Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Indie Interviews: Thomas Riegsecker and Annie Mitsoda

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 14, 2010

A couple of great interviews with indie RPG creators Thomas Riegsecker of Basilisk Games (the Eschalon series), and Annie Mitsoda (formerly Annie Carlson) of Doublebear Productions (Zombie RPG). First off, Thomas talkin’ to Mishmash Magazine about Eschalon series. It’s a pretty straightforward little interview offering some more insights into the brain of a developer, but […]

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California’s Twice-Failed Anti-Videogame Law Goes to the Supreme Court

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 13, 2010

Jeff Green, former editor-in-chief of Computer Gaming World and Games for Windows, and now designer at EA, puts aside his usual hyperbole and fart jokes to focus on a serious matter – the resurrection of California’s atrocious anti-videogame legislation to be taken to the Supreme Court. Why You Should Care About EMA v Schwarzenegger I […]

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Game Announcement – Deadly Sin 2: Shining Faith

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 12, 2010

I had some good things to say about the indie RPG Deadly Sin when it was first released. Solid story, fantastic musical score, inventive tactical twists on a turn-based combat system, solid graphics. It’s a solid title that I recommend checking out. The release of the sequel, Deadly Sin 2: Shining Faith, proves that the […]

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Mardek RPG Chapter 3 Released

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 9, 2010

Mardek Chapter 3, a Flash-based RPG, is now out. Its predecessors have also received an update. Mardek Chapter 1 Mardek Chapter 2 Mardek Chapter 3 I haven’t played these games before. Yes, me, the all-knowing guru of all things indie RPG and stuff (HAH!), missed this one. But after hearing about the release of Chapter […]

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Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 8, 2010

I’ve been a little negligent in talking about an indie RPG that’s been out a couple of months now, which embraces the “old-school” western RPG style of the 1980s. Entitled Underworld (or more fully, “Swords and Sorcery Underworld” – to distinguish it from the Ultima kind, I imagine…), it draws inspiration from the early Might […]

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Staying Motivated When Making Games

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 7, 2010

Cliff Harris is one of the more successful true indies out there. It’s comforting to know that even he has problems staying motivated sometimes. But he’s kindly offered a set of tips for indie game makers about how to stay motivated. How to Stay Motivated Whilst Programming a Game This is not new territory for […]

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New Fan-Made Ultima Remakes!

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First off: Ultima IV: Flash Version I’m actually pretty impressed with what I’ve seen of this. Besides porting the (now public domain, courtesy of EA) Apple II version of Ultima IV to Flash for browser play, the author – Blair Legget, an out-of-work mainstream games industry veteran – also took it upon himself to make […]

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Old 666

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 6, 2010

In addition to RPGs, I’m also an aviation and flight sim buff, and I get a little geeked over military history. Yes, I could totally grow a beard and become a wargamer. But I won’t. Probably. Over the weekend, I discovered the story of “Old 666.” I was watching an old episode of the History […]

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Building Character

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 5, 2010

I used to love making characters for RPGs. Both for pen-and-paper RPGs and for computer RPGs. Making your character was half the fun. Then it got old. Kinda. I assumed it was just that the problem was that I had been getting older, and less patient, more “mainstream,” or something. And so for years, I […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 4, 2010

While it may be just another day in the rest of the world, here in the U.S., this is a special day… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit […]

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The Triumph of 2D

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 2, 2010

It’s become pretty obvious by now, but Kotaku has a very nice article up about the return of 2D in gaming: The Revenge of 2D Not that it was ever really gone. But while it wasn’t entirely dead (in spite of the wishes of companies like Sony and Microsoft), it’s epitaph and eulogy were written, […]

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Diablo II – Ten Years Old?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 1, 2010

RPS reminds us that Diablo II just turned ten years old. I still have the collector’s edition box in my closet. It’s, uh… collecting. Dust. I make my snide remarks about action RPGs, but I still love ’em – the good ones, that is. And Diablo II is definitely an example of excellence, and is […]

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