Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Game Scope – Squeezing the Middle?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 13, 2011

Lately, we have two extremes that people tend to see as the norm. Probably because just by being “extreme” they tend to gather attention. On the one end, you’ve got the mainstream games, which continue to grow unsustainably bigger with higher production values, and adapt by basically become more and more generic to appeal to […]

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An Indie Handheld Console?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 10, 2011

This may be just a pipe dream. Many folks are slowly becoming convinced it’s not just a joke, certain comments in the advertising and “Bob’s Game” ARG funkiness notwithstanding, but I guess that’s always a possibility. It may never be anything more than vaporware.  But they claim they have prototypes. What it is, at least […]

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Ultima VI Technical Documents Online

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Here is some of the internal documentation used for the development of Ultima VI… Ultima VI Technical Documents at Ultima Aiera These pages include details on the conversation scripting and the data format for the world editor. If you are the kind of person who likes to get “under the hood” of favorite games, these […]

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Dungeons of Dredmor: Releasing Soon, Releasing Ultra-Cheap

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 9, 2011

The word from Gaslamp Games’ Nicholas Vinning on the upcoming release of Dungeons of Dredmor is: “we’re so close to the end it’s amazing. There have been times when I thought this day would never come.” They’ve also officially announced a release price… not a promotional price, but a permanent, official, non-sale price… of $4.99. […]

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The Story of Good Old Games…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 8, 2011

There’s an interesting write-up on the origins of Good Old Games, AKA GOG.COM, at The Escapist: Everything Good Old is New Again The most interesting bits for me were the difficulty of tracking down the rights in order to license them. Also, that some companies remain terrified by the lack of DRM on these games […]

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Inaria Post-Mortem

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 7, 2011

We joked at SingleTrac that Post-Mortems should actually be called “Postpartums,” as you’ve just given birth to something pretty major. Anthony Salter of Viridian Games has posted a post-mortem for his recently-released RPG, Inaria. I disagree with his first point, but then it’s something he’d know more about that me.  I don’t know that the […]

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“There Is Not Really a Business Case Anymore for Making Single-Player PC Games.”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 6, 2011

The above quote sounds like it might come from the head of a big, fat studio. But no, it comes from one of the more successful indies – who made his business (until recently) out of making single-player PC games. The pirates have won. Of course, I say this as I’m wrapping up development on […]

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Reminiscing about Ultima Underworld

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 3, 2011

GOG.COM announced that they will be carrying a bunch of older games from EA. They are leading out with three games – well, actually four – from Origin and Bullfrog. Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 are leading out in a single package as the first – but hopefully not the last – of the Ultima […]

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Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure: The Saga Continues

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 2, 2011

Wherein young game developer Cassie brings her father to kindergarten to verify her tales of game-making to her incredulous classmates. The Ponycorns Come to Kindergarten Yes, game developers at game jams do often stay up waaaaaay past bedtime…  

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Preview: Darklight Dungeon Eternity

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 1, 2011

Back in April Jesse Zoeller sent me an alpha link to his upcoming old-school style role-playing game, Darklight Dungeon Eternity. While it’s still an early build missing a lot of features (not to mention levels), I thought I’d share a little bit of my experiences about this upcoming title. Just bear in mind that this […]

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EA Launching Ultima Website…?

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GameBanshee has some more information, including a screenshot of a page that was up only briefly. They’ve also confirmed that EA is the owner of the site. Dang, fans are just too diligent, and won’t let a company sneak something like this past them for long… Ultima Forever Website Leaked The web page screenshot suggests […]

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