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Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Utah Indie Night – May 2013

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 31, 2013

We had Utah Indie Night at Utah Valley University this time around. The sponsor and ever-so-awesome provider of pizza and soda was Adobe, as their “Games Evangelist” Renaun Erickson spoke to the indies in attendance who were using Adobe’s products about how the indies put them to use. He was flying his indie colors by […]

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Frayed Knights: Research

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 30, 2013

I actually did quite a bit of research developing Frayed Knights.  And I continue to do some now. One might not think this would be strictly necessary, and it’s probably not (I happen to have a little bit of familiarity with fantasy RPGs, after all).  But I wanted to make sure my foundation was solid, […]

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Borderlands 2 Gets Really Creative with New DLC

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 29, 2013

Because I spent WAY too much time playing Borderlands 2 when it came out, I’ve tried not to rekindle the habit by buying the DLC. Although if / when they offer a cheap bundle deal on all of it, I’m sure I’ll be there and lose dozens more hours playing that game. But this one […]

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Dungeons & Logistics

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 28, 2013

The first adventure game I ever completed writing was called “Dungeons of Doom.” It was pretty terrible, I’ll admit, but I was only thirteen or fourteen, and I was really proud of it (until my next completed adventure game).  Really, in retrospect, it was all kinds of horrible for all kinds of reasons. Among its […]

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Hell-weeks and the Game Dev Habit

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 27, 2013

First of all, I need to apologize for not having a post on Friday.  While I was expecting last week – when I was on the road in France – to be extremely busy, I sill managed to underestimate it somewhat. I guess the combination of crunch-mode hours plus jet leg plus the effort of […]

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Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 23, 2013

The big XBox One (“XBone”) Reveal has just happened – the next-gen XBox! Woot! Except… I dunno. Maybe as more details appear, I’ll get more excited, but I’m not too excited. For one thing, they are going for the, “This isn’t just a game console, it’s your home entertainment system!” approach that served Sony so […]

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Free to Play (You … for a sucker!)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 22, 2013

I have recently entered the land of the mobile-deviced. Or something.  Got a Nexus 10 (though I still have a plain ol’ “dumb” phone for the foreseeable future). It really is for game development, but I wanted to get some use out of it. A friend told me that he really had to hunt for […]

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A matter of scale

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 21, 2013

I’m in France this week. Actually, I’m in France as I type this, dog-tired. While the trip was long and arduous, it is kind of amazing how small the world has become.  In one ten-hour flight, I’m a third of the world away. It’s a butt-busting trip (particularly when flying coach), but relative to the […]

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55 Fresh Indie Games in 5 Minutes

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 20, 2013

This just makes me happy. This is worth several thousand words of explaining why indie games are so cool. Maybe it’s just because it reminds me of being a kid again, and visiting a new arcade and finding a bunch of new games I’d never heard of, plus a bunch of old familiar favorites. But […]

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The Indie Community and Rock Stars

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 17, 2013

First – an announcement: SHOW ME THE SALES! – Almost Over! There’s only a day left in the Show Me the Games sale. This sale is the only one that is 100% indie-driven, 100% indie-revenue (and 100% indie games), so if you really want to support the indies, this is the way to go. About […]

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Why Are Most Indie Games 2D Instead of 3D?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2013

This question was posed in the “Ask Me Anything” Reddit yesterday, and I thought I’d cross-post and elaborate on my answer here: Why are most indie games done made with 2D graphics instead of 3D? Obviously, I’m something of an exception to the general rule, as I do 3D games (at least, the ones I’ve […]

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The Once and Future First-Person Shooters

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 15, 2013

A week ago, veteran game producer Warren Spector (Epic Mickey, Deus Ex, Thief: The Dark Project, System Shock, Ultima Underworld, Wing Commander, Ultima 6, Ultima 7, and others…) ruffled a few feathers when he publicly griped about the first-person (FPS) shooter “genre” – citing Bethesda’s Wolfenstein: New World Order announcement video: He later issued an […]

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“Ask Me Anything” on Reddit Today for Show Me the Games Sale…

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Hey, wanna ask some indie devs some hard questions? Fire away, at any of the devs that are appearing for the “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit today. These are (some) of the people behind the games currently on sale for Show Me The Games. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1edf3u/iama_indie_game_developers_behind/ I’m there as RampantCoyote, although I imagine you guys are […]

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Downtime and Time in France

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 14, 2013

Hey folks, Due to some problems with my hosting provider and a failure on my part to schedule today’s post in advance, today’s post will post tomorrow. I guess it kinda balances out with a bonus post on Sunday. I apologize for the downtime today, but apparently my provider was under external attack. Ugly. I’ll […]

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RPGS (and RPG-like games) now on sale at Show Me The Games

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 13, 2013

Okay, just a little bit of a follow-up for yesterday’s announcement… for RPG fans (I understand there may be one or two around here), here are the RPGs currently on sale at steep discounts at ShowMeTheGames.com — Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon – you may have heard me talk about this one once or […]

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Show Me The SALES – 2013 Edition!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 12, 2013

Show Me the Games, the developer-centric site where 100% of the profits go to the developers, is having a big sale starting right about nowish. Many of the more than 30 different games for sale have a coupon code that you can use for a discount. Yes, that includes Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon. […]

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