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InSomnia RPG is Going Back to the Crowdfunding Well

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 22, 2016

This is both unsurprising and disappointing. InSomnia – now described as a “retro-futuristic” RPG (previously a “dieselpunk” RPG… I’m not sure if that’s a new direction or simply a way to describe it to people who don’t know what dieselpunk is) – is running out of money after a quarter-million was spent in development. They […]


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Lotsa Little Newsy Bits…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 19, 2015

It’s been an interesting week. There’s been a ton of news from E3, of course, but… that’s not all. Some bits that interested me: Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII would have a remake. They also noted that the remake would not necessarily follow the original exactly. As folks over at respawncomic.com suggest, this […]


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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Being an Indie in 2015

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 4, 2015

The whole definition of “indie” is getting pretty dang fuzzy these days. Studios that are “independent” but have still been largely publisher-driven are doing the indie thing with all kind of alternative funding methods, and then there are 12-year-olds who have managed some not-insignificant success throwing together their first iPhone game. In an interview called, […]


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Appearance: Salt Lake City Comic Con Fan Xperience

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 28, 2015

I’m going to be at the Salt Lake City Comic Con “FanX” convention this weekend at the Xchyler Publishing booth. At least part of the time. Sadly, I’m fighting off a cold right now, but I hope to be in good shape at least by Friday. Not sure about Thursday yet. There won’t be any […]


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RPG Codex Picks their Top RPGs of 2014

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 16, 2015

RPG Codex has released their top picks for PC RPGs of 2014, includingĀ audience picks, editor’s votes, and individual editor picks. They also have a short list of the most anticipated releases for 2015. RPG Codex 2014 Game of the Year Awards Not exactly the same picks, but a very similar grouping from RPGWatch’s choices. And […]


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RPGWatch names the best 3 RPGs of 2014

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 15, 2015

If you are a fan of classic western style computer RPGs – the kind that seemed to be in an unending supply from companies like Origin, SSI, Sir-Tech, Mindcraft, Westwood Studios, and Interplay – then for a while, it may have seemed like the golden age of computer RPGs was far behind us. Through the […]


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Shocker: Unfinished Games to Remain Unfinished

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 23, 2014

I keep grumbling (I try to think positive and to avoid grumbling too much) about people being willing to pay more for a promise of a game than an actual, completed game. I’ve suspected that as we had some high-profile failures in Early Access and crowdfunding games, that this might be tempered somewhat. We’ve had […]


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SteamOS?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 24, 2013

Just after me worrying about the juggernaut of Valve becoming too dominant, here comes this… šŸ™‚ Linux-Based SteamOS is Valve’s big play for the living room IMO, anybody who didn’t see this coming wasn’t paying attention (and if you aren’t in the industry, you are forgiven for not needing to pay attention…). Given Newell’s sudden […]


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Ouya Implements the Wil Wheaton Rule

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 19, 2013

Ouya’s “Free the Games” fund was pretty much waiting to get abused. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. After lots of complaining, some very public displays of frustration, and a few (very few) defenders, Ouya has changed its policy. Effectively, they’ve invoked with Wil Wheaton “Don’t be a d**k” rule, stating that if they or […]


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The Xbox One Promises to Allow Indie Self-Publishing

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 25, 2013

This really shouldn’t be news. It’s kinda sad that it is, and represents a reversal of Microsoft’s previous position (along with many other changes to the Xbox One since their E3 unveiling). Really, it just takes us back to where we’ve been with the 360. But that is, and was, a pretty good thing… Xbox […]


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2012 RPG Watch Game of the Year Awards

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 4, 2013

RPG Watch does the annual thing: RPG of the Year 2012 Indie RPG of the Year 2012 Most Anticipated RPG of 2013 Sadly, there were no “editor’s choice” awards for this year. šŸ™ I am somewhat astonished to see that Diablo III didn’t garner 5% of the votes to make the list. I can’t remember […]


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GameBanshee’s RPG of the Year Awards for 2012

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 1, 2013

I wasn’t involved this year, but I’d be hard pressed to argue against the pick for indie RPG of the year. GameBanshee’s Game of the Year 2012 Awards To be honest, and I can’t believe this myself, but I haven’t had time to play Drox Operative yet, in spite of being a major, major fan […]


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Indie RPG News Round-Up, June 2012

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 27, 2012

I’ve been holding onto some of these so long they don’t seem much like “News” right now, but it’s been a pretty crazy few weeks. Anyway, here is a quick summary of some of the things that have been happening on the indie RPG news front of late: Long Live the Queen!– I really want […]


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Indie RPG News Round-Up – May 2012

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 3, 2012

As usual, I’m far overdue for talkin’ up what’s going down in the indie RPG realm. I don’t pretend to have exhaustive knowledge of this ever-more-impressive domain, but in my regular delves into the labyrinth of indie games I’ve come up with a few treasures I’d love to share knowledge about: Legend of Grimrock Legend […]


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Indie RPG News, March 2012

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 15, 2012

Okay, I’m way overdue in doing this, so it’s gonna be quick and to-the-point. Well, okay, maybe not as quick as I’d like, because I’ve got a hairy backlog. Hopefully my next installment will release news while it is still new. But in this world of indie RPGs, so much is “undiscovered” that what is […]


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Indie RPGs Reviews Frayed Knights

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 21, 2011

Craig Stern at IndieRPGs.com has a fairly extensive review of Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon. You can check it out here: Game Review – Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon There are mixed opinions on the endurance / exhaustion mechanic, some people loving it, others – like Craig – not feeling quite so much […]


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