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#1 death tribble

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 04:05 AM

The Wild Wild West TV series is being repeated on the CBS Action channel in the UK. Now I never saw this at all growing up (3 TV channels until the start of the 1980s then a fourth and fifth followed by the satellite ones), so I had no reference at all for it until the Will Smith and Kevin Kline disaster of a film.

 

The TV series on the other hand is really quite a joy and perfect for Pulp. Granted there are no aircraft but you have virtually everything else and it strikes me as a goldmine for taking ideas. Dr Loveless is a great recurring villain and his escapes fit the mood.

One of the episodes just aired had a prototype tank, forty years before they were first employed.

There are also a variety of death traps for the heroes to evade which are just as relevant to the 1870s steampunk as they can be to the 20s and 30s.

The writers also made certain that a seeming disability such as blindness did not deter people from being effective villains.

 

So I would encourage people to look it up and pillage it for ideas.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 01:17 PM

Wild Wild West was a series? Who knew?! :) Guess it must have been poplier for Smith/Kline to go for the film franchise.

 

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 02:31 PM

I remember the show well. My mom had a crush on Ross Martin, so she never minded me watching it on reruns even though it was a little too old for me.
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Posted 31 October 2016 - 08:32 PM

You can get the box set of all the seasons for fifty bucks at  Wal-mart

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 03:40 PM

I have the box set of "Wild Wild West' (the T V series) and it is fun. As far as I am concerned the movie version was an absolute travesty, done by people with no taste or appreciation of the source material that they were bastardising !


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 01:22 AM

So how Wild is too Wild. Tanks and torpedoes forty years early good, but time travel and diamond juice that makes you a superspeedster out?



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 05:22 AM

I have the box set of "Wild Wild West' (the T V series) and it is fun. As far as I am concerned the movie version was an absolute travesty, done by people with no taste or appreciation of the source material that they were bastardising !

 

Watch the YouTube video of Kevin Smith talking about his Superman Script. He talks about WildWildWest and how Producers and Studio Execs sometimes turn something good into crap.





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Posted 07 November 2016 - 05:30 AM

The Show was a genre mashup of the very popular Super Spy which was ruling TV at the time and of course Westerns which had always been popular. It was a very well done show with great characters and good writing. It would have stayed on the air longer, but IIRC Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon) had a heart attack and couldn't continue.

It's great RPG fodder esp if the players are into the Wild West and are looking for something different than the regular Western Storylines. As an RPG it could be fun doing a mashup between this show and Mission Impossible(Tv Show over the Movies). Where the players are "Secret Service" agents who unravel plots put there by enemies of the US Government. Give it all a slight Steampunk veneer with some fantastic critters tossed in to keep it interesting. You have the Gun Fighter, the Disguise expert, Demolitions expert, Faceperson, Technician. etc. Keep the character types spy feeling, but give it a western spin/flavoring

 

 

 

edited to Fix spelling on Artie's name.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 07:04 AM

good idea


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 08:47 AM

I loved that show, growing up.  

 

I remember stating up James West and Artemus Gordon for Champions...2e, was it? Or maybe 3e. Anyway, back in the 80s.

 

I don't have those character sheets any more, but I do remember that Artemus Gordon ended up costing more CP than Jim West did, and being surprised by that at the time.

 

Anyway, it is a good show, particularly the B&W episodes.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 05:51 PM

The Show was a genre mashup of the very popular Super Spy which was ruling TV at the time and of course Westerns which had always been popular. It was a very well done show with great characters and good writing. It would have stayed on the air longer, but IIRC Ross Martin (Artemis Gordon) had a heart attack and couldn't continue.

It's great RPG fodder esp if the players are into the Wild West and are looking for something different than the regular Western Storylines. As an RPG it could be fun doing a mashup between this show and Mission Impossible(Tv Show over the Movies). Where the players are "Secret Service" agents who unravel plots put there by enemies of the US Government. Give it all a slight Steampunk veneer with some fantastic critters tossed in to keep it interesting. You have the Gun Fighter, the Disguise expert, Demolitions expert, Faceperson, Technician. etc. Keep the character types spy feeling, but give it a western spin/flavoring

Ross Martin did have a heart attack and missed some episodes in the 4th season, but the cancellation was due to the violence. If anyone wants the basic overview, Wikipedia seems to have it covered with nothing glaringly wrong at a glance; no need to search and try tp piece everything together yourself unless you really want to.


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 01:03 AM

I loved that show, growing up.  

 

I remember stating up James West and Artemis Gordon for Champions...2e, was it? Or maybe 3e. Anyway, back in the 80s.

 

I don't have those character sheets any more, but I do remember that Artemis Gordon ended up costing more CP than Jim West did, and being surprised by that at the time.

 

Anyway, it is a good show, particularly the B&W episodes.

 

Without standing up and going to look, I am pretty sure that both characters were Stated out in Western Hero. Probably renamed to prevent lawsuits.


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 08:06 AM

Without standing up and going to look, I am pretty sure that both characters were Stated out in Western Hero. Probably renamed to prevent lawsuits.

 

Interesting! I'll have to pull that off the shelf and take a look sometime.


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 10:12 AM

I hate to be "that guy" but...it's Artemus, not Artemis.

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 10:39 AM

I hate to be "that guy" but...it's Artemus, not Artemis.

 

Eh, just call him Arty.

 

Or is it Arte?

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 11:06 AM

It's Artie. Jeez! :rolleyes:



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 04:03 PM

I hate to be "that guy" but...it's Artemus, not Artemis.

Fixed in my post. I should have known better. I did get spelled Artie right. persnick away!


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Posted 09 November 2016 - 03:32 AM

The cancellation of the series was a concession to Congress about violence.

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 04:11 AM

Some watchdog group went and compiled a list of all the violent acts in each series. It turned out that WWW had a lot. The acts weren't that violent, mostly punches the show had a lot of fist fights, but they were high in number.

 

But let's be honest, it was an action series. You can't have an action series without action.


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Posted 09 November 2016 - 02:14 PM

that

 

Some watchdog group went and compiled a list of all the violent acts in each series. It turned out that WWW had a lot. The acts weren't that violent, mostly punches the show had a lot of fist fights, but they were high in number.

 

But let's be honest, it was an action series. You can't have an action series without action.

that you can't


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