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"Howdy, pardner" an OSR Wild West adventure for Codexers

Discussion in 'The Gazebo' started by SoupNazi, Jul 1, 2021.

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1) Are you interested and if so, which method of play 2) What is the preferred alignment for start

  1. 1) Yes, online live play

    2 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. 1) Yes, Play-by-Post

    5 vote(s)
    100.0%
  3. 2) Despedaros

    4 vote(s)
    80.0%
  4. 2) Good / neutral guys.

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Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. SoupNazi rial billionaire Patron

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    A night of drunken rambling with fellow tabletop aficionados finally pushed me over the edge of giving DMing a go when the idea of a Wild West adventure sprung up. Since I have no nerdy irl friends have such a good experience with Codexers playing D&D, I figured I'd give it a try here first.

    So whether you ever wanted to be a gun-slinging desperado robbing banks and trains, breaking captured comrades out of the Sheriff's jail, a White Hat gun-for-hire that protects ranchers or merchant caravans, or simply a Clint Eastwood just trying to get by in the world of six shooters and Winchester rifles, this might be the game for you.

    The ruleset we'd be running this will be Tall Tales BX Wild West - I'll, er, supply the rulebook for people interested, but safe to say it's a pretty typical OSR ruleset that's just been very simply adapted to Wild West, provides rules on gunslinging, riding, items, etc. It's "realistic", there's no magic, the only thing outside the scope of realism are potions and tinktures. Think Red Dead Redemption, an Elixir of Life can actually heal HP, etc.

    Mountain Man house rule (open)
    House-rule on the mountain man - no wolf, bear, or mountain lion as pet. It's a hawk/eagle that can help during travels (can communicate nearest civilization, source of water, danger, etc) or a desert woodrat that does the same, but in enclosed spaces. Both give a +1 attack bonus to the mountain man if used as a distraction, and can do 1d6 extra damage if the mountain man hits.


    The setting is an adjusted Deadlands Reloaded one, stripped off its magical components - I will provide the relevant excerpts, but this is the summary straight from the book. Having an alternative setting allows anyone who's not an expert on the actual Civil War era to participate without getting yelled at because "hurr durr Robert E Lee never did that" and "this is not how it happened LOL!!!"...
    Out West (open)
    The year is 1879, and the history is not our own.

    After almost two decades of bitter fighting, the American Civil War has ground to a standstill. The Confederate States are still free. California has fallen into the Pacific Ocean. Rail Barons fight bloody battles to decide whom the victor will be in the race for a transcontinental ralroad, while a superfuel called "ghost rock" advances technology by unpredictable leaps and sometimes dangerous bounds. The Sioux have retaken the Dakotas and the Coyote Confederation dances the Ghost Dance on the High Plains.


    It's essentially Wild West except the war hasn't been won nor lost, there was a massive earthquake that revealed a new resource - the ghost rock, which is like coal, but far more powerful. In Deadlands, this is used for some weapons etc. that have no place in a Wild West setting. The campaign we'd play will only use it as a highly sought-after, and fought-over, resource that is localized to a single area on the West coast, spanning from the Mexican/Californian border almost all the way up to Oregon:
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    Now, for the technicalities...

    Way of playing:
    1) My preference is online play via Discord (voice) & Roll20. Roll20 will provide the overworld and local maps, as well as combat encounter maps. Discord for voice, scheduling, background music, downtime activities, OOC discussions. Aka the Stormcrowfleet way of play.
    2) We can also do PbP, I don't mind this option as it will give me more time as a rookie DM to sometimes figure shit out. If we decide for online live play, the players might sometimes need to have patience with me. If PbP, we'll adapt nikolokolus way of playing - posts on Codex, Roll20 for maps and combat encounters, though if possible, in case of important combat encounters I'd still like to hop on voice to resolve things quickly and without confusion that stems from the shitty Roll20 chat.

    What kind of campaign?
    I don't have a story in my mind and there will be no railroading (well, not OOC at least - railroads will be an important aspect). I've got a few hooks for the start of the campaign in mind, but after that it'll be completely up to the players.

    One thing I hope to get across is a decent ratio of social interaction - there will be more talking than in your typical dungeon crawler, and I hope we can have fun even just playing a night out in town. Politics will be involved, and charismatic characters will have a serious role to play in the game, just as much as the gunslingers and potion makers. Dealing with the Law - on either side - will be a big part of the game.

    The second focus I want to place is travel - traversing the lands will be difficult and arduous unless you're taking the train (which holds its own dangers in a time where Rail Barons are a thing). Even with a horse, getting lost in an arid desert of Arizona, Utah or New Mexico etc is deadly, and leaving a man without a horse there - that's murder. Remember the scenes when Tuco and Blondie traverse the desert and Tuco withholds water from Clint Eastwood's character? Yeah.

