Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Big Beta Update for Telepath RPG: Servants of God

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 12, 2011

Craig Stern of Sinister Design emailed me to say the following: I just wanted to give you a heads-up: I’m prepping for a big update to Telepath RPG: Servants of God in the next few weeks. There will be new dungeons, new attacks, lots of bug fixes, and best of all, a single install file […]

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What Does “Old School RPG” Mean To You?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 11, 2011

I kinda tripped over this one working on the manual for Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon this weekend. Frayed Knights was inspired by favorite old-school RPGs, particularly games like the Wizardry, Ultima, and Bard’s Tale series. Oddly, when I first started I think I would have listed Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant […]

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Reading the Magical Diary

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 8, 2011

Last weekend, my family and I went to visit my in-laws. I brought my laptop. And a copy of Hanako Games’ new game, Magical Diary: Horse Hall. I spent an entire afternoon playing the game.  I don’t know why this surprised me – I really happily surrendered some “man points” and loved the Cute Knight […]

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Roll a D20 to Hit: Using Dice-And-Paper Rules in a Computer RPG.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 7, 2011

In his email to me, Craig Stern referred to his article called “The Battle System I Wish RPGs Would Quit Using” as flame-bait. He argues that the old Dungeons & Dragons rules model has long outlived its usefulness. Left at that, he’s probably in good company – even Dungeons & Dragons itself has moved pretty […]

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The Empire Strikes Back: The Silent Film

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 6, 2011

The pivotal scene of The Empire Strikes Back filtered to resemble a 1920s-era film, complete with silent titles and an excellent piano score:   I wonder if the prequel trilogy would be good as silent films. Having Jar-Jar silent could only improve things…

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Quick Take: Sylia

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I think at this point it’s pretty safe to say that I’m a somewhat veteran, hardcore computer RPG fan.  Console RPGs, too, to a lesser degree. I guess having played them for longer than some game reviewers have actually been alive might give me a little bit of cred. I’m nowhere near the most veteran, […]

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Difficulty Levels and RPGs

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 5, 2011

Should RPGs have difficulty levels? My knee-jerk response is to say, “Of course!” I generally prefer games with difficulty levels. Especially action-RPGs. Especially for an action-RPG like The Witcher 2, which apparently really wants you to play with a gamepad, when I really want to play with a keyboard and mouse. I have a gamepad. […]

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Revisited: “How Do I Get Past the Harpies?”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 4, 2011

Word from testers have been coming back over the last couple of weeks. Seeing other people enjoy a world that you’ve created is a tremendous feeling. It’s also motivating – you see parts that aren’t working well (these guys are testing the game, so I get a lot of that), and want to fix them. […]

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Frayed Knights Update: News from the Front, and The Reason Why…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 1, 2011

Time for an update on Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon, that dumb little humorous indie RPG that was supposed to be knocked out in a hurry, and ended up becoming a big ol’ epic project. News from the Front: Our first beta release has gone pretty well, and did what it was supposed to […]

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