Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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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 there’s a lot that probably needs to be explained. That won’t be out until next week, though. But I kinda followed my nose and created a few characters, without knowing what some of the stats meant.

I did run into a couple of bugs / polish issues already. The windowed view isn’t well-behaved (outside of the window… I’m talking O.S. behavior like moving the screen around, not anything internal), and the NEXT button didn’t gray out when you come to the last page of text. Minor issues, of course, but running into them in the first few minutes of play isn’t the most encouraging thing.

But in the grand scheme of things… whatever. I’m looking forward to seeing what this monstrous title (yet which has a tiny footprint on one’s hard drive) has in store. So far, it looks like Wizardry 7.5, which is kinda where its roots are, and I respect that.

Like I said before, it’s going to be impossible for any game to live up to being worthy of a nearly 25-year development cycle. Especially one heralded by such a boisterous and boastful voice as Cleveland Mark Blakemore. You know what? Screw it. It won’t. He’s probably going to be dogpiled by people wanting to tear it down for no other reason than he’s been a pretty obnoxious character for a couple of decades.

But… whatever. He released the game. That’s a major achievement, even in today’s era of cheap-and-easy game engines (which I don’t believe he used). That’s usually a pretty humbling experience on its own. So… credit where it is due. Congratulations to Cleve on releasing the game! Hopefully it will provide some fodder for discussion here on the Tales of the Rampant Coyote.

I’ll just leave with… huh. A race of humanoids with a giant eyeball for a head?  Okay, at least the races aren’t just straight from Middle Earth. Different and fresh is good! But… man, an eyeball? 😉  This is going to be interesting!



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  • Kyle Haight said,

    Well, congratulations to Cleve — he finally did it. I hope it’s good. It’s easy to mock, and he certainly set himself up for a fair share of it, but at some level I do have to admire his persistence.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Yep, that’s exactly it. Creating a CRPG … especially one with real meat to it, a custom engine and rules, etc. is a gigantic undertaking. Completing it is very impressive.

  • lakerz said,

    In honor of the game finally releasing … I will hold off on purchasing it for 20+ years. :-))

  • Rampant Coyote said,


  • SER said,

    Yeah, Matt Barton may be doing a video on it soon. Still on the fence.