Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Vive Fires the Next Shot in the VR Price Wars

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 22, 2017

With competition heating up in the VR space, and the price drop on the Oculus, HTC is finally responding with a price drop of their own. The Vive is now “only” $599 Granted, $600 is a lot to drop on what is still more of a toy for most people. Plus the cost of the […]


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Out Now: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 21, 2017

It’s Eclipse Day out here in the Utah desert, although we’re only going to be hitting around 90%. A lot of folks have headed north to Idaho to not-see the sun, and to experience all the weird stuff that takes place in the shadow of the moon. Me? I’ll be working my butt off at […]


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Impressions: RetroEngine Sigma. Emulation made easy?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 18, 2017

One of the problems with being a retro-gamer is hardware obsolescence. Not only do parts wear out and require difficult-or-expensive-to-source replacements, but it becomes incompatible with more modern systems that it is dependent on. For example, any game console released prior to the late 90s might have problems connecting to modern televisions. I have an […]


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Virtual Reality: Experiences and Nostalgia

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 16, 2017

Nostalgia is a powerful force. It’s been the inspiration for songs, stories, movies, video games, you name it. I was somewhat amused the other day by a couple of songs from my teenaged years that were nostalgia-driven, talking about eras as far in the past then as the songs themselves are to me. Or movies […]


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Coming Soon: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 11, 2017

I’ve got another short story coming out VERY soon… like in just over a week… in the Mirages & Speculations Anthology, edited by Lyn Worthen. This anthology is all Science Fiction and Fantasy stories set in the desert. Most of the authors, as I understand it, are desert-dwellers themselves. You know, for that bit of […]


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Plottorific – A tool from the Pulp Age made modern!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 8, 2017

When I first discovered Wallace Cook’s 1928 book, Plotto, my first thought was to turn this web of connected plot elements into a computer program.  Unfortunately, it was kind of a mess even to get my head around. I used it a few times on some short stories, however… if for no other reason than […]


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2017 Dragon Award Nominees Announced

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 7, 2017

This year’s Dragon Award nominees have been announced for the year’s best SF/F novels, movies, comics TV shows, and games. Anyone can vote for the Dragon Awards, and you don’t have to pay $40+ or anything to the convention to be allowed to vote (or nominate). Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time to read before […]


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Grimoire: No joke this time, it’s finally launched. For realsies.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 4, 2017

I can’t make fun of the eternal vaporware that was Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar anymore. It’s out. See for yourself. I only played it for about fifteen minutes before work, so I can’t really comment much on it. Hopefully there’s a big ol’ manual to go with it, because just from the get-go […]


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Amazingly, Grimoire FINALLY… Oh, wait, no, no it doesn’t. Nevermind. Nothing to see here.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 2, 2017

Back in the 1980s, in the pages of Dragon Magazine, there was a great comic strip by Phil Foglio called “What’s New with Phil and Dixie.” The running gag was that they were FINALLY do their long-awaited strip on “Sex and D&D”, but it would be NEXT month. Every month. The old-school, super-hardcore RPG “Grimoire: […]


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Coming Soon: “Retrieving Abe” in StoryHack #1 (Yes, the Second One!)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 1, 2017

I’m somewhat hesitant to announce stories that have been accepted for publication until the contracts are finalized, simply because crap happens. I had one story scheduled for publication in an anthology for several months, and then finally the anthology was canceled. The story was called “Retrieving Abe,” a story about a Utah woman in the 1880s […]


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