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RPG Codex – The RPG of the Decade! Developer’s Choice!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 16, 2010

RPG Codex has a summary of how the last decade has treated computer RPGs. As you can probably guess, as it’s RPG Codex, it’s not a warm and fuzzy review full of hope ‘n optimism. But it’s well written and thought out. And half of it includes some developers chiming in on their choice of […]


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Frayed Knights: Casting Hellacious Fireballs

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Time for another development-diary update on Frayed Knights, the indie RPG that takes the “kool” out of “old skool.” Oh, wait, that’s not right… Anyway, the last couple of updates have been a little “fluffy” talking about background info, so I wanted to get crunchy and talk about more game rules this time. That’s also […]


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More X-Com Announcement Disappointment?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 15, 2010

Sounds like I’m not the only one who felt a pang of disappointment when I found out the “new” X-Com isn’t going to be very… X-Com-ish. Kat Bailey’s Response. Shamus Young’s Response And of course, the sense of betrayal in the comments of my blog post. I am still, barely, holding out hope with a […]


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Game Design: How CRPGs Warped My Brain, Part 2

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So if you will indulge me a bit more on this bit of naval-gazing, I’m going to continue to cover a fairly a fairly subjective discussion about how my opinions of gaming and game design were shaped (or warped and twisted) by various CRPGs (and a couple non-CRPGs) over the decades. It’s a good thing […]


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Game Announcement: Dreamscape

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Dreamscape is an indie Role-Playing Game in the jRPG style from Aldorlea Games. And it’s… a little different. That’s not a bad thing! Erin, a biology student, is invited to spend some time with her boyfriend Terry at his apartment. She thinks she is only humoring him as he tells her of magic headphones that […]


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Government Accounting Office on Piracy: It Sucks, But We Still Don’t Know How Much

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 14, 2010

Well, duh. So we know it’s a drag on the economy – our overall economic growth. But we now know that we STILL do not know how much of an impact it is. Maybe it’s insignificant (I doubt it), maybe it’s crippling (I doubt that one too). All we know is that it sucks. Somehow, […]


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Game Design: How CRPGs Warped My Brain, Part 1

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I have been reading Matt Barton’s excellent book, Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing Games, which highlights the contributions and unique features of an impressively¬† comprehensive set of computer RPGs. It’s made me think a bit about the influence these games have had on my own thinking of what a CRPG should be. […]


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The Return of X-Com?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 13, 2010

For the XBox *AND* the PC. From 2K Games Marin. X-Com. The Scoop is at Joystick, but be advised – it’s not exactly as we’d hope. A strategic, suspenseful … first-person shooter? Okay. Rather than sinking down into a funk over a sudden sense of disappointment, I’ve decided that I’m willing to roll with this […]


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Pixels

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I guess this one has been making the rounds on the Interwebs – had multiple people sending me this link. It’s another ludicrously awesome bit of amateur filmmaking: PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN. Uploaded by onemoreprod. – Arts and animation videos. Be careful about throwing away those older televisions! The one thing that bugged me about […]


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Game Announcement: The New Queen – Truth Be Told

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 12, 2010

Warfare Studios’ latest RPG is now available at the Rampant Games store. The New Queen – Truth Be Told My apologies to Raphael – I promised to get this up more than two weeks ago. The story centers around a plot by revolutionaries to overthrow the good queen Lorelei through lies and violent attacks on […]


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RPGCodex Interview with Dave Gilbert

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Dave Gilbert – the prolific founder of Wadget Eye Games, known for their excellent indie graphic adventure games including The Shivah, The Blackwell Chronicles, and Emerald City Confidential.¬† RPG Codex managed to corner him long enough for a pretty insightful interview. Dave Gilbert Interview at RPG Codex Among the more interesting tidbits discussed: Why he […]


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Spring Is Here!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 11, 2010

Whew! We’re finally getting spring weather – halfway into April. There are only about three things I like about winter in Utah: #1 – Our could storage room actually keeps things (like soda, bottled water) cold. #2 – Running the gas fireplace. Mmm… toasty! #3 – Ummm… Come to think of it, I guess there […]


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Coming Soon: Four Free Doctor Who Adventure Game Episodes

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 9, 2010

Steven “Blink” Moffatt as executive director. Don’t know if that means he’s at all involved in the process personally (I’d imagine he’s kinda swamped right now), but this is nothing but Good News. They’ll be considered canon, too. Galifree: Doctor Who, The Adventure Games Let’s hope they rock!


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Sure, Put ‘Em Up For Sale AFTER I Have Already Bought ‘Em

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Ah, well. Maybe you can take advantage of this weekend’s RPG sale at GOG.Com: GOG.COM Special RPG Promo – 50% off selected titles. Old classics for sale cheap. New indie RPGs, regularly cheap. I’ll tell ya, if you are an RPG fan on a tight budget this is an awesome time.


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Will the “Real” RPG Please Stand Up…

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Kieron Gillen has a rant. Just Die: Against “Real” Role-Playing Games Based on the title, you may get a knee-jerk reaction and you think someone like me, a devotee of dice-and-paper role-playing-games, would immediately attack the famed games-journalist-turned-comic-book-writer. But two things: #1 -“Just Die” is a play on words for the singular form of dice. […]


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The Collapse of Complex Video Game Development?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 8, 2010

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me this link to an an article entitled, “The Collapse of Complex Business Models.” Deep stuff. I’m not sure I entirely comprehend it. But it made me think about the videogame business. The article was inspired / based upon the 1988 book by Joseph Tainter, The […]


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