[Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

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[Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Havard » Mon May 27, 2013 9:44 pm

How many RPGs are set in the Old West? I would include "Weird West" type RPGs as well.

I can think of a few:
What else is out there?

Does anyone have any experience with these games, or others in the genre?

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Boneguard » Mon May 27, 2013 9:53 pm

OWoD Werewolves the wild West
Serenity (space western)
Gunslingers: Wild West Action!
BRP Devil's Gulch
Devil's Crossroad

Here's a good list: http://index.rpg.net/display-search.pht ... ch=precise
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Post by agathokles » Mon May 27, 2013 10:25 pm

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Greylond » Mon May 27, 2013 11:09 pm

There was(is?) a Swedish RPG called "Western." Don't know much about it though. First heard about it when someone from Europe posted on the K&Co boards about it a few years ago.

There's also this, again, don't know much about it;
Wild West: http://d_little.tripod.com/Games/Western/

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Greylond » Mon May 27, 2013 11:11 pm

Havard wrote: [*]Aces & Eights (KenzerCo)

Does anyone have any experience with these games, or others in the genre?

-Havard
Oh yea. I've run A&8's a bit. I usually attend 3 local/Regional Cons here each year and I run one game of it at each one. If I didn't my wife would be mad at me since it's her favorite game. ;)

I love A&8's but like other K&Co games it is very heavy/crunchy on the rules, but I like games like that. :)

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Post by timemrick » Tue May 28, 2013 1:37 pm

To add: GURPS Old West.

Unfortunately, my experience with RPGS in this genre is limited to owning and reading (but not playing) Boot Hill years ago, and a Deadlands LARP in which my mad inventor character managed to kill himself in the first half of the game. :roll:
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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Greylond » Tue May 28, 2013 3:14 pm

Sorry, but that was a quick post by me earlier.

years ago I used to play Boot Hill a lot. IIRC it was Boot Hill, 2nd Ed. I've GM'ed and Played in Deadlands(original version), and GM'ed A&8's quite a bit, so, yea, I've got a lot of experience with the genre... :)

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Post by dulsi » Tue May 28, 2013 4:29 pm

The first Cartoon Action Hour had the Outlaws of Skull Gulch. It had sci-fi elements and since it was supposed to be a kids cartoon it doesn't have the death you would expect in a normal western.

Dinosaur Planet: Broncosaurus Rex has elements of a western. Fantasy Flight Games did Spellslinger which is a self contained d20 game for western with magic.
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Post by rabindranath72 » Wed May 29, 2013 11:01 am

There was a weird wild west scenario for TSR's Marvel Super Heroes, too.

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Post by BlackBat242 » Wed May 29, 2013 11:31 am

Western HERO (setting book for the 4th edition HERO system [Champions] rules).

http://rpggeek.com/rpg/3033/western-hero

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by DaveB » Wed May 29, 2013 10:54 pm

If you're open to indie and fan based:
Simon W has a couple, Go Fer Yer Gun! was statted for C&C ( http://beyondbeliefgames.webs.com/othergames.htm )
and Blood & Bullets using Swords & Wizardry WB as a base ( http://beyondbeliefgames.webs.com/Blood ... ullets.pdf ).

I also have my own Spaghetti Western rules and options for less fantastic Western games. It's a supplement to Swords & Wizardry and can be used with other older editions. http://theosrlibrary.blogspot.com/p/osr ... stern.html
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Thu May 30, 2013 12:15 am

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Havard » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:10 pm

Wow, I had no idea there were so many Western RPGs/Supplements! I guess there is also Six-Guns and Sorcery for Castle Falkenstein.

I got interested in this genre again after playing Dead Red Redeption on my X-Box. I wonder if I could pull off a game in this genre? :)

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Greylond » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:16 pm

Havard wrote: I got interested in this genre again after playing Dead Red Redeption on my X-Box. I wonder if I could pull off a game in this genre? :)
Sure, why not. What you need to decide first basically is;

1) How much rules crunch are you willing to want to use?
2) Historical/Alternate History? or Fantasy?

After you decide those two factors it will be easier to decide on the system. My personal favorite is K&Co's Aces&Eights, but that is rules heavy and Alternate History(my personal preferences). Although it has a lot of rules crunch, personally I find it easy to run and the combats are exciting, although I realize that style is not for everyone. :)

It is one of my favorite genres for RPGs, hope you have fun with it!

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:54 pm

Also there is Castle Falkentstein (Sixguns & Sorcery) and if you are looking for Fantasy Western D20; Spellslinger.
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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Havard » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:17 pm

Thanks for the input so far!

I'm still not sure which one I should choose...

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Bouv » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:28 pm

While now Western per se, Palladium's Rifts has 4 "World Books" set in the "New West" but definitely have a western feel to them:

Rifts World Book 13: Lone Star (mostly Coalition State stuff)
Rifts World Book 14: New West (more tech stuff)
Rifts World Book 15: Spirit West (more magic stuff)
Rifts World Book 28: Arzno: Vampire Incursion) (a settlement Arizona)

On top of that, the vampire books have a bit since they are set in and near Mexico:

Rifts World Book One: Vampire Kingdoms (original and revised)
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Post by Michael Tumey » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Although I own the Aces & Eights rulebook, I've never played, as well as having looked at Deadlands. Being a setting designer, the canon settings of those games is usually what keeps me away from actually playing, compounded with the fact that my players are pretty much D&D/Pathfinder exclusive players - they wouldn't touch a western game anyway. I've considered creating an old west setting using Pathfinder rules and even designed a Shootist (magus archetype), inspired by a cross between Doc Holiday and Roland from Stephen King's Gunslinger series.

I've done map commissions for Dog House Rulez for Sidewinder: Recoiled (and for a D&D adventure supplement), but haven't played with their products.

Edit: I posted my Shootist (magus archetype) in the Pathfinder board of Crunchy Bits, if someone could critique it.

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by agathokles » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:46 pm

Havard wrote:Thanks for the input so far!

I'm still not sure which one I should choose...

-Havard
I'd go with Deadlands. It seems to have more material available than most other games. Besides, if you consider that AFMBE's Fistful o' Zombies is written by the same author, you basically have the option of playing it with four different rules set (classic, savage worlds, unisystem and the obligatory GURPS conversion).

BTW, with my group, we're going to play Deadlands classic at some point after we close our current MERP campaign...

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P.S.: I forgot to mention that Deadlands also has a d20 version, further widening the system options.

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Re: [Western] How many RPGs in this genre?

Post by Michael Tumey » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:54 pm

Related to my previous post, I am working on an alternate western US territories setting involving gothic horror and element of steampunk, called Gothic Western. It uses Pathfinder rules and is being supported by a series of one-shot modules I intend to create, each with setting and crunch in the appendices of each one-shot (rather than a separate campaign guide). The first one-shot I am currently working on occurs entirely aboard a steam train, called Horror on the Gila Express.

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