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Well, we’re officially moving to the next stage of things with Coyote and Crow. You can now find all Coyote and Crow information at the follow sites. No more Coyote and Crow information will be posted here.
Hey folks, as a life long player and someone who works in the gaming industry, I get to play a ton of board games. I thought I’d put together some recommendations for folks who aren’t necessarily hobby gamers and don’t really have the vocabulary or history to make a good choice for something to play with your partner or family while we’re all cooped up. Games are a great way to step away from your screens and interact with your family in a structured format that’s relaxing, challenging, enjoyable and a great distraction from our current predicament.
I’m going to make my recommendations based on a few criteria:
Ease of play – I’ll be pointing out games with short learning curves. These games will have you playing in no time!
Availability – I’ll be choosing games that you can get at hobby stores, big box outlets and online sellers. This may be a fluctuating scenario though so I’m not going to link to anywhere specific. Support your local hobby store if you can. Otherwise, Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other online game outlets can help.
Style/Audience – This is a bit subjective, but I’ll be discussing games that I think match the type of games that would fit well with families, roommates, couples, etc, from a variety of themes and game mechanics
Price – I’m not going to list specific prices here, but all of these games range from $25-45, roughly. Compared to a movie or a video game, you’ll get a ton of value for your money.
This is a hard post to write. I’m not really happy with what I have to do, but sometimes you have to make hard decisions to keep a project moving forward. But let’s start with good news. Coyote and Crow is developing and what I’ve got on paper is great. Character creation is nearly complete, much of the world building content is done, the major dice mechanics are solid. I’ve got some beautiful art from Kyle Charles and the the skeleton of our fictional language from Travis Roberts. My alpha tests were very successful. I’d like to think we can still get to Kickstarter by this summer.
I’ve been doing so much work on the timeline, facts and rules for Coyote and Crow that it recently came to my attention that I’ve been sort of secretive about what the world looks and feels like. So, let’s do this!
I have a problem with initiative. I’m not talking about taking decisive action in my personal life. No, I mean the process of determining the character order of actions in a tabletop role playing encounter. I dislike most traditional systems as they tend to be random and capricious. But more than that, they tend to take the players out of the story and reduce things to the mechanical, the procedural. Coyote and Crow isn’t just about role playing your character, it’s about building a future legend. The things your character does today should become the next generation’s great stories. I want the encounters to feel closer to weaving a fable around a campfire than to a 1970s miniature war game simulation.
I’m very excited to drop this promotional piece for Coyote and Crow. The logo and graphic design work are by Barbara Schelling. Barbara is a member of the Nakoda tribe and if I have my way, she’ll be an ongoing member of this project. I really love the graphical elements and color splashes in the logo.
The art is by Harry Conway. This piece wasn’t commissioned and isn’t connected to Coyote and Crow in any way. However, I temporarily licensed it for concept and promotional purposes. I feel it does a great job of capturing much of the tone and essence I’m going for, even if the details aren’t quite right. It won’t be used in the final version of Coyote and Crow, but I hope you enjoy it for now. And if you’re developing a game, please reach out to Harry (who you can find on ArtStation). He’s a great guy and a pleasure to work with.
The following is a short story set in the world of Coyote and Crow. It will likely appear in the core rule book. Waya’s Lesson is meant as an introduction to the world of Coyote and Crow, both in tone and theme. It also is at the heart of why the game is called Coyote and Crow. I hope you enjoy it.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m wiped. In the last couple of weeks I’ve dealt with the incredible achievement that was Avengers: End Game and the dismal failings of Game of Thrones. More importantly, I’ve been grappling with huge shifts in organization and workload at my day job. And to be frank with all of you, it’s left my batteries so dry that I’ve not nearly made the progress on Coyote and Crow that I would have liked.
But that doesn’t mean no progress has been made. In fact, I overcame one of the greatest hurdles in my development with a specific rules concept that I’m thrilled to see implemented. So let’s jump in.