|April 14, 2006
Clarine Harp, basis for Aubrey,
at AnimeBoston; and info on the current storyline.
May 8, 2006
I meant to post this sooner, but I've been distracted by
very long comics and hunting for a new home (yes, again).
Clarine, my best friend and the woman I based Aubrey off of, will be a
guest at this year's Anime Boston. I'm going to
try and crash Anime Boston - but only on Saturday afternoon or
Sunday. The show I'm
in ends on the 27th of May. Maybe, if things work out, there can be
a Boston reader gathering with Clarine and even Josh (Aubrey and Jason
in the same place - whoo!).
A lot of people have been emailing me, asking if the current storyling
is based off any actual setting that they can play. The answer is: no.
I didn't base it off anything other than a game type I've always wanted
to run. That being said, there are games you could use to cobble
this setting up, if you wanted. The most obvious answer to this would
by Horizon, a D20 game that, like this storyline, combines high
fantasy and the Wild West. I purchsed a copy of the game after a reader
asked me if "Home on the Ranged Attack" was based off it - because I
didn't know the game existed. I've read through the book and, overall,
I'm not too impressed - but then again, I've said that about a lot of
games until I had a chance to run them. Also, a lot of people do seem
to enjoy it.
Another option, also in the D20/OGL vein, would be OGL
Wild West by Mongoose Publishing, combining it with the standard
race and magic rules from The
D&D Player's Handbook. There's also OGL
Steampunk if you want to add that element as well.
If you're a GURPS player, there's GURPS Weird
West, which ported the Deadlands setting into GURPS. Combine
that with any
of the GURPS Fantasy titles and you're fine. Sadly, the Weird West
title hasn't been brought into GURPS Fourth Edition, so you'd need to do
some conversions - however, GURPS
Fantasy and GURPS
Magic are now in Fourth Edition!
As for Deadlands itself... is that even still in print?
You can also take the rules from Fistful of Zombies,
a sourcebook for the All Flesh Must
Be Eaten campaign setting and combine it with Eden Studio's Witchcraft
setting... or even see what you can cobble using the other All
Flesh sourcebook, Dungeons and
Zombies. Hell, they even have a free little web enhancement
that, among other things, details the rules for fantasy races in the
So yeah - there you have it. A few of the many ways you can run the
campaign setting the characters are currently playing. Somewhere in
there, you should be able to cobble something up nice. And if you do,
lemme know how it works out for you. -R
p.s. Oh yeah - White Wolf probably has some rules, too, if you wanna dig
up the Werewolf Wild West setting from a bargain bin or eBay. Yeah, I
forgot them in the list - mainly because I really, really do not
care for the White Wolf setting or most of their system