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Hello, I'm Vaughn Royko.

I'm a website and game developer.

I've also been known to do design, art, and other cool things. I'm currently calling Kelowna, BC my home and Bravo Tango my place of employment. I'm pretty crafty when it comes to HTML5, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, and Wordpress.

I'm probably most notable for Wayward, a retro wilderness survival roguelike, currently in beta and available on Steam.

Selected Works

Grow Up - Close-up

Grow Up

Art, Featured

Bluest Eye

Design, Featured, Web

Wayward Banner


Featured, Gamedev, Web


Featured, Web

Dusty Melling Logo

Dusty Melling

Featured, Web

Separate Close-up

Together / Polygamy / Separate

Art, Featured

Latest Blogs

Moving from Rdio

November 24th, 2015

Sadly, it was announced that Rdio has kicked the bucket. Being proactive, I thought I’d jump ship early. As it turns out, I’m pretty serious about “my music”. It’s something I think about and listen to everyday. So what happens when I have to move “my music”? Well, first we have to decide where to jump ship to.

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Better Upload Filename Sanitization in WordPress

October 28th, 2015

If you are like me, you feel like there is a lot to be desired for how uploaded filenames look in Wordpress. Don’t get me wrong, it does a decent job in terms of making them web-safe (sometimes?), but for actually making a standardized, consistent structure across everything – not so much.

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Add PDF Media

Add Custom Class File Link in WordPress

March 29th, 2015

Some back-end things are a pain, especially making custom classes for elements in the WYSIWYG editor portion of Wordpress. Say for example, you want to add in a “pdf” class to links you add, so we can custom style them on the front-end.

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Latest Reviews

Lucah: Born of a Dream

Lucah: Born of a Dream Review

November 28th, 2018

Lucah: Born of a Dream appears to be quite the bit of a “hidden gem” in the action RPG genre. It’s a game with an admittedly off-putting, but definitely unique aesthetic.

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Nuclear Throne

Nuclear Throne Review

November 26th, 2017

Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like (roguelite) top-down shooter. Its filled to the brim with irradiated mutants to blast, tons of powerful weapons (that can sometimes do more harm to you than enemies), and fast gameplay.

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FKA twigs - LP1

FKA twigs – LP1 Review

November 11th, 2015

I guess I’m finding myself drawn to more music in this genre somehow. I’ve been delving into artists like Banks, Grimes, Bj√∂rk, iamamiwhoami and now FKA twigs – all similar in different ways. While similar in genre, FKA twigs’s LP1 is definitely more artsy, glitchy, gimmicky, and all other things “y”.

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