Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

FanX 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 20, 2017

Friday and Saturday, I was at FanX, the sister-convention for Salt Lake Comic Con. FanX is a little smaller and more focused on the celebrity visits. We had some great ones this year. Sadly, Stan Lee had the flu and couldn’t make it, but he did Skype in for his panel. Hopefully he’ll be able […]


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Appendix N and the Real Story of Pulp Fantasy

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 16, 2017

Okay, I promised a little more about Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons and Dragons by Jeffro Johnson this week. Last time, I discussed the ramifications on “old-school” gaming style, how the bibliography in the Dungeon Master’s Guide suggested a much wider scope of story and fantasy that early versions of D&D tried to […]


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Heading Out to FanX 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 15, 2017

FanX in Salt Lake City is a little more abbreviated this year — only two days instead of three. All things considered, I’m really okay with that. As usual, I’ll be a vendor this year, working the Xchyler Authors & Utah Authors table, but at least half of the time I’ll be wandering around the […]


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Appendix N – Breaking the Old-School Fantasy Game Code

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 14, 2017

For the Frayed Knights games, I really wanted to capture the old-school spirit of not just computer RPGs, but also the style of tabletop D&D games I remember playing and envisioning as a kid. Things were different back then. If you read the old modules (both by TSR and third-party publishers), the original rulebooks from […]


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WITCHY EYE released

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 7, 2017

Author D J Butler is a talented storyteller, which is the important part here. He’s also  a lawyer, a corporate trainer, a scholar, and a very tall fellow with an epic mustache. I think the latter is where he gets his super-powers, like if Samson was played by Tom Selleck. Just saying. But I ought […]


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Pulps: Just a Training Ground for Authors?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 2, 2017

When I first started browsing the science fiction section in bookstores as a kid, they weren’t all that huge. Fantasy and science fiction were mixed together. This was smack-dab in the era of the original Star Wars trilogy… probably around the time The Empire Strikes Back came out. The school bookshelves were far more limited. […]


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Final Hours for Cirsova Pre-Orders, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Campaign

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 22, 2017

Now’s your chance. Two volumes of pulp-style heroic fantasy, available cheap. Ridiculously cheap if you are going for the purely digital versions. And yeah, the editor has said that with the goal passed, he’s really interested more in expanding readership. So… while I’m going for paper copies myself, enjoy the digital! Many of the stories in […]


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Book Impressions: Scavengers, by David J West

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 16, 2017

If you are a fan of the history and mythology of the American West, you probably have heard of Porter Rockwell. Nicknamed “The Destroying Angel of Mormondom,” Rockwell was a deputy marshal, an enforcer, bodyguard, and gunfighter. Like other famous gunfighters of the “wild west,” an awful lot of his story is more based on […]


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Cirsova reaches funding goal, says: “I Want You to Read Me.”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 10, 2017

Yes, I’m old, and I think using modified versions of ancient Cheap Trick lyrics is cool. Ah, well. Anyway – Cirsova Magazine! I’m a fan. I’m a writer. Besides promoting the story I wrote for issue #6 in a cool prehistoric Lovecraft shared world (“Queen of Shadows”), I do want to encourage folks who are at […]


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Impressions: Windows Into Hell

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 6, 2017

Windows Into Hell is an anthology of “religious horror” by several best-selling and award-winning authors.  D J Butler, Michaelbrent Collings, Mette Ivie Harrison, Michael R. Collings, and many more offer glimpses into personal, customized, and unusual slices of the afterlife for the characters. Warning – it’s hell (even if it resembles the heaven the characters […]


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Old Pulp, New Pulp, and Judging a Book by its Cover

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 1, 2017

I unwittingly became hooked on pulp stories goes when I was a kid, even before I discovered Dungeons & Dragons. I read stories in anthologies and magazines that I had no idea were reprints of stories from the old pulp magazines. After getting hooked on D&D, I read tons of fantasy. While others really got into […]


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Cirsova #5 (and 6) Preorder Open, and Altered States II in Paperback!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 25, 2017

I am currently on track to have at least as many stories published this year as last year. Which is AWESOME. My goal is to exceed that.  I’m still working on that. Anyway – my first completely new story for 2017 is coming out in March, in Cirsova #5. They are now taking pre-orders… sort […]


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Book Impressions: The God-Touched Man

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 18, 2017

I felt a little guilty because I haven’t read The Smoke-Scented Girl, one of the first books by Melissa McShane.  We even have a paperback copy! And here I am reading the next book in the series, The God-Touched Man. On the plus side, I can happily say that while I assume that some of […]


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Reminder: Altered States II and Cirsova #4

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 26, 2016

I thought that for today, I’d share the opening paragraphs of the two stories I have in collections that have JUST BARELY been released! I’m proud of both of these stories. Just minutes ago, I received my contributor’s copy of Altered States II, so I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some cyberpunky goodness. […]


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Altered States II Cyberpunk Anthology is Out!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 22, 2016

My story, “Doubleblind,” is out now  in the new Altered States II cyberpunk anthology. It’s currently available on Kindle. Other versions may be available soon. You can grab it here: Altered States II a Cyberpunk Anthology on Amazon Kindle Stories by upcoming and established authors, curated by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes. Introduction by […]


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Jay Goes Cyberpunk

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 12, 2016

Last spring, I decided to write a cyberpunk story. I was actually experimenting with a few things all at once… a particular story structure, an old-school plot/idea generator from the early 1900s, and my love of cyberpunk. I wrote the story fully realizing that cyberpunk wasn’t “the thing” anymore (but maybe with the release of […]


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