    There will of course be duels, there will be caravan ambushes, maybe train or bank robberies, possibly bounty hunting. Cigars, and tonics. Saloons and possibly even poker or cards. Cattle herding, maybe? Indians. All the good stuff and more.

    Other than that, there will be combat of course, there will be exploration, and believe it or not, even something reminiscing dungeon crawling, though far less sprawling than in fantasy games.

    What's next?
    I've created a poll here - one to vote for interest/way of playing, and one for an important aspect of the start. The Wild West places a lot of emphasis on being a Black Hat / White Hat, and I'd like to keep that somewhat relevant, though of course, there will be space for moral ambiguity and for characters developing past the point they were at the start of the adventure. Nonetheless, I have two starts in mind - one where the party is full of Desperados, and whatever starting situation they'll find themselves in will be driven by greed - the other one where they're mostly "decent guys" or at least neutral, and they've come together as victims (or opportunate fellows) of circumstance. That's what the second set of options is for.

    You can vote for every single option, which tells me you're just interested in playing and don't care how we go about it. If there is a small preference but you're willing to do either, please post your preference.

    Once we come up with something (4-5+1 players for Online, 4-7 players for PbP), we'll have a Session 0 one way or another to discuss character creation, the starting scenario and how your characters fit into it, the scheduling, etc.
     
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  2. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Being on the wrong side of the world (9 timezones away) and having too many live games going on anyway would make a live game tough for me, but I'd love to play in a PbP as a "consolation" prize. but go with what works for you.
     
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  3. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    I'm down for PbP.
    And Barbarians, but you already knew that.
    Could probably run some mountain man or Injun Brave.
     
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  4. SoupNazi rial billionaire Patron

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    One thing I also adapted from Stormcrow's repertoir is that if enough players would be interested, I wouldn't be opposed to playing two simultaneous campaigns - a PbP and an Online one that somehow influence each other and take place in the same world. Timezones have solutions for some, so that's something that can be discussed (don't be discouraged, we've got another game running at 7 hours difference with no issues), though I understand having too many live games anyway all but exaggerates the problem.
     
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    Sounds fun to the player, and hell to the DM man.
    I mean, if it is your first time, maybe you want to take it easy?
     
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    Probably. As said, I'm not opposed to trying it, and if we end up running two groups of people I already mostly know, it might be doable. I've got an idea about how it might work. We'd see and would need to discuss it.

    Btw -
    Will edit OP, but I forgot to mention a house-rule on the mountain man - no wolf, bear, or mountain lion as pet. It's a hawk/eagle that can help during travels (can communicate nearest civilization, source of water, danger, etc) or a desert woodrat that does the same, but in enclosed spaces. Both give a +1 attack bonus to the mountain man if used as a distraction, and can do 1d6 extra damage if the mountain man hits.
     
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  7. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Barbarian, not ranger. So kinda moot. Duly noted though.
     
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  8. Stella Brando Arcane

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    This gal is interested.

    I like play by post.
     
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  9. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Color me interested. What's the timezone planned and days played? My schedule is work work work by and large.
     
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    In my experience, timezone is not much of an issue if we can find the right day/time. But I'm in GMT+1, for what it's worth. Weekdays (other than Wednesday) afternoons/evenings I am usually free on a regular basis, Weekends other than Saturday 14:00-19:00 I also don't have anything planned. So a highly adaptable DM.
     
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    Awesome. Looks like I'm going to continue to read Blood Meridian and reread Howard's Breckenridge Elkins stories to get an idee on how ta talk back then.
     
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    Breckenridge is a lot of fun.
     
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  14. Stella Brando Arcane

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    I guess the Major has his character down.
     
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    Nah, not quite.
     
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    But that guy rocks.
     
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    I've found that irl I'm more of a Bransky. All business no nonsense fuck you this is the only God I need.
     
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    Okay, we've got 4 players interested, which for a first time DM is I think just good enough, and might make things easier to follow in a PbP environment. I'll start writing something up and setting up the ways of play. I see the Black Hats / White Hats vote is completely split, is someone strongly against playing one or the other? nikolokolus ERYFKRAD Stellar Brawndo Major_Blackhart

    Of course, if more people are interested, keep posting and voting and we'll see where we end up.
     
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  19. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Nah I'm jake with both.
     
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    Yeah, I'm fine either way.
     
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    I'll probably play a gray hat no matter what. I'm flexible. (probably a Tuco/El Guaupo hybrid)
     
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    Nice,I love movie Mexicans.
     
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    I turned the blank PDF character sheet into a form-fillable one and stored it in Soup's Dropbox folder. If I tried to print and hand-write this, it'd be lost in a week.
     
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    I'm gonna get started this Monday on it. Let's rock.
     
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    What kind of characters are you guys playing as?
     
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