Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Dungeons & Desktops 2nd Edition – the History of Computer RPGs – Now Available!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 29, 2019

Matt Barton’s outstanding history of computer role-playing games is now out in a second edition. I haven’t read the whole thing yet (it’s HUGE), but the last ten years have brought about some enormous changes and tons of new games to the genre. This is kind of funny to me, as Matt had kind of […]


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The original Diablo is available at GOG.com

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 26, 2019

Diablo 1 is now on GOG.com. It’s $10, so it’s not exactly super-cheap, but compared to the trouble I went through getting Diablo to install and run on my last computer (requiring some downloaded mods just to get it *mostly* working), it could be worth it to you. Diablo 1 at GOG.com Why bother? Blizzard […]


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Magical Diary: Wolf Hall Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 28, 2019

Man, I kinda miss the days when game devs would make a game, and THEN people would buy it. Of course, that requires people, you know, BUYING games. We’re getting to the point where crowdfunding is often as much of a marketing and sales tool as a funding tool. But hey, that’s indie… you gotta […]


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Steam Autumn Sale

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 21, 2018

Hold onto your wallets! The Steam Autumn Sale is here. Now, I’d really appreciate it if people took advantage of Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon being 60% off… less than $5… to help offset the amount of money I’m likely to spend this weekend on Steam games that I might eventually get around to […]


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Bard’s Tale 1 – Completed!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 11, 2018

As much as the original Bard’s Tale fired up my imagination as a kid, I’ve always regretted never completing the game.  I’ve tried to remedy this on several occasions over the years, creating several new crews of characters, watching them die horrible deaths–often before they’d taken more than 20 steps from the relative safety of […]


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Impressions: The Bard’s Tale Trilogy – Remastered

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 24, 2018

I first played The Bard’s Tale on the Commodore 64 many, many years ago (when it was new). I’d played Wizardry on friends’ computers, but it still hadn’t made its way to my beloved C-64. The Bard’s Tale was not only a great substitute, but it tried hard to be a superior title. Graphically, it […]


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14 Virtual Reality RPGs for the PC

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 23, 2018

Virtual-Reality-based dungeon crawling is something of dream-fulfillment for me. It’s the purpose I envisioned for VR back in the days when Ultima IV was high-tech. Of course, it’s not exactly what I dreamed of when I was 12 or 13 years old, but it’s cool enough, and getting cooler. Even with cartoony graphics, the feeling […]


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Bound for Life, The Universe, and Everything 2018!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 9, 2018

This time next week, I’ll be at LTUE in Provo, Utah – “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” It’s a symposium for writers, artists, filmmakers, game designers, academics, and students all about science fiction and fantasy. The panels and discussions range from nuts-and-bolts craft and technique to specialty subjects like logistics of how you keep an […]


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It’s “Cyber Monday” and hey, I’m on sale!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 27, 2017

It’s “Cyber Monday” – the Monday after Thanksgiving, where those of us who avoid stores like the plague on “Black Friday” try to pick up online deals. There are a few I’m actually involved in! First off, on Amazon, three anthologies containing my stories are on sale from Xchyler Publishing – two steampunk tales, and […]


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