The Big Reveal, and a Question

A bunch of people have asked via email, so I figured that I’d go ahead and announce what I’m working on.

It’s a genre mash-up RPG.

Imagine: A fantasy world, but not one based on Medieval/Dark Ages European tropes, but rather one based on the tropes of the spaghetti western and chinese wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well.

It’s The Gunslinger Born meets Storm Riders meets Afro Samurai meets Perdido Street Station meets Firefly meets Django meets Brisco County meets House of Flying Daggers and more.


So there you have it. Now, a question. I had considered giving public design notes from time to time. I was going to make a dedicated blog for this, but then I noticed that , in his recent design work, was simply using his regular LJ, with the design journal entries marked with the LJ tag system. For those of you interested: Which would you prefer?

21 Replies to “The Big Reveal, and a Question”

  1. Whether you do in your journal or another blog(which I would friend if you made), I’d have the same number of posts on my flist so I’d say which ever one makes it easier on you.

  2. That’s a really cool mix!

    I’d prefer if you just did it here, because…well, because I’m already signed up for this one and I generally don’t have time to follow blogs (even great ones) that aren’t spoon-fed to me via LJ.

  3. Here, elsewhere, just for the love of all that is holy tell me where I need to be watching. You couldn’t have assembled a set of genres more appealing to my nerd-brain if you’d been reading said brain with an orbital laser.

  4. Here, please. I try to keep the number of journals I friend down, but there’s no way I can not follow this project.

  5. Re: It’s a Western AND an Eastern!

    Yes, it would fit. I hadn’t thought about that one for a while.

  6. I prefer tagged entries. I keep managing to miss peoples spin off journals.

    I don’t know how close the match would be, but a recent anime jumped to mind. Grenadier. I think I’d probably only give it three, three and a half stars out of five (Ah, looks like I’m inline with T.H.E.M. Anime which gives Grenadier three stars). The linked review describes it as Ranma 1/2, Scrapped Princess, and Noir run through a blender. Short description is a wandering girl preaches pacifism at gunpoint. Rushuna’s gunslinging has to be magic or chi enhanced. She can shoot guns out of peoples hands at 300+ feet with barely any time spent aiming, can reload by bouncing shells out from her bust and catching them directly in her pistols cylinder in mid air, and cap it off by shooting her enemies return fire out of the air.

  7. I’ve only seen the web material for SM, but from what I can tell it focuses on the Japanese cultural stuff, anime, magic and fantasy races…none of which will be featuring in Far West.

  8. Color me intrigued. As one just getting his feet wet in the industry, I can’t wait to see your process and how they differ from my team’s design mechanisms. Beyond that, I think the idea of wuxia western is spiffy.

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