done so they can get theirs done. Kinda takes the fun out of taking time off. I’m not being too […]


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Giant Fighting Robot Battles Might Be Dangerous

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 28, 2016

You guys remember the challenge between the U.S. and Japanese giant pilotable robot companies? Yeah. Stuff just got real. They are doing safety tests now, because they’d like to not die during a clash between ┬á5-6 ton robots shooting and punching each other.┬áThe results were… less than ideal. It turns out it might be pretty […]


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Big Bang Theory Grumbles

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 20, 2016

Sometimes we really like Big Bang Theory. Sometimes we hate it. I think somewhere around season 4 we quit watching it altogether for a couple of seasons, then saw it got better, caught ourselves up, and resumed watching. About every third episode is a dud for me, and that doesn’t mean the rest are necessarily […]


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All I Need to Know I Learned From Roleplaying Games

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 13, 2016

Roleplaying games can be a metaphor for life: We all start as zero-level nobodies who can’t take care of ourselves. That 20th level wizard who seems so awesome today started out pooping in his diapers, the same as you. Fortune favors the prepared… and the ones loaded for bear with healing potions and protection spells. […]


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To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 8, 2016

Happy 50th anniversary, Star Trek. I’ve always lived in a world where Star Trek was a thing. So at least that doesn’t make me feel quite so old. ­čÖé ┬áI grew up on reruns, dreaming of the Final Frontier.┬áSometimes it was dumb and hokey. Sometimes it was thought-provoking. But it always fueled the imagination of […]


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Being a Part-Time Indie: Finding the Rhythm

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 7, 2016

One of the reasons I really enjoy the Day Job is that … for the most part… it doesn’t depend much on employee heroics or people working 50-60 hour workweeks to survive. Given my senior status here, I work hard to make sure that’s NOT the case. Usually. However, sometimes the craziness happens. That’s pretty […]


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The Conclusion of our 22-Year Plan

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 22, 2016

We moved my youngest (of 2) off to college this weekend. She’s not far… her university is across the street from where Wahoo / NinjaBee offices used to be, back when I was working for them (for looooong-time followers of this blog). So definitely within come-home-for-Sunday-Dinner distance. But… she’s moved out. Well, partly. My married […]


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Salt City Steamfest 2016 – After-Action Report

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 15, 2016

We came, we saw, we partied. And sold books. Steamfest 2016 has come and gone. It seemed like a little bit of a smaller venue this time around (but with MUCH more vendor space…) , but everyone seemed to be having a good time. As usual, the Xchyler authors came together for our booth. Kelly […]


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