Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Supreme Commander 2

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 11, 2010

Took advantage of a Steam sale and picked up Supreme Commander 2 last weekend. It’s changed – a lot – from SC1 and Total Annihilation. A lot more streamlined. I kinda miss the gazillions of units that came with TA + Core Contingency, though. But it is still very much a slugfest, though. And that’s […]

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GOG.COM Weekend RPG Promo

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If you are in the mood for yet more RPGs this weekend, haven’t played these, and you are already done with Eschalon: Book II and Din’s Curse already… GOG.COM is having a weekend RPG sale for 30% off. Darn it, I coulda had Arx Fatalis for… uh… $1.80 less than I paid for it. 🙂 […]

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Frayed Knights – It’s Not What You Do, But How You Do It

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Time for another li’l update on Frayed Knights – that indie RPG that more than  6.5 BILLION PEOPLE have never heard of. One of the dangers I face on this blog, where I occasionally criticize aspects of games that I feel were done poorly, is that I leave myself open to the same criticisms of […]

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Reason # 371 Why PC Gaming Is Better Than Console Gaming…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 10, 2010

A high-quality fan-made free mod for Left 4 Dead (the original): I Hate Mountains I played it a little last night. Died in the second chapter to the horde. But I had fun, and was pretty impressed with what they’ve done with things. I particularly liked the fireflies in the first chapter.

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Molyneux on RPG Evolution: Translated Into Old-School Gamer English

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 9, 2010

The contention that mainstream games are “evolving” immediately raises my hackles. Not that I’m against change and true improvements – not at all – but contending that the newest games are the product of evolution in gaming from past efforts  is about like saying reality shows are a product of evolution in performance media  from […]

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Dungeon Siege 3 Announced, But…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 8, 2010

So apparently there’s going to be a Dungeon Siege 3.  For consoles and PCs. Sadly, I can’t get enthusiastic about it. I have both of the previous games. I’ve played them both. Well, part-way. There’s nothing I hate about them. Every once in a while I look over at the DS2 box and think, “Gee, […]

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Lone Wolf or Party Animal?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 7, 2010

Okay, RPG fans, here’s my question for you: In CRPGs, are you a lone wolf, or a party animal? Do you prefer to play RPGs where you control only one character (though maybe you have a henchman or something to help you out), or do you prefer the kinds of games where you control a […]

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My Take on Alan Wake

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 4, 2010

Okay, not that I have much time even for playing games lately (a side effect of FK momentum increasing – YAY!), but I picked up Alan Wake this week and am a little ways into it – only chapter 3 so far. I dig the story. I dig the lighting. I dig the mood. The […]

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Avadon: You Work For Bluebeard…

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… Except his name is Redbeard. Jeff Vogel has begin his developer diary series on his new game / trilogy / series / franchise, Avadon: The Black Fortress.  His first post is on where his idea came from: Avadon Developer Diary #1 – Where Ideas Come From In this case, it came from an opera. […]

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A Love Note to the Hardcore PC Gamers…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 3, 2010

The mainstream games biz has abandoned us. Many indies have abandoned us for casual / social games or the iPhone. But Cliffski still loves us. Why Harcore Gamers Are the Best Customers

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The Casual Games Gold Rush is Over

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No, they aren’t dead. Not even dying. But it seems that the casual game boom has finally come to an end. Gamezebo: Where Have All the Good Games Gone? My thoughts: This is so very, very predictable to the point of being boring. It is a textbook example of the industry life cycle (which closely […]

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What If Game Design Hasn’t Progressed In 30 Years?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 2, 2010

Matt Barton proposes an interesting thought experiment over at Armchair Arcade: Some Thoughts Towards a Non-Linear Game History His not-quite-so-preposterous idea: What if game design hasn’t truly progressed since 1980, merely changed fashion? If you could somehow make yourself blind to the technological / graphical improvements, has game design really advanced in thirty years? I’d […]

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Why Are RPGs So Hard to Create?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 1, 2010

Computer RPGs have a reputation for being among of the most difficult and time-consuming game genres to develop. This is one of the reasons so few mainstream developers shy away from them. But why is that? Maybe I should ask this question of people like Amanda Fitch, Jeff Vogel, or Inidinera Falls. They make it […]

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