Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

(Kickstarter) – Steampunk Dice

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 8, 2013

Okay, as many of you know, I’m a little reluctant to advertise Kickstarter campaigns too often around here. I’ve got enough friends, acquaintances, friends-of-friends, and community members running Kickstarter campaigns these days that I could probably fill half my posts with announcements. And I’ll still feel guilty if and when these projects fail to deliver. […]

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Frayed Knights: Dungeon Design Principles, Part 3

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 7, 2013

This is a multi-part series describing my level-design guidelines for Frayed Knights.  You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here. These are just a series of guidelines I actually put to (virtual paper) for designing adventures for the Frayed Knights series.  While they primarily apply to Frayed Knights, I think most of them […]

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What Tower Defense and RPGs Have In Common

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 6, 2013

What? Another tower defense game? Seriously? That genre isn’t dead yet? Yes, of course, I bought it.  Stupid bundles. Seriously, I need another tower defense (TD) game like I need another hole in my head.  And yet… Gah. Maybe I should admit that I have a problem. I suspect there’s some kind of emotional correlation […]

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Whadayamean, “Turn-Based?”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 5, 2013

It seems to me that the last couple of years have brought something of a resurgence of turn-based gaming. Now, it was never truly dead or completely niche – Civilization remains one of the best-selling games on the planet, and it has (thankfully!) remained comfortably turn-based for all of this time. Meanwhile, most other “strategy” […]

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Big Indie, Little Indie

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 2, 2013

It’s become increasingly clear even to the major players that indie games are no longer a tiny niche hobby, or a minor exception to the rule. If you measure in terms of number of titles released, of course, the indie games outnumber those of the mainstream publishers by an overwhelming margin. I think you’d have […]

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Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 1, 2013

So this is what I did last weekend… though the photo is more steam than punk. Salt City Steamfest Photos Gotta admit… I had a blast. Last year I only went to a single evening of it, and was overwhelmed by an over-full convention and underpowered air conditioning at the convention hall. This year, sadly, […]

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