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I have completed and sent Western Hero to Hero Games to look over and build a cover for.  Its a complete book with all you need to build characters and play the game (minus powers and modifiers etc, as not applicable in a heroic game) with a full campaign setting adapted from the original Western Hero 4th edition, plus tons of adventure ideas, campaign tips, background, maps, etc.

 

Also, I have uploaded a file of The Greatest Guns Who Never Were, a file containing almost 50 fictional characters of western and western-inspired background from books, comics, movies, television, and radio, from Hopalong Cassidy to Mal Reynolds and all points in between.  Its free in the Downloads section and includes full Hero Designer write ups as well as a pdf containing them all and some notes on how they were made.

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Some of you may be wondering how a lever gun might stack up against more modern weapons. Karl from InRange competed in Desert Brutality 2020 using the, "New West" combination of a Winchester lever gun (replica) and M1911 pistol. (He also cosplayed the era.)

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Mind you, a lever gun is a modern weapon. Tons of quality lever guns are made and sold today, some among the most powerful guns commercially available. Mostly for hunting, or self/home defense, of course. Not the optimum combat rifle. But a quality lever action is, generally speaking, more dependable than the semi- or full-autos.

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I'm working on an adventure module that will hit the shelves about the same time as Western Hero.  There's a full campaign and two adventures plus tons of scenario ideas in the WH book, but I wanted to have something extra for people to run as well.  Its long been my position that products suffer for lack of support; its not enough to just have rules out there.

 

This one is a "town taming" scenario where the PCs are hired on to try to deal with a town gone wild, but there's a lot more going on under the surface and a valley area they can continue to do adventures in after the job is done if they wish.

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On 3/4/2020 at 2:27 PM, Christopher R Taylor said:

Also, I have uploaded a file of The Greatest Guns Who Never Were

 

First, thank you for pumping out all of this great content.

 

Second, your write-up of Brisco Country Jr. does not give him any levels at all with his weapons and he was doing crazy stuff like shooting down the barrel of an opponents gun.

 

 

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OK I have fixed up a fillable Character Sheet for Western Hero and put it in the downloads section.  This is also included in the WH rules.  Its two-sided, here's the front:

 

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Also I edited and re-uploaded the Greatest Guns Who Never Were file.

 

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On 4/13/2020 at 12:49 PM, Christopher R Taylor said:

 

Also I edited and re-uploaded the Greatest Guns Who Never Were file.

 

Any plans on a Greatest Guns Who Never Were Part 2? There was a lack of Sargent Prestion of the Mounties and his loyal dog King. Also no Ghost Rider (Carter Slage, aka Night Rider aka Phantom Rider), Django (both the coffin drager and the ex-slave), Pauline (of the Perils of Pauline serials), Helen (of the Hazards of Helen serials), and a few more.

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That's a product I am really looking forward to. I hope there will be at least a POD-option - I like PDFs, but having long-dead processed tree in my hands beats any PDF every time of the day and twice on High Nooon!

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From anime/manga:

Vash The Stampede (Trigun) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun?wprov=sfla1

 

Frank(lin) Harlock Jr. (Gun Frontier)

   A former sea pirate turned sidekick to Tochiro and his quest to find the lost population of an American town for Japanese Expatriates. His future aescendant will be the infamous space pirate Harlock.

 

Tochiro Oyama (Gun Frontier)

   A ninja from Samurai Creak, a town for Japanese Expatriates in the American Old West. He is out to avenge his town. His future aescendant will be an infamous space pirate himself, design the space battleship Arcadia, and will become the soul of that ship, litterly. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Frontier?wprov=sfla1

 

Outside Anime/Manga.

 

El Zorro (Zorro)

 

Toranodo (Zorro)

   The horse of Zorro.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorro?wprov=sfla1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorro?wprov=sfla1

 

(The Original Western) Ghost Rider

   A cowboy lawman who was believe to be dead, and stalks the night as a pretend ghost, using a glow in the dark powder and a reversible cloak. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Rider?wprov=sfla1

 

Sargent Prestion of the Yukon 

   In spite of his name, he doesn't ride a horse but a dog slead. He patrols the mountainous regions of Canada and near Alaska.

 

King (Sargent Prestion)

   Preston's lead slead dog.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_of_the_Yukon?wprov=sfla1

 

Rin Tin Tin

   Infamous western good dog hero. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Rin_Tin_Tin?wprov=sfla1

 

Helen Homes and Helen Gibson

   Two different women who work for train companies and find themselves in danger. They are both strong willed and independent (and prone to being tied to train tracks and such). They are also indespencible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hazards_of_Helen?wprov=sfla1

 

Pauline 

   Another independent woman, an herries who is secretly threatened by the man who holds her inheritance and wants her dead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perils_of_Pauline_(1914_serial)?wprov=sfla1

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On 4/13/2020 at 11:14 AM, Brian Stanfield said:

I love the layout. I also love how simple it is when you remove the powers from the character sheet. 

 

I wouldn't say removed.  I'd just tuck them in Skills and Abilities.  No flying or anything, but some of the early pulp westerns has abilities that were clearly extra-normal. 

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On 4/25/2020 at 11:04 AM, Spence said:

 

I wouldn't say removed.  I'd just tuck them in Skills and Abilities.  No flying or anything, but some of the early pulp westerns has abilities that were clearly extra-normal. 

I definitely wonder how to make a Vash The Stampede build fit in Western Hero. Or Bravestar for that matter. 

 

Heck, Original Ghost Rider is pushing it.

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