Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Action RPGs: Still Not a New Thing

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 31, 2011

I guess my post today is an echo of my earlier post, but Hardcore Gamer has a useful little post about the long history of western “Action RPGs” that’s worth looking over. It’s shy on details, but provides plenty of examples: Hardcore Gamer: A Brief History of Western Action RPGs A number of his examples […]

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Game Art: Wow, it’s a… dead bird.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 30, 2011

This isn’t really a Frayed Knights update so much as a sharing of what I’ve been doing, because what I’m doing tends to be so all-consuming it’s hard to come up with other ideas for posts. BTW, do you have a guest post you wanna write? Please feel free! Anyway, the stage of development right […]

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Age of Fear: The Undead King – Now Multiplayer, and On Sale!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 29, 2011

For those who crave some good turn-based strategy in a fantasy setting, you may want to check out Age of Fear: The Undead King. Developer Leszek Sliwko emailed me to let me know that not only has the multiplayer patch come out, but they are offering a 25% discount until June 6th. On top of […]

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A 5-Year Old Can Rock a Game Jam, Why Can’t You?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 27, 2011

… Though she does get a bit of help from dear old dad. Here’s the resut of their weekend game jam: Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure The “Ponycorn” part of it was, in fact, an invention of her father – sort of a joke (with My Little Pony as the visual aid). My favorite part? The […]

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Indie Game Developers: “Soulless, Basement-Dwelling Sociopaths?”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 26, 2011

I laughed (well, snorted) when I read the CRPG Addict’s account of playing retro indie role-playing games (late 80’s “shareware”): “Shortly after I began this blog, it took a turn that I didn’t expect, and didn’t even really notice at the time: I began playing a lot of independent CRPGs. About one-third of the games […]

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Guest Post – Roguelikes: Dungeons of Dredmor Preview

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 25, 2011

You are getting a double-dose of Dungeons of Dredmor previews this week. I would say “sorry about that,” but I’m really not. Brian “Skavenhorde” Critser has played a lot more of the game than I have during its beta test period, and has a lot of details to add on this upcoming game. And since […]

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“RPGs Were a 30-Year Detour?”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 24, 2011

What. The. Frack? Okay, Matt Findley doesn’t actually say this (it’s just in the title of the article) , but he does offer some choice quotes, like: On the fantasy genre tending to be represented by RPGs: “Well, you know, we analyzed the long history of video games. I think these games always wanted to […]

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Inaria: Now Available

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I guess you can all check out the game for yourselves, now. Inaria has been released. I’ve found myself still playing it even after my preview. Kinda surprises me, ‘cuz I’ve got The Witcher 2 unfinished on my hard drive as well (which I really enjoy, besides the twitchiness demanded by it as an action-RPG).  […]

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Preview: Dungeons of Dredmor

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 23, 2011

I have died dozens of times now.  Many times in the first or second room of the dungeon. I’m not so much rolling up new characters as creating the latest incarnation of my last dead character. But those bird-like Diggles who taunt with the creativity of the French knights in Monty Python and the Holy […]

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Frayed Knights Update: Taking Turns

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 20, 2011

I’m overdue for an update on Frayed Knights progress. You know, that “quick and dirty” little indie RPG project that I figured I could crank out in just a few months. Because I’m stupid. Combat has gone through a few iterations in Frayed Knights since the early pilot released such a long time ago.  Even […]

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Quick Preview: Inaria

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 19, 2011

I’ve had some serious distractions lately – pretty much since returning from my vacation. Besides catching up at the ol’ Day Job, I’ve had a number of games demanding my attention. Some you are probably familiar with (Portal 2, and The Witcher 2).  Others are indie games that you have probably heard a lot less […]

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Guest Post: The Roguelikes, Part 3( and a half! )

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 18, 2011

I don’t think this is the last one – Brian “Skavenhorde” Critser keeps providing more information on common and not-so-common roguelikes. And I’ll keep posting ’em. Hello all it’s your friendly neighborhood rat with just a few roguelikes this week. Been a little sick lately so I had to cut this one short. Plus I’ve […]

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Tips For Part-Time Indies

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 17, 2011

So here’s an article for those who want to make games as indies, but are somewhat addicted to things like eating and can’t yet quit the day job: “Indie and a Day Job: Making It Work” at Gamasutra He’s got some great suggestions here, to which I’d like to add a few of my own: […]

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Matt Chat: Baldur’s Gate

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2011

Baldur’s Gate and it’s sequel rank very highly in my list of favorite role-playing games. Matt Barton shares a retrospective and a play-through. I especially enjoyed the envy he expresses for those who haven’t played the games (yet): Boy are you in for a treat! Man, has it been that long since I played this […]

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Hobbes & Bacon

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 14, 2011

I loved Calvin & Hobbes for its entire run – it was second to none (with only Gary Larson’s The Far Side even in the same league back in the day). Like all fans, I was terribly disappointed when the comic ended abruptly. But now, as far as I am concerned, these two fan-made comics […]

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A New Wizardry – Kinda

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 13, 2011

I’ve posted about this one briefly before. But I’m just sayin’ – I *would* be buying this if they port it to the PC. Not expecting that, but I would. Or for XBox, for that matter. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls coming to the U.S. There are several PS3 exclusives that collectively almost convince me […]

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