Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Space Opera Week – Links to Cool Operatic Spacey Thingies!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 18, 2017

Okay – still hitting the space opera theme (I started this week with a review of a space opera novel quite by accident… but hey, let’s keep rolling with it). Here is a very nice essay of what Space Opera is and what it should be: Wonder and the Soul’s Desire by Dominika Lein. It’s more inspirational than […]


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Deadlines, Dialog, Strategy, and Stuff.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 1, 2017

Hey folks. I’ve been in the midst of crunch with tight deadlines the last three weeks, and the blog is suffering from the squeeze. I apologize. I would say that gaming has suffered from the squeeze, but it’s about my one outlet right now… the unfortunate part being that I’m relying upon old and familiar, short games […]


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Star Wars, Books, Torment, and Stuff

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 16, 2016

I’m going to be minimizing my time online today because so many people went to see the new Star Wars Story film last night, Rogue One.  My tickets are for tonight. While we already know kinda-sorta how its supposed to end (right where A New Hope begins), and we don’t know any of the major […]


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The Indie Flood Continues…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 30, 2013

Steam just Greenlit 100 new games – the largest ever. It gave Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon greenlight page a nice little boost towards the top 100. It is apparently Valve’s intent to phase out Greenlight in favor of a better system that removes most barriers to getting a game on Steam. The 100 […]


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Checklists for Making Awesome Video Games, and for Making Game Development Awesome

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 18, 2013

Making video games has always been as much art as science. At times, chained to the oars of a ship chasing the bleeding-edge horizon of technology or constrained by massive budgets to make obsessively risk-averse design decisions, the industry has drifted further out on the “science” side. Perhaps now, with the rise of indie games, […]


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The Rise and Fall of the Arcade

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 27, 2013

Another great article about the history of the game arcade (primarily in the U.S.A.) – For Amusement Only: The life and death of the American arcade While I want to believe in Bushnel, I’d have to agree that I can’t really figure out how the coin-op arcade could make a comeback. It’s a cool idea […]


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Just Some Things to Make You Go “Hmmm”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 5, 2012

The 13+ hour days at ye olde Day Job continue. It’s almost like working in the mainstream games biz again! So here are some interesting, vaguely indie-gaming / game development related links for your entertainment and edification. First off – the toll of piracy: When Pirates Outnumber Paying Customers 10 to 1, Online Games Die […]


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Links from Behind the Scenes of Game Development

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 23, 2012

Some stories of game devopment, from AAA to indie, some good, some horrible, all informative: As terrible as I know the games biz often can be, I still really, really want this to be a fictional story: Have a Great Time! Starcraft – the untold story. Except I guess it’s told now. And why a […]


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Tips For Getting Your Game Accepted By Steam

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 28, 2012

Not like *I* would know, ‘cuz Valve turned me down and stuff, but hey… maybe next time: Tips For Getting Your Game on Steam (from Valve, no less!) There are others, of course, which are not quite so much within an indie’s control. Like: Win an award from the IGF. Or my favorite: Make gobs […]


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Miscellanious Indie Stories…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 30, 2011

Here are some links I found interesting this week and thought I’d share: Gamesauce interview with Erin Robinson on Free Games and Indie Life – going from a nobody to a respected veteran by the magic of actually releasing games. Psychochild’s Blog: Mastery of Might & Magic – Twenty-Five years old, and still going strong […]


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