Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Make Millions Making Games Without Actually Making Games*

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 8, 2014

There’s a saying in games development that a game is never truly finished, merely shipped. What that really means is that perfection is unattainable, and every game ships with more things the developers would like to do. But eventually, the game has to go out, and whether or not it’s “good enough” is left to […]


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“Valence Electrons, First-Person Shooter”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 7, 2014

I vaguely remember high school chemistry. I remember working out the formulas, figuring out how you got molecules sharing electrons or whatnot. I guess I better remember the term “covalent bonds” rather than really understanding what it means. It’s been a while. So, sadly, I haven’t been much help with my daughter’s homework for that class. […]


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Belated BASIC Birthday

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 6, 2014

I didn’t realize that last Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the release of BASIC. Wow. And I thought it was pretty old when I was first introduced to it when I was twelve. BASIC stands for “Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.” But not really. I think they just came up with whatever words fit […]


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Texting the Player

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 5, 2014

I’ve been a fan of text in games since… well, since I discovered the original Colossal Cave Adventure. I’ve actually mourned the slow demise of text in games, although I admit I am sometimes the one who will skip it. I blame lousy writing. Peter Angstadt has some valuable bits of advice for encouraging players […]


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ZeniMax to Oculus VR: We Own Carmack’s Brain

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 2, 2014

Every once in a while, I do discover that I live in bizarro-world. 2013, in particular, was a very bad year for any American who likes to scoff at conspiracy theories. The tinfoil hat crowd were vindicated way too many times that year. So… yes. Yes, I have to admit that every once in a […]


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Zombie Apocalypse, Fantasy Style?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 1, 2014

Steven Peeler is requesting feedback on his new game concept – the fifth game from Soldak Entertainment: http://www.soldak.com/Blogs/Steven/Game-5.html I thought I’d pass this along and let folks answer him. He’s changing things up a bit this time, announcing things and soliciting feedback much earlier in the process than usual. This means that a lot could […]


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