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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

Bluest Eye

Design, Featured, Web

Dusty Melling Logo

Dusty Melling

Featured, Web

Classical CD Packaging Photo - Close-up

Classical CD Packaging

Design, Featured

Separate Close-up

Together / Polygamy / Separate

Art, Featured


Featured, Web

Wayward Banner


Featured, Gamedev, Web

Latest Blogs

YouTube Music After

Fixing YouTube Music’s “New Albums & Singles” Section

July 14th, 2021

It’s been a minute. How about a good helping of fixing some really bad UI/UX decisions from the YouTube Music team as a “welcome back” to writing in this section.

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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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Latest Reviews


Noita Review

December 2nd, 2019

You won’t find anoita game like this one. Besides the puns to be made ad infinitum with the name, the game is a keeper.

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Devil Daggers

Devil Daggers Review

June 30th, 2019

A masterclass in arena shooter design. It’s all so simple. The stage is set. This small arena is where you must prove yourself against a seemingly endless onslaught of ravenous demons.

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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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